The 17th World Sanskrit Conference logo

The 17th World Sanskrit Conference logo




Convened under the auspices of the International Association of Sanskrit Studies, the triennial World Sanskrit Conference is the premier international forum for professional researchers and educators of the Sanskrit language and its literatures, and of the history, religion, and cultures of pre-modern South Asia.


Attracting 600+ delegates from across the globe, the 17th WSC was held in Vancouver, Canada from July 9-13, 2018 and was the first time that this prestigious event was held in Canada.


Within cIRcle, UBC’s digital repository, this online collection houses the Proceedings of the 17th WSC including selected full-length papers from the 500 presentations approved for inclusion in the conference programme by the WSC2018 Academic Advisory Board. The papers within certain Sections were subject to formal peer review. Note: Papers will continue to be released on a rolling basis.


cIRcle is thrilled to have made these 17th WSC proceedings openly accessible via the Library’s Open Collections digital collection portal and looks forward to preserving them over the long-term for scholarly researchers and beyond for many years to come.


Browse the WSC2018 collection


Visit the WSC2018 website


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In their recent history of Canadian children’s illustrated books, Gail Edwards and Judith Saltman observe that “the children’s literature of a nation is a microcosm of that country’s literary and sociocultural values, beliefs, themes, and images, including those of geography, history, and identity.” This lecture explores the importance of regional Atlantic Canadian children’s literature and the development of Sea Stacks, an authoritative web-based resource featuring information on and about Atlantic Canadian books, authors and illustrators for children and youth.  Sea Stacks includes comprehensive annotated bibliographies of primary texts, author and illustrator profiles, videotaped interviews, analysis, and criticism.  This presentation illustrates the use of Sea Stacks for research and concludes with a discussion of the relevance of Ian McKay’s provocative 1994 text The Quest for the Folk: Antimodernism and Cultural Selection in Twentieth-Century Nova Scotia to an analysis of contemporary Nova Scotian picture books.  This talk is hosted by the iSchool at the University of British Columbia.


Vivian Howard is associate professor in the School of Information Management and Associate Dean Academic of the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University. Her research interests include barriers and motivators for pleasure reading, particularly for young readers; social reading initiatives; and Atlantic Canadian literature for children and teens. She is the editor of the YA Hotline newsletter and is the principal investigator of a research team developing the Sea Stacks website.


dhahan brochureTuesday, October  8th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Golden Jubilee Room (Level 4), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

With 120 million speakers around the world, Punjabi is one of the most commonly spoken languages in Canada. On Tuesday, October 8th, the Dhahan International Punjabi Literature Prize celebrates the Punjabi language, history, and literature at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

For more information, please visit the Department of Asian Studies at UBC’s website here.

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre as part of the Robson Reading Series.

“In this fluid collection we enter a galactic expanse where absence, distance and fire repel and attract love-bodies in a winged-whirl of magnetic mad flight. Loss, emptiness, space, desire, blood, memory; all devour themselves in the combustions of love without self. The you/other may be interchangeable, never static or frozen or attainable. In these sharp-beaked bird-worlds there is “no going back” – at best, bodies meet only “flame to flame,” mutable and razor-like in feathery, impermanent forms. I find Hunter’s new work a rare melding of Blues, Kabbalah, and personal transcendence– a piercing, hard-won angelic love mantra. A blazing tour de force!”
- Juan Felipe Herrera, California Poet Laureate

“What lies here are the vagaries of a heart wounded, shattered, and redeemed by love. Such generosity of spirit deserves acclaim. A bravura work.”
- Richard Wagamese, author of Indian Horse”


Al Hunter is an Anishinaabe writer who has published poetry in books and journals around the world, taught extensively, and performed internationally, including, at the International Poetry Festival of Medellin. A member of Rainy River First Nations and former chief, Hunter has expertise in land claims negotiations, and is a longstanding activist on behalf of indigenous rights and wellness, and environmental responsibility. Hunter lives in Manitou Rapids, Rainy River First Nations in Ontario.

Al is also the founder and president of Good Life for Young Peoples

Select Books Available at UBC Library

Hunter, Al. (2001) Spirit Horses. Wiarton, Ont: Kegedonce Press. Link:

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Literature Reviews

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by Richmond Public Library as part of the “The Joy Of Reading: Chinese Literature Appreciation” lecture series. This talk focuses on living and writing between two cultures, Chinese and Canadian. Racial hybridity has informed most of Professor Wah’s writing and that of many Chinese-Canadian writers. Wah will read and discuss his own book Diamond Grill (about growing up in a small town Chinese-Canadian restaurant), as well as writings by poets Rita Wong, Larissa Lai, Weyman Chan, and others. He will situate this writing within the recent historical context in North America of “writing through race.” Presented by Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate, Professor Emeritus Fred Wah.


Canadian Parlimentary Poet Laureate and Emeritus Professor Fred Wah has been writing poetry for over 50 years. Among his list of impressive achievements, Wah has been the recipient of the Governor General’s Award (Waiting in Saskatchewan), Alberta’s Stephanson Award (So Far), the Dorothy Livesay prize for poetry (is a door), Alberta’s Howard O’Hagan Award for short fiction (Diamond Grill), and the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Literary Criticism in English Canada (Faking it: Poetics and Hybridity).

Select Books Available at UBC Library

Wah, Fred. (2009). is a door. Vancouver, BC: Talonbooks. Link:

Wah, Fred. (2008). Sentenced to Light. Vancouver, BC: Talonbooks. Link:

Wah, Fred. (2006). Diamond Grill. Edmonton, AB: NeWest. Link:

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Literature Review

Chinese Canadians

Asian Canadian Studies

Author Naomi Beth Wakan reads Sept. 16, 2010 at Robson Square (photo credit: Elias Wakan)

Overwrought ballerinas in Various Positions. Anglo-Saxon poetry forged by Curious Masonry. Something Fierce in the history of Chile. Progress choked in a small working-class town.

All these titles and the Man Booker Prize for Fiction nominee Esi Edugyan are just some of the delights to come as the Robson Reading Series launches its 2011 fall season.

Founded in 2002 as a partnership between UBC Bookstore and UBC Library at Robson Square, the Robson Reading Series is one of the longest-running reading series in Vancouver. The multi-genre series features emerging and established authors from Canada and beyond.

Check out some of the events this fall at UBC Library/Bookstore at Robson Square and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome.


2011 Fall Season Schedule

At the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre:


September 29

2 pm

Timothy Taylor, The Blue Light Project

November 10

3 p.m.

Michael V. Smith, Progress


UBC Library/Bookstore at Robson Square:

September 22

7 p.m.

Matthew J. Trafford, The Divinity Gene

Linda Besner, The Id Kid

October 13

7 p.m.

Johanna Skibsrud, This Will Be Difficult to Explain & Other Stories

Martha Schabas, Various Positions

October 27

7 p.m.

Susan McCaslin, Demeter Goes Skydiving

Christopher Patton, Curious Masonry

November 17

7 p.m.

Carmen Aguirre, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter

Rishma Dunlop, Lover Through Departure

December 1

7 p.m.

Michael Christie, The Beggar’s Garden

Ashley Little, PRICK: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist

Kim Clark, Attemptations

December 15

7 p.m.

Esi Edugyan, Half-Blood Blues

Jen Sookfong Lee, The Better Mother

The Robson Reading Series gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, UBC Bookstore, UBC Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, and UBC Robson Square.

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