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BASAS Conference 2019 -now open for booking !

BASAS Annual Conference 2019

3 - 5 April 2019, Durham University

The British Association of South Asian Studies (BASAS) will hold its annual conference 3 - 5 April 2019, at Durham University. We are pleased to confirm that Alpa Shah (LSE) has kindly agreed to give the keynote lecture.

The registration portal is now open with early bird discounts available for bookings until 20th January and a closing registration date of 15th February. See https://www.dur.ac.uk/conference.booking/book/?event=1112&section=1&delegate=new to access the portal.

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BASAS Conference 2019

BASAS Annual Conference 2019

3 - 5 April 2019, Durham University

The British Association of South Asian Studies (BASAS) will hold its annual conference 3 - 5 April 2019, at Durham University. We are pleased to confirm that Alpa Shah (LSE) has kindly agreed to give the keynote lecture.

The dedicated Conference webpage can be accessed at https://www.dur.ac.uk/anthropology/basas/ with the  registration portal open early in the New Year. Watch this space !


 

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CfP: Pilgrimage

Conference:

'Pilgrimage and the Senses', Oxford

7 June 2019
Submission deadline: 20 January 2019

With the release of its inaugural issue in 2006, The Senses and Society journal proclaimed a "sensual revolution" in the humanities and social sciences. The ensuing decade has seen a boom in sensory studies, resulting in research networks, museum exhibitions, and a wealth of publications. This interdisciplinary conference hosted at the University of Oxford aims to shed light on how sensory perception shapes and is shaped by the experience of pilgrimage across cultures, faith traditions, and throughout history.

Pilgrimages present an intriguing paradox. Grounded in physical experiences—a journey (real or imagined), encounters with sites and/or relics, and commemorative tokens—they also simultaneously demand a devotional focus on the metaphysical. A ubiquitous and long-lasting devotional practice, pilgrimage is a useful lens through which to examine how humans encounter the sacred through the tools of perception available to us. Focusing on the ways in which pilgrimage engages the senses will contribute to our knowledge of how people have historically understood both religious experience and their bodies as vehicles of devotional participation. We call on speakers to grapple with the challenges of understanding the sensory experience of spiritual phenomena, while bearing in mind that understandings of the senses can vary according to specific cultural contexts. While the five senses are a natural starting point, we are open to including papers that deal with "sense" in a more general way, such as senses of time and place.

Sample topics may include (but are not limited to):

the role of beholding (places, relics, miracles, mementos) in the pilgrimage experience
haptic encounters with relics
ways in which pilgrims are seen: wearing specific clothing and/or badges, public acts (or affects) of devotion, how pilgrims are depicted or described
pilgrims' auditory expressions: wailing/crying, chanting, singing, reciting prayers
bathing and purification in preparation for devotions
food as a ritual element or means of experiencing cultures along a pilgrimage route
the place of music on the pilgrimage route and/or at pilgrimage destinations
pain as a facet of the pilgrimage journey
the sensory spectacle—visual, auditory, olfactory—of pilgrimage processions
devotional objects that require handling, such as prayer beads and prayer wheels
psychosomatic sensory experiences as a means of engaging with the divine
the evocation of sensory participation through works of art and/or written accounts

Professor Kathryn Rudy of the University of St. Andrews will deliver a keynote address.

We invite 20-minute papers from any discipline on topics related to the themes outlined above, especially in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, art history, history, literature, musicology, religious studies, sociology, and theology. We welcome submissions relating to aspects of pilgrimage of any faith or historical period. Doctoral students and early career researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

Contact Info:
Please submit a title, abstract (max. 250 words), and brief bio to pilgrimagesenses2019@gmail.com by January 20th. Successful applicants will be notified by February 5th. All submissions and papers must be in English.
Contact Email: pilgrimagesenses2019@gmail.com

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On 11th July, 2013, we launched our BASAS Campaign. We announced our intention to establish an endowment fund, and we pledged to use our expertise to ensure BASAS continues to support workshops, language training grants, and other initiatives to sustain the study and research of the countries and people of South Asia.

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