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Celebrating the Goldmans at UC Berkeley

  Homeroom International House

Sally Sutherland Goldman
Robert P. Goldman

Professor 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

9:30 am: Opening remarks

9:50-11:05: Panel 1
Kashi Gomez: On Finding Adopted Daughters in a Bahuvrīhi
Travis LaMar Smith: Veśyā 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”
Moderator: Deven M. Patel

11:05-11:15: Break

11:15-12:30: Panel 2
Michael Slouber: Coming Full Circle
Vesna A. Wallace (Via Zoom): The Applications and Interpretations of the Kāvyadarśa in Inner Asia
Sean Kerr: Buddhist Spins on Mindfulness of Breathing
Moderator: Adheesh Sathaye

12:30-1:30 pm: Lunch break

1:30-2:50 pm: Panel 3
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
Chris Tompkins: The Importance of Gathering a Diversity of Manuscript Witnesses: Lessons learned from Preparing my Critical Edition of the Kālottara Tantra
Moderator: Michael Slouber

2:50-3: Break

3-4:20: Panel 4
Lisa Allette Brooks: Who or What is a Leech? (And Why or How Should You Care)
Jenkin Leung: The Rāmāyaṇa in Literary Chinese Texts
Lauren Bausch: Vedic ātmans
Moderator: Luther Obrock

4:20-4:30: Break

4:30-5:45 pm: Reflections
Professor Robert Goldman and Dr. Sally Sutherland Goldman in conversation with Professor Munis D. Faruqui (Associate professor, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UCBerkeley)

Sat, April 30

9:30-10:45 am: Panel 5
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
Moderator: Lauren Bausch

10:45-10:55 am: Break

10:55-12:10 pm: Panel 6
Deven M. Patel: Triśaṅku 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
Moderator: Travis LaMar Smith

12:10 pm: Lunch

Lauren Bausch (Assistant Professor, Dharma Realm Buddhist University)
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 (Ph.D. Candidate, South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley)
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)

PLEASE NOTE: ATTENDANCE RESTRICTION: Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result is required for attendance.

ROBERT GOLDMAN is the William and Catherine Magistretti Distinguished Professor of Sanskrit and India Studies. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 1971 and has taught and held fellowships and several academic institutions around the world, including the University of Rochester, Oxford University, Jadavpur University and Jawaharlal Nehru University. His areas of scholarly interest include Sanskrit literature and literary theory, Indian Epic Studies, and psychoanalytically oriented cultural studies. He has published widely in these areas, authoring several books and dozens of scholarly articles. He is perhaps best known for his work as the Director, General Editor, and a principal translator of a massive and fully annotated Princeton University Press translation of the critical edition of the Valmiki Ramayana, perhaps the single most widely copied and massively influential text on the religions, literatures, societies politics and general cultures of the entire region of South and Southeast Asia from antiquity to the modern world. His work has been recognized by several awards, fellowships and prizes including election as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1966), Citation and Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University of California at Berkeley (1974), Honorary Fellowship at Calcutta Sanskrit College (1992), Honorary Degree of “Vidyāsāgara” (“Ocean of Learning”) by the Mandākinī Saṃskṛta Vidvat Pariṣad, New Delhi (1997), President’s Certificate of Honour for Sanskrit (International) (2013), Excellence in Teaching Award presented by the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association ( 2016), the World Sanskrit Award 2017 presented by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, (2017) and the A.K. Ramanujan Translation Prize by the Association of Asian Studies (with Sally Sutherland Goldman) ( 2020).

SALLY SUTHERLAND GOLDMAN received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1979, where she has taught Sanskrit and related subjects since 1981. She is the Associate Editor of the VālmīkiRāmāyaṇa Translation Project. She is the co-annotator of the Bālakāṇḍa (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984), and co-translator of the Sundarakāṇḍa (Princeton: Princeton University Press,1996), Yuddhakāṇḍa (Princeton: Princeton University Press,2016), and the Uttarakāṇḍa (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016)). Dr. Sutherland Goldman has lectured, taught, and published widely in the areas of Sanskrit epic and literature and traditional South Asian constructions and representations of gender. She is co-author of the Devavāṇīpraveśikā: An Introduction to the Sanskrit Language (Berkeley: Centers for South and Southeast Asia Studies, U. C. Berkeley, 1980, 2004) and the editor of Bridging Worlds: Studies on Women in South Asia (Berkeley: Centers for South and Southeast Asia Studies, U. C. Berkeley 1991. Reprint: Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1991). A frequent visitor to India, she spent the Spring of 2010 as a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Historical Studies at Jahwarhal Nehru University. She was selected as was a recepient of the the University of California at Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award for 2012.

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The event is FREE and OPEN to the public.