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.
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Jain Studies Unit
Call for Proposals
The Jain Studies Unit is not accepting proposals for the 2020 AAR; our panel has been determined. However, we are open to co-sponsorship. Anyone interested in co-sponsoring with the Jain Studies Unit should contact either of the co-chairs.
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
Review Process Comments
The Jain Studies Unit accepts only full papers sessions (panels) for the 2019 CFP