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‘Vernacular’ Theorisations of ‘Literature’ in Modern South Asia

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Convenors: Judhajit Sarkar, Anirudh Karnick

The panel discusses 'vernacular' theorisations of literature in the 19th and 20th centuries. We ask what ‘modern’ ideas of literature, literariness, and literary history were and how they were generated by synthesizing disparate vocabularies – Sanskritic, Persianate, Western – in inventive ways.

“Thus It Is Said...”: The Role of Scripture in Legitimising South Asian Sectarian Communities

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Convenors: Avni Chag, Kush Depala, Brian A. Hatcher

This panel calls for current research on the formation of religious traditions in South Asia with a focus on scripture. It explores how scripturalisation and the various processes it involves has helped establish communities within authoritative rubrics during their critically formative years.