South Asia

Organized Panel Session

61 - Fugitive Texts: Alternative Archives and the History of South Asian Religion

7/6/2018
2:40 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Jacaranda I, First Floor

The history of religion is often organized along confessional lines, in itself an artifact of the organizing principles that subtend archives, whether those of particular sects or those pertaining to states closely identified with a particular religion, as the archive itself imposes confessional boundaries that did not necessarily exist in lived experience or erases vestiges of practices and beliefs that violate later orthodoxies. The result is often a misleadingly linear view of the historical experience and evolution of religious life. This panel will consider the history of South Asian religion through novel or under-utilized archival entry-points: the remnants of the records of the Goan Inquisition, the archival lacunae in the modern canon of the Nāth sect, the publications of a little-known break-away Catholic sect and the papers of a German diplomat turned sufi disciple. In doing so, the panel will explore how such alternative archives invite us to rethink the received genealogies of South Asian religious life.

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Ananya Chakravarti

Georgetown University, United States

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Ananya Chakravarti

Georgetown University, United States

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Ananya Chakravarti

Georgetown University, United States

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Christine Marrewa-Karwoski

Columbia University, United States

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Wei Jiang

Forum Internationale Wissenschaft Bonn, Germany

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Amir Theilhaber

Technical University Berlin, Germany

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