Announcement and Call for Papers - Rethinking Religion in India II: 'Rethinking Secularism'

Mahendra Kumar Mishra mkmfolk at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jul 24 14:00:34 UTC 2008

dear  friend  I will present a paper  on Indian religion .
 besat regards, mahendra mishra

On Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 1:56 AM, Esther Bloch <esther.bloch at> wrote:
> Announcement and Call for Papers
> Rethinking Religion in India II: 'Rethinking Secularism'
> 10-13 January 2009 – India (venue will be announced soon)
> Dear colleagues,
> We would like to invite you for the second conference of Rethinking Religion
> in India: 'Rethinking Secularism'.
> When India became independent in 1947 there were high hopes that secularism
> would adequately protect the nation against communal strife. Six decades
> later, however, recurrent communal riots, the rise of Hindutva and key
> events like the destruction of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya have led to a
> crisis of Indian secularism. Nevertheless, no adequate understanding of the
> nature of these problems is provided by the current social sciences.
> Instead, an ideological struggle between secularism and Hindutva has
> hijacked all reflection and debate on the nature of Indian culture and
> society.
> Rethinking Religion in India II is the initiative of a group of
> intellectuals who think this clash between secularism and Hindutva is
> pernicious. Within the general aims of the five-year conference cluster,
> this second conference intends to move beyond the framework which presents
> liberal secularism as the only possible solution to communal strife. Under
> the motto of "Rethinking Secularism," it will examine the limitations of the
> conceptual framework shared by Hindutva and secularism. The Research Centre
> Vergelijkende Cultuurwetenschap (Ghent University, Belgium), India Platform
> UGent (Ghent University, Belgium), the Centre for the Study of Local
> Cultures (Kuvempu University, India) and the Karnataka Academy of Social
> Sciences and Humanities (Karnataka, India) invite you for four days of
> reflection on the possibilities that lie beyond this normative straitjacket.
> The conference will work towards these ambitions in four formats:
> - The Platform Sessions will have a one-on-one debate between two thinkers
> who will focus on the question "Is secularism the solution to communal
> conflict in India?" Achin Vanaik (Delhi University) and Jakob De Roover
> (Ghent University) have been invited as central speakers in the debate.
> - The Roundtable Sessions will invite a distinguished group of thinkers to
> reflect on three different problems related to the aim of rethinking
> secularism: (1) Freedom of Religion and Religious Conversion; (2)
> Secularism, Hindutva and the Aryan Invasion Theory; and (3) Liberal
> Secularism and Religious Fundamentalism: Opposites or Alter Egos? A
> preliminary list of speakers and respondents consists of Ashis Nandy (Centre
> for the Study of Developing Societies); Dilip K. Chakrabarty (University of
> Cambridge); Edwin Bryant (State University of New Jersey); Scott Appleby
> (University of Notre Dame); Winnifred F. Sullivan (State University of New
> York); Akeel Bilgrami (Columbia University); Geoffrey Oddie (The University
> of Sydney); Laurie L. Patton (Emory University); Richard King (Vanderbilt
> University); S.N. Balagangadhara (Ghent University); Vivek Dhareshwar
> (Centre for the Study of Culture and Society), Timothy Fitzgerald
> (University of Stirling).
> A call for papers is open for the following two sessions (
>  >  call for papers):
> - The Parallel Paper Sessions will deal with (1) Indian Religion and the
> Issue of Conversion; (2) The Caste System and Indian Religion; (3)
> Colonialism and Religion in India; (4) Religion and Law in India. We invite
> submission of abstracts for these sessions. The abstracts should clearly
> address the questions formulated on our website.
> - "How To…?" Workshop sessions: One of the workshops will deal with the
> question 'How to teach about the Indian traditions and religions?' We invite
> proposals for workshops dealing with similar questions. Workshop proposals
> should explain why this workshop is relevant in India today and why it is
> important vis-à-vis the general objectives of Rethinking Religion in India.
> For more information, please visit our website at
> A number of interviews, presentations and debates of the first conference,
> Rethinking Religion in India I, can be watched on
>  Looking forward to welcoming you at our conference,
> The Organising Committee
> Contact:
> Marianne Keppens & Esther Bloch
> Research Centre Vergelijkende Cultuurwetenschap
> Ghent University
> Apotheekstraat 5
> B-9000 Gent, Belgium
> tel: +32 (0)9 264 93 71
> fax: +32 (0)9 264 94 83
> e-mail: Marianne.Keppens at  &  Esther.Bloch at

Dr Mahendra Kumar Mishra
State Tribal Education Coordinator,
Orissa Primary Education Programme Authority,
Unit- V Bhubaneswar 751001,India

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