The North American Hinduism Unit explores the practice of Hindu traditions in the Americas and transnationally. For the 2020 Annual Meeting, we invite proposals on the topics listed below. In addition, we welcome individual paper submissions on any topic related to North American Hinduisms but strongly encourage full panel proposals that note connections between individual papers around a common theme, set of questions, methods of inquiry or theories. If you are interested in any of the topics listed here, please contact the point person listed below. If you have questions about panels more generally, please feel free to contact the Unit Chairs.
1) Queer Hinduism/LGBT Hinduism in North America and Beyond (co-sponsored with Hinduism unit). contact: Tanisha Ramachandran, email@example.com
The North American Hinduism and Hinduism units (co-sponsored session) seek papers that address LGTB+ issues as they are embraced, rejected, condemned, and/or celebrated in Hinduism. Potential topics for papers include: LGTB+ acceptance/rejection in Hindu texts and practice, queer theory and the study of Hinduism, homonationalism and pink washing, LGTB+ rituals, Hinduism and homonormativity, transgressing/upholding gender boundaries and norms.
2) Digital Hinduism in North America. Contact: Dheepa Sundaram, Dheepa.Sundaram@du.edu and Tanisha Ramachandran, firstname.lastname@example.org
The North American Hinduism unit seeks papers that address how digital media in North America has affected and influenced practices and depictions of Hinduism in the diaspora. Potential topics include but are not limited to virtual Hindu rituals and practices, identity and group formation in virtual communities, mediated nationalism, and representation of Hinduism in media/social media.
3) Responses to Indian Politics in North America. Contact: Shana Sippy, email@example.com
The North American Hinduism unit sees papers that address diasporic reactions to cotemporary 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 Sabrimala verdict, Penal code 377, and the Citizen Amendment Bill.
4) 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.
5) Book Panel . Contacts: Khyati Joshi, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
The North American Hinduism units invites proposed panels discussing new books related to North American Hinduism.
6) Language & Linguistic Innovation in North American Hinduisms.Contacts: Varun Khanna, email@example.com & Shana Sippy, firstname.lastname@example.org
The North American Hinduism Unit seeks papers that attend to the ways in which South Asian languages are performed, preserved, transmitted, negotiated, and/or innovated in North American Hindu contexts.
7) Hinduism in American Politics. Contacts: Himanee Gupta-Carlson, email@example.com & Tanisha Ramachandran, firstname.lastname@example.org
The North American Hinduism Unit seeks papers that examine the role of Hindus and Hinduism in American politics. Suggested topics include; 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.
8) Hindu Identity and Nationalism in North America. Contact: Alex Rocklin, email@example.com & Shana Sippy, firstname.lastname@example.org
The North American Hinduism Unite seeks papers that take a nuanced approach to the relationship between Hindu identity and nationalism in North America. We are not only seeking papers that look at Hindu or Indian Nationalism, but also those that consider the relationship between Hindus and forms of American nationalism (as well as other nationalisms) and forms of white supremacy. We welcome papers that draw on ethnographic research, as well as those that consider alternative forms of media and their role in the circulation of nationalist ideologies. Panelists might consider the various effects of and roles that nationalism plays in shaping contemporary communities.