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ZICILP Conference: For pleasure, for liberation? Discourses on the performing arts in classical and medieval India

4th Zurich International Conference on Indian Literature and Philosophy (ZICILP), June 29 - July 1, 2023


Universät Zürich, Asien-Orient-Institut, Raum RAA E08, Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zürich


A fundamental ambiguity characterizes premodern Indian discourses on the performing arts. They are represented, on the one hand, as spectacles in which the arts of music, dance, storytelling, or poetic recitations are performed for the sake of pleasure, entertainment, and social prestige, and on the other as instruments for attaining religious merit and liberation.
This conference moves away from modern interpretations of Indian art as “spiritual” and from an aesthetic paradigm disconnected from social and political contexts. The focus is on the historical embeddedness of performance practices, and on the religious, aesthetic and intellectual discourses that inform the relationship between pleasure-orientation and soteriological goals.

Keynote Lecture

Donnerstag, 29.06.2023, 17:30 - 18:30 Uhr

Lyne Bansat-Boudon (EPHE Paris): "Is Bhaṭṭa Nāyaka then not (or not entirely) a Mīmāṃsaka? A new approach to Bhaṭṭa Nāyaka’s exegesis on the first chapter of the Nāṭyaśāstra"


Asien-Orient-Institut - Indologie


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