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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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North American Hinduism Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

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

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 2018 AAR meeting, we invite individual papers, paper sessions, and roundtable proposals on the following topics. Please contact the chairs if you are interested in being connected with other potential panelists or for more information:

• Definitions, public perceptions, and the perils of pluralism with regards to N. American Hinduism and the category of "religion"
• Everyday ethics and practices in N. American Hinduism
• Caribbean Hinduism

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

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