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Conference on the Study of Religions of India (CSRI)

Conference on the Study of Religions of India (CSRI)

Conference on the Study of Religions of India (CSRI)

Welcome to the home page of The Conference on the Study of Religions of India (CSRI)! Formerly known as The Conference on Religion in South India (CRSI), the CSRI provides a forum for scholars engaged in the academic study of religions of India to present their fresh and original research to colleagues. A distinctive feature of this conference is that it offers a leisurely and informal setting to pursue critical inquiry into the rich and diverse religious traditions of India both in the native and diasporic contexts. By its very mission, the conference is committed to creative and critical inquiry. It is not an advocacy forum for the religions of India and does not endorse or proscribe a particular point of view.  Scholars committed to the academic study of Indian religions with a doctoral degree in religious studies or allied disciplines, as well as graduate students in advanced standing are eligible to present and participate in the annual meetings.  Indeed, many graduate students find the annual meetings of CSRI to be a valuable forum for forging productive professional relationships with senior scholars in the field. Many senior scholars of today fondly recall the productive professional friendships the annual meetings helped them form early in their professional career. 

Selva J. Raj of Albion College was the founding chairman of the renamed CSRI Annual Meetings and served as their main inspiration and organizer between the years of 2005-2007.  After Selva Raj’s death in March of 2008, original Advisory Council members continued without him, assuming responsibility for the planning and organization of subsequent conferences.  Current Advisory Council Members, Corinne Dempsey, Reid Locklin, Brian Pennington, and Karen Pechilis cordially invite all scholars of Indian religions to take active part in the annual meetings of the conference by presenting their research, attending its meetings, and supporting its publications.

We owe special thanks to Albion College in Michigan for providing administrative and technical support for the Conference and web space for its official website in 2005-2007. We would like to thank Loyola University Chicago for assuming website and administrative responsibilities in 2008 and beyond and for hosting the conference in 2006.  We offer thanks to Maryville College in Tennessee, Kalamazoo College in Michigan, University of Saint Michael's College in the University of Toronto, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Drew University in New Jersey, and Butler University in Indianapolis for offering support to and hosting our conferences from 2008-2014.

The dates, themes and locations of the renamed CSRI Annual Meetings held thus far are:

June 9-12, 2005:
Modern Constructions of the Miraculous and the Mysterious” at Albion College in Michigan

June 8-11, 2006:
Material Religion in South Asian Traditions” at Loyola University Chicago

September 13-16, 2007:  
Religion and the Body in Indian Religions” at Albion College

September 11-14, 2008:
"Confounding and Contesting Religious and Cultural Boundaries" at Maryville College in Tennessee

June 18-21, 2009:
"Ritual Innovation in South Asian Religions" at Kalamazoo College in Michigan

June 17-20, 2010:
"Arguments, Opposition, and Conflict" at University of Saint Michael's College, in the University of Toronto.

June 23-26, 2011:
"Altered and Alternative States" at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles

June 27-30, 2013:
"Not Quite Divine: Co-stars and Supporting Casts in South Asian Religions" at Drew University

June 26-29, 2014:
"Urban and Rural, Real and Imagined" at Butler University