JAN WESTERHOFF (University of Oxford)
Please join us on
Friday, March 28 at 5:30PM
for his lecture, co-sponsored by the Department of Religion, entitled:
“Śāstravid: A New Electronic Research Tool for Studying Indian Philosophical Texts”
Abstract: Śāstravid is a new web-based framework for the study of Indian philosophical texts (śāstras) that has been developed since 2010 with a major grant from the European Research Council. Śāstravid provides an innovative tool for an integrated presentation of root texts, commentaries, translations, notes, and bibliographical references. It also incorporates a custom-made format for displaying a conceptual analysis of the texts covered. The system is set up in such a way that users can easily move between a work’s textual structure (as found in the root texts and commentaries) and its conceptual structure (the hierarchy of topics the work investigates).
At its present stage Śāstravid contains primarily Madhyamaka material in Sanskrit, Tibetan and Chinese, as well as translations into various European languages. However, the system is set up to allow for easy encoding of any Indic set of texts composed according to the root text/commentary model and encourages users to contribute to the notes and bibliographical references, and to add texts on their own. Śāstravid also provides an ideal platform for researchers in different physical locations planning to collaborate by editing, translating or commenting on a text.
A first, fully functional version of the programme is now available and this presentation will provide an introduction to its main features and its uses for researchers in Indology, Buddhist studies, the Study of Religion, and related disciplines.
March 28, 5:30-7:30 pm, Rm. 101, Claremont Ave, Columbia University http://goo.gl/maps/zfUKH
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Assistant Professor, Princeton University, Department of Religion
Assistant Professor, The City University of New York, Baruch College, Department of Philosophy
Daniel M. del Nido