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.