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Kāmaśāstras/Kokaśāstras: An Interdisciplinary Corpus

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Convenors: Nadia Cattoni, Sonia Wigh

This panel considers the large and understudied corpus of kāmaśāstras/kokaśāstras as a place of encounter of various disciplines and languages. By examining recensions of various works, we will trace the dynamics of transmission of erotological knowledge in relation to their evolutive audiences.

Leisure and Forms of Resistance to Labour in Modern and Contemporary South Asian Literature

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Convenors: Monika Fludernik, Prof. Dr. Hans Harder

This panel investigates leisure discourses in recent South Asian literature both English and vernacular. We will look at leisure scenarios in modern and contemporary fiction and at how leisure-related activities and moments of recreation are juxtaposed to stress levels of globalized work regimes.

Listening to Images, Dancing to Architecture: Interdisciplinary Arts in the 18th and 19th Centuries

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Convenors: Richard David Williams, Giles Tillotson

How can interdisciplinary approaches shed new light on early-modern and colonial-era South Asian arts? This panel considers how to engage holistically with visual, sonic, spatial, and embodied arts.

Making of the Mountains: Trans-Disciplinary Approaches to the Himalayas.

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Convenors: Anisa Bhutia, Nokmedemla Lemtur

This panel aims to bring together researchers from different disciplines focusing on the production of the Himalayas through gender, material culture, trade and flow of people, goods and ideas. It also hopes to engage with various approaches and methods in studying the mountains.

Marks of Devotion: The Construction and Politics of Religious Identity Through External Signs

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Convenors: Marion Rastelli, Nina Mirnig

The panel explores the historical circumstances in which signs worn on the body have been constructed to generate religious identity and how they are utilized in religio-political discourses. To reach a broader understanding of the processes involved, we invite papers from different disciplines.

Medical Professions in South Asia: Historical and Contemporary Analyses

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Convenor: Roger Jeffery

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.

Muslim Social Formations: Bridging Discursive and Islamicate Perspectives

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Convenors: Raphael Susewind, Sana Ghazi

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.

Occult South Asia: Rethinking the History of Modern South Asian Religions and Spiritualities Through the Lens of Esotericism Research and Vice Versa

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Convenors: Mriganka Mukhopadhyay, Karl Baier

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.

On the Transmission of the Sanskritic Culture in the Colonial Period: Philology and Print in South Asia

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Convenor: Cristina Pecchia

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.

Pushtimarg, Past and Present: New Perspectives on a Hindu Sampradaya

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Convenors: Isabella Nardi, Emilia Bachrach

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.