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Call For Papers : Conference on Hindu Thought On Ethics, Law & Justice

Call For Papers : Conference on Hindu Thought On Ethics, Law & Justice

INDICA plans to organize a Hindu Thought on Ethics, Law and Justice conference at Hyderabad on May 27-28 (Fri-Sat), 2022. The primary objective of this conference is to foreground new insights related to ethics, law, and justice from 

1) Hindu primary sources in languages indigenous to the Indian subcontinent (like Sanskrit and Tamil, amongst others) or 

2) published secondary sources in English that have engaged with primary sources of Hinduism. 

Respondents can explore topics such as (but not limited to): 

  1. The evolution of ideas about law, justice, and ethics in Hindu texts
  2. Comparative study of law/justice/ethics across cultures, with a focus on Hindu sources
  3. Contributions of Hindu sources to global intellectual histories of law, justice, and ethics
  4. The relevance of western (so-called) ‘modernity’ to Hindu thought on law/justice/ethics
  5. Detrimental effects of universalizing Western notions of law, justice, and ethics
  6. Comparative study of aspects of contemporary jurisprudence and historical Hindu sources
  7. Solutions, if any, from ancient Hindu sources to current problems (if any) in jurisprudence
  8. Original critical engagement with published secondary sources related to law, ethics, and justice from Hindu sources


Respondents are encouraged to articulate clearly, in the course of their paper, what research questions the essay is looking to address, why those questions merit attention, and what, in their view, is new in their submission. As a result, the paper ought to specify the literature surveyed and how the paper contributes uniquely to it. We will prioritize articles with intriguing new insights and original research. 

We invite abstracts (with titles) of up to 500 words on or before the 25th of April 2022 at We will notify the authors of selected papers no later than the 30th of April 2022, and submission of entire articles will be due by the 20th of May 2022. 

INDICA will provide shared accommodation, arrange for local transfers in Hyderabad for participants not living in Hyderabad and reimburse domestic air tickets (economy class) for authors of selected articles. The option to present online will be available for scholars of selected papers who cannot travel. The conference will be conducted according to the prevailing COVID protocols and may be shifted to an online mode if required. 

Dr. Nagaraj Paturi, Senior Director of INDICA, and Megh Kalyanasundaram, Director of Special Projects at INDICA, are the curators for this conference. In addition to selected papers, we expect invited talks from experienced academics and practitioners.