Loyola Marymount University LMU will host the 15th annual conference of the South Asian Studies Association "South Asia: Challenges and Transformations." Details and the registration link can be found here. You must register to attend in person or online.

Of special interest  to religious scholars will be the sessions on Jain Goddess Padmavati, Goddesses in Nepal, Kashmir Shaivism, and Buddhism, as well as a couple panels on Yoga education and therapy.  

The conference will open with the honoring of two women whose work has been essential to the world's understanding of South Asia: Historian Romila Thapar and Filmmaker Deepa Mehta.

Simultaneous panel sessions will convene on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Topics will include politics, media studies, archaeology, art history, literature, education, goddess veneration, and Buddhism.

The Saturday afternoon plenary will include a Special Collections exhibit of South Asian materials, including displays of clay lamps and seals from the Indus Valley (ca. 3000 B.C.E.), Gandharan Buddhas, and household shrines. The first issue of Monsoon: South Asian Studies Association Journal, will be released, featuring the inaugural writers. The plenary will conclude with a presentation by and discussion with author Akash Kapur: Better to Have Gone: Love, Death and the Quest for Utopia in Auroville.  

The final session on Sunday morning will feature an address by philanthropist Navin Doshi reflecting on South Asian presence in America for the past fifty years. Details can be accessed at:   https://sasaonline.net/ ;
Admission is free. Registration is required for admittance to the Zoom sessions and/or to the LMU campus.

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