Saturday, January 31, 2015

Reading the Mānameyodaya on Skype

The first meeting of the Virtual Sanskrit Reading Group was this past week. Four of us met to read the section of the Mānameyodaya that discusses arthāpatti. Elisa Freschi has posted a summary on her blog.

There are more than four members of the group itself--it is my hope that people will begin to use it as a way to develop their own smaller groups, reading together when is convenient for them, and reading what it is they find compelling.

Our next synchronous meeting, through Skype, will be in two weeks (February 12th at 9am EST). We are reading the edition of the Mānameyodaya by Vijaya Rani (she is professor emeritus at Kurukshetra University), published by Parimala Pablikeśansa in 2013. It has a Hindi translation and commentary and the relevant excerpt is available to Google Group members.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Virtual Sanskrit Reading Group

With my departure from graduate school only a semester away, I am thinking about how to continue my practice of Sanskrit reading without the benefit of the excellent mentors and fellow students here at University of Texas at Austin.

There is no guarantee that my next institution will have other Sanskritists in residence, and I know that there are quite a few of us who are in a position of not having peers with whom we can (physically) read together.

With the benefit of such a communal practice in mind, I'd like to facilitate the beginning of an online group devoted to reading Sanskrit. What I envision includes the following, and I'm open to suggestions about how best to structure things:
  • A mailing list for members - perhaps Google Groups, since it allows document sharing
  • A regular schedule of readings - not too onerous as to be impossible, and not to irregular as to lose motivation
  • A group reading time - again, Google has a nice setup with its Hangouts
  • A shared document(s) - this could allow for adding notes to a translation, putting up one's own work, etc.
I'm happy to set up these platforms if people are interested (unless such a group already exists, in which case I'd be interested to know!). My thought is that a weekly or bi-weekly reading schedule might work best, although that, along with the readings, are open for discussion. If enough people join, it could be possible to have sub-groups doing different readings.

Edited 1/7/15 - I've gotten a few replies so I created a Google Group to facilitate organization. The group is called "Virtual Sanskrit Reading Group" and can be viewed by clicking on the link. Anyone can request to join, but I'll be screening members to ensure we are only including serious Sanskrit readers (as this is not a beginning Sanskrit instruction group).