AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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This Seminar seeks to study the festival of Navarātri from multiple geographical regions and historical periods and from a variety of methodological and theoretical perspectives. Our seminar seeks to take seriously how enactment and performance during Navarātri meaningfully shapes social worlds for its participants and gives us insights into the dynamicity of religious traditions. Over the course of the five-year seminar, Navarātri will be our extended case study through which questions of religious change, performance, ritual timing, transnational migration, affect, etc. can be investigated.
Developing Navarātri as an emerging field of study, in the first year of the seminar we welcome papers covering a broad range of themes, including but not limited to the following areas:
• The festival as mediator
• The festival as a means to create, enhance, or challenge power
• The festival as site of resistance
• The festival as occasion to showcase the domestic and the social
• The festival as carrier of different meanings
• The festival as an event that transforms space and time
• The festival as an occasion for reflexivity
• The festival as a means of subversion
• The festival as occasion for social, ritual, and for individual change
• The festival as presented in popular media, such as film and television