11 | Cultural Flows in the Singalila Borderlands: Trans-Border Linkages in East-Nepal, Sikkim and Darjeeling
This panel seeks to explore how cultural transfers across the international border between East-Nepal and the Sikkim-Darjeeling region contribute to shape the region and people’s agency, knowledge and practices. It brings together studies on cultural transfers within these borderlands in various fie
12 | Designing Water: Morphology, Ecology and Histories of Waterscapes in South Asia
The panel intends to explore innovative narratives of water structures in terms of their eco-historical, socio-political and aesthetic siting, beyond the conventional art historical parameters, and breaking the boundaries of hitherto often tightly fenced disciplines.
13 | Dynamics of Female Agency in Religious Settings in India
The panel shall serve as a forum for discussion of dynamics of female religious and ritual leadership in the Indian religious traditions. The aim is to facilitate conversations between scholars studying specific cultural, historical and geographical situations in which women acquire such agency.
15 | Fluid Boundaries in Asian Medical Traditions: Between Text and Practice
This panel considers the ways disciplinary boundaries both inform and challenge understandings of South Asian medical traditions. How do ethnography and philology as methods and skills both portray and shape the relationship between texts, knowledge, theory and practice in these traditions?
16 | Governing and Representing Gender and Sex(uality) in South Asia – (Re-)Negotiating Lakshman Rekha
While classical texts impose a rather narrowly defined circle (Lakshman rekha), the past decades of “modernising” the sub-continent have considerably widened such restrictive modes of governance. In multi-disciplinary perspectives, we both address such changes in governance and explore how media and communication technology are enabling the crossing and/or the policing of such borders.
18 | Interrogating Marginalities Across Disciplinary Boundaries: Perspectives From South Asia
Adopting an inter-disciplinary approach, the panel seeks to examine the conceptualisations of marginality in its multiple dimensions – political, societal, economic, legal, spatial – in colonial and postcolonial India.
19 | Kāmaśāstras/Kokaśāstras: An Interdisciplinary Corpus
This panel considers the large and understudied corpus of kāmaśāstras/kokaśāstras as a place of encounter of various disciplines and languages. By examining recensions of various works, we will trace the dynamics of transmission of erotological knowledge in relation to their evolutive audiences.
20 | Leisure and Forms of Resistance to Labour in Modern and Contemporary South Asian Literature
This panel investigates leisure discourses in recent South Asian literature both English and vernacular. We will look at leisure scenarios in modern and contemporary fiction and at how leisure-related activities and moments of recreation are juxtaposed to stress levels of globalized work regimes.
21 | Making of the Mountains: Trans-Disciplinary Approaches to the Himalayas.
This panel aims to bring together researchers from different disciplines focusing on the production of the Himalayas through gender, material culture, trade and flow of people, goods and ideas. It also hopes to engage with various approaches and methods in studying the mountains.
22 | Marks of Devotion: The Construction and Politics of Religious Identity Through External Signs
The panel explores the historical circumstances in which signs worn on the body have been constructed to generate religious identity and how they are utilized in religio-political discourses. To reach a broader understanding of the processes involved, we invite papers from different disciplines.