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May 29, 2012

CFP: Orders and Itineraries: Buddhist, Islamic, and Christian Networks in Southern Asia, C. 900-1900

Date : 21 – 22 February 2013
Venue : Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Website : http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1312

The presence and importance of orders, as corporate structures of ritual and interpretive religious specialists, has long been noted in the history of South and Southeast Asia. Most often, however, these discussions have been compartmentalized within fields of study focused on a single religious tradition. This workshop seeks to open new lines of conversation by bringing together scholars working on Buddhist monastic lineages, Sufi tariqas, and Christian orders in Southern Asia, to bring their own specialized research into conversation with recent developments in the broader field of trans-regional history. The workshop seeks to understand better the motivations for extending religious communities geographically in the southern Asian region, as well as conceptions of affiliation that have shaped the movement and localization of religious specialists. The workshop will also explore the ways in which the presence of religious orders shaped processes of recognition and competition within and across the expansionary religious traditions of Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity.

Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract (250 words maximum) and a brief personal biography of 150 words using the Paper Proposal Submission Form. Please send your form to Ms Valerie Yeo at valerie.yeo@nus.edu.sg by 15 July 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by mid August 2012 and will be required to send in a completed draft paper (5,000 - 8,000 words) by 31 January 2012.

Workshop Convenors
Assoc Prof Michael Feener (arifm@nus.edu.sg)
Cluster Leader, Religion and Globalisation in Asian Contexts, Asia Research Institute
& Department of History, National University of Singapore

Prof Anne M. Blackburn (amb242@cornell.edu)
Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Professor, Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University, USA

Posted by katemw at May 29, 2012 08:43 AM


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