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The Challenge of Postcolonial Philosophy in India


Conference Announcement

Theme: The Challenge of Postcolonial Philosophy in India
Subtitle: Too Alien for Contemporary Philosophers, Too Modern for
Sanskritists?
Type: International Conference
Institution: Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna
Location: Vienna (Austria)
Date: 28.–29.9.2017


The main goal of the conference consists in questioning the difficult
reception of Indian post-independence philosophy inside and outside
India, in particular related to the difficulties of the plurality of
languages involved, and of its intermediate status. To begin with,
one needs to define one's object. But what does it take for
philosophy to be contemporary Indian philosophy? Can this be more
than a particular geographical and temporal characterization? If so,
what would this definition philosophically entail? Contemporary
Indian philosophy is marked by its 'postcolonial' transformations: a
widespread instruction in English focusing on 'Western' philosophy,
but possibly reinterpreted in an Indian context, opposed to a
traditional Sanskrit learning. This situation, inherited from the
colonial time, is thus combined with an awareness of this gap and a
reflection on the consequences of colonization on Indian philosophy,
characterizing the 'post-colonial' era. This ambiguity and this
hybridity of the post-colonial state of contemporary Indian
philosophy makes its definition blurred and complex, which may be an
important cause for the difficulties of its reception. We therefore
attempt to address issues contributing to defining the state and
problems of contemporary Indian philosophy (its internal
difficulties), as well as some reasons for the insufficiency of its
reception (its external obstacles), considering that the connection
between these two levels, internal developments and external
reception, contributes to locate the challenge of postcolonial
philosophy in India.

The following points describe some directions for reflections: 
- Colonial, Foreign Influences and Indian Philosophy 
- Linguistic and Cultural Pluralism in modes of philosophizing 
- Postcolonial 'hybridity' 

We invite participants to reflect on the status and problems of
contemporary Indian philosophy (post-independence), on its
recognition as philosophy and its specificities, due to its
particular colonial history and internal diversity. We in particular
want to highlight the transition from the colonial external
influences to the postcolonial internal developments that contribute
to characterize the cultural and linguistic plurality of Indian
philosophical traditions. In so doing, we hope to contribute together
to the international reception of contemporary Indian philosophy by
connecting regional and intercultural approaches.


Conference Programme

Thursday, 28.09.2017

09.00 - 09.20
Salutations: Georg Stenger, Karin Preisendanz, Marion Rastelli

Key Figures in Contemporary Indian Philosophy (History of Philosophy)

09.20 - 09.40
Adluri Raghuramaraju - Introduction to Contemporary Indian Philosophy

09.45 - 10.30
Marzenna Jakubczak - A Comparative Perspective of Hariharānanda
Āraṇya (1869 - 1947), a Bengali Philosopher-Monk

10.30 - 11.15
Pawel Odyniec: Rethinking Advaita Within the Colonial Predicament:
The Confrontative Philosophy of K. C. Bhattacharyya (1875 - 1949)

11.15 - 11.30
Coffee Break

11.30 - 12.15
Purushottama Bilimoria - Indologism's Progenitors, Devourers and
Critics: Hegel, Hacker, Radhakrishnan and J. L. Mehta

12.15 - 13.00
Daniel Raveh - Still in Dialogue: New Discoveries in Daya Krishna's
Oeuvre

13.00 - 14.00
Lunch

14.00 - 14.45
Gur Livneh - The Challenge of Comparative Political Philosophy: "The
Political" in the philosophies of Sri Aurobindo, Daya Krishna and J.
N. Mohanty

14.45 - 15.30
Anna-Pya Sjödin - Conceptualizing Philosophical Tradition: A Reading
of Wilhelm Halbfass, Daya Krishna and Jitendranath Mohanty

15.30 - 15.45
Coffee Break

15.45 - 16.30
Dor Miller - Reading Derrida with Daya Krishna

16.30 - 17.15
Adluri Raghuramaraju - Reexamining the Comparative Philosophy Between
East and West: Deleuze, Guattari and Gandhi


Friday, 29.09.2017

Where Is Indian Philosophy Going? (Politics of Philosophy)

09.00 - 10.20
Jay Garfield and Nalini Bhushan - Indian Nationalist Thought: Lala
Lajpat Rai's Taxonomy and its Contemporary Relevance

10.20 - 11.05
Sharad Deshpande - In the Midst of Contemporary Indian Philosophy

11.05 - 11.30
Coffee Break

11.30 - 12.15
Bina Gupta - Tradition (Sanskrit) and Modernity (English): A Spurious
Choice for Indian Philosophers

12.15 - 13.00
Muzaffar Ali - Indian Philosophy Refunded on Ethics

13.00 - 14.00
Lunch

14.00 - 14.45
Bhagat Oinam - Trends of Philosophising in the Post-Independent India

14.45 - 15.30
Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad: Philosophy and Philology, Past and Future:
On the History and Life of Ideas

15.30 - 15.45
Coffee Break

15.45 - 16.30
Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach: Postcolonial Representations of Indian
Philosophy

16.30 - 17.15
Elise Coquereau - Politics of Addressing, Problems of Reception: To
whom are Anglophone Indian Philosophers Speaking?

17.15 - 18.00
Round Table: How can we trigger more scholars to take advantage of
contemporary Indian philosophy?


Venue

The Conference  takes place at the Department of Philosophy in the
University of Vienna. The conference venue is the Neues
Institutsgebäude (NIG) at the Universitätsstraße 7 in Vienna.

Address:
University of Vienna
Department of Philosophy
Universitätsstr. 7
3rd Floor
1010 Vienna (Austria) 

Organisation

Elise Coquereau, Elisa Freschi, Georg Stenger

Website:
http://philosophie.univie.ac.at/interkultphil/conference-the-challenge-of-postcolonial-philosophy-in-india/