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Publication by Borayin Larios

The South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal (SAMAJ) recently published a special edition on "Wayside Shrines: Everyday Religion in Urban India." This issue contains an introductory article by Borayin Larios (Department of Cultural and Religious History of South Asia) together with Raphaël Voix on "Introduction. Wayside Shrines in India: An Everyday Defiant Religiosity" and also Larios´ article entitled „From the Heavens to the Streets: Pune’s Wayside Shrines“.
Further information as well as all articles are freely available here.

Borayin Larios and Raphaël Voix: Introduction. Wayside Shrines in India: An Everyday Defiant Religiosity

Abstract
Drawing on this special issue’s ethnographic data and analysis this introduction aims to offer an analytical framework for understanding the notion of wayside shrines. It does so by defining wayside shrines as sites that enshrine a worshipped object that is immediately adjacent to a public path, visible from it and accessible to any passerby. Further, we argue that wayside shrines are spaces in which we can observe a unique form of everyday religiosity that challenges sedimented discourses and practices at three different scales: at the level of the individual, of the community, and of the state.

https://journals.openedition.org/samaj/4546

Borayin Larios: From the Heavens to the Streets: Pune’s Wayside Shrines

Abstract
This article presents the results from brief ethnographic research conducted in 2016 in the city of Pune, Maharashtra. Through two case studies of wayside shrines in Pune—the first, a tiny pavement shrine which is steadily growing in popularity, and the second, a small shrine turned into an extravagant temple in just a few years—I consider them as more than just spontaneous expressions of devotion. Taking into consideration the roles that urban conditions and social configurations have been playing in how social actors forge connections between localities and different communities, this paper will look at how these shrines can be spaces of creative subversion of the established socio-religious order and its structures of power. In in this contribution, I argue that the wayside shrine reveals the blurred boundaries between the rural and the urban, the sacred and the mundane, the institutionalized and the popular as well as the legal and the illegal.

https://journals.openedition.org/samaj/4549


Festschrift in Honour of Gita Dharampal-Frick

CrossAsia recently published the Festschrift in honour of Professor Dr. Gita Dharampal-Frick entitled “HerStory. Historical Scholarship between South Asia and Europe”, edited by Rafael Klöber and Manju Ludwig (both members of the Department of History at the South Asia Institute). The volume brings together innovative contributions by friends, colleagues and former students to the multiple research areas in the field of history of South Asia that Gita Dharampal-Frick has enriched over the last decades. The essays included in this volume address a broad number of topics and periods, ranging from transcultural encounters between South Asia and Europe, reassessments of colonial discourses and their legacies, novel approaches to the maritime history of the Indian Ocean, and to perspectives on M. K. Gandhi.

Further information is available here.


Articles by SAI Members in International Journal of Hindu Studies

In issue 22 of the International Journal of Hindu Studies, Prof. Monika Boehm-Tettelbach (Monika Horstmann, former head of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures), Anand Mishra (Department of Cultural and Religious History of South Asia) and Prof. Karin Polit (former member of Department of Anthropology) contributed with several articles.

Prof. Karin Polit wrote on “Gifts of Love and Friendship: On Changing Marriage Traditions, the Meaning of Gifts, and the Value of Women in the Garhwal Himalayas”, Prof. Monika Boehm-Tettelbach and Anand Mishra jointly worked on “Transcreating the Bhāgavata Purāṇa”, Prof. Monika Boehm-Tettelbach on “Three Brajbhāṣā Versions of the Bhāgavata Purāṇa” and Anand Mishra on “Meaning in the Structure of the Bhāgavata Purāṇa”.

The International Journal of Hindu Studies offers a scholarly exploration of topics in Hindu studies, fostering new work in neglected areas, alternative perspectives, and the exchange of information. The Journal supports critical inquiries, hermeneutical interpretive proposals, and historical investigations into all aspects of Hindu traditions.

All articles are available here.


New Articles by Prof. Sumit Ganguly

Two articles by Sumit Ganguly, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Indiana University Bloomington and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow for 2018-2019 at the South Asia Institute, were published in current affairs magazines from India: The Diplomat and India Today.

1. (with Jayita Sarkar) 'India and the NPT After 50 Years: A look back at India’s decision to reject the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in 1968'. The article was published on June 22, 2018 in „The Diplomat“ and is available here.

2. 'A meeting of minds?'. The article was published on June 15, 2018 in „India Today“ and is available here.

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