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AAR Annual Meeting
San Antonio, TX
November 19-22, 2016

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North American Hinduism Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group was established in 2006 for the purpose of drawing greater scholarly attention to Hinduisms outside of South Asia. Though it will focus on North America, the Group also welcomes relevant research on Hinduisms in other non-Indian contexts. The Group has three main goals:

To study and describe Hinduisms in North America and related diaspora contexts

To develop a more sophisticated understanding of what distinguishes these Hinduisms from those in South Asia

To nurture thoughtful debate on the methodologies unique to and appropriate for their study

Call for Papers: 

This Program Unit seeks to advance the study of Hindus and Hindu traditions in North America, and to nurture thoughtful debate on the methodologies and theories unique to and appropriate for this subject. We welcome any paper or panel submissions that might fulfill these goals.

Specifically for the 2016 AAR, we invite individual papers, paper sessions, and roundtable proposals on the following five topics:

• Hindu religions in American media and popular culture

• Constructing gender and sexuality in North American Hindu religions

• Race, identity, and Hindu religions in North America. We especially welcome papers on conflations of Asian religious identities (e.g. Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, etc.)

• Meditation retreats across Asian traditions in North America for a joint sessions with the Buddhism in the West Group

The NAH Group especially solicits roundtables and other panel formats that resist the formal reading of papers and invite discussion, collaboration, and creativity.

Method: 
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Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs and steering committee members at all times
Leadership: 
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