While we accept paper proposals, we strongly encourage full panel (paper or roundtable) proposals with a coherent theme. If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact Shana Sippy and/or Dheepa Sundaram
1) Responses to Indian Politics in North America. Contact: Shana Sippy, email@example.com
The North American Hinduism unit seeks papers that address diasporic reactions to contemporary Indian politics. Potential topics include but are not limited to recent court rulings and political rhetoric concerning Jammu and Kashmir, Babri Masjid/Ramjanambhumi Supreme Court Decision, the Sabarimala verdict, Penal code 377, and the Citizen Amendment Bill.
2) Dalit Identities and Caste in North America. Contacts: Sailaja Krishnamurti, Sailaja.Krishnamurti@smu.ca & Shana Sippy, firstname.lastname@example.org
The North American Hinduism unit seeks papers that attend to Dalit identities and the complex relationship between caste and Hinduism in North America.
3) Hinduism in American Politics. Contact: Tanisha Ramachandran, email@example.com
The North American Hinduism Unit seeks papers that examine the role of Hindus and Hinduism in American politics. Suggested topics include the election of Kamala Harris, Tulsi Gabbard and expressions of Hinduism; the nominations of Hindu Americans to judicial roles, enacted rituals and recognition of Hindu festivals and rituals in the political sphere, and the role of organized Hindu groups in political campaigns.
4) Yoga and Whiteness. Contact: Dheepa Sundaram, Dheepa.Sundaram@du.edu
The North American Hinduism Unit seeks papers for a round table on yoga and whiteness. Generally speaking, this roundtable will foster a discussion on how modern yoga culture in the US fails to interrogate whiteness amidst concerns of authenticity and cultural appropriation. The discussion will address how authenticity politics and assertions of cultural appropriation need to be contextualized through discussions of racism and colonialism while paying attention brahmanical power and Hindu Nationalism.
5) Beyond Apu: The Emergence of Hindu Characters on American TV. Contact: Prea Persuad, firstname.lastname@example.org
The North American Hinduism Unit seeks papers that analyze the representation and depiction of Hinduism and Hindus in/on TV shows such as “Never Ever Have I,” “Indian Match Making” and “American Karma.” Hinduism and Popular Culture.
- ) Mytho-Political in Contemporary North American Political and Global Contexts. Examination of the ways in which Hindu narratives are deployed in various political arenas Contacts: Moumita Sen, email@example.com & Shana Sippy, firstname.lastname@example.org
7.) Hindu Temple Building, Ritual Practices, and Caste in North America. Contact: Amy Allocco, email@example.com)