The Ambassador of India Mr Debashish Chakravarti and Mrs
Adity Chakravarti are to attend a conference in Cork on Friday 15 March organised
by UCC’s Study of Religions department to honour the work of Max Arthur
Macauliffe, the great Irish scholar of the Sikh religion. Macauliffe is deeply
respected by Sikhs and scholars of Sikhism worldwide for his publications on
Sikh scripture and history, but few realise he was an Irishman. Distinguished
speakers from the USA, Canada, UK and Ireland will gather at ‘Representing
Sikhism’ to discuss Macauliffe,
100 years to the day since his death (11
September 1838 – 15 March 1913).
Born in Limerick and baptised as Michael McAuliffe, he later began
using ‘Max Arthur
Macauliffe’ when he joined the Indian Civil Service in 1862 and was posted to
Punjab. He is believed to have later converted to Sikhism.
Speakers at the conference include:
Tadhg Foley, Professor Emeritus of English,
National University of Ireland, Galway,
Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh, Crawford Family Professor of
Religion, Colby College, Maine, USA
Anne Murphy, Chair of Punjabi Language,
Literature, and Sikh Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver,
Shackle, Emeritus Professor of the Modern
Languages of South Asia and Professorial Research Associate in the Department
of the Study of Religions at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies),
University of London, UK.
Speaking ahead of the conference,
Professor Brian Bocking, Head of the Study of Religions Department at UCC
comments "We are delighted to
welcome the Ambassador of India to UCC for the first ever conference on Sikhism
in Ireland. More than a century ago Macauliffe, an Irishman, devoted himself to
the study of Sikhism and his achievements are well known in India. Yet Macauliffe's
achievements have not been appreciated in Ireland - until now."
Professor Bocking added "We already introduce our students at
UCC to the study of Sikhism and we hope to establish a lectureship in the
subject before long. This conference in
Cork has generated interest as far afield as India and the USA. It's a really significant
milestone for the growth of Sikh Studies in Ireland and Europe".
The centennial conference, which is free and open to the public (no
registration required), takes place at 2pm, Friday March 15 2013, in the Western Gateway Building (Western
Road), UCC. It will be followed by a reception with Punjabi food and Bhangra
music/dance. All are welcome.
For the full programme please see http://www.ucc.ie/en/studyofreligions/research/macauliffe/