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Jain Studies Unit

Call for Proposals

  • The Jain Studies Unit welcomes suggestions for panel ideas to be included in the AAR 2023 Call for Papers. If you would like to add your idea to the CFP, or if you have any questions, please send a short provisional title of your topic to one (or both) of the Jain Studies co-chairs, Gregory Clines ( and/or Whitney Kelting ( We especially welcome suggestions for panels to be co-sponsored with other units. Please note that the Jain Studies Unit only accepts proposals for full papers sessions, roundtables, book discussions, etc. and does not accept individual papers.

    The following are proposed panel titles as of Dec. 26, 2022. Additional panel proposals are welcomed. The Jain Studies unit exclusively uses the AAR PAPERS system for all submissions.

    Proposed panel titles with contact information. If interested, please contact the listed person(s) directly:

Statement of Purpose

This Unit began in 2009 in recognition of the burgeoning state of the field and its relative neglect in the AAR. Originating in India in the first millennium BCE, Jainism — historically as dominant a South Asian religious tradition as Buddhism and Hinduism and, in the light of current demographics, a disproportionately powerful presence in the cultural and economic life of India — is a world religion now extending far beyond South Asia to East Asia, Europe, North America, Africa, and Australia. Given the increasing focus of scholarly attention on Jainism both in India and around the globe, this Unit provides a venue in North America for scholars of Jainism to meet regularly and exchange ideas.


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection