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ISKCON Studies Institute Conference 2015

The ISKCON Studies Institute cordially invites you to attend its upcoming conference at Radhadesh (Belgium) from May 22-24, 2015.

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The ISI Conference 2015 features an outstanding array of academic scholars from around the world, who will gather to present their research on this year’s conference theme- Devotional Ethics, Community, and Practice in Caitanya Vaisnavism.

The 2015 conference schedule is finalized and a list of speakers and presentation topics is included below. Presentation abstracts are also available HERE

Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible by completing and submitting the following online form HERE. The deadline for registration is 30April 2015.

The ISKCON Studies Institute is committed to cultivating scholarly discussions in conference forums that cherish a devotionally respectful and academically rigorous ethos meant to foster critical thinking in relation to concerns of ISKCON and its broader cultural, religious, and intellectual environments.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference. For further questions and inquiries, please write to

ISI Conference 2015 Speakers & Presentation Topics

Dr. Kiyokazu Okita (Kyoto University, Japan)
"When a Royal Pandit is Refuted: Court, Conflict, and Controversy in Eighteenth Century Bengal"

Lucian Wong (University of Oxford, UK)
"Bhadraloka and Brahmanical Polemics Against Vaisnava Deviance"

Dr. Ricardo Sousa Silvestre (Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, Brazil)
"Some Philosophical Reflections on the Ethical Aspects of the Theory of Karma in the Teachings of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami"

Dr. Kenneth Valpey (Oxford Center for Hindu Studies, UK) / Javier Pera López (University of Wales, UK)
"Ethical Reflections in ISKCON Autobiographical Writing: The cases of Tamal Krishna Goswami and Satsvarupa Das Goswami"

Claire Robison (University of California Santa Barbara, USA)
"The Negotiation of Caste Identities in Pursuing Caitanya Vaisnava Ethics of Service"

John Fahy (University of Cambridge, UK)
"An Ideal Vedic City of Ideal Vaisnava Selves"

Dr. S. Kreitzer (University of Florida, USA)
"ISKCON’s views on science and Vaisnavism: Comparing the 1979 Life Comes from Life project with the archival transcripts of the recorded conversations"

Cyril Wohrer (University of California Riverside, USA)
"Demons in Dhotis, Vaisnavas in Pants: The issue of dress-code in ISKCON"

Dr. Rembert Lutjeharms (University of Oxford, UK)
"How Worms Become Wasps: An exploration of hatred for the divine"

Dr. Ravi Gupta (Utah State University, USA)
"Dialogue or Debate? Lessons from Sri Caitanya’s Encounter with the Qazi of Navadvipa"

Huber Robinson (Ricardo Palma University, Peru)
"Bridging West and East: Carl Jung and the Bhagavata"

Dragana Jagusic (University of Leuven, Belgium)
"The Ethics of Desire, Unity of Love: Transplanting the seeds of bhakti into the Greek-Roman soil"

Christopher Fici (Union Theological Seminary, USA)
"Caitanya Vaisnavism as Liberation Theology: The Matrix of Material and Spiritual Liberation"

Benjamin McClintic (University of Virginia, USA)
"Visions of the Eternal by Way of Temporal Motifs"

Dr. S. Kreitzer (University of Florida, USA)
"The Richard L. Thompson Archives: A memorial archival-library project dedicated to a pioneering ISKCON scholar"