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Symposium Program

DAY 01
Thursday, December 5

Opening Keynote Panel

Reflection on “Dharma and Puṇya: Buddhist Ritual Art” and the later history of Nepal

Chair: Eugene Wang, Harvard University
Jinah Kim & Todd Lewis

5:30 – 6:30pm

Lecture Hall, Lower Level

Reception 6:30 – 7:30pm

HAA living room, 4th floor
485 Broadway, Cambridge

DAY 02
Friday, December 6


8:00am – 6:00pm
Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy St, Cambridge

8:00am   Coffee/pastry
8:40am   Opening remarks

8:45am – 10:15am

Panel 1: Nepal Maṇḍala – the setting

Chair: Yukio Lippit, Harvard
A Newar Offering in Buddhist History
Eric Huntington, Rice University
On Vajracarya crowns
John Guy, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Indra’s faces in Nepal. The Newarization of an Indian god
Gérard Toffin, CNRS, Paris

10:15am — 10:45am   coffee/tea break

10:45am - 12:15pm

Panel 2: Nepal Maṇḍala in the early modern era (the late Malla period)

Chair: Eugene Wang, Harvard University
Hanumān Worship under the Kings of the Late Malla Period in Nepal
Gudrun Bühnemann, The University of Wisconsin-Madison
The social world of the Malla period manuscripts and paubhas
Jinah Kim, Harvard University
Spectacle and Splendor: Newar Buddhist Celebrations in Art and Ritual Practice
Kerry Lucinda Brown, Savannah College of Art and Design

12:15pm - 1:30pm   lunch

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Panel 3: Nepal Maṇḍala in the intra- & trans-regional context

Chair: Janet Gyatso
Beyond the Nepal Mandala: The Wider World of a painted Devīmāhātmya manuscript
Louis Copplestone, Harvard University
Narratives of Place: Locating Nepāla Maṇḍala in the Folios of the Svasthānīvratakathā, 16th-20th Century
Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz, Penn State University
Newar-Tibetan Relations since the Younghusband Invasion: Connections and Reconnections in Trade and Buddhist Relations
Todd Lewis, College of the Holy Cross
Emergence of an Art School: Juddha Kala Pathshala during late Rana period in Nepal
Dipti Sherchan, University of Illinois at Chicago

3:30 - 4:00 coffee/tea break

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Panel 4: Nepal Maṇḍala in global terms

Chair: Naresh Man Bajracharya, College of the Holy Cross
The Radiantly Beautiful Center of the World: Deity Possession and Holy Ground in Kathmandu
Ellen Coon, Independent Scholar
Naḥli Tisā, or, Where Is the Modern and the Global in Newar Jewellery?
Christoph Emmerich, University of Toronto
The Chariot Festival of Rāto Matsyendranāth/Buṃgadyaḥ of the Kathmandu Valley: Forty Years of Innovations and Transformations.
Bruce McCoy Owens, Wheaton College

6:00pm   Symposium participant dinner

DAY 03
Saturday, December 7

Dharma and Punya Exhibition Group Visit

9:00 – 3:30pm
Iris B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross

9:00am   Departure from Cambridge
10:00am – 1:00pm   Dharma and Puṇya gallery visit and group discussion with Naresh Man Bajracharya, Sonali Dhingra and the curators
1:00pm – 2:00pm   Farewell lunch
3:30pm   Return to Cambridge

All event are free and open to public.

Registration is recommended as space is limited.

Please sign up here

Those wishing to attend the Saturday exhibition group visit should sign up by November 20.