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【KINDAS】The 3rd International Seminar/ 35th South Asia and Indian Ocean Studies Seminar
2015年6月30日 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Date & Time: 30th June, 2015 （Tue）15:00～16:30
Venue: Kyoto University Yoshida Campus, Research Building No.2, 4th Floor, ASAFAS Conference Room (AA 463)
Speaker: Nishaant Choksi（University of Tokyo/JSPS）
Title：Santali script as a tripartite constellation: ideologies of writing among adivasis in eastern India
This talk will discuss the role of writing (ol) among adivasi communities of eastern India, with a particular focus on Santals. The first part examines the structure of Santali scripts, showing why scriptmaking became such an important part of Santali political assertion, and elucidating the scripts’ tripartite structure: a combination of indigenous ritual concepts of diagram (ol) as well as European missionary and Sanskritic/Brahmanical notions of writing as phonological representation. The second part will look ethnographically at the importance of oral performance in the circulation of the most popular script Ol-Chiki in local Santal communities, adding another dimension to the concept of script in South Asia.