UPDATE: Greater Magadha - Evaluation and Retrospective conference rescheduled for May 2021, held online due to COVID restrictions

21 April 2021

Registration is open for the two-day symposium on new theories of early Indian history organized by Prof. Dominik Wujastyk, Singhmar Chair in Classical Indian Society and Polity. Tory Building, University of Alberta, May 6-9, 2021.  


In his 2007 book Greater Magadha, Johannes Bronkhorst proposed a new theory for the historical formation of Indian culture in the mid-first millennium BCE. The theory proposed that a cultural and geographical area, Greater Magadha, was settled by an early wave of Indo-European speakers. A second wave of Indo-European speakers, carriers of Vedic culture, subsequently encountered the Greater Magadhans to the east and the resultant cultural meeting gave rise to the main features known in later Indian history. The Greater Magadha theory addresses many deep problems about the early formation of Indian culture that have long puzzled historians. It has been widely accepted, but has also given rise to serious criticism. This workshop will bring together some of the principal scholars who have engaged with the theory to discuss and retrospectively evaluate the theory just over a decade after it was proposed.

Website and Registration: Greater Magadha


This conference is now being held online due to COVID-19 restrictions. Regsiter at the link above!