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Hinduism Unit

Call for Proposals

The Hinduism Unit invites contributions on the following topics suggested at the 2019 Annual Meeting as well as on other topics consistent with the Unit’s Statement of Purpose. Proposals of complete papers sessions and roundtable sessions are especially welcome, as are proposals that specify creative and efficient uses of the ninety-minute sessions that likely will make up most of the Unit’s programming for the 2020 Annual Meeting. For further information about potential sessions on the topics already suggested, please e-mail the points of contact for each topic listed below:

• Alternative Histories of Hinduism (Karen Pechilis,
• Emerging Voices / New Books in the Study of Hinduism (Harshita Kamath, and Hamsa Stainton,
• WhatsApp Hinduism – Explorations in Digital Hinduism (Joel Bordeaux,
• Temples and Religious Architecture Outside of India (Tracy Pintchman,
• The Hinduization of Space in India: The Ayodhya Decision and Beyond (Knut Jacobsen, and Archana Venkatesan,
• Women and Blood: Sabari Mala, Gender, and the Law (George Pati,
• Hinduism and Economy in Pre-Modern India (Deonnie Moodie,
• Hinduism and/in “Spirituality”: Race, Orientalism, & Cultural Appropriation Among the SBNR (Patton Burchett,
• White Nationalism, Hindu Nationalism: An Exercise in Comparison (Patton Burchett,
• Hinduism in the World Religions Classroom: Pedagogical Techniques and Strategies (Deonnie Moodie,
• The Study of Hinduism in the 21st Century: Innovative Theoretical & Methodological Approaches (Patton Burchett,
• Global Hinduism Beyond the “Diaspora” (Tracy Pintchman,
• Hinduism, Embodiment, and Emotion (Diana Dimitrova,
• Representations of Hinduism in Theater and Film (Diana Dimitrova,

Queer Hinduism/LGBT+ Hinduism in North America and Beyond (co-sponsored with North American Hinduism unit). contact: Tanisha Ramachandran,
The North American Hinduism and Hinduism units (co-sponsored session) seek papers that address LGBT+ issues as they are embraced, rejected, condemned, and/or celebrated in Hinduism. Potential topics for papers include: LGBT+ acceptance/rejection in Hindu texts and practice, queer theory and the study of Hinduism, homonationalism and pink washing, LGBT+ rituals, Hinduism and homonormativity, transgressing/upholding gender boundaries and norms.

Statement of Purpose

This Unit was established in 1997 with the mission of providing a forum within the AAR for the academic study of Hinduism as a distinctive world religious tradition including, but not limited to the geographical region of South Asia. The Unit seeks to foster research on all periods and registers of Hindu texts and practices through the presentation of new data, critical analysis, and interpretative strategies, based on textual, sociohistorical, ethnographic, philosophical, theological, and theoretical studies. We are particularly interested in forging connections between the study of Hinduism and other areas of religious studies, and we welcome proposals from scholars in the field that can provide such connections.


  • Patton Burchett, College of William and Mary
    Member Since: 2018
  • Deonnie Moodie, University of Oklahoma
    Member Since: 2020

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