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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Intersectional Hindu Studies: Feminist and Critical Race Approaches to Research and Teaching Seminar

Statement of Purpose: 

This seminar centers the work of racialized researchers and teachers of Hinduism who use critical race theory (CRT) and intersectional feminist theory in our own work, and who are committed to challenging systemic inequality in academic spaces. We have three objectives:

  1. To develop an intersectional critique of the formation and institutionalization of Hindu Studies as a field

  2. To challenge the prevailing narratives about Hindus and Hindu Studies in the academy and in the global public sphere

  3. To create a space for racialized scholars in Hindu Studies (and connected fields) to examine and share our own experiences in academia

Call for Papers: 

There will not be an open call for papers this year; rather, we will be asking participants to produce presentations related to our exploration of the following questions and/or topics:

• The racialized construction of ‘insider' and 'outsider' in the field of Hindu Studies.

• Performing ‘authenticity’ in academic and community spaces as racialized and gendered scholars of Hinduism.

• Intersectional and feminist approaches to research and teaching.

• Challenging casteist, Islamophobic, and anti-Black perspectives in academia and our

• The challenge of responding to and reframing the deployment of critical theoretical language by Hindutva groups.

• Social justice organizing among left-leaning Hindus, especially around issues of race,
sexuality, and caste.

• Race, gender, and academic precarity in our fields.

• Supporting/mentoring racialized students; the unspoken expectations and responsibilities of faculty of color.

• The re/production of the Orientalist gaze in contemporary Hindu studies.

• The influence of our own subject positions on our scholarship, in our research--in the field or the archive and everywhere in between.

• The process of writing as racialized scholars and the challenges and obligations we feel in the creation of our scholarship.

• Navigating Institutional and financial (donors, fundraising) issues as racialized faculty.

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