Conference on Sindhu-Saraswati Civilisation in Los Angeles, Feb 21 and 22.
Conference on Sindhu-Saraswati Civilization
An international conference on the Sindhu-Saraswati Valley Civilization will be held in Los Angeles, at the Hilton Center of Loyola Marymount University on Feb. 21 and 22, 2009. The aim of the conference is to discuss, reconsider and reconstruct a shared identity of the Sindhu (Indus) and Saraswati cultures, using archaeological and other scientific evidence as well as Vedic literature. For two days eminent archaeologists, linguists, anthropologists, historians, religious studies specialists and geneticists will present and discuss their findings on the salient issues of the Sindhu-Saraswati civilization and assess its contribution to Indian culture.
The conference hopes to inform the general educated public about the contribution of these early South Asian cultures to world civilization, and about the issues and problems of interpretation related to them.
1. Time: Chronology of Indus Valley and Vedic Cultures.
2. People: Linguistic Relationship
3 Geographical location: The Saraswati and the Indus cultural habitats
4. Patterns of Cultural Interactions: Trade, Religion, Polity.
5. Origins, Homeland, Migration.
6. Continuities: Biological, Ethnological
Individual talks for 30 minutes, with 15 minute Q&A time.
Time: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm – Feb 21, 2009
9.00 am to 2.00 pm-Feb 22, 2009
Jonathan Mark Kenoyer ( University of Wisconsin)
B.B. Lal (Former DG, Archaeological Survey of India)
Jim G. Shaffer ( Case Western Reserve University)
Carl C. Lamberg-Karlovsky ( Harvard University)
S.R.Rao (Archaeological Survey of India and NIO)
Edwin Bryant ( Rutgers University)
Vijendra Kumar Kashyap (National Institute of Biologicals, India)
Maurizio Tosi ( University of Bologna , Italy )
Ashok Aklujkar ( University of British Columbia)
R.S. Bisht (Archaeological Survey of India)
Louis Flam ( City University of New York)
Dennys Frenez ( University of Bologna)
Shiva Bajpai (California State University, Northridge)
Nicholas Kazanas ( Omilos Meleton Cultural Institute , Athens )
Subhash Kak ( Oklahama State University)
The papers presented at the conference will be made available to the people at the venue and later published as a volume about the origins, people and culture of the Indus/Sindhu Valley and Saraswati Valley civilizations.
Doshi Bridgebuilder Endowment, Loyola Marymount University
Soka University of America
Classics and Archaeology, Loyola Marymount University.
College of Liberal Arts, Loyola Marymount University