Regional Bhakti Traditions: Who's In, Who's Out?

Organizers: Gil Ben-Herut and Jon Keune

Thursday, October 22, 2015
Senate Rooms A & B


7:30 am - 8:30 am      Coffee and light breakfast
8:30 am - 8:45 am      Welcome, Thematic Introduction
8:45 am - 10:15 am     Pulling Others In

Rich Freeman | Fraught Consitutencies: Coercion and Inclusion in Kerala Bhakti
Harshita Kamath Mruthinti | Kshetrayya: The Outsider
Jon Keune | Playing with Boundaries: The Atypical Bhaktas of Eknath's Allegorical Poetry

10:15 am - 10:30 am   Coffee break
10:30 am - 12:15 pm   Competition and Separation I

Christian Novetzke | Free Market Bhakti: Competition and Exclusion in the Formation of the Mahanubhav and Varkari Bhakti Communities
Gil Ben-Herut | Arguing with Vaiṣṇavas, Annihilating Jains: Two Religious Others in Early Kannada Śivabhakti Hagiographies
Patton Burchett | The "Other" of the Yogi (Particularly, the Nath Yogi)
Elaine Craddock | Kali Moves Into Tamil Country

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm     Lunch
1:45 pm - 3:30 pm      Competition and Separation II

Anne Monius | A Caste of Gluttons Plucking Hair from Their Heads: The Fate of Jains as Religious 'Other' in Tamil Saiva Literature
Jeremy Morse | The Guru-bhakti of the Datta Saṃpradāya and Its Many "Others"
Philip Lutgendorf | Who are the Damned (in the Mānas Lake of Tulsīdās)?
Divya Cherian | Fall from Grace? Untouchables and Hindus in Eighteenth-Century Marwar

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm       Coffee Break
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm       Reckoning Difference

Anand Venkatkrishnan | Atheists in Potholes: Mimamsakas Debate the Bhaktimarga
Velcheru Narayana Rao | Was It Ever a Revolt? The Beginning and End of Bhakti

4:45 pm - 5:30 pm       Open Discussion
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm       Reception
7:00 pm                          Informal dinner