ANNUAL SOUTH ASIA CONFERENCE AT SMU

Since 2006, SMU’s Asian Studies Program and the South Asia Research and Information Institute (Dallas) have brought nationally and internationally renowned specialists to Dallas for one-day conferences on particular themes important in the academic study of South Asia. The aim of this conference is to bring together South Asia specialists with the larger DFW community.

See also: SMU’S Asian Studies webpage and SARII’s webpage


2013: CONVERSION, CASTE, AND COEXISTENCE: CHRISTIANITY IN SOUTH INDIA
September 28th, 2013, McCord Auditorium (Dallas Hall), Southern Methodist University
(see SMU’s
Asian Studies page for further details)

PRESENTATIONS
At the Limit of Understanding: The 17th-Century Jesuit Critique of Rebirth (punarjanma)
DR. FRANCIS X. CLOONEY, SJ
(Harvard University)

Brothers and Sisters on Earth and in Heaven: Kerala’s Hindu-Christian Coexistence
DR. CORINNE DEMPSEY
(Nazareth College)

Anglicanism and 'The Lutheran Aggression:' Conflicts over Caste, Class, and Conversion in South India
DR. ROBERT E. FRYKENBERG
(University of Wisconsin - Madison)

Social and Religious Experience of Dalit Christians in Kerala: A Historical Analysis
DR. P. SANAL MOHAN
(Mahatma Gandhi University)

How Should We Understand Caste Oppression? Historians, Missionaries, and Dalits
DR. RUPA VISWANATH
(University of Göttingen)

Chair
DR. JILL DETEMPLE
(Southern Methodist University)

2012: CITIES, COURTS, AND SAINTS: MUSLIM CULTURES OF SOUTH ASIA
Presenters: DR. RICHARD M. EATON (University of Arizona); DR. AZFAR MOIN (Southern Methodist University); DR. RAJIV KINRA (Northwestern University); DR. BARBARA D. METCALF (University of Michigan, emerita); DR. THOMAS METCALF (University of California, Berkeley, emeritus); DR. KATHERINE SCHOFIELD (King’s College, London)
Moderater/Chair: DR. AZFAR MOIN (Southern Methodist University)
2011: ALTERNATIVE RĀMĀYAṆAS: VARIATIONS IN AN EPIC TRADITION
Presenters: DR. KATHY FOLEY (The University of California, Santa Cruz); DR. PHYLLIS GRANOFF (Yale University); DR. PHILIP LUTGENDORF (The University of Iowa); DR. S. PALANIAPPAN (SARII); DR. VELCHERU NARAYANA RAO (Emory University); DR. PAULA RICHMAN (Oberlin College)
Moderator/Chair:
DR. STEVEN LINDQUIST (Southern Methodist University)
2010: FROM YAL TO VINAI: SOUTH INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC BEFORE THE 19TH CENTURY
Presenters: DR. N. RAMANATHAN (University of Madras, retd.); DR. SR. MARGARET BASTIN (Kalai Kaviri College of Fine Arts, Trichy) ; DR. MATTHEW ALLEN (Wheaton College); DR. S. PALANIAPPAN (SARII); DR. LAKSHMI SUBRAMANIAN (Center for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta)
Moderator/Chair:
DR. STEVEN LINDQUIST (Southern Methodist University)
2009: TAMILS IN SRI LANKA: RETHINKING POLITICAL FUTURES
Presenters: DR. S. PALANIAPPAN (SARII); DR. DAGMAR HELLMANN-RAJANAYAGAM (The University of Passau) ; DR. YAMUNA SANGARASIVAM (Nazareth College); DR. HURST HANNUM (Tufts University); DR. JIANWEI WANG (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point); DR. BRAHMA CHELLANEY (Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi); MR. VISUVANATHAN RUDRAKUMARAN (Attorney-at-Law, NY)
Moderator/Chair:
DR. SEYOM BROWN (Southern Methodist University)
2008: JAINISM IN SOUTH INDIA
Presenters: DR. A. VELUPPILLAI (Arizona State University); DR. ROBERT ZYDENBOS (University of Munich); DR. RANGARAJAN VIJAYALAKHMY (International Institute of Tamil Studies, retd.); DR. S. PALANIAPPAN (SARII); DR. LISA N. OWEN (University of North Texas); MS. EVA-MARIA GLASBRENNER (University of Munich)
Moderator/Chair:
DR. STEVEN LINDQUIST (Southern Methodist University)
2007: HISTORY OF CATIRATTAM/BHARATANATYAM
Presenters: DR. S. PALANIAPPAN (SARII); DR. SASKIA KERSENBOOM (University of Amsterdam); MS. LAKSHMI VISHWANATHAN (Music Academy, Chennai); DR. INDIRA V. PETERSON (Mt. Holyoke College); DR. DAVESH SONEJI (McGill University); DR. AMRIT SRINIVASAN (Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi)
Moderator/Chair:
DR. STEVEN LINDQUIST (Southern Methodist University)