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 welcomes suggestions for panel ideas to be included in the AAR 2022 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, Steve Vose (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Whitney Kelting (email@example.com). 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. 10, 2021. 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:
- Jain Self-Representations: Negotiating Contemporary Jain Identity
(contact: Rahul B. Parson, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Aesthetics of Excess in Jain Literature
(contact: Morgan J Curtis, email@example.com; and Greg Clines, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Construction of Jain Identity in Vernacular Literature
(contact: Venu Mehta, email@example.com)
- Women's Leadership and Changing Roles in the Jain Traditions
(contact: Shivani Bothra, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Seema Chauhan, University of Oxford1/1/2022 - 12/31/2027
Lynna Dhanani, University of California, Davis1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024
Ellen Gough, Emory University1/1/2018 - 12/31/2023
Anne Vallely, University of Ottawa1/1/2022 - 12/31/2027
Tine Vekemans,1/1/2022 - 12/31/2027