P04
Mediating South Asian religious traditions

Convenors:
Diana Dimitrova (University of Montreal)
Tatiana Oranskaia (Universitaet Hamburg)
Location:
Room 216
Start time:
27 July, 2016 at 14:00
Session slots:
4

Short abstract:

The panel invites contributions that explore the role of different forms of media in shaping, modifying and transmitting religious content in South Asian traditions in the Indian subcontinent and in the South Asian diaspora.

Long abstract:

The panel aims to explore the role of different forms of media in shaping, modifying and transmitting religious content in South Asian traditions in the Indian subcontinent and in the South Asian diaspora. The basic concept of this project is rooted in McLuhan's idea that technologies affect communication processes and have, accordingly, an impact on human perception and social life. Being a part of the latter, religion also undergoes transformations resulting from changes in the media. We invite contributions which study religious narratives, discourses, images, both moving and stationary, and ritual practices presented or enabled through different forms of media. The main attention will be given to media-induced variations in patterns of representing religious content. Significant points of discussion would be the role that the media play in the construction, legitimation and/or change of a certain religious tradition and/or practice. These questions could also be explored from the point of view of their social and political implications. It is expected that the discussion will contribute to our understanding of interrelations between religions and the media in the Indian subcontinent and in the South Asian diaspora. The papers should be based on methodological analysis of oral, written, visual or digital texts that have their origin in the subcontinent or the South Asian Diaspora. Papers read in the panel should be original and not presented elsewhere.