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Panels and Papers of the 2020 ECSAS Conference

Below you find the detailed list of accepted panels at our upcoming conference (sorted alphabetically by title). The papers within each panel are listed in the panel's detail views. Simply browse through the entries and follow the "show details"-links.

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01 | Adaptations of South Asian Narratives Across Time and Space

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Convenors: Ira Sarma, Volker Caumanns

The panel wants to explore how adaptations of South Asian narratives point to changes in aesthetic concepts or media hierarchies and what roles the adapted narratives and adaptations play within their respective socio-cultural contexts.

02 | Adivasi Studies: Contours of a Field

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Convenors: Sangeeta Dasgupta, Vinita Damodaran

This panel is an attempt to bring academics and activists together in order to delineate the contours of the interdisciplinary field of Adivasi Studies.

03 | After Displacement: (Re)settlements, People, Policies and Outcomes

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Convenors: Joel Cabalion, Asmita Kabra, Vikramaditya Thakur, Arnab Roy Chowdhury

This panel analyzes life after displacement by teasing out the processes from the moment of dislocation to the settling of the displaced in their new location. While “displacement studies” have grown more numerous since the 1990s, research on what comes after displacement is curiously rarer.

04 | Art, Ritual, and Text at Shrines in South Asia: A Cross-Disciplinary and Diachronic Investigation of the Forms and Functions of Shrines

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Convenors: Melissa Kerin, Borayin Larios, Verena Widorn

This panel focuses on relationships between shrines and their communities in South Asia. With an interdisciplinary approach, we investigate these relationships through analyses of texts, aesthetics, historical and ethnographic material, space production, and the material culture at these sites.

05 | Between the Mainland and the Deep Blue Sea: Transformation and Continuity in South Asian Islands and Littorals

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Convenors: Eva-Maria Knoll, Frank Heidemann

South Asian littorals are connected, desired, exposed – and challenged by radical transformations. We examine whether, how and to what extent historical patterns continue in the present. This addresses both the relationships littoral societies attain and disciplinary emphasis on certain qualities.

06 | Beyond Domesticity. Shifting Sites of Women's Labour in Modern India

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Convenors: Jana Tschurenev, Nikolay Kamenov, Supurna Banerjee

Combining historical and anthropological methodologies, the panel explores transformations of women’s labor in modern India (19th-21st centuries). It looks at paid and unpaid labor, explores sites of women’s labor, and the ways in which women negotiate employment, care-work, and family life.

07 | Beyond Knowledge Transfer: Circulation of Intellectual Resources Between Europe and South Asia From Early 19th to Mid-20th Century

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Convenors: Baijayanti Roy, Maria Framke

This panel explores how knowledge has been circulatedxchanged between Europe and South Asia approximately from the colonial times till the end of WWII. It also examines the political and socio-cultural currents that influenced these processes and privileged certain types of knowledge over others.

08 | Contemporary Anti-Caste Utopias: A Dalit Bahujan Discourse of Emancipatory Social Transformation

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Convenors: Kristina Garalyte, N. Sukumar, Shailaja Menon

This panel aims at investigating how the ideas of the historical anti-caste thinkers resonate today in the works of new intellectual leaders, histories, iconography, literature, social movements and oral narratives reproducing and re-actualizing the anti-caste intellectual tradition.

09 | Crossing Boundaries of British India: New Perspectives on Connected Histories of Princely States

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Convenor: Razak Khan

Moving beyond the colonial discourse on British and Princely India, this panel deconstructs the discursive production of boundaries in colonial India by exploring connected histories of the princely states.

10 | Cultural Ecology in the Literary Cultures of South Asia

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Convenors: Marzenna Czerniak-Drożdżowicz, Ewa Dębicka-Borek, Ilona Kędzia

Supposing that environment is decisive in the process of developing cultural phenomena of a given region, this panel focuses on the role of interdependence of nature and culture in production of literary texts and other products of culture from the perspective of cultural ecology methods.