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Tantric Studies Unit

Call for Proposals

We invite papers on the following topics:

  • Vernacular Tantric Spellbooks/Grimoires in Bengali, Hindi, and other languages.
    (contact: Aaron Ullrey
  • The material culture of deity assemblages on mandalas and other objects.
    (contact: Hillary A. Langberg
  • Tantric magical rites for health, healing, and rejuvenation.
    (contact: Patricia Sauthoff

Preformed paper panels are encouraged and may be structured to fill 2.5-hour or 1.5-hour session meeting times. Individual paper proposals are also sometimes accommodated in the program, though this depends on the availability of timings for paper presentations. Panel or paper proposals may engage any topic or concern, with the above being only some of the possibilities that were proffered at the Tantric Studies Business Meeting during the 2021 AAR Annual Meeting.

Statement of Purpose


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members