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RISA Panels at the 2014 AAR Annual Meeting



Religion in South Asia Section and Sikh Studies Group

Peter Gottschalk, Wesleyan University, Presiding

Theme: Roundtable on Teaching Sikhism

Saturday - 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Hilton Bayfront-Aqua E

Pashaura Singh, University of California, Riverside
Michael Hawley, Mount Royal University
Nikky Singh, Colby College
Richard H. Davis, Bard College
Arvind Mandair, University of Michigan

Religion in South Asia Section


Brian A. Hatcher, Tufts University, Presiding

Theme: Classical Women in the Modern World

Saturday - 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
Nancy M. Martin, Chapman University
Co-creating the Voice of a Saint: Becoming Mīrābāī/Mīrābāī Becoming


Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, Lancaster University
Gendering Emotion in an Evocative Theology: Ānṭāl, Her Body and Her God

Karen Pechilis, Drew University

The Poet Kāraikkāl Ammaiyār, Her Biographer, and a Genealogy of Feminism

Emilia Bachrach, University of Texas

Reading Family, Gender, and Devotion in Seventeenth Century Hagiography

Neelima Shukla-Bhatt, Wellesley College

Alternate Satīs: Women Saints in the Mahapanth Tradition in Gujarat


Perundevi Srinivasan, Siena College

Religion in South Asia Section and Jain Studies Group

Please note that this session will run according to a new format. ALL the papers will be available electronically via the AAR website after November 1st for people to read prior to the session. The session will consist of brief presentations by the panelists followed by a discussion of the longer, pre circulated papers.

Leslie C. Orr, Concordia University, Montreal, Presiding

Theme: The Matha: Entangled Histories of a Religio-Political Institution in South India

Saturday - 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
Convention Center-25A

Caleb Simmons, University of Arizona
Curious Pen Pals: An Examination of the Role of Mathas in Tipu Sultan's Letters to the Jagadguru of Sringeri

Christoph Emmrich, University of Toronto
Location, Lineage, Loss, and Learning: Four Tamil Jain Mathas

Sarah Pierce Taylor, University of Pennsylvannia
"Sovereigns Whose Feet Were Worshipped by Kings": The Jain Matha and the Rhetoric of Empire

Valerie Stoker, Wright State University
Durbar, Matha, Devasthanam: The Politics of Intellectual Commitment and Religious Organization in Sixteenth-Century South India

Religion in South Asia Section and Study of Islam Section and Hinduism Group and Jain Studies Group and Sikh Studies Group

Carla Bellamy, City University of New York, Presiding
Theme: Region or Tradition in the Study of South Asian Religions?

Sunday - 5:00 PM-6:30 PM
Convention Center-10

Richard H. Davis, Bard College
"Hindu Religious Traditions": Pedagogical Reflections

John E. Cort, Denison University
Jain Studies: Advantages and Disadvantages to a Tradition-Based Approach

Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst, University of Vermont
Is One an "Islamicist" or a "South Asianist"?

Anne Murphy, University of British Columbia
The Multiple Locations of Sikh Studies

Business Meeting:
Richard H. Davis, Bard College, and Rupa Viswanath, University of Gottingen, Presiding

Religion in South Asia Section

Anne E. Monius, Harvard University, Presiding

Theme: Making a Word One's Own: "Translation" Across South Asian Languages and Communities

Monday - 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Convention Center-2

Eric Steinschneider, University of Toronto
The Politics of Equivalence: Translating Advaita Vedanta in a Nineteenth-Century Tamil Commentary

Shankar Nair, Harvard University
Translating the "Path of the Ancient Sages": Hinduism in Islamic Terms in a Mughal Translation of the Yoga-Vasistha

Gil Ben-Herut, University of South Florida
Translating a Metaphor: Vernacularization at the Verse Level in the Kannada Poetic Treatise the Kavirajamargam

Peter Valdina, Emory University
Translation Communities and Patanjali's Yoga Sutra

Religion in South Asia Section

Nancy M. Martin, Chapman University, Presiding

Theme: Dalit Religion: Adaptation, Assertion and Alterity in India

Monday - 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
Convention Center-29A

Eliza Kent, Colgate University
A Home Where You Are Not Welcome: Dalit Ambivalence and Temple Entry Campaigns

James Taneti, Union Presbyterian Seminary
Feminine Deities and Female Priests: The Matangi Tradition in South India

Joel Lee, Columbia University
Corpse, Swineherd, Rustic: Valmiki in Dalit Oral Tradition

Kerry San Chirico, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
On Liberations Proximate and Transcendent among the Khrist Bhaktas of Banaras

J. E. Llewellyn, Missouri State University
"Dalit Saint," Brahman Hagiographer

Gajendran Ayyathurai, Columbia University

Business Meeting:
Carla Bellamy, City University of New York, and Valerie Stoker, Wright State University, Presiding

Religion in South Asia Section

Joanne Punzo Waghorne, Syracuse University, Presiding

Theme: "Where Class Meets Religion": Reshaping the Middle-Class and Hindu Worlds in Contemporary India

Tuesday - 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Convention Center-30C

Daniel Cheifer, Syracuse University
Hindu Modernity for the Masses: Gandhian Populism in the Gayatri Pariwar

Deonnie Moodie, Harvard University
Cleaning up Kalighat: Class Contestations of the Temple Space

Nicole Wilson, Syracuse University
"I Watched Brahmins and Learned": Brahmin Religious Practice and Middle-Class Status in Tamil Nadu, South India

Jennifer Ortegren, Emory University
"What's in a Murti?": Ganesh Chaturthi and The Performance of Aspirational Middle-Class Identities

Joanne Punzo Waghorne, Syracuse University




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