"Dissimulation, Deception, Illusion and Subterfuge in South Asian Religions.”
Thursday, June 21-Sunday, June 24, 2018
University of California, Davis
We invite proposals representing a range of disciplinary and methodological approaches that focus on dishonesty, trickery or concealment by or by means of religious texts, practices, institutions, and individuals. Possible topics could include the changeable appearance of deities, religious charlatans, the question of the authenticity or inauthenticity of religious practices or entities, the theological concept of māyā, issues of religious identity such as hidden or false conversions, the elaborate ploys and deceptions of the Epics, secrecy, etc. Conference organizers (Brian Pennington, Reid Locklin, Chad Bauman, and Archana Venkatesan) welcome individual paper proposals of no longer than 250 words, to be submitted via the conference website, csri.ucdavis.edu, no later than March 1, 2018.
The Conference on the Study of Religions of India (CSRI) is a forum of exchange for scholars engaged in the academic study of the religious traditions of India in both native and diasporic contexts. It provides scholars a leisurely, collegial environment in which to present their work. Emphasis will be placed on informality among peers. Committed to critical and creative inquiry, the conference is not an advocacy forum for the religions of India and does not endorse or proscribe a particular point of view. Only scholars with terminal degrees in religious studies or related academic disciplines (like Anthropology, Art, Ethnomusicology, History, Philosophy, Theology, Women Studies) researching and/or teaching in the area of religions of India are eligible to present, attend, and participate in the conference. Graduate students in advanced standing in any of these disciplines are also welcome to participate in the conference.
The conference is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Global Affairs, the Religions of India Initiative, Graduate Studies, Davis Humanities Institute, Department of Religious Studies, L&S Dean’s Office, Graduate Group in the Study of Religion, Program in Middle-East-South Asia Studies and the Department of Classics.