The Centre for the Study of Indian Science (CSIS)

Centre for the Study of Indian Science

CSIS is founded at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies (ToRS) as an important research wing of the long and well established discipline of Indological studies at the University of Copenhagen. It is the natural result of the 19 years of research and study into Indian science, mainly medicine and prognostication, at the section for Indology at ToRS.

The establishment of CSIS is an important step because it maintains a strong and well recognised research presence of Sanskrit and Middle Indic Languages in Denmark and marks a new emphasis in Indological studies in the direction of Indian science as a whole, including all three traditional branches of Jyotiḥśāstra and classical Āyurveda.

The current research focuses on the a study of classical Indian science from the perspective of the History and Philosophy of Science, using the Thomas Kuhn’s well-known theory of paradigm shifts to chart the map of India’s traditional systems of science and medicine. In this way, classical Indian science is brought into the discourse of the history of western and middle-eastern science, with which it has many affinities.

In order to be comprehensive in its coverage the Centre will house scholars whose interests lie in one the branches of Jyotiḥśāstra and/or classical Āyurveda. The traditional three limbs of Jyotiḥśāstra are prognostication (saṃhita), computation (gaṇita, gola), and astrology and horoscopes (horā). Classical Āyurveda includes the collections of medical information under the names of Caraka, Suśruta and Vāgbhaṭa.


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