EAST ASIA PROGRAMME
East Asian Studies
is a distinct multidisciplinary field of scholarly enquiry which
focuses on the cultures of China, Japan, and Korea. East Asia must be
seen as a dynamic site of trans-cultural relations. This highly
interdisciplinary study enrich the scholarly community by bringing
together students and scholars from a diverse array of fields, ranging
from the social sciences, economics, religion to global humanities.
Aims and Objectives:
The East Asian Programme unit has been so far successfully implementing cultural exchanges in the sphere of art, architecture and culture with many academic institutions in China including Dunhuang Academy, China; Peking University, China; Kucha Research Institute, Xinjiang; Institute of Longman Caves, Taiyuan Normal University, Chinese Academy of Arts, China and Korean Foundation, Korea and International Dunhuang Project, and British Library, London.
The main focus is on Buddhism, Buddhist art, archaeology & culture especially in China, Japan, Korea and other parts of the globe
The EAP unit has organized many seminars and exhibitions on the relations between India and China. Cave Art of India and China (1991), India and China looking at each other (1995), The Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Xinjiang (1996) and Documentation of Central Asian Antiquities (2000), Art Relics of Afghanistan (2001), Xuanzang and Silk Route (2003), Mudra: Mystique and Metaphor and History of The Central Asian Collections in Institutions Worldwide (2008); International Conference on New Perspectives on Intercultural Studies, IGNCA, 2008; Seminar and Exhibition: Cities, Road and Caravan Sarais in India West & Central Asia - An Emblem of Linkages Through Ages, 2009; International Seminar and Exhibition on “Kumarajiva: Philosopher and Seer”, 2010; Seventh International Alexander Csoma de Kőrös Symposium on Buddhist Transcreations in Tibetan Literature and Art" (2014) and International Conference on MARC Aurel Stein with special reference to South and Central Asian Legacy: Recent Discoveries and Research (2015) and exhibition on Art and culture of Hungary (2014) and Fascinated by the Orient: Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862–1943), 2015.
EAP has brought out
many publications such as Dunhuang Art: Through the eyes of Duan
Wenjie, In the Footsteps of Xuanzang:Tan yun-shan and India, Xuanzang
and Silk Route, etc. The Unit has also brought out IGNCA’s Research
Journal ‘Kalakalpa”. The unit has prepared a Sanskrit-Chinese Glossary
consisting of ten thousand terms. The unit has taken the initiative to
further cultural exchange programmes by signing a MoU with Dunhuang
Academy, the Xinjiang Kucha Caves Research Institute at Kizil Caves,
Xinjiang, China, etc. The unit has also established contact with
International Dunhuang Academy, British Library, London, Peking
University, Beijing, China, Tibet House, etc
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