Dear Scholar,

We are delighted to announce and invite you to the upcoming Fifth International Conference on Thirukkural, to be held in the vibrant city of Chicago, USA, in April 2024. This exciting event builds upon the successful organization of the four previous conferences, each with unique themes, in Nagarkovil, India, Liverpool, England, Sydney, Australia, and New Delhi, India’s capital.

The theme of this fifth conference is “Thirukkural, the World Ethic”

Thirukkural was written in Tamil around the end of the first century B.C.E., and researchers have concluded that its author Thiruvalluvar was born around 31 B.C.E. Hence, the Thiruvalluvar calendar starts from 31 B.C.E.
Tamil is an ancient language and is native to South India. It is also spoken in many other countries including Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Fiji, and a few other Southeastern countries. It is the most ancient language of the Dravidian Family of Languages and holds a position as a classical language.

Objective of the Conference

We aim to approach the Thirukkural with an impartial outlook and a global perspective. To encourage meticulous academic exploration of this revered masterpiece, we have planned a series of national and international conferences featuring scholars worldwide. We cordially invite a committed academic team of scholars to collaborate with us in our quest to study Thirukkural with fervor and zeal.

The conference, “Thirukkural, the World Ethic” explores the universal human nature presented in Thirukkural, a book that transcends the boundaries of language, religion, and culture. The emotions it reveals, the ethics it preaches, the experiences it shares, the morals it inculcates – all are common to the human race. It preaches the art of leading a moral life, a life of virtue in this world. The book’s author is an eclectic figure, and this aspect of Thirukkural will be deeply analyzed using well-founded data from various sources. The conference seeks scholarly papers that examine this specific dimension of Thirukkural, particularly from a comparative perspective. We recommend focusing on the ethics of Thirukkural from the following areas of interest:

1. Religious perspective
2. Literary perspective
3. Economic perspective
4. Political perspective
5. Gender perspective
6. Social perspective
7. Philosophical perspective
8. Ethical perspective
9. Historical perspective
10. Psychological perspective

Topics for the paper

  • Thirukkural and Bhagavat Gita
  • Thirukkural and Arthasastra
  • Thirukkural and Kamasutra.
  • Thirukkural and Manusmrty
  • Thirukkural and Dammapada
  • Thirukkural and Buddhism
  • Thirukkural and Jaina ethics
  • Thirukkural and Ajivakam
  • Thirukkural and Holy Bible
  • Thirukkural and Christianity
  • Thirukkural and Holy Quran.
  • Thirukkural and Plato
  • Thirukkural and Aristotle
  • Thirukkural and Stoic Philosophy.
  • Thirukkural and Lucretius
  • Thirukkural and Shakespeare
  • Thirukkural and Leo Tolstoy
  • Thirukkural and Seneca
  • Thirukkural and Machiavelli
  • Thirukkural and Confucius
  • Thirukkural and Laocius
  • Thirukkural and Mencius
  • Thirukkural and Hesiod
  • Thirukkural and Babylonian Ethics
  • Thirukkural and Egyptian Ethics.
  • Thirukkural and Persian Ethics
  • Thirukkural and Marcus Aurelius
  • Thirukkural and European Missionaries
  • Thirukkural and Albert Switzer
  • Thirukkural and Emmanuel Kant
  • Thirukkural and Spinoza
  • Contemporary leaders on Thirukkural – Mahatma Gandhi, Periyar and others
  • Russian scholars on Thirukkural
  • Japanese, Korean scholars on Thirukkural
  • Thiruvalluvar and Francis Bacon
  • International scholars on Thirukkural
  • Thirukkural and Japanese Tetsugaku
  • Thirukkural and Modern writers
  • Thirukkural and Tamil Diaspora
  • Comparative Studies based on Thirukkural.
  • Cosmic Love in Thirukkural and Western writers
  • The concept of superman (Canron) with the same theme in World Classics.