The Center for India Studies 2011 Conference – Final Report
November 30, 2011

The Center for India Studies is very pleased to report that the conference on ‘Eastern and Indigenous Perspectives on Sustainability and Conflict Resolution’ held on November 14-15,  2011 attracted a fine gathering of scholars and participants from across the U.S. and internationally. The conference was funded by grants from the Uberoi Foundation for Religious Studies, and by a Conference Support Grant from the Office of  Research, University of South Florida, and co-sponsored by the International Center for Cultural Studies USA Inc., a nonprofit organization. The conference examined sustainable/conflict-resolving philosophies and practices in South and East Asian religions and cultures and within indigenous communities across the globe.

The welcome address by Dr. Karen Holbrook, Senior Vice President for Research, Innovation and Global Affairs, highlighted the various international centers and programs within USF World. On November 14, three keynote speeches were presented:  by Professor Christopher Chapple (Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology, Loyola Marymount University) on Indian religious traditions and sustainability, by Professor David Haberman (Chair, Dept,. of Religious Studies, Indiana University) on the role of Vedanta philosophies in environmental activism, and by Professor Timothy Morton (Professor of English, University of California, Davis) on ontological aspects of non-violence. On November 15, Professor Ved Nanda, Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law University of Denver), provided a keynote speech on legal frameworks for the peaceful settlement of international disputes. The second keynote speech was given by Roberto Mukaro Borero, President of the United Confederation of Taino People, on conflict resolution from the perspective of the Taino people and the reluctance of governmental entities to involve them as equal participants. On the evening of November 14, conference participants enjoyed an accomplished performance of Indian choral music by Tampa Bay’s Sanskruti Choir, conducted by musicologist and composer Kanniks Kannikeswaran, erstwhile artist in residence at the USF Center for India Studies.

For more information on the conference, please see attached brochure or contact the Center for India Studies.

Dr. Christopher Key Chapple

Dr. David L. Haberman

Dr. Timothy Morton

Dr. Ved Nanda

Roberto Mukaro Borero