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AAR Annual Meeting
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November 17-20, 2018

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Jain Studies Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

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.

Call for Papers: 

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 2018:

• The Multiple Facets of Jain Stotras: Hymns as Devotional and Ritual Technology
Contact Lynna Dhanani, lynna.dhanani@yale.edu

• Contemporary Jain Donations to Academia
Contact Christopher Key Chapple, cchapple@lmu.edu

• Commemorating the Birth Centenary of Acharya Mahaprajna (in 2020)
Contact Samani Rohini Pragya, rosamani@fiu.edu

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
Comments: 
Due to the success of the presentations in the past five years, and as discussed in our business meetings, the Jain Studies Unit will identify a specific theme (or themes) for the 2018 CFP and invite paper proposals that only address those topics.
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee