Maison Suger, Paris, 25-26 November 2011

Salle de conférences, rez-de-chauusée, 16-18 rue Suger

Organized by Marie Lecomte-Tilouine and Anne de Sales


Friday 25th November

Chair person: Michael Hutt, SOAS, London

9:30-9:50 Coffee

9:50-10:15 Introduction Anne de Sales and Marie Lecomte-Tilouine

10:15-11:00 – gregory g. maskarinec (University of Hawai’i)

Nepalese Shaman Mantras: Does knowing and knowing how to use mantras confer
intrinsic authority and provide « Symbolic Capital » to define the social function of
individuals who use them?

11:00-11:45 – arik moran (University of Haifa):

Authoritative Speech in Himachal pradesh

11:45-12:00 break

12:00-12:45 – john leavitt (Université de Montréal):

Who Do the Gods Speak For? Central Himalayan Divine Speech as Evocation and Injunction

Lunch break

14:30-15:15 – william s. sax (SAI, Heidelberg):

The Language of the Gods: Oracular Speech in Garhwal

15:15-16:00 – Daniela Berti (CNRS, Villejuif)

Oral Dialogues and legal Records in Shimla District Court (Himachal Pradesh)

16:00:-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-17:15 – Barbara Berardi-Tadié (EHESS, Paris):

«Raising the Voices»: Production and Circulation of Discourses in Nepali Associations

17:15-18:00 – pustak raj ghimire (Oxford University):

Authority, Status, and Caste markers in Everyday Village Conversations (eastern Nepal)

18:00-18:15 break

18:15-19:00 –marie lecomte-tilouine (CNRS, Villejuif):

From the bottom to the top and vice versa: Alterocentrism in Nepal’s oral traditions

Saturday 26th November

Chair person: CK Lal, editorialist, Nepal

9:30-10:15 – charles ramble (EPHE, Paris)

The babbling lark and the dragon that defines the seasons: recipes for powerful speech in the Tibetan oratorical tradition

10:15-11:00 – Christian Jahoda (University of Vienna)

A Comparative perspective on oral traditions in Western Tibet (Spiti, Purang)

11 :00-11 :30 coffee break

11:30-12:15 – mireille mazard (University of Regina)

« God and the CCP Protected Me » : Persuasion and Authority on China’s Tibeto-Burman Frontier

12:15-13:00 – franck bernede (CNRS, Villejuif):

Authoritative Speech in Newar Music

13:00-14:45 Lunch break

14:45-15:15 – martin gaenszle (University of Vienna)

Meaning and intention in Rai divinatory discourse

15:15-16:00 – Judith Pettigrew (University of Limmerick):

Contested Authority: Who Speaks for the Tamu-mai?

16:00-16:30 Break

16: 30-17:15 – Mark Turin (University of Yale)

Performative Plurilingualism and Competitive Codeswitching : the Register of the Thangmi Shaman

17:15-18:00 – anne de sales (CNRS, Nanterre)

Persuasion and violence in shamanic speech

18:00-18:15 short break

Final remarks by the two chair persons and general discussion

Perspectives for the future of the Himalayan Oral Traditions Network

Financial support: Région Ile de France, CNRS, CEH Villejuif, LESC Nanterre, ANR Just India.