RISA-L Subscriptions &
*For current subscribers only
Description, Purpose, & Eligibility
The Religion in South Asia Section (RISA) is a
group within the American Academy of Religion (AAR).
Its purpose is to further the academic study of the religious traditions of South Asia,
both classical and modern. The purpose of RISA-L, the email list of RISA, is to provide a
forum in which the professional scholars active in RISA may exchange ideas and information
on matters pertaining to their research and teaching.
Although RISA-L postings are archived publicly (see below),
subscriptions are not open to the general Internet public. Subscriptions are
normally available only to AAR members with terminal degrees in related academic
disciplines researching and/or teaching in the area of religion in South Asia. Guest
subscriptions are available to other active scholars with such qualifications, or to
graduate students currently doing work in these fields. It is assumed that subscribers are
familiar with current methodologies and assumptions in academic religious studies. These
eligibility criteria are enforced strictly to help ensure that the discussion remains as
much as possible on an informed, professional, and academic level.
Undergraduate students in related disciplines may obtain subscriptions to RISA-L if
they are sponsored by a faculty mentor who is an AAR member and a RISA-L subscriber. This
faculty member should write to the list manager, recommending that the student be
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Subscribers and potential subscribers should be
aware that email lists are inherently public means of communication, and that all
postings to RISA-L are archived publicly on this site. See the RISA-L Index Archives page.
EQUALLY IMPORTANT: All subscribers to RISA-L are expected read and
abide by the list rules stated below.
Subscribers are also expected to read and follow the RISA-L list
Potential subscribers should also be aware that a proportion of
the discussion on RISA-L has to do with the internal business of RISA: program planning,
organizing panels, announcements, and so on.
The RISA-L email list is supervised by the RISA-L Advisory Committee, and by the RISA Steering Committee.
Participants in RISA-L are expected to be familiar with, and abide by, the following
rules, which are designed to maintain the focus, professional tone, and collegiality of
the list. Any subscribers who repeatedly
violate any of these rules, in letter or spirit, will have their
subscriptions placed on approval status, which means that any postings they make will be
held for approval by the list administrator before being posted. If they persist after
this warning period, they will be removed from the list
- Absolutely no discussions that are acrimonious or vituperative in tone, and no personal
attacks or flaming,
will be tolerated on this list.
- There should be no extended back and forth discussions on single topics between two
individuals or a limited number of individuals. Such discussions should be taken
- No single individual should post an extended series of repeated messages on a single
issue, nor multiple messages on a single or similar issue(s) on a single day, unless h/she
is replying to legitimate queries or responses. Participants in any such extended
discussion should scrupulously avoid violating rule one.
any event, subscribers are limited to posting a maximum of 3 messages per day, totaling no
more than 5 messages per week. This and the previous measure are designed to
mitigate the kind of obsessive, single-issue ranting that defeats the purpose of the list.
- Subscribers should not post on RISA-L verbatim copies of material, especially full
newspaper articles, that are already available elsewhere on the Web. If you want to
refer RISA-L subscribers to such material, give a short summary and the full web
address/URL, including the prefix "http://". Occasional exceptions to this
rule will be tolerated in special circumstances, but in no case should newspaper articles
or similar material be posted without the exact URL of the original source.
- Absolutely no newspaper articles, unattributed quotations, or similar material should be
re-posted to RISA-L from secondary sources such as newsgroups or other
- The RISA-L archives are open as an information resource for
non-subscribers to browse and search.
As a matter of policy, however, RISA-L will not honor requests by
non-subscribers to post corrections, rebuttals, or other responses to
Any suggestions (or complaints!) about the above rules should be mailed to the list
manager Peter Friedlander
or to the RISA-L Advisory Committee.
RISA-L subscribers are urged to observe the following guidelines out of courtesy to
- Keep in mind that whenever you post to the list, you are in effect
asking for time and attention from each of the more than 350 busy scholars world-wide who
are subscribed. Keep your messages short, to the point, and make sure they are of some
general professional interest. All messages over 15K in size will automatically be
referred to the list manager for approval before posting.
- Because this is a large list and not all subscribers know each other, please be
sure that any postings to RISA-L contain a (brief) signature with your full name and
institutional affiliation. This will also help to maintain the professional tone of
the discussions. (Note: Long signatures are not particularly helpful because they
tend to use up bandwidth.)
- When replying to a message, please do not include the full text of the original message
in your reply. It should normally be sufficient to retain the original subject
heading. If quoting some part of the original message seems appropriate, please take
the time to edit out the unnecessary portions.
- Subscribers who post bibliographic inquiries on RISA-L are urged to assemble and edit
the resulting references (with complete details as to publication, page numbers, etc., if
at all possible) and post this list on RISA-L for everyone's use. As time permits,
the list manager will make these lists available in the RISA Bibliography Archive on this site.
- Please, please avoid posting messages to RISA-L with HTML or other formatting codes for
specific fonts, italics, boldface, etc. Many subscribers do not have software
capable of displaying such messages properly, so they appear with all kinds of strange
codes and are exceedingly difficult to read. (In the tools,
preferences, options, or setup menu of your email program, set
message formatting to "plain text."). Please also turn
off any setting that causes your email software to send two versions of your messages, one
in plain text and one with HTML formatting. Messages with extensive
html formatting may be referred to the list manager for approval, since this happens
automatically with any message that exceeds 15K in size.
Any suggestions regarding the above guidelines should be mailed to the list
manager Peter Friedlander
or to the RISA-L Advisory Committee.
As indicated above, RISA-L is a private list designed for RISA participants and guest
scholars of religion in South Asia. To subscribe to RISA-L, send a message to the list
manager Peter Friedlander
containing the information in the form below.
Please do not apply for a subscription if you do not meet the criteria
Please mention "RISA-L Subscription" in the subject line and include as much
of the following information as may apply:
Highest degree (please specify institution & discipline):
Title, academic rank, or student year (students specify degree being pursued and academic
advisor; if not at an academic institution, please indicate place of employment ):
Professional societies to which you belong:
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Research interests (brief):
Recent publications (brief):
Note: If you find it easier, the categories above may be selected in your web
browser, copied, and then pasted into your e-mail software to create a form.
If you have unsubscribed from RISA-L, or suspect that your subscription has for some
reason been canceled by RISA-L's software,* and you would like to be resubscribed, please
send a message so requesting to the list manager Peter
*RISA-L's listprocessing software at the University of San Diego sometimes cancels
subscriptions, without notification, if the subscriber's home computer is having technical
problems and the RISA-L listprocessor receives repeated error messages when attempting to
deliver mail to the subscriber's account. If you notice that you have not received mail
from RISA-L for some time, please check with the list manager Peter
Friedlander to determine
whether you need to be resubscribed.
Managing Your Subscription
To manage your subscription, please visit the following URL:
will give you access to a web page that will allow you to set options like digest and
delivery modes, to disable delivery for a limited period (such as a vacation or research
trip), to get a reminder of your password, or to unsubscribe from RISA-L.
NOTE: The system will not allow you to change your address.
This is a security measure to prevent illegitimate subscriptions.
If you need to change your address, or are having difficulties
making other desired change(s), please contact the list
Revised: March 12, 2013