Many Mahābhāratas PreConference

Thursday, October 26th
Madison Concourse Hotel
Parlor Room 629 (6th Floor)


7:30 AM–8:30 AM: Coffee & Light Breakfast

8:30 AM–8:40 AM: Nell Hawley and Sohini Pillai | Welcome & Introduction

8:40 AM–9:20 PM: On Performance & Pilgrimage

Aparna Dharwadker | The Parsi Theatre Mahābhārata: Religion, Language, Spectacle

Frederick Smith | The Palimpsest of Himalayan Sacred Geography on the Geography of the Mahābhārata

9:20 AM–10:20 AM: On Violence

David Gitomer | Violent Echoes: Formula, Repetition and Creativity in the Bhīṣma Parvan Battle Rhetoric

Robert Goldman | Ā Garbhāt: Murderous Rage and Collective Punishment as Thematic Elements in Vyāsa’s Mahābhārata

Timothy Lorndale | An Old Dharma in a New Age: Duryodhana’s Critique of the Pāṇḍavas in Ranna’s Sāhasabhīmavijaya

10:20 AM–11:00 AM: Coffee Break

11:00 AM–12:00 PM: On Krishna

Lawrence McCrea | The Lord of Glory and the Lord of Men: Power and Partiality in Māgha's Śiśupālavadha

Sohini Pillai | The Bhārata as Biography: Introducing Krishna in the Mahābhāratas of Villiputtur and Sabal Singh Chauhan

Ahona Panda | How to be Political Without Being Polemical: The Fallout of Rabindranath Tagore and Bankim Chandra Chatterjee over the Mahābhārata

12:00 PM–2:00 PM: Lunch Break

2:00 PM–3:20 PM: On Gender

Sally Sutherland Goldman | The Voice Within: Gender and Discourse in the Narrative of Sulabhā (Mahābhārata 12.308)

Nell Hawley | Bangles and Bowstrings: Arjuna/Bṛhannalā in the Pañcarātra

Harshita Mruthinti Kamath | Vernacularizing the Good Wife: Eṟṟāpragaḍa’s Telugu Mahābhārata and Beyond

Amanda Culp | How Do You Solve a Problem Like Shakuntala: Considering Alternative Endings to Kālidāsa’s Drama on the Contemporary Indian Stage

3:20 PM–3:40 PM: Coffee Break

3:40 PM–4:40 PM: On Aesthetics & New Genres

Sudipta Kaviraj | The Mahābhārata in Modernity: Bengali Readings of the Epic

Bruce Sullivan | The World's Longest Scripture on a Single Page: The Mahābhārata as Devotional Poster

Philip Lutgendorf | A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away: The Mahābhārata as Dystopian Future

4:40 PM–6:00 PM: Anne Monius | Discussion

6:30 PM–7:30 PM: All-Conference Reception

7:30 PM: Informal Dinner