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RISA Panels at the 2018 AAR Annual Meeting

RISA Panels at the 2018 AAR Annual Meeting in Denver, CO




Religion in South Asia Unit

Theme: Religious Encounters in Early Modern South Asia

Saturday - 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Venue: Convention Center-401 (Street Level)


Andrea Marion Pinkney, McGill University, Presiding


Rahul Parson, University of Colorado

Encounters and Reconciliations: "Tolerance" and (Im)partiality in Two Jain Intellectual Lineages


Julie Vig, University of Toronto

Expressing Vīr Rasa: Religious and Literary Encounters between Khalsa Sikhs and Dadupanthi Nagas


Mark McLaughlin, College of William and Mary

Dargāhs and Samādhis: Reflections on the Emergence of a Maharashtrian Hindu Tomb-Shrine Tradition


Bhakti Mamtora, University of Florida

Religious Others and Inter-faith Relations in Western India




Religion in South Asia Unit

Theme: Caste beyond Hinduism

Saturday - 5:30 PM-7:00 PM

Venue: Convention Center-Mile High 1A (Lower Level)



Julie Vig, University of Toronto, Presiding


Elsa Marty, University of Chicago

Adivasi Christians and Contextual Theology


David Geary, University of British Columbia

“Awakened” Villages: Indian Buddhism and the Metaphysics of Poverty at the Place of Enlightenment


Mark Balmforth, Columbia University

Nāki's Death: Breaking Caste and Negotiating Accommodation in the American Ceylon Mission



Nathaniel Roberts, University of Göttingen




Religion in South Asia Unit and Tantric Studies Unit

Theme: Bengali and Assamese Tantra in Colonial and Contemporary Contexts

Sunday - 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Venue: Convention Center-Mile High 1E (Lower Level)



Tony Stewart, Vanderbilt University, Presiding


Keith Cantú, University of California, Santa Barbara

From Basu to Vasu and Back Again: Śrīśacandra Basu’s Tantric Legacy

Rachel Fell McDermott, Barnard College

The Legacy of Tantra in the Troubled Life of a National Poet


Sravana Borkataky-Varma, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

Clash of Om Hari and Om Kring! Satra and Tantra Politics in Assam


Carola Lorea, National University of Singapore

Apasampradāẏ: The Invention of Heterodoxy and Its Repercussions among Low-Caste Religious Movements of Bengal



Glen Hayes, Bloomfield College


Tantric Studies Unit Business Meeting:

Gudrun Bühnemann, University of Wisconsin

John Nemec, University of Virginia




Religion in South Asia Unit

Theme: New Directions in the Study of South Asian Religions

Sunday - 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Venue: Convention Center-105 (Street Level)



Elaine Fisher, Stanford University, Presiding


Nick Tackes, Columbia University

Mangalmaya's Medicine: Protap Chunder Mozoomdar as Patient-Multiple


Rodney Sebastian, University of Florida

Constructing the Manipuri Rasalilas: Agency, Power, and Consensus


Catherine Hartmann, Harvard University

Faith and Figuration in Tibetan Pilgrimage Guides



Tracy Pintchman, Loyola University, Chicago




Religion in South Asia Unit

Theme: Religion and Aesthetics in Indo-Persian Literature

Sunday - 5:30 PM-7:00 PM

Venue: Convention Center-402 (Street Level)


Supriya Gandhi, Yale University, Presiding


Peter Dziedzic, Harvard University

Shamas Faqir and His Symbolic Universe(s): Discerning Religious Themes in Kashmiri Poetry


Shankar Nair, University of Virginia

Muslim Dreams in Sanskrit and Greek: Encountering the Pre-Modern Other through Islamic Notions of the Imagination


Ryan Brizendine, Yale University

Rasa and Rapture: The Influence of Indian Literary Aesthetics on Sufi Practice in South Asia



Karen Ruffle, University of Toronto





Religion in South Asia Unit

Theme: Mantras in South Asian Religions: Sound, Silence, and Script

Monday - 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Venue: Convention Center-Mile High 1F (Lower Level)


Marko Geslani, Emory University, Presiding


Finnian Moore Gerety, Yale University

Praṇava: Histories of the Sacred Syllable


Ellen Gough, Emory University

Picturing Oṃ in Jainism


Ronald M. Davidson, Fairfield University

Glossolalia and the Many Voices in Buddhist Mantras


Supriya Gandhi, Yale University

Om/Allah: Mantras and Translation in Early Modern India



Gudrun Bühnemann, University of Wisconsin


RISA Business Meeting:

Andrea Marion Pinkney, McGill University

Hamsa Stainton, McGill University





Hinduism Unit and Religion in South Asia Unit

Theme: Translating Texts, Transmitting Tradition: Continuity and Change in Hindu Traditions

Tuesday - 8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Venue: Convention Center-Mile High 2A (Lower Level)


John Nemec, University of Virginia, Presiding


Tamara Cohen, University of Toronto

Arjunopākhyāna: A Functional, Non-Authoritative Translation of the Bhagavadgītā


Manasicha Akepiyapornchai, Cornell University

Translation in a Multilingual Context: The Mixture of Sanskrit and Tamil Languages in Medieval South Indian Śrīvaiṣṇava Religious Tradition


Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz, University of Illinois

Hinduizing Nepal’s Hindus: Making Modern Hinduism in Premodern Nepal


Nika Kuchuk, University of Toronto

The Limits of Text and Tradition: Theosophy, Translation, and Transnational Vedanta in the Fin-de-siècle



Christoph Emmrich, University of Toronto