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The Scope and Guidelines of the INDOLOGY list (10 July 2001)

  1. Definitions: INDOLOGY is an internet discussion group whose primary purpose is to provide a forum for academic discussion among professional scholars of classical Indian civilization. The central focus of the list is the history and culture of ancient and classical India, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including (but not limited to) anthropology, archaeology, art history, folklore, history, linguistics, literature and literary criticism, medicine, musicology, numismatics, philology, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, science, and sociology.

    In this context, "India" refers to the greater Indian cultural region, including primarily the regions of modern political India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma and Nepal and secondarily culturally- and/or linguistically-related areas, such as Tibet, Bhutan, Central Asia, Indonesia, and Cambodia. The predominant focus of discussion is intended to be cultural aspects of ancient and classical India. Discussion relating to developments in India after roughly A.D. 1800, while not absolutely prohibited, are discouraged. Such topics are only to be tolerated insofar as they pertain specifically to advancing research on ancient and classical India.

  2. Membership: INDOLOGY was created to serve as a medium of academic communication between accredited scholars of India who are engaged in teaching and research at colleges, universities, and research institutes. Full Membership with posting privileges is therefore restricted to those holding advanced degrees (M.A., Ph.D., or equivalent), or who are currently enrolled in an advanced degree program, who either specialize in, or do a significant portion of their work in classical Indian Studies. Affiliation with an academic institution is strongly preferred, even though individuals who are not formally affiliated with a university or a similar organization may join provided that their scholarly commitment can be made plausible to the list-committee through their CV.

    Special exceptions are made in two cases. First, within the group of classical Indologists, special exceptions to the advanced degree requirement are occasionally made in cases where applicants have significant scholarlypublication records in Indology. Second, in order to encourage exchange of information and inter-disciplinary research on a high level, exceptions are also made for scholars in areas other than classical Indology provided that they can demonstrate a serious interest in classical India and can make their scholarly commitment in general plausible through CV and publication list. In these cases, the committee reserves the right to ask for references from Indologists should the supplied credentials appear insufficiently decisive.

  3. Non-members: Non-members are free to read the discussions in the archive and - technology permitting - to receive daily digests by email. But they will not be allowed to post messages to the group. They may, however, send questions to the committee for possible forwarding to the group. A formal procedure for the submission of indological queries will be established.

  4. Application procedures: Please follow the guidelines under the heading "Subscribing to INDOLOGY" at the website:

    Applications are considered on an ongoing basis and will be approved by a consensus of the committee members.

  5. Rules of conduct: Full members will be expected to maintain commonly-accepted standards of decorum in their postings to the group. Contributions are expected to be polite and well-considered. Members who violate these standards will be warned and may have their membership privileges suspended or revoked if the behaviour continues. In particular, personal attacks of an ad-hominem nature, rude language, and off-topic postings are violations of the list rules. The definition and understanding of what constitutes improper use of the forum shall be a matter for the Governing Committee. Members must be familiar with the standard rules of netiquette, such as those in RFC 1855 [RFC 1855 Netiquette Guidelines].

    The Governing Committee may penalize personal attacks or defamatory speech directed against other list members with a temporary or permanent removal from the list. The committee takes especially seriously the inciting or endorsing of violence.

  6. Governing Committee: The Governing Committee shall consist of between five and ten persons who are Full Members of the List and shall be chosen by and serve at the discretion of the List Owner. They shall be drawn from a diverse geographical areas and shall be active scholars of Indian Studies. Committee members will be responsible for the maintenance and smooth functioning of the list and may be asked to share moderation duties on an rotating basis. [Click here to view a list of the current members of the committee].

  7. Encouraged forms of communication: Members may start discussions, ask or answer questions, post announcements of publications, meetings, conferences or other forms of events characteristic of academia. Job announcements are equally welcome. Announcement of book publications as well as of new journal issues on the part of their authors or editors is welcome. Book catalogues should not be posted directly to the list. Messages should be concise, typically we consider one screen-full of text a maximum size of message. If you wish to write about several different points, please divide your message into separate short posts with separate subject lines.

  8. Discouraged forms of communications: List members are discouraged from posting messages that are not part of a discourse on Indology. In particular, commercial or advertising messages are strongly deprecated, and may lead to suspension. Members should not post job-seeking requests to the list. Long posts that make multiple argumentative points are strongly deprecated.

  9. Technical limitations: Due to the danger of spreading computer viruses, and the widespread availablity of free cloud file-sharing services, sending email attachments to the list is discouraged. Rather, send members a link to the file in question. This will also have the advantage that the archived version of the message will still make sense, since attachments are stripped out of the archived messages. Do not post the full text of articles to the list.

  10. Privacy: Posting a message to the INDOLOGY forum implies agreement that your message can be read, distributed and copied under the terms of a Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. This protects your rights as author, and means that the same freedoms also apply to any use of your message by anyone else. In particular, it must be attributed to you.