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18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science

20160319 Jainism and Science

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Date: 19 March 2016
 9:00 AM
Finishes: 19 March 2016
 6:00 PM
Venue: Brunei GalleryRoom: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
Type of Event: Conference

The Jains have a distinctive attitude to science and knowledge. The Jain approach defines science as encompassing all forms of knowledge, including the physical sciences, the humanities and the spiritual journey.

The Jain concept of science is based on the rational pursuit of knowledge, uncluttered by dogma and seeking to peel away layers of preconception. Jain science aims to challenge views of reality that are false because they are ‘one-sided’. In Jainism, ‘the individual must ultimately find the truth for himself as no priest or scripture is believed to have the answers. These principles are intended to be self-verifying so that the follower discovers truths for himself rather like a research worker in a laboratory’ (Mardia 2002: 4–5). 

In the 18th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Science world renowned intellectuals and people from different professions will take part, exchange their expertise and share experience. 

Guests are also encouraged to attend the 16th Annual Jaina Lecture, 'Newly Discovered Jaina Mathematical Manuscripts and their Content' given by Anupam Jain (Government Degree College, Sanwer, Indore) on Friday, 18 March 2016.   




Tea and Coffee


First Session: Evidence and Proof in Jaina Science & Philosophy


Muni Mahendra Kumar (Jain Vishva Bharati Institute, India, Skype)
The Enigma of Cosmogony


Marie-Hélène Gorisse (SOAS University of London, Ghent University, Belgium) 
Scientific Knowledge in Jainism


Ana Bajželj (Polonsky Academy, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Israel)
Upakāra in Akalaṅka's Tattvārthavārtika


Tea & Coffee


Second Session: Jaina Theories of Time


Rajmal Jain (Kadi Sarva Vishvavidyalay, Ahmedabad) & Anupam Jain (Government Degree College, Sanwer, Indore)
Space and Time: In the Perspectives of Jainism and Science


Samaṇī Unnata Prajñā (SOAS & Jain Viśva Bhāratī Ladnun)
Jaina Doctrine of Timelessness


Catherine Morice-Singh (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3)
The Treatment of Series in the Gaṇitasārasaṃgraha of Mahāvīrācārya and its Connections to Jaina Cosmology


Group Photo


Lunch: Brunei Gallery Suite


Third Session: Jaina Mathematicians


Ratna Kumar Shah (Pune, India)
Jinabhadragaṇi Kṣamāśramaṇa: Computational Wizard of Sixth Century C.E.


Alessandra Petrocchi (University of Cambridge, UK)
Siṃhatilakasūri’s Mathematical Commentary (13th c. CE) on the Gaṇitatilaka


Johannes Bronkhorst (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
Jaina versus Brahmanical Mathematicians


Tea & Coffee


Fourth Session: When Science Meets Fiction


Basile Leclère (Université de Lyon 3, France)
Architectural Science in Jain Poetry: Descriptions of Kumārapāla’s Temples 


Christine Chojnacki (University Lyon 3, France)
When Science Meets Fiction: On Technical Passages in Jain Medieval Novels


Peter Flügel (SOAS)
Jainism and Science: History and Ontology of the 'Soul'

Brief Break



Addressing the question:"Is Jaina philosophy compatible with the modern sciences?"

In the Chair: Shamil Chandaria (London)

Featuring:Johannes Bronkhorst (University of Lausanne), Kalyan Gangwal (Pune), Anupam Jain (Government Degree College, Sanwer, Indore), Laxmi Chandra Jain (Government Engineering College, Jabalpur), Mukul Shah (London), Ratnakumar Shah (Pune), Sanjeev Sogani (Gyan Sagar Science Foundation, New Delhi), Samani Unnata Pragya (SOAS & Jain Vishva Bharati Institute, Ladnun), And others (to be confirmed)


Final Remarks

Book of Abstracts


Free and open to all.  We encourage guests to register as it helps us gauge numbers for lunch: Online Registration

Annual Jaina Lecture

Newly Discovered Jaina Mathematical Manuscripts and their Content with Anupam Jain (Government Degree College, Sanwer, Indore) on Friday, 18 March 2016.  Further details.  


Contact email: centres(at)soas.ac.uk
Contact Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4892
Sponsor: GyanSagar Foundation, JivDaya Foundation and Anil and Lata Chandaria

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