She belonged to an ancient Italian family. She did not express any pride for that ancestry nor ever wanted to profit from it. It sufficed for her to be everywhere acknowledged as one of the best specialists of ancient Indian art and South-Asian Buddhist paintings. Her teachers were some of the best Italian scholars and she used to tell how much she was indebted to them, especially to Mario Bussagli and Paolo Daffina. She endend her career as Professor of History of Indian Art at the Napoli University « L’Orientale », one of the most prestigious Italian Universities for oriental studies. The short curriculum vitae she wrote for SEECHAC (http://seechac.org/asso/biblio-anna-maria-quagliotti/) can give an approached idea of her main achievements. She was perfectly fluent in four languages (Italian, German, English and French) and had very often journeyed in Asia (India, Thaïland, Cambodia, Japan). Her favourite subject was the iconography of ancient Buddhist art and Thaï paintings. Her papers and books, which we cannot comment here in detail, stand out by a endeavour to use textual evidence for explaining the puzzling peculiarities of some Buddhist paintings and carvings. She never started from an unicum, but used to make first a complete inventory of all kindred representations of the same personage or the same story. She used that corpus to compare the pictures with the textual evidence she knew fairly well for she had a passion for books, and thus solve the iconographic enigma. SEECHAC members could appreciate the results she thus attained when attending the lectures – they were many - she delivered in Paris.
She loved being in Paris where she had stayed 16 years and had many friends. In recent years she used to celebrate there her birthday, whose date approximately coincided with that of our annual meeting. She could thus bring together her numerous friends for a small party she used to give at that occasion. She enthusiastically supported the foundation of SEECHAC and played an important part in its beginnings. She succeeded in convincing many Italian colleagues to become members. Together with her and our colleague M. A. Polichetti, she perfectly organized the second European Colloquium of SEECHAC, held in 2011 in Roma at the Museo d’Arte Orientale. During her last years, she was deeply affected by the passing away of prestigious colleagues she revered, M. Taddei and D. Faccenna ; the closing of IsIAO (former IsMEO) and its library ; the end of the publication of East and West , the journal where so many of her papers are printed ; the gradual and deliberately planned suppression of oriental studies at her Napoli university and in Italy.
She was outspoken, loved passionately her trade, was extremely generous in every sense of the word, with an extreme discretion, and always ready to offer her warm hospitality even to people she did not know well. She was acknowledged as one of the best specialists of Gandharan art. She played a very important part in the existence of SEECHAC and helped us to build it as a truly European association. We shall terribly miss her.
Grottes bouddhiques : monastères, sanctuaires ou temples ancestraux ? 16 juin 2016 à 9h15
EFEO, Maison d’Asie, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 75016
Grand salon du 1er étage
L'esposizione, realizzata in collaborazione con ISMEO - Associazione Internazionale di Studi sul Mediterraneo e l’Oriente, illustra i risultati del Primo Concorso Fotografico, promosso dall’Istituto Culturale dell’Ambasciata della Repubblica Islamica dell’Iran nel quadro delle sue attività culturali e rivolto agli italiani appassionati della cultura e della civiltà iraniana, allo scopo di valorizzare le caratteristiche di questo Paese attraverso foto che mettano in rilievo gli aspetti sociali, le tradizioni, la diversità religiosa e etnica, lo spirito di convivenza, il patrimonio storico-artistico e paesaggistico ed infine le grandi innovazioni.
La mostra sarà visitabile fino al 3 gennaio 2016.
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Dans le cadre des Conférences de l’IMM et à l'invitation du séminaire "De l'ethnographie aux ethnométhodes : l'ethnométhodologie et l'analyse de l'ordre social situé" organisé par Michel Barthélémy, Laurent Camus, Baudouin Dupret, Barbara Olszewska, Julia Velkovska le 12 juin 2015, de 14h à 17h,Salle Jean-Pierre Vernant, 8ème étage
In this talk I present many videotapes of formal public philosophical debates that I recorded while spending four years living inside the monastic universities of the Tibetan exile community in India. I use these videos to illustrate how logic is an instrument with which Tibetan philosopher-monks render their thinking orderly and provide a means of discourse with which clear communication among philosophers can be fostered and maintained. I analyze a number of these tapes and transcripts ethnomethodologically for the in situ, local, contingent details of the production of sound thinking, attempt to discover how good philosophy can be distinguished from sophistry, and describe ways that the Tibetans formalize their thinking in order to introduce rigor and recollection into their analyses.
Deux ouvrages de Ken Liberman se rapportent directement au thème de notre séance :