23 | Medical Professions in South Asia: Historical and Contemporary Analyses
Historians and social scientists will reassess conceptual approaches and empirical evidence on the social organisation of medical practitioners in South Asia, 1800 to the present day. We welcome papers on the whole ‘profession’, as well as on sub-fields, controversies, policies and regulation.
24 | Muslim Social Formations: Bridging Discursive and Islamicate Perspectives
As a way of analytically bridging the piety and everyday-Islam perspectives on aesthetic practices, we propose to focus on the Islamicatebroadly conceptualizedacross the rich terrain of South Asia to explore the role of pleasure and aesthetics in forming and expressing Muslim sociability.
25 | Occult South Asia: Rethinking the History of Modern South Asian Religions and Spiritualities Through the Lens of Esotericism Research and Vice Versa
The panel aims to discuss the entangled history and mutual transformation of modern Indian religions and spiritualities and esoteric/occult currents with a mostly Euro-American background.
26 | On the Transmission of the Sanskritic Culture in the Colonial Period: Philology and Print in South Asia
The panel aims to explore the transmission of texts of the Sanskritic culture in colonial South Asia by looking, in particular, at the publishers’ entrepreneurship and the philological activity (namely editorial and interpretative practices) concerning Sanskrit texts.
27 | Pushtimarg, Past and Present: New Perspectives on a Hindu Sampradaya
Focusing on the devotional sect of Pushtimarg, this panel encourages a diversity of papers to stimulate new debates on the significance of the sect vis-à-vis its social histories, devotional practices, theologies, literatures, visual and performing arts from the 15th century up to the present day.
28 | Right Wing Politics: Interdisciplinary Reflections on South Asia
The proposed panel seeks to interrogate the political economy of shift to the Right and its global implications. The interest is especially in exploring some of the complex linkages, seeking to understand and explain the rise of the political Right in South Asia through case studies and comparisons.
29 | Sabarimala: Temple Politics and Temple Regulation
This panel explores the legal and political processes surrounding the Supreme Court verdict that allows all female devotees entrance to the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala. Panelists are invited to place the case in the field of temple administration, temple regulation, and religious policy formulation.
30 | Sanskrit Jurisprudence and Hermeneutics on How to Solve Legal Controversies
The panel focuses on how jurisprudence (Dharmaśāstra) in precolonial South Asia adopted the paradigms elaborated by the exegetical school (Mīmāṃsā) and applied them to the concrete cases of juridical disputes. The participants in the panel will approach these issues from multiple perspectives.
31 | Song, Dance, and (Con)texts: Re-Examining Performance Traditions in Medieval and Early Modern South Asia.
This panel considers the production and circulation of performance traditions and texts in medieval and early modern South Asia. By redirecting attention from narratives of syncretism and hybridity, we seek to promote reflections on a processual understanding of these histories.
32 | South Asia via Translation: Human Factor, Power Relations and Heterolingualism
Keeping in mind the increased number of heterolingual writings by members of marginalised communities in South Asia, we propose to study the act of their translation not as a mere linguistic matter but as an analytical tool for the study of antagonisms that shape homolingual global capitalism.