Upcoming Conference Information

CSRI invites proposals for its upcoming Annual Meeting to be held at the University of Madras, India on July 21-24, 2020. The conference theme is "Containment, Collection, and Arrangement in South Asian Religions." We invite proposals representing a range of disciplinary and methodological approaches that focus on the actual, metaphorical or conceptual storage, movement, or organization of objects and substances of significance in religious texts, ritual practices, institutional structures and/or individual behavior. Possible topics could include the organization of mūrtis in temple architecture; the disposition of materials in ritual; episodes of hiding, finding or losing sacred objects in Epics and other narrative traditions; philosophical or theological accounts of perception and memory; classificatory schemes that demarcate the structure of the human person (e.g., cakras, faculties), the cosmos and/or social and cultural institutions; monastic traditions of manuscript collection and organization, and so forth. Conference organizers (Brian Pennington, Chad Bauman, Reid Locklin, and Archana Venkatesan) welcome individual paper proposals that articulate a clear argument and its connection to the conference theme of no longer than 250 words, to be submitted no later than February 1, 2020. Check back by the end of September for submission details.

Proposals must include a clear statement of a thesis or argument to be advanced and they must be clearly related to the conference theme. Abstracts that do not meet those criteria cannot be considered.

The Conference on the Study of Religions of India (CSRI) has been a forum of exchange for scholars engaged in the academic study of the various religious traditions of India in both native and diasporic contexts since the 1970s. It provides scholars a leisurely, collegial environment in which to present their work. Emphasis will be placed on informality among peers. Committed to critical and creative inquiry, the conference is not an advocacy forum for the religions of India and does not endorse or proscribe a particular point of view. Only scholars with terminal degrees in religious studies or related academic disciplines (like Anthropology, Art, Ethnomusicology, Folklore, History, Literature, Philosophy, Sociology, Theology, Women Studies) researching and/or teaching in the area of religions of India are eligible to present, attend, and participate in the conference. Graduate students in advanced standing in any of these disciplines are also welcome to participate in the conference.