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Conference on the Study of Religions of India (CSRI)

Conference on the Study of Religions of India (CSRI)

Call for Papers 2016

THE CONFERENCE ON THE STUDY OF RELIGIONS OF INDIA (CSRI)
ANNUAL MEETING 2016

June 23-26

CALL FOR PAPERS
Dignity, Destruction, Wealth, and Waste:

Social and Environmental (In)Justice in South Asian Religions

The Conference on the Study of Religions of India (CSRI) invites proposals for its upcoming Annual Meeting to be held at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo Michigan from June 23 to June 27, 2016. The conference theme is Dignity, Destruction, Wealth, and Waste: Social and Environmental (In)Justice in South Asian Religions.”We invite proposals that focus on religious responses and contributions to societal and environmental justice and injustice. Possible approaches could include explorations of the ways in which religious texts, symbols, practices, stories, leaders, or movements defend or curtail human or environmental well being; religious debates about social inequities or threats to the environment; or analyses of particular religious communities’ environmental concerns or social orderings. Conference organizers (Corinne Dempsey, Reid Locklin, Karen Pechilis, and Brian Pennington) welcome individual paper proposals of no longer than 250 words, to be submitted to the program coordinator, Corinne Dempsey (cdempse6@naz.edu), no later than March 1, 2016.

The Conference on the Study of Religions of India (CSRI) is a forum of exchange for scholars engaged in the academic study of the religious traditions of India in both native and diasporic contexts. 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, History, Philosophy, 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.