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November 17-20, 2018

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Hinduism Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit was established in 1997 with the mission of providing a forum within the AAR for the academic study of Hinduism as a distinctive world religious tradition including, but not limited to the geographical region of South Asia. The Unit seeks to foster research on all periods and registers of Hindu texts and practices through the presentation of new data, critical analysis, and interpretative strategies, based on textual, sociohistorical, ethnographic, philosophical, theological, and theoretical studies. We are particularly interested in forging connections between the study of Hinduism and other areas of religious studies, and we welcome proposals from scholars in the field that can provide such connections.

Call for Papers: 

We invite papers on the following topics:

• Narrative and Mahabharata
Raj Balkaran (raj.balkaran@gmail.com)

• Pedagogy
Raj Balkaran (raj.balkaran@gmail.com)

• Hinduism & Politics
John Nemec (jwn3y@cms.mail.virginia.edu)

• Continuities and Discontinuities in Hinduism: Premodern and Modern
John Nemec (jwn3y@cms.mail.virginia.edu)

• Hinduism and Religious Experience
June McDaniel (McdanielJ@cofc.edu)

• Comparative Hagiology
Patton Burchett (peburchett@wm.edu)

• Dance as Metaphor and Practice: Religion, Body, and the Arts
Miranda Shaw (mshaw@richmond.edu)

• Robert Orsi: Hinduism Response to History & Presence
Nancy Martin (nancy2martin@earthlink.net)

• Hinduism as a Minority Religion
Patton Burchett (peburchett@wm.edu)

• Hinduism and K-12 Education
Shubha Pathak (pathak@american.edu)

• Hinduism and Sexualities
Jessica Vantine-Birkenholtz (jvanbirk@illinois.edu)

• Hinduism as Force for Change: Applying Indigenous Categories
Peter Gottschalk (pgottschalk@wesleyan.edu)

• Imagining Others in Hindu Literature
Shubha Pathak (pathak@american.edu)

• Hindu Humor
Shubha Pathak (pathak@american.edu)

• Can You Be Proud to Be a Hindu without Being Hindutva?
Asha Shipman (asha.shipman@yale.edu)

• Ethics of Violence
Patton Burchett (peburchett@wm.edu)

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