RAMAYANA TEACHINGS OF DHARm-BASED LIFE AND STATE GOVERNANCE IN CURRENT WORLD CONTEXT:......INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE JUNE 4-5, 2005 IN ILLINOIS, USA...
Posted by Vishva News Reporter on February 8, 2005

RAMAYAN IN GLOBAL CONTEXT
2nd Ramayana Conference
June 4-5, 2005, in Illinois, USA

From HINDUISM TODAY:  DEKALB, ILLINOIS, February 3, 2005:

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University, in cooperation with the International Ramayana Institute of North America (IRINA), is organizing a second conference on Ramayana from June 4-5, 2005 at the Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois.

This conference will include presentations on various themes and Ramayana-based workshops.

The overall theme for the conference is: "Ramayana in the Global Context."

The Organizing Committee of the conference is inviting scholars worldwide to submit proposals for presentation.

 Proposed themes include: Ramayana-related education and research efforts, The inception of Ramayana in various countries, and the effect of Ramayana on various cultures and civilizations.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is February 11, 2005. For more information on presenting papers or conference registration, click on "source" above.

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SRii raam and sitaa-daevii, as husband wife about a million years ago, danced in their life-journey to the only one tune and music of DHARm....and they left for humanity the following teachings about  life:

  • If YOU live YOUR life by the universal and eternal rules and regulations of CREATION AND OPERATION called in veD as DHARm then DHARm will nourish and enrich you with realization of all YOUR desires, wishes, hopes and day-dreaming with imaginations to go where no one has gone before.....to do what no one has done before...
     
  • And most of all YOU can and will TOTAL BLISS by the understanding that if YOU DO NOT HURT ANYONE IN LIFE WITH WORDS, THOUGHTS AND DEEDS then YOU will get the same treatment in life from others...
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  • Based on the rule of DHARm SRii raam reigned over his kingdom for 11,000 years in which DHARmik mode of life ensured life a utopian living. This reign providing utopian life for all its citizens is called raam-raaj`y which is the vision of present human governments and societal organizations in the world context.

This is the message of raamaayAN in the global context of our current times.....

(Above extracted from the postings of veD knowledge sharing with YOU all on this PVAF web site by SRii champaklal dajibhai mistry)

Please click on the next line to read more details of this Ramayana conference on this DHARm-based web site or you can click on the red hilited name 2nd INTERNATIONAL RAMAYANA CONFERENCE 2005 to read the details on the web site hosted by the organizers of the Ramayana Conference.....



From INTERNATIONAL RAMAYANA CONFERENCE 2005 web site:

CALL FOR PAPERS

2nd International Ramayana Conference
Ramayana in the Global Context
June 4 - 5, 2005
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Illinois, USA

Abstract Deadline: January 31, 2005

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University, in cooperation with the International Ramayana Institute of North America (IRINA), is organizing a second conference on Ramayana from June 4th and 5th 2005 at the Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. This conference will include presentations on various themes and Ramayana-based workshops.

The overall theme for the conference is: "Ramayana in the Global Context."

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies provides leadership, focus, and coordination for Southeast Asian studies at Northern Illinois University. The Center's primary objective is to increase the knowledge of Southeast Asia through the facilitation of research, teaching, learning and public programming related to Southeast Asia. The countries of Southeast Asia are among the most diverse in the continent and include Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

In addition, the Center is responsible for addressing student needs, coordinating undergraduate and graduate courses dealing with Southeast Asia, administering the undergraduate minor and the graduate concentration in Southeast Asian studies and awarding and administering U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Scholarships to students. The Center is a designated U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

The cooperating organization is the International Ramayana Institute of North America (IRINA). IRINA includes the following cooperating organizations: the Anila Sinha Foundation, Indonesian Consulate, Indonesian Students Association in Chicago (Permias), Indonesian Womenís Association (Dharma Wanita), Kalapriya Foundation, Natya Dance Theatre, Thai Cultural and Fine Arts Institute, and the Thai Association of Illinois. IRINA is dedicated to facilitating and promoting the exchange of the literary, artistic, cultural and scientific aspects of Ramayana among different countries worldwide.

According to a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) statement dated May 31, 2002, "Öthe objectives of the Ramayana Institute of North America are compatible with those of UNESCO regarding cultural diversity, dialogue among cultures [and the] dissemination of the values of one of the most ancient and productive civilizations in the history of humanity."

Planned Activities and Outline

The Organizing Committee of the conference is inviting scholars worldwide to submit proposals for presentations on the following proposed themes:

  • The effect of Ramayana on family relations.
  • Ramayana-related education and research efforts.
  • The inception of Ramayana in various countries.
  • The literary and poetic forms of Ramayana.
  • The effect of Ramayana on various cultures and civilizations.
  • The gender and political aspects of Ramayana.
  • Extrapolating Ramarajaya (peace and happiness) in today's environment.
  • There will be a Ramayana workshop specially focused for teachers. The workshop will focus on the art and dance forms of Ramayana, and will feature various dance styles and Ramayana paintings. Please provide your name if you are interested in participating in a painting and dance-related workshop.
  • To encourage the participation of students, we will have poster session.

General Guidelines for the Speaker

  • Provide name, complete address, email address and current vitae of the speaker along with the title of the presentation. Also provide a supporting statement about the presentation in the form of a one-page abstract.
  • The allotted time is 20 minutes for each presentation with 10 minutes for discussion.
  • The title of the presentation should reflect the contents of the talk and must fit with the theme of the conference. It should represent the uniqueness of the presentation.

Conference Objectives

1. To present this unique event in northern Illinois and to show the common threads among various Asian-American communities.

2. To promote goodwill between these communities and to foster interaction on Ramayana-related studies between various universities and academic institutions worldwide.

3. To promote a better understanding of each otherís cultural traditions.

This conference will provide a link for the multicultural activities of Asian communities in general and Asian-American communities in particular through the admirable, but essentially concealed, values of the ancient epic Ramayana.

This is the second Ramayana conference hosted by Northern Illinois University. The first conference was held September 21through 23, 2001. The 2001 conference included scholars from seven different American universities and seven different countries, including India, Indonesia, Thailand, France, Holland, Myanmar (Burma) and the United States.


For information on paper abstract submission and other correspondence, contact:

Mr. Anant Vyas
1 N 220 Coventry Drive
Carol Stream, Illinois 60188-4537

Home Phone: (630) 752-9754
Work Phone: (630) 252-7578
Fax: (630) 252-3443
Email: avyas@anl.gov

For information on conference registration, contact:

Julia S. Lamb, Outreach Coordinator
Center for Southeast Asian Studies
Northern Illinois University

Adams Hall 404
DeKalb, IL 60115 USA
Phone: (815) 753-1595
Fax: (815) 753-1776
Email: jlamb@niu.edu





 



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