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Crossing Boundaries of British India: New Perspectives on Connected Histories of Princely States

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Convenor: Razak Khan

Moving beyond the colonial discourse on British and Princely India, this panel deconstructs the discursive production of boundaries in colonial India by exploring connected histories of the princely states.

Cultural Ecology in the Literary Cultures of South Asia

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Convenors: Marzenna Czerniak-Drożdżowicz, Ewa Dębicka-Borek, Ilona Kędzia

Supposing that environment is decisive in the process of developing cultural phenomena of a given region, this panel focuses on the role of interdependence of nature and culture in production of literary texts and other products of culture from the perspective of cultural ecology methods.

Cultural Flows in the Singalila Borderlands: Trans-Border Linkages in East-Nepal, Sikkim and Darjeeling

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Convenors: Martin Gaenszle, Prem Chhetri

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

Designing Water: Morphology, Ecology and Histories of Waterscapes in South Asia

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Convenor: Jutta Jain-Neubauer

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.

Dynamics of Female Agency in Religious Settings in India

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Convenors: Vinita Chandra, Dr. Ute Hüsken

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.

Fabricating Development and Social Changes in the Indian Northeast

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Convenors: Ru-Yu Lin, Nandima Angom

The transnational region located in the Northeast of the Indian territory has long been constructed as a peripheral borderland and objectified as resources to reinstate the control of political powers. This panel will delineate the social and cultural constraints and refocus on indigenous subjects.

Fluid Boundaries in Asian Medical Traditions: Between Text and Practice

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Convenors: Barbara Gerke, Jan van der Valk, Calum Blaikie

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?

Governing and Representing Gender and Sex(uality) in South Asia – (Re-)Negotiating Lakshman Rekha

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Convenors: Elvira Graner, Prof. Samita Sen, Prof. Deimantas Valanciunas, Prof. Clelia Clini

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.

Indian Ocean Histories

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Convenors: Kalpana Hiralal, Crispin Bates, Dr Annie Devenish

The panel seeks to critically engage in the histories of the Indian Ocean, to create an understanding of not only cultures, peoples, and economies but also how we write histories that are less Eurocentric and indigenous to this region.

Institutionalized Yoga – Interdisciplinary Approaches to Yoga-Organizations in South Asia and Beyond

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Convenors: Raphaël Voix, Theo Wildcroft

This panel will focus on the institutionalization of yoga by the state in India and in other countries by carefully looking at individual actors, governmental and private organizations and their networks.