[INDOLOGY] Extended to March 8th-CFP for MBh and Classical Hinduism seminar at 2024 AAR meeting

Collins, Brian collinb1 at ohio.edu
Mon Mar 4 16:44:05 UTC 2024

Dear All,
The deadline for submissions to the  Seminar on the Mahābhārata and Classical Hinduism is excited to announce that the American Academy of Religion’s Call for Proposals has been extended to Friday, March 8th!
Year Four of the Seminar includes this theme:  Structure(s) of the Mahābhārata.
This session is dedicated to exploration of structural features of the text, including narrative and linguistic configurations that shed light on its meanings.  The many commentaries, appendices, and adaptations of the text are included in this call for papers.
In addition, we seek papers responsive to the Presidential Theme for the 2024 Annual Meetings: “Violence, Nonviolence, and the Margin.”  The President's theme is an opportunity to reflect upon one of the Mahābhārata's consuming preoccupations: violence and nonviolence. Papers might address questions of practicality and philosophy, narrative and history, ethics and aesthetics, centre and margin. We invite papers from a broad range of source materials and methodologies.
The Seminar on the Mahābhārata and Classical Hinduism will be participating in the Online June sessions on June 25–27, 2024. We encourage you to apply, specifying whether your proposal is for the online or in-person event.  Please note that AAR does not allow you to submit the same proposal for both June and November. For this and other questions about the new June meeting, check out the FAQ<https://aarweb.org/AARMBR/Events-and-Networking-/Annual-Meeting-/AM-June-Sessions-FAQ.aspx>.
All proposals must be submitted through AAR’s PAPERS<https://papers.aarweb.org/> system. The deadline  is Friday, March 8th, 2024, 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. Detailed instructions are provided here<https://papers.aarweb.org/content/general-call-proposals-instructions>; please consult them carefully for information about word count, procedures, and the limits on the number of appearances (you can only appear on the program two times in any capacity).
In an effort to encourage diversity in seminar participants, those who presented papers in our 2023 meeting are unlikely to have proposals accepted for the 2024 sessions.  We seek to include the best proposals we receive, whether or not they conform to the themes of the call for proposals, and we seek publication opportunities for them.
Since we operate as a seminar in AAR, proposals that we accept are to be presented as completed papers and are due October 1.  These papers will be circulated on our Listserv so that those interested in attending can read them before the meeting, and each paper will receive about half an hour of discussion at the meeting with the aim to offer suggestions for improving and extending the papers for possible publication.
To sign up for our Listserv go to https://listserv.ohio.edu/mailman/listinfo/aar-mbh and create your own username and password.
Prof. Brian Collins
Department Chair and Drs. Ram and Sushila Gawande Chair in Indian Religion and Philosophy
Department of Classics and Religious Studies
234 Ellis Hall
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio
740-597-2103 (office)
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