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Uppsala seminar with Anna-Pya Sjödin on the early Upanishads
March 5, 2013 - 13:15-15:00
The Forum for South Asian Studies at Uppsala University invites to a seminar with seminar with Dr. Anna-Pya Sjödin. She will talk about ”Lord over this whole world: Agency and Philosophy in the Early Upaniṣads.
Venue: 6-0031 (house-room), Engelska Parken, Thunbergsgatan 3H, Uppsala.
The lecture illuminates some of the ways that agency is conceptualized in the Bṛhadāraṇyakopaniṣad (BĀU). The Brhad as an upanishadic text bears traces of discussions and speculations that were formulated within a culture of sacrificial ritual. At the same time it points to a widening of the possibility to think sacrificial agency in terms of general agency. Sjödin’s main interest here concerns in what way thinking the sacrifice orders thinking the human being and thinking knowledge. The presentation will begin with outlining key concepts and presuppositions and then proceed to the topical analysis of the text and then towards the end it will relate this to later philosophical discourses on the self.
Anna-Pya Sjödin has a PhD in Indology from Uppsala University 2007. Junior Research Fellow in philosophy at Södertörn University since 2008. Currently working with the project: “The little girl who knew her brother would be coming home: knowledge and cognition in Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika”. Sjodin’s research is centered on the understandings and conceptualizations of knowledge and cognition, especially intrasubjective cognition, within the commentarial tradition of Vaiśeṣika- sūtra. She furthermore works on the position of Indian philosophy within European academic philosophy.