AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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This Unit began in 2009 in recognition of the burgeoning state of the field and its relative neglect in the AAR. Originating in India in the first millennium BCE, Jainism — historically as dominant a South Asian religious tradition as Buddhism and Hinduism and, in the light of current demographics, a disproportionately powerful presence in the cultural and economic life of India — is a world religion now extending far beyond South Asia to East Asia, Europe, North America, Africa, and Australia. Given the increasing focus of scholarly attention on Jainism both in India and around the globe, this Unit provides a venue in North America for scholars of Jainism to meet regularly and exchange ideas.
The Jain Studies Steering Committee, in consultation with other interested scholars, has decided on the following topics as possible themes for its one session and/or co-sponsored sessions in 2017:
• Regional Development and the Study of Jains (contact Gregory Clines, firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Jain Tantra (contact Ellen Gough, email@example.com)
• Bioethics from Jain Perspectives (contact Whitny Braun, firstname.lastname@example.org)
We also welcome proposals for complete pre-formed paper sessions, with four papers and a respondent. The steering committee prefers to see proposals for pre-formed sessions, and strongly discourages submission of individual paper proposals.