Heraclitus 218 wide

Heraclitus, courtesy of Nick Thompson

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Boddhisattva courtesy of Arian Zwegers

The Origins of the Self: India and Greece

Saturday 21 June 2014 9.15 - 5.00

To be held at Room 102, Brunei Building, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WCIH OXG

This Conference aims to explore the origins of ideas about the self, with a particular focus on ancient India and ancient Greece, with view to exploring the striking similarities,  as well as the differences, in the ways in which conceptions of the Self emerged in the two civilisations.   The Conference is intended to be accessible to an audience with wide-ranging interests.   It should be of particular interest to students of history, anthropology, religion, sociology and psychology.   Time will be allocated to open debate to enable those attending to discuss the issues raised by the key speakers.

Conference fee: £10

Refreshments will be provided in the mid-morning and afternoon but lunch will not be provided.  There are many inexpensive restaurants and cafes in the vicinity at which lunch may be obtained.

Key speakers

Dr Paul Crichton, Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Richard Fynes, De Montfort University

Professor Christopher Gill, University of Exeter

Professor Richard Gombrich, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies

Professor Richard Seaford, University of Exeter

This conference is part of the AHRC-funded project  'Ātman and Psyche. Cosmology and the Self in Ancient India and Ancient Greece', conducted by Dr. Richard Fynes of de Montfort University and Professor Richard Seaford of the University of Exeter.


Please follow the link to book online.

Information for Delegates

The Provisional Programme is available to view and will be finalised in due course.