Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

Crafting Identities, Crafting Devotion

Saturday, July 7
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Casuarina, Lower Ground Floor

Whether a Malabar Haji on route to Mecca, a Tibetan yogin clad in white robes fostering sectarian affiliation, a Burmese wizard-saint with a growing body of transnational devotees and shrines, a Kashmiri Buddhist nun highly regarded for her fasting lineage, or a Tibetan iron bridge builder engineering projects across the Himalayan landscape, this panel explores the interconnection between individual religious practice and community identity. Especially emphasized are the ways in which identity and religious practice construct and re-construct one another. While pilgrimage plays into these religious figures lives, their identities continue to be remade through biographies, hagiographies, shrines, fasting, devotion, and geography. This panel underscores the notion of “being made” and the movement necessary for constructing religious identities and religious lives.

Darcie M. Price-Wallace

Northwestern University, India

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Darcie M. Price-Wallace

Northwestern University, India

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Annie Heckman

University of Toronto, Canada

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Muhamed Riyaz Chenganakkatill

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India

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Thomas N. Patton

City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Darcie M. Price-Wallace

Northwestern University, India

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