Friday, May 13, 2015

6:00 pm: Reception/Light dinner
7:00 pm: Welcome – Swapna Sharma et al.
7:30-9:00pm:  Theme: Two Bhakti Archetypes: Chaitanya and Nanak
Moderator: Jack Hawley

  • Shrivatsa Goswami: Bhakti and Vrindavan: Actor and Theatre
  • Gurinder Singh Mann: Power and Protest in the Founding of the Sikh Community


Saturday, May 14, 2016

9:00-10:30 am: Theme:  Power and Protest: Orienting Questions
Moderator: Gurinder Singh Mann

  • Christian Novetzke: The Political Theology of Bhakti, or When Devotionalism Meets Vernacularization    
  • Vijay Pinch: The Waterscape of North Bihar:  Notes from the Āina-i Tirhut of Bihārī Lāl “Fitrat”, ca. 1880
  • Joel Lee: All the Valmikis are One: Bhakti as Majoritarian Project


11:00-1:00 pm: Theme: Sectarian Experiments
Moderator: Karen Pechilis

  • Heidi PauwelsCaste And Women in Early Modern India: The Case of Krishna Bhakti In The Sixteenth and Eighteenth Century.
  • Divya Cherian – Fall from Grace? Untouchables and Hindus in Eighteenth-Century Marwa
  • Kiyo OkitaSinging in Protest: Early Modern Hindu-Muslim Encounters in Bengali Hagiographies of Caitanya
  • Eben Graves: Are You All Coming to the Esplanade?”: Padāvalī-Kīrtan and Political Society

1:00-2:15pm: Lunch

2: 15-3:45 pm: Theme: Middles
Moderator: David Haberman

  • Tyler Williams: Paper Trails: Money, Manuscripts, Malis and Merchants in Northwestern Bhakti
  • John Cort: Bhakti As Middle Class Religion and Literature
  • Jack Hawley: Middling Bhakti

3:45-4:15 Coffee break

4:15- 5:15 Theme: Bhakti and Beyond: Old and New
Moderator: Richard Davis

  • Phyllis Granoff: For God and King: the politics of bhakti in a 19th c. Assamese puran
  • David Brick: The Incorporation of Devotional Theism into Purāṇic Gifting Rites

5:45 pm: Announcements: Swapna Sharma


Sunday, May 15, 2016

9:30-11:00 am: Theme: Shaivas and Sufis
Moderator: John Cort

  • Karen Pechilis: Before the Difference was Split: Bhakti and Tantra in South India
  • Gil Ben-Herut:  Religious Equity, Social Conservatism: Society and the Kannada Śivabhakti Community as Imagined in Early Thirteenth-Century Hagiographies
  • Manpreet Kaur: “Smitten, like Ranjha, they get their ears pierced”: The trope of the Jogi in Punjabi Sufi Poetry

11:00-11:30 am: Coffee

11:30-12:30 pm: Theme: Rethinking Bhakti
Moderator: Heidi Pauwels

  • David L. Haberman: Bhakti as Relationship: Drawing Form and Personality from the Formless
  • Richard Davis: Bhakti in the Classroom: What Do Students Hear?