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LECTURES (ON INVITATION)

1. June 7, 2008: La politica della Cina e i diritti umani del popolo tibetano [China politics and Tibetan Human Rights], organized by the bank foundation of CARIFAC (Cassa di Risparmio di Fabriano e Cupramontana), Fabriano (Italy).

2. Dec. 2, 2006: Web 2.0 in the South Asia Liberalized Economy: Benefits and Perils in the Interplay between State and Citizens, European Delegation, Poros Project, European Public Law Center and the Indian Law Society (ILS) Law College, University of Pune, Pune (India).

3. Nov. 17-19, 2006: Prima e dopo il colpo di stato del re Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev: Storia e politica [Before and After the Coup d’Etat of King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev: History and Politics], Workshop “Teoria e pratica di ricerca sul campo [Theory and Practice of Field Study], University of Rome 2 “Tor Vergata”, Villa Mondragone (Rome), Italy.

4. Oct. 7-10, 2003: A Sanskrit Letter Written by Sylvain Lévi in 1924 to Hemarâja Sarmâ, Râjguru of Nepal (with slides). I have been invited to the Colloque international Sylvain Lévi (1863-1935). Histoire sociale et érudition orientaliste, organized by Dr. Lyne Bansat-Boudon (Director at the École Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Section des Sciences religieuses) and Dr. Roland Lardinois (CNRS, Centre d’études de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud), École Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Section des sciences religieuses (EPHE), «Maison des sciences de l’homme (MSH)», Paris (France).

5. Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2003: Gender and Social Inequality – Empowering Women in South Asia: The Case Study of Nepalese Women. I was invited to give a 1:15 hour keynote address of the Gender Studies section at the International Workshop on Gender and Social Change in Nepal – Political and Cultural Implications and Theatre Performance “Where did Nora go?” which was organized by the Research Center on Development and International Relations (DIR), Political Science of Aalborg University (Denmark), Tribhuvan University (Kathmandu), Aarohan Theater Group Nepal, and Aalborg Theatre (Denmark), and sponsored by Aalborg University.

6. July 13-18, 2003: A Sanskrit Letter Written by Carlo Formichi in 1933 to Hemarāja Śarmā along with Hitherto Unkown Biographical Notes (Cultural Nationalism and Internationalism in the First Half of the 20st Century: Famous Indologists Write to the Raj Guru of Nepal – no. 2) (with slides). I have been invited by Prof. Klaus Karttunen, member of the Organizing Committee of the XII World Sanskrit Conference at Helsinki, Finland, to speak in the section History and Epigraphy.

7. Nov. 28, 2002: Report on the Indological activity at the University of Macerata, Associazione Italiana degli Studi Sanscriti, University of Milan, Italy.

8. Oct. 18-19, 2002: I planned and organized for the NGO Asiatica Association, under the auspices of the University of Macerata, the international symposium Understanding Indian Women: Love, History and Studies. Guests of honour: Kapila Vatsyayan. Other guests: Indian General Consul, H. E. Sujatha Singh, Profs. Sally Sutherland Goldman (Uni. of California at Berkeley), Michael Witzel (Harvard Uni.), Giuliano Boccali (Uni. Statale of Milan), Agata Sannino Pellegrini (Uni. of Palermo), Fabrizia Baldissera (Uni. of Firenze), and others (see http://www.asiatica.org/symposium/)

9. April 29, 2002: South Asia Women: Their Role, Languages, Laws and Issues in a Historic and Contemporary Perspective. Lecture given to the undergraduate/graduate courses of Ethnolinguistics at the University IULM, Milan, Italy. (3rd and 4th lecture)

10. April 24, 2002: Jatis and Castes, Social Rules, Languages and Extinguishing Languages in India and Nepal. Lecture given to the undergraduate/graduate courses of Ethnolinguistics at the University IULM, Milan, Italy. (1st and 2nd lecture)

11. May 29-June 2, 2002: A New Tool for the Study of South Asian Texts: Vedabiblio (with slides), Vedic Workshop, International Association for Vedic Studies (IAVS), Leiden, Netherlands. (cancelled)

12. May 23-26, 2002: Flowers of the Ṛgveda Hymns: The Lotus, 4th International Workshop “Pandanus 2002: Nature in Indian Literatures. Dedicated to Bernard Kölver”, Charles University, Faculty of Arts, Institute of Indian Studies, Prague, Czech Republic.

13. Jan. 30, 2002: Hindu Women and Fascism: A Letter on Sati to Benito Mussolini. Lecture given at the “6th International Conference against Dowry, Bride-Burning and Son-Preference in India”, New Delhi, India. I was invited to chair a table of discussion on Hindu and Buddhism Reformism, and the influence of these two religions on women’s status. My lecture dealt with sati ritual and sati laws throughout centuries and a letter written to Mussolini on the topic by an Indian women living in Italy.

14. Oct. 20, 2001: Abhinavagupta’s Representation of the Three Worlds [with projection of original transparencies]. I organized a session titled The Vision of the World in Ancient and Medieval Indian Thinkers, 30th Annual Conference on South, University of Wisconsin-Madison at Madison (USA).

15. Sept. 26, 2001: La paura della donna nella letteratura induista e buddhista. Conference on “Bhaya e abhaya: paura e liberazione dalla paura [Bhaya and abhaya: Fear and Freedom from Fear]”, September 26-29, Centro Caterina Conio, Santo Stefano al Mare, Italy. The lecture dealt with the main religious issues for women’s inferior status and violations of women’s fundamental rights in Hindu and Buddhist countries. It offered the case studies of India, Nepal and Thailand.

16. Sept. 19-23, 2001: Change and Continuity of the Vedic dīkṣā in the Tantric Tradition, Institute of Oriental Philology, Dept. of Indian Studies, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Polonia. (cancelled) (the lecture dealt with the change and the continuity of the Vedic initiation in the Tantric initiation and its religious and social value)

17. June 20, 2001: Vedabiblio: A database for modern Vedic bibliography. Lecture to PhD candidates and professors of the ex-Institute of Linguistics (now Department of Linguistic, Literary and Philological Research) of the University of Macerata.

18. Jan. 27-30, 2001: Co-organization and participation to the daily seminars of the 5th International Conference on Dowry, Bride-Burning and Son-Preference in India. The conference was planned by the International Society Against Dowry & Bride-Burning in India, Inc. (ISADABBI), Arya Samaj of India, Asiatica Association, Bandhua Mukti Morcha (BMM — India), Delhi University, Durban University (South Africa), Guru Nanak Dev University (Amritsar, India), Harvard University, Kurukshetra University (Kurukshetra, India), Punjab University (Chandigarh, India), SOAS (University of London, UK), Tagore Research Institute (Calcutta, India), Women’s Action Research & Legal Action for Women (WARLAW — New Delhi) with the aim of studying dowry, dowry-deaths and son-preference, and with the aim of launching campaigns of information in India and abroad to eliminate these evils. India International Center (IIC), Max Müller Marg, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi, India.

19. May 26-27, 2000: Flowers of Consciousness in Tantric Texts, 3rd International Workshop on “Pandanus 2000: Flowers, Nature, Semiotics through the Eyes of Literary Theory Indian Poetics”, Charles University, Faculty of Arts, Institute of Indian Studies, Prague, Czech Republic.

20. Oct. 15, 1999: Report on the works related to my Chair of Sanskrit at the University of Perugia, Associazione Italiana di Studi Sanscriti, Biella (Turin, Italy).

21. May 3, 1999: Interview on South and South-Asia women’s power and royalty for the Brasilian magazine Epoca. It was published in the article of Rodrigo Leite “Herdeiras de palanques. A’ frente de governos ou no comando da oposição, filhas e viúvas de líderes mortos violentamente assumem a liderança no continente”, Epoca, May 3, 1999.

22. Feb. 25, 1999: La Carta dei Diritti Umani in Occidente e in Oriente, i valori che la sottendono, la differenza dei termini “Diritti Umani” in queste due realtà, l’abuso dei Diritti Umani in nome della lotta al terrorismo asiatico: il caso del Nepal [Human Rights in Western and in Eastern Countries: The Values at the Bottom of the Western and the Eastern Charts of Human Rights and the Difference of the Meaning “Human Rights” in East and West, Human Rights Abused in Name of Fighting Asian Terrorism: The Case Study of Nepal ], Istituto Italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente (ISIAO, ex-IsMEO) e Civica Scuola di Lingue, Milan, Italy.

23. Feb. 17, 1999: Translating from Sanskrit into Western Languages: Early 20th Century Documents, Tribhuvan University, Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies, and Central Department of Linguistics, Kirtipur (Nepal).

24. Feb. 12, 1999: Over Thirty Years of Sanskrit Correspondence between the Raj Guru of Nepal and the Major Indologists of the 20th Century, Royal Nepal Academy, Kathmandu (Nepal).

25. June 27, 1998: New Languages in the Computer Textual Analysis: Hindu and Buddhist Books: An Example. Seminar of the ECAI (Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative) held at the 1st International Convention of ICAS (International Convention of Asian Scholars), Noordwijkerhout (The Netherlands).

26. June 25, 1998: Human Rights, Western Rights, Indian Women’s Rights, 1st International Conference of ICAS (International Convention of Asian Scholars), Noordwijkerhout (The Netherlands).

27. May 20, 1998: Diritti Umani in Occidente e in Oriente: la loro diversa natura e interpetazione e difficoltà di implementazione [Human Rights in Western Countries and in Asia: Their Different Nature and Interpretation, and the Difficulty of Implementation], University of Perugia and UNICEF, Italy. The lecture, lasting 2 hours, dealt with the violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in several Asian countries, and on the disagreement between this declaration and the Declaration of Asian Human Rights. The lecture also analysed the different principles underlining these two Declarations, the negation of the universal value of the rights themselves, and the difficulty in Asia of implementation of Western rights.

28. Oct. 23, 1997: Two Academic Electronic Journals and their Scholarly Role and Diffusion, Conferenza dell’Associazione Nazionale per gli Studi Sanscriti (Bi-annual meeting of the National Association for Sanskrit Studies), University of Genova, Italy.

29. June 6, 1997: Human Rights, Western Rights, Hindu Women Rights. Institut für Kultur und Geschichte Indiens und Tibets, University of Hamburg, Germany.

30. May 27, 1997: The Strīdharma or Laws Inherent to Women in the Law-books. Dept. of Asian Studies, University of Strasbourg, France.

31. Jan. 1997: Death and Life in Hindu Thought: Karman and Abhinavagupta’s Representation of the Three Worlds (with slides). I have been invited by the organizing committee to the X World Sanskrit Conference, and I spoke in the section Agamas and Tantras. Bangalore, India.

32. May 10, 1996: Kashmir in Abhinavagupta’s Description of the Cosmos. In the Himalayan Symposium, Sanskrit & Indian Studies Department and Anthropology Department, Harvard University, USA.

33. April 3, 1996: Hindu and Muslim Issues Affecting Indian Women in the USA. Hindu Students Council at M.I.T., Cambridge, USA.

34. Feb. 19, 1996: Death and Life in Hindu Thought: Karman and Abhinavagupta’s Representation of the three-world. Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster (PA), USA. I was in the short list for the anticipated tenure track professorship.

35. Dec. 15, 1995: The Philosophical Schools of Kashmir in Their Historical and Religious Context. A lecture in the graduate course “Seminar on Kashmir” held by Prof. M. Witzel, Wales Professor of Sanskrit and Chair of the South Asia Committee, Sanskrit & Indian Studies Department, Harvard U., USA.

36. Nov. 21, 1995: The International Journal of Tantric Studies and its Academic Contents. The Society of Tantric Studies, American Academy of Religion Meeting at Philadelphia, USA.

37. Oct. 1, 1995: Stridhan, Proterty or Dowry Laws in Hinduism: a Millenary Problem. International Conference on Dowry and Bride- Burning in India (Sept. 30 – Oct. 1), Harvard Law School, USA.

38. April 11, 1995: The Inherent Nature of Women. How the Hindu Law Books define Women in India: Exemplary, Restrictive and Mandatory Laws. Graduate Students Council, Dudley House Events, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University.

39. March 30, 1995: The Custom of Satī: Its Origins, the Greek and Latin Documents, the Hindu Law. Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies, The University of Leeds, UK. I was in the shortlist for the Senior Lecturer-ship.

40. Dec. 12, 1994: The Philosophical Schools of Medieval Kashmir. One lecture in the graduate course “Seminar on Kashmir” held by Prof. M. Witzel, Chair of the Dept. of Sanskrit & Indian Studies, Harvard U., USA.

41. May 13, 1994: One Birth from the Encounter between Text and Translator, and the Non-other: The Translation of the Spandasaṃdoha of Kṣemarāja. Lecture delivered during the Symposium “Translating, Translations, Translators: From India to the West”, that I planned and organized for the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Harvard University. The Symposium dealt with the problems connected with how to translate into a Western language not only one of the Indian languages, but the culture of which that language is the expression. Guest of Honor: Prof. Willard Van Orman Quine (Harvard U.). Invited guests: Prof. Charles Hallisey (Harvard University), Prof. Dan Martin (Harvard U.), Prof. David Pingree (Brown U.), Prof. Sheldon Pollock (The U. of Chicago), Howard Resnick (Harvard U. and ISCKON), Prof. Arvind Sharma (McGill U., Canada), Prof. Michael Witzel (Harvard U.).

42. April 10, 1993: The Unique Position of the Spanda School among the Other Schools of Kashmir Śivaism. The University of Chicago, USA. I was in the shortlist for the position of Assistant Professor (tenure track). The position was canceled for department lack of funds due to two unpredicted early and sudden retirements.

43. March 10, 1993: Kaśmīr Śivaism and Lakulīśa-Pāśupata, Pratyabhijñā, Kula, Krama and Spanda Schools. Seminar of the Center for the Study of World Religions, Divinity School, Harvard University (2nd lecture).

44. March 8, 1993: Kaśmīr Śivaism and Lakulīśa-Pāśupata, Pratyabhijñā, Kula, Krama and Spanda Schools. Seminar of the Center for the Study of World Religions, Divinity School, Harvard University (1st lecture).

45. Dec. 1992: Scuola ed Università – ovvero, l’elogio della stupidità [School and University - or the Panegyric of Stupidity], American Association of Italian Teachers, Società Dante Alighieri in USA, and Consulate General of Italy in Boston, Cambridge, USA.

46. Dec. 1991: Women’s Rights (Strīdharma) in the Legal Codes of Kashmir. Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Harvard University, USA.

47. Feb. 1989: The Indian and Italian Women’s Status according to Traditional Religious Laws: A Comparison. Italian Embassy Cultural Center, Advanced Course, Delhi, India.

48. Nov. 1988: Indian Hindu Woman and Italian Woman: Past and Present Situation and Perspectives according to the Law. Delhi University, Dante Alighieri Society, and Embassy of Italy for the 25th birth anniversary of the Dante Alighieri Society in India, Delhi University (India).

49. May 1988: Il Sanscrito alla radice della cultura classica indiana [Sanskrit at the Root of Classical Indian Civilization]. Embassy of India and WWF, Foligno, Italy.

LECTURES AND PARTICIPATIONS IN INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS

1. December 9, 2008: Il grande gioco nell’Asia Maior, un seminario alla Farnesina [The Great Game in Asia Maior. A seminar at the Farnesina]. I took part at the seminar held by Asia Maior and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Conference Room, Rome.

2. 13-18 July, 2003: 12th World Sanskrit Conference, Helsinki (Finland). I was the chair of Section 12 on the History of Indology, held on Wednesday, July 16, 2003.

3. October 18-19, 2002: Understanding Indian Women: Love, History, and Studies, 1st International Symposium of the Asiatica Association, Milan (Italy).

4. 24-26 October, 2001: I organized the panel titled The Vision of the World in Medieval Indian Thinkers, 30th Annual Conference on South Asia, Center for South Asia University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wisconsin (USA) (cancelled)

5. October 26-28, 2000: Modelli recenti di linguistica [New Models in Linguistics]. XXV Annual Conference of the Italian Society of Linguistics, University of Macerata (Italy).

6. August 2000: Unknown Sanskrit Letters by Carlo Formichi and Giuseppe Tucci to the Royal Guru of Nepal: The Study of Modern Sanskrit and The Interface between Fascism and the Academic Discipline of History of Religions. XVIII Quinquennial Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions, Durban (South Africa).

7. April 3, 2000: Over Thirty Years of Sanskrit Correspondence Between the Rajguru of Nepal, Hemraj Sarma and the Major Indologists of the 20th Century, XI World Sanskrit Conference, Turin (Italy).

8. March 25, 1995: The Quellenforschung of Dharma Texts on Sahagamana. 205th Annual Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Salt Lake City, Utah (USA). (cancelled)

9. November 4, 1994: Change and Continuity of the Vedic dīkṣā in the Tantric Tradition. Panel on “Vedic Studies Today”, 23rd Annual Conference on South Asia, Center for South Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin (USA).

10. April 1993: The Spanda as a distinct school within Kashmir Śivaism. 203rd Annual Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (USA).

INTERVIEWS ON TV AND RADIO

1. July 24, 2008: interview on the Nepal election of July 23rd for the president of the Constituent Assembly, Radio News, GR1 and GR3, 8:45 am etc.

2. March 31, 2008: Interview on the opinion poll of the survey on the Olimpic Games in Beijing, Radio News, 1st national channel GR1, 5:30 pm.

3. July 22, 2007: The election of the India President Ms Pratibha Patil. Interview, 1st national channel, Radio News, GR1, 8 am.

4. July 11, 2006: Analysis of the Mumbay bombs. Political analysis in L’opinione, Radio News, Swiss Radio-Television in Italian (RTSI), 12:30-12:50 am.

5. May 2, 2006: The Kashmir blasting of May 1, 2006. Political analysis in L’opinione, Radio News, Swiss national Radio-television in Italian (RTSI), 12:30-12:50 am.

6. April 25, 2006: Analysis of the recent events in Nepal and their background. A political analysis of the coup of the king in Nepal, Modem, Radio Show on international events, Swiss Radio-Television in Italian (RTSI), 8:30-9 am.

7. March 31, 2005: India, un mondo che cambia [India, A Changing World]. 1st Italian podcast by a woman, Qix.it (www.qix.it), 20 min.

8. Feb. 11, 2005: King Gyanendra coup d’ in Nepal, radio show L’opinione, Radio News, Swiss Radio-Television in Italian (RTSI), 9:30-10 a.m.

9. May 22, 2004: The just elected Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. 30 minute interview as a South Asia political analyst in the radio show L’opinione, Radio News, Swiss Radio-Television in Italian (RTSI), 9:30-10 a.m.

10. May 19-22, 2004: Nepal. Interview as a political analyst in the special show on law and globalisation at Radio Radicale, the Transnational Radical Party radio channel, 5-6 pm.

11. May 9, 2002: Il Nepal, la sua storia e il suo status nello scacchiere geo-politico asiatico [Nepal, its history and its geo-political status in Asia]. Interview as a political analyst in the radio news, Swiss Radio-Television in Italian (RTSI), 12-12:15 am.

12. Sept. 15, 2001: Le donne afghane e di Diritti Umani [Afghani Women and Human Rights]. Radio show at Radio Radicale, the Transnational Radical Party radio channel, Milan, Italy, 5-6 pm.

13. June 4, 2001: Il Nepal dopo l’uccisione di Re Birendra e l’incoronazione di re Gyanendra [The socio-political situation after the killing of King Birendra of Nepal and the coronation of King Gyanendra]. Guest of Honour in the TV show Next of RAI2 SAT International, national channel, 6:45-7:30 pm.

14. Sept.16, 1999: Un appello: La condizione delle donne oggi in Afghanistan [An Appeal: The Situation of Women in Afghanistan Today]. Private radio “Radio Popolare Network”, 9:30 – 10:30 am, Milan, Italy.

INTERVIEWS IN NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES

1. “Intervista a Enrica Garzilli di Orientalia4All“, di Annarita Ficco, in Liquida magazine, 19 febbraio 2009

2. Intervista su “Stella rossa nepalese”, di Paolo Tosatti, su Left, n. 18, 1 maggio 2008, p. 62.

3. “Quei tasti rosa della blogosfera“, di Tatiana Bazzichelli, su Internet magazine, 18 febbraio 2008.

4. “Gli sconosciuti più famosi della Rete”, di Stefano Landi, sul magazine del Corriere della Sera, 11 ottobre 2007.

INTERVIEWS IN BLOGS

1. “2 marzo 2009: Orientalia incontra Margherita“, in Due chiacchiere.

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