God and Vaiṣṇavism: An Online Workshop, 23-26 May 2022, 3pm CEST

An Online Workshop
23-26 May 2022, 3.00-5.30pm CEST

The purpose of the online workshop God and Vaiṣṇavism is to locate the Vaiṣṇava concept of God within a global philosophical framework. Each speaker in the workshop will explore a concept of God in one of the main Vaiṣṇava traditions or texts. The main question to be addressed is: What is the Vaiṣṇava concept of God? Or more specifically: What attributes does God possess according to particular textual sources and traditions in Vaiṣṇavism? There will also be more general talks on philosophy and the concept of God.

The workshop will be held on Zoom. There will be no fee for participation. Registration however will be required.

The workshop is part of “A Philosophical Approach to the Vaiṣṇava Concept of God,” a project funded by the John Templeton Foundation through the Global Philosophy of Religion Project, hosted by the University of Birmingham. The workshop is supported by the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and the Institute for Vaishnava Studies.

List of Talks:
• Varieties of Theism, Benedikt Göcke (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany)
• Thinking about God, Graham Oppy (Monash University, Australia)
• Philosophical Issues with the Concept of God, Rebecca Chan (San José State University, USA)
• The Concept of God in the Bhavagad Gītā: A Panentheistic Account, Ricardo Silvestre (Federal University of Campina Grande, Brazil) and Alan Herbert (Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, UK)
• Form and Beauty: God in the Bhagavata Purāṇa, Edwin Francis Bryant (Rutgers University, USA)
• Reflections on Pāñcarātra Conceptions of Deity, Gavin Flood (University of Oxford, UK)
• Expounding God’s Singularity in the Mahābhārata Epic, Angelika Malinar (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
• The Āḻvār concept of God: A Look at Toṇṭaraṭippoṭi Āḻvār’s and Maturakavi Āḻvār’s Objects of Worship, Suganya Anandakichenin (University of Hamburg, Germany)
• The Concept of God in Madhva’s Tatva-vada, Shrinivasa Varakhedi (Central Sanskrit University, India) and Srinivasa Kumar Acharya (Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India)
• Non-theism and Theism in the Nimbārka Sampradāya, Vijay Ramnarace (Georgetown University, USA)
• God in Puṣṭimārga, Frederick M. Smith (University of Iowa, USA)
• A Polyvalent Concept of God in the Caitanya Vaiṣṇava Tradition, Ala