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Organized Panel Session

7 - Hindu Temples in Motion: The Temple in Diaspora

7/6/2018
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Magnolia, Lower Ground Floor

This session on “Hindu temples in Motion” explores ritual, theological, architectural, cultural, and devotional transformations and innovations evident in five contemporary Hindu temples or temple cultures outside of India. The papers together examine temples and temple practices in North America, Europe, Jamaica (in the Caribbean), Thailand, and Sri Lanka. Collectively, we emphasize the creative dimensions of each of these temple communities as they make new homes for themselves in their diaspora contexts as well as the politics of Hindu temples in places where Hindus are in the minority. We demonstrate that Hindu temples outside of India are both sites of religious tension as well as nodes of the religious invention that play an important role in helping generate fresh forms of Hinduism. Hindu temples in these non-Indian communities reflect their situations in the new geographical and cultural homelands that Hindu communities around the world have come to embrace. Session participants come from academic institutions in North America, Europe, Thailand, and South India. We include male and female presenters from the Indian, American, Jamaican, and European origin and at all career stages. 


 

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Tracy Pintchman

Loyola University, Chicago, United States

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George Pati

Valparaiso University, United States

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Dasgupta Sutopa

Harvard University, United States

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Knut Jacobsen

University of Bergen, Norway

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Tracy Pintchman

Loyola University, Chicago, United States

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James Ponniah

University of Madras, India

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Jeremy Saul

Mahidol University, Thailand

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