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RISA Panels at the 2007 AAR Annual Meeting


RISA Panels at the 2007 AAR ANNUAL MEETING

Comparative Studies in Religion Section and Religion in South Asia Section?
Saturday - 9:00 am-11:30 am? MM-Torrance
George Pati, Valparaiso University, Presiding
Theme: Encounters in Ethnography Today
Amy Allocco, Emory University
Neil Dalal, University of Texas, Austin
Karen Pechilis, Drew University
Bruce M. Sullivan, Northern Arizona University
Corinne Dempsey, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
Janet Gunn, University of Ottawa
Tracy Pintchman, Loyola University, Chicago
Selva J. Raj, Albion College

Hinduism Group?
Saturday - 9:00 am-11:30 am? GH-America's Cup
Brian A. Hatcher, Illinois Wesleyan University, Presiding
Theme: Producing Vaishnavism: Texts, Practices, and Devotees in the Colonial
James P. Hare, Columbia University? Garlanding Hinduism: Nabhadas's
Bhaktamal in the Colonial Context
Rebecca Manring, Indiana University, Bloomington? Advaita's
Nineteenth-Century Reconstruction
Varuni Bhatia, Columbia University? Instructions for Worship: Vaishnava
Ritual Manuals and Everyday Practice in Colonial Bengal
Jason Fuller, DePauw University? Bhaktivinoda Thakura and the Recovery of
Gaudiya Vaisnavism in Late Nineteenth-Century Bengal
Business Meeting:
Timothy Lubin, Washington and Lee University, Presiding

Religion in South Asia Section?
Saturday - 4:00 pm-6:30 pm? CC-25A
Mary McGee, Columbia University, Presiding
Theme: Embodying Bhakti: Devotional Bodies, Fertile Bodies, and Bodies of
Barbara A. Holdrege, University of California, Santa Barbara? Bhakti and
Embodiment: Embodying Krs,n,a in Text, Place, Image, and Performance
Steven P. Hopkins, Swarthmore College? Bodies of Desire, Bodies of Lament:
Marking Emotion in a Messenger Poem of Medieval South India
Tracy Pintchman, Loyola University, Chicago?Fruitful Austerity: Embodied
Devotion in Women's Vrata Performances
Vasudha Narayanan, University of Florida? Body of the Deity, Embodiment of
the Devotee: Temple Traditions in South India, Cambodia, and the United
John Hawley, Columbia University

Religion in South Asia Section?
Sunday - 9:00 am-11:30 am ?MM-Torrance
Pauline McKenzie, Carleton University, Presiding
Theme: Transcending Dualities and Dialectics: Capturing Jain Identities
Anne Vallely, University of Ottawa
Sherry Fohr, Converse College
M. Whitney Kelting, Northeastern University
James M. Hastings, Wingate University
Stephen Quinlan, University of Ottawa
Christopher Chapple, Loyola Marymount University

North American Hinduism Consultation?
Sunday - 9:00 am-11:30 am? MM-Los Angeles
Corinne Dempsey, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Presiding
Theme: Creating (and Sustaining) North American Hinduisms
Paul Younger, McMaster University? Canadian Hinduism
Janet Gunn, University of Ottawa? Poiesis/Praxis/Puja: Gendered
Constructions of Selves and Culture in Diasporic Hindu Household Ritual
Chad Bauman, Butler University? Educating the God Man's Children: Community
and Identity at the Sai Baba Center of Indianapolis
Norris Palmer, Saint Mary's College of California? The Generation of Hindu
Children: Schooling Religious Identity in One North American Temple
Steven W. Ramey, University of Alabama ?Sustaining Minority Hinduisms:
Sindhi and Indo-Caribbean Hindu Communities in Atlanta
Business Meeting:
Lola L. Williamson, Millsaps College, Presiding

Religion in South Asia Section?
Sunday - 1:00 pm-2:30 pm ?MM-Solana
William P. Harman, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Presiding
Theme: Illness and Practice: Subjectivity and Community in Four South Asian
Religious Traditions
Anthony Cerulli, Transylvania University? Dharma and the Febrile Patient:
The Mythology of Fever in the Carakasamhita
Ivette Vargas-O'Bryan, Austin College? Positive Stigma: Disease, Tibetans,
and Religious Experience
M. Whitney Kelting, Northeastern University? Dirty Karma, Magic Fluids, and
Protective Amulets
Carla Bellamy, Columbia University? Hiddenness and Otherness: Illness and
Healing at an Indian Muslim Saint Shrine
Frederick M. Smith, University of Iowa

North American Hinduism Consultation and Yoga in Theory and Practice
Sunday - 1:00 pm-2:30 pm? GH-Gibbons
Gregory Grieve, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Presiding
Theme: Hindu Texts in North American Contexts
Reid Locklin, University of Toronto?C onquest of New Quarters: Rewriting the
Sacred Geography of Advaita
Lola L. Williamson, Millsaps College? Paramahansa Yogananda and His American
Mark Singleton, Cambridge University? The Classical Reveries of Neo-Hatha
Yoga: Rewriting, Repression, Assimilation
Stuart R. Sarbacker, Northwestern University

Hinduism Group?
Sunday - 5:00 pm-6:30 pm? GH-Gregory B
Mary McGee, Columbia University, Presiding
Theme: The Relevance of Hindu Law for Religious Studies
Timothy Lubin, Washington and Lee University
Donald R. Davis, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Ananya Vajpeyi, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Robert A. Yelle, University of Memphis

Religion in South Asia Section and Hinduism Group?
Monday - 9:00 am-11:30 am? CC-28A
James L. Fitzgerald, Brown University, Presiding
Theme: Texts without Borders: Reading within and beyond the Epics
Brian Black, University of London? Educating Shaunaka: The Mahabharata's
Representation of the Veda
Alf Hiltebeitel, George Washington University? Two Dharma Biographies: Rama
and Yudhishthira
Arti Dhand, University of Toronto? Arti Dhand, God, and the Dharmaraja:
Reading the Epics in Tandem
Adheesh Sathaye, University of British Columbia? Two Epics, One Sage:
Brahmanhood, Kingship, and Intertextuality in the Epic Subnarratives of
Graham M. Schweig, Christopher Newport University? The Heart of Two Epics:
Visions of Love in the Bhagavad Gita and the Bhagavata's Rasa Lila
Business Meeting:
Parimal G. Patil, Harvard University, Presiding

Religion in South Asia Section?
Tuesday - 9:00 am-11:30 am? GH-Ford A
Michael Hawley, Mount Royal College, Presiding
Theme: New Directions in Sikh Studies
Balbinder Bhogal, York University? Questioning Secularism from the
Standpoint of Religion -- Or How to Encounter Cultural Difference:
Politicizing Knowledge of Sikh-ism within the Academy
Louis E. Fenech, University of Northern Iowa ?The Context of the Dasam
Doris R. Jakobsh, University of Waterloo? “Sikhizing the Sikhs”: The Role of
"New Media" in Historical and Contemporary Identity Construction
Arvind Mandair, University of Michigan? Repetition without Origin: Time,
Subjectivity, Language, and the Theologico-Political Task of Sikh Scripture
Robin Rinehart, Lafayette College? The “So-called Sexy Tales” of the
Nikky Singh, Colby College


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