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For this year's Navarātri Seminar panel, we are accepting papers on any aspect of Navarātri; however, the following themes were suggested by colleagues in attendance:

Navaratri and COVID-19
Spring Navaratri/Other Navaratris
Domestic Navaratri
Navaratri in Diaspora

Mission Statement:

This Seminar seeks to study the festival of Navarātri from multiple geographical regions and historical periods and from a variety of methodological and theoretical perspectives. Our seminar seeks to take seriously how enactment and performance during Navarātri meaningfully shapes social worlds for its participants and gives us insights into the dynamicity of religious traditions. Over the course of the five-year seminar, Navarātri will be our extended case study through which questions of religious change, performance, ritual timing, transnational migration, affect, etc. can be investigated.

Method of Submission:




Ute Huesken, huesken@uni-heidelberg.de

Caleb Simmons, cbs852s@gmail.com


Steering Committee:

Hillary Rodrigues, rodrigues@uleth.ca

Deeksha Sivakumar, dsivaku@gmail.com

Xenia Zeiler, xenia.zeiler@helsinki.fi


Session Allotment: Two 90-minute sessions (may be back-to-back)

Expiration: December 31, 2021