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Navaratri Seminar

Call for Proposals

For this year's Navarātri Seminar panel, we are accepting papers on any aspect of Navarātri; however, the following themes were suggested by colleagues in attendance:

Navaratri and COVID-19
Spring Navaratri/Other Navaratris
Domestic Navaratri
Navaratri in Diaspora

Statement of Purpose

This Seminar seeks to study the festival of Navarātri from multiple geographical regions and historical periods and from a variety of methodological and theoretical perspectives. Our seminar seeks to take seriously how enactment and performance during Navarātri meaningfully shapes social worlds for its participants and gives us insights into the dynamicity of religious traditions. Over the course of the five-year seminar, Navarātri will be our extended case study through which questions of religious change, performance, ritual timing, transnational migration, affect, etc. can be investigated.


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection

Review Process Comments

We only received 2 proposals so one was added by the chairs