Deifying Sanskrit: Language as a Cultural Authoritative Force
Sanskrit has been one of the most important languages of India for ages. But can we call it the ‘dev bhaasha’ (the language of the gods)? Join us to take a dive into the culture and politics of Sanskrit.
About the Speaker: Prof. Emeritus Dr. Madhav Deshpande is a professor of Sanskrit and Hindu Studies at the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, with a joint appointment in the Department of Linguistics. Originally trained in traditional and modern Sanskrit scholarship in Pune, India, Deshpande earned his B.A. (1966) and M.A. (1968) in Sanskrit from the University of Pune, and his doctorate in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (1972). He has been on the faculty of the University of Michigan since 1972. His research relates to the fields of the Sanskrit grammatical tradition, historical linguistics and sociolinguistics of Indo-Aryan languages, and the religious and philosophical traditions of India, including Hinduism and Buddhism.