Final Agenda

Sunday, August 27 in RBC Glass Room

9:30 a.m. Registration Check In

Sunday, August 27 in Eaton Theatre Auditorium (Level 1B)

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Newar scrollreading of Simhala-Sārthavāha Avadāna by Naresh Man Bajracharya

  • Welcome (Deepali Dewan, South Asian Arts and Culture Curator, ROM)
  • Remarks by Kunjar Sharma (Honorary Counsel General of Nepal)
  • Informal introduction and contextualization by Christoph Emmrich
  • Presentation and scroll reading by Naresh Man Bajracharya
  • Todd Lewis, “Painting in the Vernacular: Newar Paubha Traditions of Displaying Domesticated Buddhist Narratives”

12:00- 1:00 p.m.  Lunch for conference participants in RBC Glass Room (4th floor)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Roundtable on “Buddhist Rebirth Narratives in Literary and Visual Cultures of Gandhara”

Jason Neelis (Rebirth Stories in Gandharan Ritual Landscapes) and Tim Lenz (Bypassing Previous Births), David Jongeward (Jātaka survey results and new identifications), Wannaporn Rienjang

2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Afternoon Session: Transformation of Visual Narratives and Ritualized Storytelling Practices

3:30 p.m. Break

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Reception in Eaton Court (3rd floor)



Monday, August 28 in RBC Glass Room

9:00 a.m. – noon Morning Session: Narrative Interpretations in Literary Media

10:30 a.m. Break

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Lunch in RBC Glass Room

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Session I: Buddhas’ Lifestories

3:00 p.m. Break


3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Afternoon Session II: Gandhāran Art and Artefacts

5:00 p.m. Closing remarks by Mark Engstrom (ROM)

ROM galleries remain open until 5:30 p.m. for conference participants.

6:00- 9:00 p.m. Conference Dinner in C5

Presenters, roundtable and workshop participants are invited to enjoy dinner with Imran Siddiqui (Pakistan Consul General), ULM Jauhar (Sri Lanka Consul General).