Bob and Sally GoldmanProfessor Robert Goldman and Dr. Sally Sutherland Goldman retired last spring after fifty and forty years, respectively, of teaching and research at Berkeley. To honor their illustrious careers and their innumerable contributions to the field of South Asian Studies, the Institute for South Asia Studies is organizing a day-and-a-half long conference that will bring together current and former students of the Goldmans who continue their scholarly legacy.


Fri, April 29, 2022
Venue: The Homeroom, I House

  • 9:30 am: Opening remarks
  • 9:50-11:05: Panel 1: Moderator: Deven M. Patel
    • Kashi Gomez: On Finding Adopted Daughters in a Bahuvrīhi
    • Travis LaMar SmithVeśyā and Veśa: Courtesans and the Matriarchal Household
    • Jesse Knutson (Via Zoom): Babhūva tumulaṃ yuddham: The Syntax of Violence in the Rāmāyaṇa and the “tumula Verse-Type”
  • 11:05-11:15: Break
  • 11:15-12:30: Panel 2: ModeratorAdheesh Sathaye
    • Michael Slouber: Coming Full Circle
    • Vesna A. Wallace (Via Zoom): The Applications and Interpretations of the Kāvyadarśa in Inner Asia
    • Chris Tompkins: The Importance of Gathering a Diversity of Manuscript Witnesses: Lessons learned from Preparing my Critical Edition of the Kālottara Tantra
    • Sean Kerr: Buddhist Spins on Mindfulness of Breathing
  • 12:30-1:30 pm: Lunch break
  • 1:30-2:45 pm: Panel 3: ModeratorMichael Slouber
    • Priya Kothari: On the Politics of Preaching Stories of Krishna in Gujarat
    • Kristi Wiley: Vidyādharas in the Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki and the Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra of Hemacandra
    • Alexandra Ciolac: Illustrating a laghukāvya: Jain Illuminated Manuscripts of the Bhaktāmara Stotra
  • 2:45-3: Break
  • 3-4:15: Panel 4: ModeratorLuther Obrock
  • 4:15-4:25: Break
  • 4:30-5:45 pm: Reflections
  • Private Dinner

Sat, April 30, 2022
Venue: The Homeroom, I House

  • 9:30-10:45 am: Panel 5: ModeratorLauren Bausch
    • Ishaan Sharma: When Gods Play Messenger: Examining Krishna’s Theophany in the Kuru Court
    • Luther Obrock: Like Some Rāmāyaṇa or Mahābhārata: Kalhaṇa on Narration and History
    • Petra Lamberson: Identities in Situ: The Contested Sacred Sites of Nepal
  • 10:45-10:55 am: Break
  • 10:55-12:10 pm: Panel 6: ModeratorTravis LaMar Smith
    • Deven M. PatelTriśaṅku ṭīkā: An Argument for Sanskrit Literary Commentary as Translation
    • Janet Um: Framing Daṇḍin: Author as Character in the Avantisundarī
    • Adheesh Sathaye: How (Not) to Translate a Sanskrit Joke
  • 12:10 pm: Lunch



  • Lauren Bausch (Assistant Professor, Dharma Realm Buddhist Studies)
  • Lisa Allette Brooks (Research Fellow, Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society, UC Berkeley)
  • Alexandra Ciolac (Ph.D. Candidate, South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley)
  • Kashi Gomez (PhD Candidate, South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley)
  • Sean Kerr (Assistant Professor, Dharma Realm Buddhist University)
  • Jesse Knutson (Associate Professor of Sanskrit Language and Literature, University of Hawaii at Manoa)
  • Priya Kothari (Ph.D. Candidate, South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley)
  • Petra Lamberson (Ph.D. Candidate, South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley)
  • Jenkin Leung (BA, South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley)
  • Luther Obrock (Assistant Professor in South Asian Religions, University of Toronto Mississauga)
  • Deven M. Patel (Associate Professor of South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania)
  • Adheesh Sathaye (Associate Professor of Sanskrit Literature and South Asian Folklore at the University of British Columbia)
  • Ishaan Sharma (Ph.D. South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley)
  • Michael Slouber (Associate Professor of South Asian Studies, Western Washington University)
  • Travis LaMar Smith (Associate Professor of Religion, Seoul National University)
  • Chris Tompkins (Co-originator of the Foundation for Yoga)
  • Janet Um (Ph.D. South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley)
  • Vesna A. Wallace (Professor of Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara)
  • Kristi Wiley (Former Lecturer, South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley)