Dr Anindita Balslev
Associate Research Professor
Department of Philosophy, University of Copenhagen
Aarhus, New Delhi, Denmark
Dr. Anindita N. Balslev is at present fully engaged in research in consciousness-studies and in work - organizational and editorial - of cross-cultural importance in association with national organizations and institutes in India and abroad. Her educational, research and other professional experiences in India, Denmark, USA and France, have inspired her to create a forum entitled, 'cross-cultural conversation'(CCC). This program focuses on dialogue of science and religion, meeting of cultures and encounter of world-religions. The international CCC conferences have lead to thought-provoking discussions and publications.
She is a philosopher based in India and Denmark. She obtained her M.A. (Calcutta University) and Ph.D (the University of Paris) degrees in philosophy. She has served on the boards of important international organizations/societies such as on the Advisory board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (DOSER) and is one of the founding members of ISSR. In the course of her career, she has obtained scholarship from Govt. of France, grant from Govt. of Denmark (FREJA) and fellowship from Danish Council for the Humanities.
She works in the areas of both Indian and Western philosophy. She was formerly at the Department of Philosophy, University of Copenhagen. Apart from Aarhus University, Denmark, she has been a researcher in France and a visiting professor at various universities in India and in USA. She has been invited speaker at several science-religion programs organized by the Smithsonian Institution, Institute for Religion in the Age of Science, Georgetown University and AAAS. She has published many papers in professional journals and is the author of A Study of Time in Indian Philosophy (Germany, 1983/India,3rd.ed. 2009); Cultural Otherness: Correspondence with Richard Rorty (OUP, USA, 2000). She is also the co-editor of Religion and Time (The Netherlands, 1993), and the editor of Cross-Cultural Conversation (OUP,USA, 1996).
She has organised several significant international CCC conferences in recent years in New Delhi. The last of this 'On World Religions: Diversity, Not Dissension' took place on March7-9, 2013 under the auspices of ICCR, Govt. of India on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda (see link below).
The 2006 CCC conference was devoted to the theme 'Toward Greater Human Solidarity'. She is also the editor of the volume with the same title, Kolkata, 2006. The 2009 conference has led to the volume Compassion in the Religions of the world (Litt. Germany) of which she is a co-editor. The topic of 2010 CCC conference has been On India: Self-Image and Counter-Image', for publication (see below).
Three of her new books:
Indian Conceptual World (Aditya Prakashan, New Delhi, 2012),
The Enigma of I-consciousness (OUP, New Delhi, 2013) and
the edited volume, On India: Self Image and Counter Image (Sage, 2013).
See the link: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/03/201332915582457454.html This Aljazeera article shows her concerns and also leads to the other link (click words ‘whole session’) where she converses with HH Dalai Lama, Dr. Karan Singh etc. in the recent conference in New Delhi, ‘On World Religions: Diversity, Not Dissension’, March, 2013).
Religion, Philosophy & History Interests
On Unveiling I-consciousness; Philosophical Conversations in a cross-cultural context,
Toward Greater Human Solidarity (Edited Volume)
A Study of Time in Indian Philosophy,
New Delhi 1999, 2nd edn
Cultural Otherness: Correspondence with Richard Rorty
Oxford University Press 1999, 2nd edn (+ Italian translation)
Cross Cultural Conversation, Cultural Criticism series (Edited Volume)
AAR, OUP 1996
Religion and Time (Edited Volume)