AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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This Unit 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 Unit also welcomes relevant research on Hinduisms in other non-Indian contexts. The Unit 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
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 2017 AAR, we invite individual papers, paper sessions, and roundtable proposals on the following five topics. Beside each topic is a point person to contact if interested or for more information:
• Social justice activism and solidarity building across communities (Bhakti Mamtora, firstname.lastname@example.org and Alexandra Kaloyanides, email@example.com)
• Goddesses: within diaspora, New Age translations, pedagogy, etc. (Leena Taneja, Leena.firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Caste within diasporic communities (Sailaja Krishnamurti, Sailaja.Krishnamurti@smu.ca)
• Theory and method in the study of transnational Hindu religions (Anandi Salinas, email@example.com)
The NAH Unit especially solicits roundtables and other panel formats that resist the formal reading of papers and invite discussion, collaboration, and creativity.