IAHR Regional Conference on the Study of Religions in India
December 11 - December 14, 2003
New Delhi, India

Call for Papers

The Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), in collaboration with India International Centre, will host a regional conference of the International Association of the History of Religions (IAHR) in New Delhi from December 18-21, 2003.

The last date for submission of proposals has now been extended to January 31, 2003 due to several requests that have come in from potential participants that the earlier deadline was difficult to meet since it falls in the midst of heavy work load related to teaching and semester end commitments in most universities. Final date for confirmation of accepted proposals: February 28, 2003.

The dates of the conference have been shifted from December 11-14, 2003 to December 18-21, 2003, in response to requests from several participants.

The conference aims to encourage rigorous secular studies of religious traditions in India: Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Sikhism, including their various sects and branches. Furthermore, in order to promote the study of religions in India as a careful secular discipline, the conference hopes to establish a process for bringing together, on a regular basis, scholars in India who are working in the field of religion.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

1) studies of traditional religious texts with a special focus on notions of the common or public good; ideal forms of gender and familiar relations; theories of justice and political authority; and relations between deities and mortals, rulers and ruled, or nature and humans;
2) the interrelationships among religions theologies, canons, philosophies, practices, and folk beliefs;
3) historical and contemporary studies of growth or decay of syncretic traditions in religious texts and practices; the role and function of pilgrimage centres, as well as the management of religious institutions; and the rise, decline, and renewal of shramanic traditions within Indic civilisation;
4) the politics of conversion in history or in contemporary India; and the limits of religions authority and the role of dissenters and outsiders;
5) the impact of nationalism on beliefs and practices; Gandhi's religion; and Hindu-Muslim relations;
6) special methodological concerns in the study of Indic religions; and
7) the contributions of Indic religions to cosmological speculation in 20th century science.

We apologise to all those of you who could not access our old website which disappeared mysteriously from our server and our old email ID which became inaccessible. We have now launched a new website and a new email ID. Please see our website for proposal submission, registration, programme, accommodation, and contact information: www.indicreligions.com

Email: madhukishwar@indicreligions.com or madhuk@csdsdelhi.org

Sincerely,
Madhu Kishwar
Convenor