7th ESCA  Harvard-Kyoto Roundtable
6 - 8 June 2005, Kyoto
   Ethnogenesis of South and Central Asia
(Pre-Symposium of the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, RIHN)

Date: 6 June 2005 - 8 June 2005
Place: Palulu Plaza Kyoto (in front, right, of JR Kyoto Station, map)
Higasinotohin Nanajoh Sagaru, Kyoto 600-8216, Japan


June 6

13:00  Welcome speech by T. Hidaka (Director-General, RIHN)

The Indus Civilization (Convener: J. Kharakwal, JRN Rajasthan U.)

13:30-14:00  J. M. Kenoyer (U. of Wisconsin)
The Origin, Context and Function of the Indus Script: Recent Insights from Harappa

14:00-14:30  S. Farmer (Palo Alto; and S. A. Weber, T. Barela, R. Sproat, M. Witzel)
Temporal and Regional Variations in the Use of Indus Symbols: New Methods for Studying Harappan Civilization

14:30-15:00  R. Mughal (Boston U.)
The Hakra Cultural Horizon in the Greater Indus Valley

15:00-15:15 Tea Break

15:15-15:45  Ihsan Ali (Peshawar U.)
(Gandhara and Chitral archaeology)

15:45-16:15  P. Joglekar (Deccan College):
Faunal Studies in India: Methodological Issue and Prospects

16:15-16:45  A. Parpola (Helsinki U.) & Victor I. Sarianidi
A new Indus seal excavated at Gonur (Turkmenistan) in November 2004

16:45-18:00  Discussion

June 7

The Origin of Agriculture (Convener: Y.I. Sato, RIHN)

 9:00 -  9.30  P. Bellwood (Australian National University)
Early Farmers: Issues of Spread and Migration

9:30 -10:00  Y.I. Sato (RHIN)  TBA

10:00-10:15 Tea Break

10:15-10:45   Zhijun Zhao (Chinese Academy for Social Science)
New Data for the study on the origin of agriculture in China

10:45-11:15    P. Matthews (National Museum of Ethnology, Senri)
The domestication of nutrient cycles: a useful unifying principle for thinking about the origins of agriculture?

11:15-12:30  Discussion


Agricultural vocabulary (Convener: T. Osada, RIHN)

13:30-14:00 M. Witzel (TUFS)
South Asian Agricultural Terms in Indo-Aryan

14:00-14:30 F. Southworth (U. of Pennsylvania)
Proto-Dravidian Agriculture : Lexical Reconstructions and Archaeology

14:30-14:45 Tea break

14:45-15:15 T. Osada (RIHN)
How many Proto-Munda words in Sanskrit? -with special reference to agricultural vocabulary-

15:15-15:45 D. Fuller (Univ. College, London)
Silence before sedentism and the advent of cash-crops: A status report on early agriculture in South Asia from plant domestication to the development of political  economies

16:00-17:30 Discussion

June 8

Anthropology (Convener: K. Shinoda, National Science Museum, Tokyo)

  9:00-9:30 P. Underhill (Stanford U.)
Interpreting Y chromosome diversity: pitfalls and promise. An example from SW Asia

  9:30-10:00 N. Saitou  (National Institute of Genetics)
Relationship  between genetic and linguistic differentiation of people in Eurasia

10:00-10: 30  Mark Hudson (Tsukuba University)
Long-Range Comparisons and the Study of Japanese Ethnogenesis

10:30-10:45 Tea break

10:45-11:15 Jin Feng (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Factitiousness Selection? — concerning about formation of majority Han Chinese

11:15-1200 R. Villems (Tartu U. / Pres., Estonian Academy of Sciences)
(The Earth Diver Myth and Genetics)

12:00-12:30 Discussion


Comparative mythology (Convener: M. Witzel, Harvard U.)

                                                           see: Harvard Asia Center project

13.30-14.00  A. Yoshida (Gakushuin U.)
Dumézil and Comparative Studies of Eurasian Myth

14:00-14:30  N. Allen (Oxford U.)
Indo-European Epics and Comparative Method: Pentadic Structures in Homer and the Mahabharata

14.30-15:00  T. Goto (Tohoku U.)
Asvin and Nasatya in the Rgveda and their prehistoric background

15:00-15:15 Tea Break

15:15- 15:45  M. Witzel (Harvard U.)
Creation Myths in Eurasia and beyond

15:45-16.15  W. van Binsbergen (Leiden U.)
A preliminary attempt to situate sub-Saharan African ‘creation’ myths within a long-range intercontinental comparative perspective

16:15-17:30  Discussion

sgd. Y.I. Sato (RHIN), T. Osada (RHIN),  M. Witzel (Harvard U.)


Please note:

Hotel information:

- New Miyako
- Hokke Club map
- Daini Tower

Conf. Location: Map of Kyoto JR area

How to reach Kyoto  [disregard 12th IEEE info]   and much more useful information on Japan

Y.I Sato,  sato@chikyu.ac.jp,
T. Osada,   osada@chikyu.ac.jp,
Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
335 Takashima-cho, Marutamachi-dori Kawaramachi nishi-iru,
Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0878
Phone : 075-229-6111
Fax   : 075-229-6150

Michael Witzel,  witzel@fas.harvard.edu
Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Harvard University
1 Bow Street , Cambridge MA 02138
1-617-495 3295           Fax: 496 8571
direct line:       496 2990