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Seminar with Megan Adamson Sijapati

Megan Adamson Sijapati
Religion and Society
organised in association with
Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies

Time: 9.30 am to 4 pm | Dates: 29-30 June 2018 (Friday and Saturday)
Location: Nepa School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Chabahil, Kathmandu

Day 1

9.30 – 11 am
Session I: Locating, Defining, and Studying Religion
Durkheim, Emile. 1975. ‘Religion’s Origin in Society’
Berger, Peter. 1967. ‘Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion’
Morgan, David. 2010. ‘Materiality, Social Analysis, and the Study of Religions’
Smart, Ninian. 1996. ‘Seven Dimensions of Religion’

11 am: Break

11.30 am – 1 pm
Session II: The Return or Retreat of Religion?
Dreyfus, Goerges. 2010. ‘Should We Be Afraid? The Return of the Sacred and the Rise of Religious Nationalism’
Letizia, Chiara. 2016. ‘Ideas of Secularism in Contemporary Nepal’

1 – 2 pm: Break

2 – 3.30 pm
Session III: Ritual, Politics, and the Social
Mahmood, Saba. 2005. ‘Positive Ethics and Ritual Conventions’
Sijapati, Megan Adamson and Tina Harris. 2016. ‘From Heavy Beads to Safety Pins: Adornment and Religiosity in Hindu Women’s Pote Practices’

Day 2

9.30 – 11 am
Session I: Religious Minorities, Belonging, and Difference in Nepal
Campbell, Ben. 2016. ‘Tamang Christians & the Resituating of Religious Difference’
Sijapati, Megan Adamson. 2011. Islamic Revival in Nepal Chapters 3 and 4 and ‘Muslim Belonging in Hindu South Asia: Ambivalence and Difference in Nepali Discourses’

11 am: Break

11.30 am – 1 pm
Session II: Globalization, Secularization, and Transformations in Religion
Toffin, Gerard. 2016. ‘Neither Statues nor Ritual: An Analysis of New Religious Movements and Therapists in Nepal’
Zotter, Astrid. 2016.’State Rituals in a Secular State: Replacing the Nepalese King in the Pacali Bhairav Sword Possession and other Rituals ‘

1 – 2 pm: Break

2 – 3.30 pm
Session III:  Conversion and its Contexts: War & Migration
Ahmad, Attiya. 2017. Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work, and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait (selected chapters)
Leve, Lauren. 2014. ‘Cruel Optimism, Christianity, and the Post-conflict Optic’

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