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RA-50126-14
Research Fellowships for Senior Scholars in the Humanities to Conduct their Projects in India
Philip Lutgendorf, American Institute of Indian Studies

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A European Library in 19th Century India: The Enlightenment World of Serfoji II of Tanjore (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: A European Library in 19th Century India: The Enlightenment World of Serfoji II of Tanjore
Author: Indira Peterson
Abstract: presentation at the India International Centre with Romila Thapar of JNU chair
Date: 10/18/2016
Primary URL: http://www.iicdelhi.nic.in/User_Panel/Programs.aspx?TypeID=1076
Conference Name: India International Centre, New Delhi

Drama, The Court, and the Public in Maratha Thanjavur: The Multilingual Yakshaganas of Shaji II (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Drama, The Court, and the Public in Maratha Thanjavur: The Multilingual Yakshaganas of Shaji II
Author: Indira Peterson
Abstract: This paper illuminates the Thanjavur Maratha ruler Shahji II (r. 1684-1712) innovative deployment of the Yakshagana dance drama genre as a key instrument for the court's self-presentation, as well as representations of its relationship with wider publics in the Tamil cultural region
Date: 10/19/2016
Primary URL: http://www.jnu.ac.in/Events/
Conference Name: Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi India

Amy Allocco organizes conference "To Take Place: Culture, Religion, and Home-making in and beyond South Asia" at the University of Madras (Conference/Institute/Seminar)
Title: Amy Allocco organizes conference "To Take Place: Culture, Religion, and Home-making in and beyond South Asia" at the University of Madras
Author: Amy Allocco
Abstract: The conference, held on July 28-29, 2016, was organized by Amy Allocco, associate professor of Religious Studies at Elon University and James Ponniah, assistant professor in the Department of Christian Studies at University of Madras. The conference attracted more than 50 attendees from the South Indian city and featured 16 presenters from throughout India and five additional countries. Speakers addressed the means and practices by which migrants, displaced persons and various other subcommunities in South Asia establish physical, conceptual and emotional spaces that put them at home or give rise to conflict with other groups.
Date Range: July 28-29, 2016
Location: Chennai, India
Primary URL: https://www.elon.edu/e-net/Article/135203

A Storm of Songs: India and the Idea of the Bhakti Movement (Book)
Title: A Storm of Songs: India and the Idea of the Bhakti Movement
Author: John Stratton Hawley
Abstract: India celebrates itself as a nation of unity in diversity, but where does that sense of unity come from? One important source is a widely-accepted narrative called the “bhakti movement.” Bhakti is the religion of the heart, of song, of common participation, of inner peace, of anguished protest. The idea known as the bhakti movement asserts that between 600 and 1600 CE, poet-saints sang bhakti from India’s southernmost tip to its northern Himalayan heights, laying the religious bedrock upon which the modern state of India would be built. Challenging this canonical narrative, John Stratton Hawley clarifies the historical and political contingencies that gave birth to the concept of the bhakti movement. Starting with the Mughals and their Kachvaha allies, North Indian groups looked to the Hindu South as a resource that would give religious and linguistic depth to their own collective history. Only in the early twentieth century did the idea of a bhakti “movement” crystallize—in the intellectual circle surrounding Rabindranath Tagore in Bengal. Interactions between Hindus and Muslims, between the sexes, between proud regional cultures, and between upper castes and Dalits are crucially embedded in the narrative, making it a powerful political resource. A Storm of Songs ponders the destiny of the idea of the bhakti movement in a globalizing India. If bhakti is the beating heart of India, this is the story of how it was implanted there—and whether it can survive.
Year: 2015
Primary URL: http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674187467
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780674187467
Copy sent to NEH?: No

The Quotidian Revolution: Vernacularization, Religion, and the Premodern Public Sphere in India (Book)
Title: The Quotidian Revolution: Vernacularization, Religion, and the Premodern Public Sphere in India
Author: Christian Novetzke
Abstract: In thirteenth-century Maharashtra, a new vernacular literature emerged to challenge the hegemony of Sanskrit, a language largely restricted to men of high caste. In a vivid and accessible idiom, this new Marathi literature inaugurated a public debate over the ethics of social difference grounded in the idiom of everyday life. The arguments of vernacular intellectuals pushed the question of social inclusion into ever-wider social realms, spearheading the development of a nascent premodern public sphere that valorized the quotidian world in sociopolitical terms. The Quotidian Revolution examines this pivotal moment of vernacularization in Indian literature, religion, and public life by investigating courtly donative Marathi inscriptions alongside the first extant texts of Marathi literature: the Lilacaritra (1278) and the Jñanesvari (1290). Novetzke revisits the influence of Chakradhar (c. 1194), the founder of the Mahanubhav religion, and Jnandev (c. 1271), who became a major figure of the Varkari religion, to observe how these avant-garde and worldly elites pursued a radical intervention into the social questions and ethics of the age. Drawing on political anthropology and contemporary theories of social justice, religion, and the public sphere, The Quotidian Revolution explores the specific circumstances of this new discourse oriented around everyday life and its lasting legacy: widening the space of public debate in a way that presages key aspects of Indian modernity and democracy.
Year: 2016
Primary URL: http://cup.columbia.edu/book/the-quotidian-revolution/9780231175807
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780231175807
Copy sent to NEH?: No

The Slow Boil: Street Food, Rights and Public Space in Mumbai (Book)
Title: The Slow Boil: Street Food, Rights and Public Space in Mumbai
Author: Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria
Abstract: Street food vendors are both a symbol and a scourge of Mumbai: cheap roadside snacks are enjoyed by all, but the people who make them dance on a razor's edge of legality. While neighborhood associations want the vendors off cluttered sidewalks, many Mumbaikers appreciate the convenient bargains they offer. In The Slow Boil, Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria draws on his long-term fieldwork with these vendors to make sense of the paradoxes within the city and, thus, to create a better understanding of urban space in general. Much urban studies literature paints street vendors either as oppressed and marginalized victims or as inventive premoderns. In contrast, Anjaria acknowledges that diverse political, economic, historic, and symbolic processes create contradictions in the vendors' everyday lives, like their illegality and proximity to the state, and their insecurity and permanence. Mumbai's disorderly sidewalks reflect the simmering tensions over livelihood, democracy, and rights that are central to the city but have long been overlooked. In The Slow Boil, these issues are not subsumed into a larger framework, but are explored on their own terms.
Year: 2016
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780804798228
Copy sent to NEH?: No

Kashmir: History, Politics, Representation (Book)
Title: Kashmir: History, Politics, Representation
Editor: Chitralekha Zutshi 9781108402101
Abstract: On the seventieth anniversary of Indian independence, Partition, and the creation of Pakistan, this ground breaking collection brings together fourteen cutting-edge scholarly essays on multiple aspects of both the region and the issue of Kashmir. While keeping the political dimensions of the dispute over the territory in focus, these innovative essays branch out from the high politics of the conflict to consider less well-known aspects and areas of Kashmir. They examine the continuities and ruptures between Kashmir's past and its present situation; reevaluate the contemporary political scenario from the perspective of gender, economic and political marginality, everyday experiences, and governance; and analyze the ways in which the region of Kashmir and its people are represented and (re)present themselves in films and literature through their regional and religious identities, and commodities. This volume aims to understand the limitations of postcolonial nationalism and citizenship as exemplified by the situation in contemporary Kashmir.
Year: 2017
Primary URL: http://tm1-live.eu.aws.cambridge.org/ie/academic/subjects/history/south-asian-history/kashmir-history-politics-representation?format=PB&isbn=9781108402101#YhyjqhKzC76ABHOQ.97
Primary URL Description: Cambridge University Press web site
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Type: Edited Volume
ISBN: 9781108402101
Copy sent to NEH?: No

Preserving and Improving the Breeds: Colonial Cow Protection and the Prehistory of a Constitutional Directive (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Preserving and Improving the Breeds: Colonial Cow Protection and the Prehistory of a Constitutional Directive
Author: Catherine Adcock
Abstract: Recent events have underscored the danger that cow protection poses to religious and caste minorities in India, as Dalits and Muslims allegedly suspected of cattle-slaughter have been brutally assaulted or killed. These events have followed the strengthening of anti-slaughter laws. Such laws originate with Article 48 of the Constitution of India, which directs the state to "endeavour to organize agriculture and animal husbandry on modern and scientific lines" and to "take steps for preserving and improving the breeds, and prohibiting the slaughter" of cattle. In 1958, the Supreme Court cited Article 48 when it ruled it constitutional for the states to prohibit the slaughter of female cows. Article 48 has been described as the product of a secularist compromise, in which Ambedkar and Nehru succeeded in couching cow protectionists' religious demands for a ban on cow-slaughter in the more neutral language of science and agriculture. But as Chigateri (2011, p. 146) has observed, Article 48 "reiterates the Hindu basis" of opposition to cow slaughter. As the restriction of slaughter came to be justified on secular grounds, minority rights were submerged or erased. There was also a "Hindu basis" to the ostensibly secular framing of Article 48. Cow protectionists had used agricultural reasoning since Dayanand Saraswati in 1881. This paper details how such reasoning acquired a scaffolding of official and expert support in the last decades before independence. The colonial state has been praised for its secular stance on cow protection: colonial officials refused cow protectionists' demands by invoking the principle of religious neutrality, citing Muslims' right to sacrifice cattle at Bakr Id. Nonetheless, by 1948, alliances between colonial officials and cow protectionists had blurred any distinction between a secular or scientific concern with breed improvement, and a Hindu religious concern with preserving cattle life.
Date: 01/04/2018
Primary URL: https://aha.confex.com/aha/2018/webprogram/Paper23446.html
Conference Name: American Historical Association Annual Meeting 2018

Ritual Innovation: Strategic Interventions in South Asian Religion (Book)
Title: Ritual Innovation: Strategic Interventions in South Asian Religion
Editor: Amy Allocco
Editor: Brian Pennington
Abstract: Religious rituals are often seen as unchanging and ahistorical bearers of long-standing traditions. But as this book demonstrates, ritual is a lively platform for social change and innovation in the religions of South Asia. Drawing from Hindu and Jain examples in India, Nepal, and North America,the essays in this volume, written by renowned scholars of religion, explore how the intentional, conscious, and public invention or alteration of ritual can effect dramatic social transformation, whether in dethroning a Nepali king or sanctioning same-sex marriage. Ritual Innovation shows how the very idea of ritual as a conservative force misreads the history of religion by overlooking ritual’s inherent creative potential and its adaptability to new contexts and circumstances.
Year: 2018
Publisher: SUNY Press
Type: Edited Volume
ISBN: 978-1-4384-690
Copy sent to NEH?: No

Flower Showers for the Goddess: Borrowing, Modification, and Ritual Innovation in Tamil Nadu (Book Section)
Title: Flower Showers for the Goddess: Borrowing, Modification, and Ritual Innovation in Tamil Nadu
Author: Amy Allocco
Editor: Brian Pennington
Editor: Amy Allocco
Abstract: not available
Year: 2018
Publisher: SUNY Press
Book Title: Ritual Innovation: Strategic Interventions in South Asian Religion

Mangala Bansode and the Social Life of Tamasha: Caste, Sexuality, and Discrimination in Modern Maharashtra (Article)
Title: Mangala Bansode and the Social Life of Tamasha: Caste, Sexuality, and Discrimination in Modern Maharashtra
Author: Shailaja Paik
Abstract: not available
Year: 2017
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Caste and Life Narratives special issue of Biography 40, 1

West-Centric Divide, Global health, and Postcolonial Intervention (Article)
Title: West-Centric Divide, Global health, and Postcolonial Intervention
Author: Amit Prasad
Abstract: not available
Year: 2017
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Science and Technology Studies 30, 4

Contesting Urban Space: Shrine Culture and the Discourse on Kashmiri Muslim Identities, and Protest in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries (Book Section)
Title: Contesting Urban Space: Shrine Culture and the Discourse on Kashmiri Muslim Identities, and Protest in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
Author: Chitralekha Zutshi
Editor: Chitralekha Zutshi
Abstract: not available
Year: 2017
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Book Title: Kashmir: History, Politics, Representation


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