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American Academy of Religion 2000 Annual Meeting
Nashville, Tennessee, November 18-21, 2000

The 2000 AAR/SBL Annual Meeting will be held November 18-21 at the Opryland Hotel & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. For information regarding registration, accommodation, etc., visit the AAR web siteFor tapes of RISA and other AAR Annual Meeting sessions, contact: ACTS Inc.

Sessions of the Religion in South Asia Section of the AAR

A27 - Saturday, November 18, 2000
1:00 pm-3:30 pm

Linda Hess, Stanford University, Presiding

Theme: Satire and the Rhetoric of Reform

Donald R. Davis, Jr., Bucknell University
Satire As Apology: the Purusarthakutta of Kerala

Andrea Pinkney, Columbia University
Impropriety Duly Exposed: Religious Polemic and Reform in the Narmamala of Kshemendra

Joseph Schaller, Nazareth College of Rochester
The Legends of Raidas in Word and Song

Elizabeth L. Wilson, Miami University
Voluptuary As Vulture: The Didactic Use of Satire by Indian Buddhist Authors


Nancy M. Martin, Chapman University

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A85 - Sunday, November 19, 2000
9:00 am-11:30 am

Gerald J. Larson, Indiana University, Bloomington, Presiding

Theme: Subversive Ethics in the Hindu Tradition

James L. Fitzgerald, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The Brahmins' Struggle for Status and Authority in the Mahabharata

Francis X. Clooney, Boston College
Mutual Subversions: The Encounter of Old and New in Srivaisnava Ethics

Lise F. Vail, Montclair State University
"Unlike a Fool He Is Not Defiled": Ascetic Purity and Ethics in the Samnyasa Upanishads

Graham M. Schweig, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
The Meager Servant of the Servant: The Subversive Ethics of Bhakti in Caitanyaite Vaishnavism

Arti Dhand, McGill University
Women, Brahmins, Dogs, and Dog-Eaters: Interpreting Dharma in the Mahabharata


Christopher Chapple, Loyola Marymount University

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[Comparative Studies in Religion Section and Religion in South Asia Section]

A105 - Sunday, November 19, 2000
1:00 pm-3:30 pm

Jeffrey J. Kripal, Westminster College, Presiding

Theme: The Contributions of Wendy Doniger: A Critical Appraisal


Linda Hess, Stanford University
Daniel R. Gold, Cornell University
John Earl Llewellyn, Southwest Missouri State University
Carl Olson, Allegheny College
Laurie L. Patton, Emory University
Sarah Caldwell, California State University, Chico


Wendy Doniger, University of Chicago

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A129 - Sunday, November 19, 2000
3:45 pm-6:15 pm

John Hawley, Barnard College, Columbia University, Presiding

Theme: Bridging Times: Politics of Memory and Myth in North India

Ann Grodzins Gold, Syracuse University
Blood Speaks or Why Ganga Ma Drowned the Rajputs: Leatherworkers' Recollections

Lindsey Harlan, Connecticut College
Deploying the Martial Past: Strategic Scenarios in Rajput Hero Narratives

Peter Gottschalk, Southwestern University
Mahatma in Memory: Gandhi in Myth, History, and Group Memory

Christopher Lee, Illinois Wesleyan University
"A promise in the name of bearing witness": Urdu Poetry, Memory, and the Construction of Muslim History in Varanasi, India


Tazim R. Kassam, Syracuse University

Business Meeting

Vasudha Narayanan, University of Florida, and Anne Feldhaus, Arizona State University, Presiding

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[Religion in South Asia Section and Hinduism Group]

A163 - Monday, November 20, 2000
9:00 am-11:30 am

Tracy Pintchman, Loyola University, Chicago, Presiding

Theme: Narrating the Normative: Hindu Moral Discourse in Art, Conversation, Ritual, and Epic

Pika Ghosh, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Narrating a Gaudiya Viashnava Worldview on Temple Walls

Leela Prasad, Duke University
Dressing and Serving: Negotiated Proprieties in Stories of Public Meal Events in Sringeri, South India

Robert Menzies, University of Iowa
Fecund Celibacy: Women's Control of Chastity in Vrat Katha

Aditya Adarkar, University of Chicago
Narrative Framing and Ethical Perspective: Karna's Choice in the Mahabharata

Edeltraud Harzer, University of Texas, Austin
The Motives behind Krishna's Advice to the Pandavas: Narrative Ethics in the Mahabharata


Arti Dhand, McGill University

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A214 - Monday, November 20, 2000
3:45 pm-6:15 pm

M. Whitney Kelting, St. Lawrence University, Presiding

Theme: Gendered Constructions in Jain Narrative Traditions

Steven D. Heim, University of Chicago
Gender in Medieval Jain Chronicles

Sherry Fohr, University of Virginia
Ascetics and Narratives about "Virtuous Women"

Anne Vallely, University of Toronto
Female Renunciation and the Terapanthi Moral Order

Madhurina Shah, University of Maryland, College Park
Seeking the Divine Within: Consciousness and Identity among Jain Laywomen


Paul Dundas, University of Edinburgh

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A238 - Tuesday, November 21, 2000
9:00 am-11:30 am

Robin Rinehart, Lafayette College, Presiding

Theme: Through the Unorthodox Eyes of Yaksi(a)s and Yoginis: Fresh Perspectives on Religion in South Asia

Padma Kaimal, Colgate University
Yoginis and Other Goddesses at the Kailasanath Temple in Kanchipuram

A. Whitney Sanford, Iowa State University
Yakshas on the Margin of Contemprary Braj Practice

Corinne Dempsey, University of Wisconsin, Steven's Point
Yakshi Management by Kerala Christian Priesthood or "Hitting the Nail on the Head" and Other Methods of Non-Conversion

Leslie C. Orr, Concordia University
Identity and Divinity: Boundary-crossing Goddesses in Medieval Tamilnadu


Richard S. Cohen, University of California, San Diego

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