Hindus in India and America: Hinduizing America; Globalizing India

Hindus in India and America: Hinduizing America; Globalizing India

May 17-19, 2010

University of Chicago Divinity School
Swift Hall
1025 East 58th Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60637

Sponsored by The Divinity School and the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion

Contact: Sonam Kachru, kachru@uchicago.edu

The Divinity School and the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion are hosting a conference on the topic “Hindus in India and America: Hinduizing America, Globalizing India,” to be held 17-19 May 2010. The event will gather renowned scholars to engage the topic — including aspects of Hinduism in America and patterns of American scholarship about Hinduism — from their distinctive perspectives. The conference will conclude with responses to Wendy Doniger's book, The Hindus: An Alternative History, during one of the Divinity School’s “Dean’s Forums.”

The schedule is as follows:

Monday May 17, 2010

Lecture 1: 9:30-10:30 AM 
David Shulman, Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies in the department of Comparative Religion, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
“Thoughts on Dust and Light” 

Coffee Break

Lecture 2: 11:00-12:00 PM 
V. Narayana Rao, Krishnadevaraya Professor of Languages and Cultures of Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison; currently visiting professor in South Asian Languages and Culture, University of Chicago 
“The Brahmin Demon and the Untouchable Devotee: The Education of a Vaishnava in Krishnadevaraya’sAmuktamalyada

Lunch Break (lunch not provided) 

Lecture 3: 2:00-3:00 PM
Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the College, University of Chicago 
“The Indian Career of the Idea of Civilization: From Colonial Times to Now"

Coffee Break

Lecture 4: 3:30-4:30 PM 
Leela Gandhi professor of English, University of Chicago 
“On Ecumenism: Religious Cosmopolitanism in the Age of Empire”

Tuesday May 18, 2010

Lecture 1: 9:30-10:30 AM 
Sascha Ebeling, Assistant Professor, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago
"Being Hindu in(between) Sri Lanka and Canada: On War, Trauma, and Diaspora"

Coffee Break

Lecture 2: 11:00-12:00 PM
Rochona Majumdar, Assistant Professor, South Asian Languages and Culture, University of Chicago
"Gandhi's Gita"

Lunch Break

Lecture 3: 2:00-3:00 PM
Amanda Huffer, PhD candidate in the History of Religions, University of Chicago Divinity School
"Ordinary Women, Goddesses, and Gurus: Post-1965 Diversification of Vivekananda's Hinduism" 

Coffee Break

Lecture 4: 3:30-4:30 PM
Laurie Patton, Charles Howard Candler Professor and Professor of Early Indian Religions, Department of Religion, Emory University
"An American Veda? United States Vedanta Societies and the Question of Early Indian Sacrifice" 

Concluding Response: 4:30-5:00PM
Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School; also in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, the Committee on Social Thought, and the College, University of Chicago  

Public Reception, Swift Common Room