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Presented By: Center for South Asian Studies

CSAS Thomas R. Trautmann Honorary Lecture | (Indian) Animals Are Good to Think With

Stephanie Jamison, Department of Asian Languages & Cultures, UCLA

Stephanie Jamison, Department of Asian Languages & Cultures, UCLA Stephanie Jamison, Department of Asian Languages & Cultures, UCLA
Stephanie Jamison, Department of Asian Languages & Cultures, UCLA
Ancient and medieval Indian literature, both religious and secular, is saturated with animals—animal fables, animal transformations, animals as instructors or instructive exempla, animals reflecting human characteristics in a mirror that is not always flattering to the humans so reflected. Much of the animal lore of the Classical period is familiar to most people with even a passing interest in India, but this talk will explore some lesser known examples, especially from the earlier, Vedic period. It will highlight the accuracy of the field observation of animal physiology and behavior and the clever application of this field observation to the particulars in the human sphere. Among the topics treated will be frog mating, hyena physiology, and rhinoceros toes.

Stephanie Jamison received her PhD in Linguistics from Yale University in 1977, specializing in historical and Indo-European linguistics. Since 2002 she has been Professor (Distinguished Professor 2014) of Asian Languages and Cultures and of Indo-European Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

She publishes widely in Indo-Iranian and Indo-European linguistics, poetics, ritual, mythology, and law, with special focus on Vedic Sanskrit. With Joel Brereton, she produced the first complete English translation in over a century of the oldest Sanskrit text, the Ṛg Veda: The Rigveda: The Earliest Religious Poetry of India (Oxford Univ. Press. 2014).

Please register in advance for this zoom webinar here: https://umich.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtc-2qrzIrGNeCviBGGnPJECi-Z8zmr2Bo

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Stephanie Jamison, Department of Asian Languages & Cultures, UCLA Stephanie Jamison, Department of Asian Languages & Cultures, UCLA
Stephanie Jamison, Department of Asian Languages & Cultures, UCLA

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