Sovereignty and the State in South Asia, Past & Present: Mediating Divine & Secular Power [new]
Sovereignty and the State in South Asia is a Working Group emerging from the South Asian Religions Reading Group (SARG) convened by faculty and graduate students in the Department for the Study of Religion over the past decade. The SARG originally focused on Indology, and later broadened its focus to engage more broadly with South Asian religions scholarship.This year's working group will engage faculty and graduate students in the South Asian Humanities at UTM, UTSC and UTSG. We seek to begin an extended conversation that explores the relationship between the state, power, and religion that engages colleagues in Humanities disciplines across the tri-campus system. In our eight sessions, we intend to interrogate the histories, memories, material cultures, and power dynamics of different expressions of governance such as kingship, democracy, and postcolonial religious republics in South Asia. The group will provide opportunities for members to present work-in-progress, and we will do close readings of texts. Key questions include: How do colonial and nationalist reconstructions of the past rewrite dynastic histories in South Asia? How do contemporary political discourses in South Asia engage traditional categories of state, power, polity, and ethics?
Faculty, University of Toronto Malaviki Kasturi, UTM Historical Studies Luther Obrock, UTM Historical Studies Kristin Plys, UTM Sociology Ajay Rao, UTM Historical Studies Bart Scott, UTM Historical Studies Jayeeta Sharma, UTSC Historical & Cultural Studies
Graduate Students, University of Toronto Sanchia DeSouza, History Usman Hamid, Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations Nabeel Jafri, Study of Religion Fizza Joffrey, Study of Religion Faisal Kamal, Political Science Adeel Mawani, Study of Religion Jonathan Peterson, Study of Religion Krissy Rogahn, Study of Religion