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Indian Studies through Comprehensive Structural Studies

[Notice] Special Lecture: Professor Hwang Sun-il (Dean of the College of Buddhist Studies at Dongguk University)

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Institute of Indian Studies, Humanities Korea Plus Project Team (HK+) at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) will host a special lecture by Professor Hwang Sun-il, the Dean of the College of Buddhist Studies at Dongguk University on June 3rd (Fri.). 


In the colonial era, historical sites of Indian Buddhism were neglected under the influence of Hinduism and Islam, the two most dominant religions at the time. As British colonial officials in India gradually showed interest in Buddhist historical sites, the ruins of India began to be restored. However, the British colonial officials were only amateur archaeologists. Although many of the remains were  preserved, the activities of the officials were tainted with scandals. 


In this lecture, we will explore the procedures of excavation and preservation of Indian Buddhist remains. Furthermore, we will examine with critical eyes the various issues raised on the account of the excavation and preservation of the Buddhist sites from the viewpoint of Orientalism.



Professor Hwang Sun-il studied Indian Philosophy at Dongguk University and Graduate School and acquired a doctoral degree at Oxford University, UK, from his studies on early Buddhism and the concept of nirvana. His primary area of research is Indian Buddhism, and he is now expanding his research focus to Southeast Asian Buddhist culture. He held his position as Guest Professor in succession aChulalongkorn University in Thailand, Saitama University in Japan, and Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Kazakhstan. His publications include Metaphor and Literalism in Buddhism, The Doctrinal History of Nirvana (Routledge); Sermon of One Hundred Days: Part One (Equinox), ​Spread of Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia (Kasan Institute of Buddhist Culture), and his major research papers include "The meaning of anupādisesanibbāna from Unanswered Question's perspectives," "Establishment of Modern Dunhuang Studies and Orientalism," "The Transition of the Mahakapi Jataka: from Animal Fable to Humanistic Rational Story." He received Bul-i Award in 2008 and now he is in charge of the Modern Buddhism Photo Archive Project. He has served as the Dean of Academic Affairs at Dongguk University and he is the incumbent Dean of the College of Buddhist Studies. 


Anyone interested in the history of excavation of Indian Buddhist remains in the early 20th century and Orientalism related to it is welcome to attend. 


 

 

∎ Topic: Excavation of Indian Buddhist Remains in Colonial Era and Orientalism

∎ Speaker: Professor Hwang Sun-il (Dean of the College of Buddhist Studies, Dongguk University)

∎ Date: June 3rd 2022(Fri.) 15:30 - 17:00 

∎ Venue: Online(WebExhttps://hufs.webex.com/meet/hkindia