Personal Profile of Prof. Johannes Eugene Marie Houben

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Prof. Johannes Eugene Marie Houben
Title : Visiting Professor
School : Humanities, Social Sciences & Management
Office (Room No.) : School of Humanities, Social Sciences & Management, IIT Bhubaneswar, Argul, Khordha - 752 050
Phone No. (Office) :
Email : jemhouben@iitbbs.ac.in
Courses Taught
Ancient Indian philosophy; Sanskrit and German in the light of General and Comparative Linguistics.
Research Interests
Vedic Studies; Ancient Indian Philosophy; Sanskrit Studies; General Linguistics.
Recent Publications (International Journals)
“Pāṇinian grammar of living Sanskrit: features and principles of the Prakriyā-Sarvasva of Nārāyaṇa-Bhaṭṭa of Melputtūr,“ Bulletin d’Études Indiennes (BEI) vol. 32, pp. 149-170. 2015.
« La ideodiversidad como valor planetario ». In : Eadem utraque Europa : revista de historia cultural e intelectual, Año 12, No. 17, Agosto 2016, ISSN 1885-7221, pp. 11-42. 2016.
“From Fuzzy-Edged ‘Family-Veda’ to the Canonical Śākhas of the Catur-Veda: Structures and Tangible Traces.” In: Vedic Śākhās: Past, Present, Future. Proceedings of the Fifth International Vedic Workshop, Bucharest 2011, sous la dir. de J.E.M. Houben, J. Rotaru and M. Witzel, p. 159-192. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University, 2016.
“Linguistic Paradox and Diglossia: on the emergence of Sanskrit and Sanskritic language in Ancient India.” De Gruyter Open Linguistics (Topical Issue on Historical Sociolinguistic Philology, ed. by Chiara Barbati and Christian Gastgeber.) OPLI – Vol. 4, issue 1: 1-18. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opli-2018-0001
“Ecology of Ritual Innovation in Ancient India: Textual and Contextual Evidence.” In: Self, Sacrifice, and Cosmos: Vedic Thought, Ritual, and Philosophy. Essays in Honor of Professor Ganesh Umakant Thite’s Contribution to Vedic Studies, ed. by Lauren M. Bausch, pp. 182-210 (The section “References” in this article is integrated in id., “Bibliography,” pp. 223-238.) Delhi: Primus Books, 2019.
Conferences (International)
“The Art of Grammar in Context: ‘Science’, Human Interest, and the Construction of Cultural and Political Worlds.” Contribution to Science and Scientification in the Humanities, International Conference, J.N.U. New Delhi, 25-26 November 2015, To appear in (preliminary title:) Science and Scientification in South Asia and Europe, ed. by Axel Michaels and Christoph Wulf, London: Routledge.
"Vedic verbs, Panini, and the Indo-Aryan verbal system" Proceedings of the 7th International Vedic Workshop, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 19-24 August 2019
Academic Honors & Awards
  • Awarded set of Prof. R.N. Dandekar's Vedic Bibliography (five volumes, covering research from 1930-92) for "promising scholars, Indian as well as foreign, working in the field of Vedic studies and research" by the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune, and the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Mumbai.
  • Netherlands Organsation for Scientific Research (NWO) "Talent"-stipend for research in India on the project "The Theoretical positions of Bhartrhari and the Respectable Grammarian" 1993-1995
  • Government of Canada Award 1988-1989, obtained for the study of Bhartrhari's Vakyapadiya in Vancouver, Canada, under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Ashok N. Aklujkafr
About Prof. Dr. Johannes Eugene Marie Houben
Jan E.M. Houben is Professor of Sanskrit (Director of Studies “Sources and History of the Sanskrit Tradition”) at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Section des Sciences Historiques et Philologiques, Paris Sciences et Lettres, Paris.
His areas of scholarly interest include the philosophical and linguistic tradition of ancient and classical India and Vedic studies. After carrying out research on Bhartṛhari’s philosophy of language in Utrecht (Netherlands), Vancouver (Canada) and Lausanne (Switzerland), he obtained his Ph.D. degree on the Saṁbandha-samuddeśa of Bhartṛhari’s Vākyapadīya in Utrecht in 1992. Between 1993 and 2003 he was (i.a.) research fellow of the International Institute for Asian Studies (Leiden), of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW, Amsterdam). After his appointment in Paris in 2003 his research and teaching mainly concern traditional Sanskrit grammar, history of Indian scientific thought, and narrative and ritual in Vedic literature. His publications include: The Pravargya (Delhi 1991), and The Saṁbandha-Samuddeśa (chapter on relation) and Bhartṛhari’s Philosophy of Language (Groningen 1995). He wrote the Sanskrit section in The Emergence of Semantics in Four Linguistic Traditions; Hebrew, Sanskrit, Greek, Arabic (Amsterdam 1997), edited Ideology and Status of Sanskrit (Leiden 1996; Delhi 2012), co-edited Violence denied; Violence, Non-violence and the Rationalization of Violence in South Asian Cultural History (Leiden 1999), co-organized the International Vedic Workshop in Leiden (2002) and in Bucharest (2011) and co-organized (i.a.) the Journée d’Études Védiques et Pāṇinéennes in Paris (12 June 2019).
Since July 2019 he is Visiting Professor at the School of Humanities, Social Sciences & Management, IIT Bhubaneswar, Argul, Khordha - 752 050, Odisha, and since September 2019 he is member of the Senate of IIT Bhubaneswar, Odisha. 
Major themes and theses in his books and research articles over the last few decades are summarized in two recent articles:
1. “Linguistic Paradox and Diglossia: the emergence of Sanskrit and Sanskritic language in Ancient India.” OPLI – De Gruyter Open Linguistics. 2018. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opli-2018-0001
2. “A Tradição Sânscrita entre Memética Védica e Cultura Literária.” (in Portuguese) Linguagem & Ensino, v.17, n.2, p. 441-469, maio./ago. 2014. https://periodicos.ufpel.edu.br/ojs2/index.php/rle/article/view/15328/9516
Some research and teaching documents by Jan E.M. Houben on the traditional study of the Veda are found at https://vimeo.com/channels/vedicritual