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South Asia Research and Information Institute
Southern Methodist University’s Department of Religious Studies

present a one day conference on

Jainism in
South India


Jainism: Its origin in Eastern North India and Later Arrival and History in South India

Dr. A, Veluppillai, Faculty Associate, Arizona State University

Jainism in the History and Literature of Karnataka

Dr. Robert Zydenbos, Professor, University of Munich

Religion, Leitmotif of Jaina Tamil Literature

Dr. Rangarajan Vijayalakshmy, Retd. Associate Professor, International Institute of Tamil Studies

Going to Hell or Being Low-born: Misinterpretation of Jain Tamil Usage and the History of Untouchability in Early South Indian Society

Dr. S. Palaniappan, President, SARII

Sculpture or Architecture?: Reconsidering Jain Rock-Cut Monuments in Tamil Nadu

Dr. Lisa N. Owen, Asst. Professor, University of North Texas

The Holy Jain Field of the White Pond: Bahubali and His Kshetra as Reflected in the Mahamastakabhisheka Ritual
Ms. Eva-Maria Glasbrenner, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate, University of Munich 

chaired by

Dr. Steven E. Lindquist

Asst. Professor of Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University


9:30 AM - 5 PM

Saturday, September 20, 2008

McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall, Southern Methodist University

For Directions to Southern Methodist University, see

Park free in the lot north of Dallas Hall on
Daniel Avenue at Athens Avenue. Additional parking is available in the visitor lot on Airline Road at University Blvd.

Free lunch is provided.

For free registration, email before September 15.

For more information,

Mr. Atul Khara (972) 424-4902

Mr. Dilip Shah (972) 713-7755

Ms. Radha Sury (972) 416-6779

Dr. Steven Lindquist (214) 768-2105

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