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Session 25: Constructing Communities and Citizens: Literature, Politics, and Law in South Asia
Demanding her Maintenance from Society: Hindu Widows in the Colonial Courts of North India, 1875-1911, Nita V Prasad
Gendering the Secular: Women and Gender in the Congress and Nehruvian Secular Nationalism, Rina V Williams
Literary Paradigms in the Conception of South Asian Muslim Identity: Muhammad Iqbal and Muhammad Hasan Askari, Mehr A Farooqi
Reserved Categories and the Shifting Meanings of Representation , Wendy Singer

Session 26: Explaining Violence in the Partition of India
Disciplining Peace: Memory, Minority, and Partition in Malerkotla , Anna Bigelow
On the Organization of Violence: Identifying the Perpetrators of Partition Violence in West Punjab , Ilyas Chattha
The Making of a Massacre: Sheikhupura City, 25-8 August 1947, Ian Talbot
Veterans and ethnic cleansing in the partition of India, Saumitra Jha
Veterans and ethnic cleansing in the partition of India , Steven I Wilkinson

Session 27: Colonial Bengal and Transnational History
Embedding Indigo in Two Colonized Societies: Java and Bengal, Willem van Schendel
Peripheral Centers: Rivers, Railways and Spatial Engagements in Northeastern South Asia and Southwestern China, 1853-1905 , Iftekhar Iqbal
Science in Diaspora: Mobility and Colonial Knowledge, Prakash Kumar
The Envelope of Global Trade: Bengali Jute in the Era of Decolonization, Tariq O. Ali

Session 69: Roundtable: Smrti and Sati: Memory and Mindfulness in South Asian Contemplative Traditions

Session 70: Re-imagining Civil Society in India and Pakistan: Developments and Actors
A Rising Civil Society : the Political Potential within Pakistani students in Lahore, Sana SS Shah
Economic empowerment in the Tsunami affected villages in the South Indian district Nagapattinam - Vocational training as a window of opportunity, Thomas Riedl
NGO governance in India, Doris Lehner
Non-Profit Work and its Others - Rethinking Civil Society from India, Gregor GJ Jakob
Story of two Women: Empowerment through Civil Society, Nadeem Rao NRA Alam

Session 111: Tradition and Evolution in Bhutanese Intangible Culture
Chibdrel: A Bhutanese Ceremonial Welcome, Acharya Karma Rigzin
Hen Kha: A Bhutanese Dialect of Mangde Valley, Dr. Jagar Dorji
Rows of Auspicious Seats: the Role of bzhugs gral phun sum tshogs pa Ritual in the Founding of the Bhutanese State in the 17th Century, Dorji Penjore
The Sacred Dance of Peling Ging Sum, Khenpo Phuntshok Tashi

Session 112: Ethnic Identities and Political Competition in Historic and Contemporary Asia
Ethnic boundaries in the working of multiethnic states c.1500-1950, Sumit Guha
Sub-national movements in India: the ‘rational politics of cultural nationalism’ hypothesis revisited’, Subrata Mitra
The “Management” of Ethnic Differences in South Asia, Kanchan Chandra

Session 113: Portuguese India Beyond History : From the Colony to the World (II)
Nostalgia for the Empire and the dreams of the subalterns, Jason Keith Fernandes
Nostalgic pasts, cosmopolitan futures. Goa at the crossroads of the world, Rosa Maria Perez
Reclaiming the colony: Goa, Daman and Diu as a resource, Constantino Xavier
Revisiting the ‘Black Legend’: Corruption in Early Modern Portuguese India, Nandini Chaturvedula

Session 151: Image and Intertextuality: Cultural Legitimacy and Critique in Times of Transition
“All Were Delighted by This Sight”: The Ramayan of Khushtar in Word and Image, Robert Phillips
Popular Spatial Knowledge and Images of the Built Environment, Sandria B. Freitag
Talismanic Art and the Making of Mughal Kingship, A. Azfar Moin
Visual Aspects of Early Twentieth Century Literary Production: Raja Ravi Varma and the Emergence of Modern Hindi Poetry, Sujata S. Mody

Session 152: Dutch Sources in South Asian historiography of the 17th and 18th centuries
Blaming and framing. The negative perspective on the indigenous inhabitants of Dutch Ceylon as expressed in eighteenth-century reports by VOC officials., Lodewijk L. Wagenaar
Dutch Maps on South Asia, Jos J.J.L. Gommans
Missionary zeal or Company interests? The curious gestation of the Daśavatara manuscript by Philip Angel (1658), Carolien C.M. Stolte
Penumbral visions? Images and Ideologies of Dutch-South Asian Contact, Markus M. Vink
Toddlers, Widows, and Bastards on the Throne Dynastic Succession in Four Early-Modern South Indian Kingdoms, Lennart L. Bes

Session 153: Roundtable: African American and Dalit Scholars Compare Their Respective Liberation Struggles -supported by the Holdeen India Fund

Session 188: Signifying Gandhi: Representations of the Mahatma in culture, literature and film
‘As Big as Gandhi’: Representing the Mahatma in the 1930s novel, Ulka Anjaria
Abusing the Mahatma: Reflections on Anti-Gandhianism, Lawrence Cohen
Gandhi, Nature Cure and Ecology: Iconic, Enigmatic, Enemata, Joseph S Alter
Gandhi, Our Father: Representations of M. K. Gandhi in Contemporary Hindi Cinema, Corey Creekmur
The Mahatma Misunderstood: the novelistic career of the idea of Gandhi, Snehal Shingavi

Session 189: Bodies, Boundaries, Borders: Gender, Religious, Caste, and Class Politics across South Asian Communities
Intimate Employment, Transnational Households: The Returnee Indian Housewife and Changing Notions of Domestic Work, Amy Bhatt
Representing an “impure” icon: Best Bakery’s Zaheera Shaikh as the ‘victim’ of genocidal violence in Gujarat and the ‘unruly subject’ of feminism , Madhavi Murty
Romanies, Subjectivities, Sexualities, Sincerities, Ethel Brooks
Saris and Salwars: Communal Boundaries and Women’s Clothing Practices in South India , Sonja Thomas
Transnational Islam; Piety & Exclusiveness: Reshaping Boundaries in the Diasporas, Tahmina Rashid

Session 190: The Laboring Body in the Global Economy of Services
Authenticity Work in the Transnational Service Economy, Kiran Mirchandani
Intimate Encounters: Immaterial Labor in Call Centers, Purnima Mankekar
Labor and Love in South Asia: Negotiating Courtship, Marriage, and Divorce at an Indian Call Center, Cari Costanzo
Nocturnal Labor, Diurnal Body, and Global Markets, Aneesh Aneesh
The Fugue of Globalization: Notes Toward a Theory of Cultural Change, Shehzad Nadeem
The Management of Sleep: Becoming Proper Subjects of the Indian Call Center , Mathangi Krishnamurthy

Session 228: The Analysis of a Rising Power - The Case of India
How the Institutional Decision-Process Influences the Definition of External Policies , Patrícia Calca
India - Economic Projection and Military Power, Narana Sinai Coissoró
India’s External Policy – the possible analysis, António Marques Bessa
Indian Identity and Identities Importance of Indian Diaspora , António Pedro Cipriano
The Indian Press - An Indicator of India's Growth?, Célia Belim

Session 229: Gendering Circles of Power: Women’s Performances of Authority in South Asia
Informal Networks and Political Patronage: Shiv Sena Women and the Gendered Politics of Urban Power , Tarini Bedi
“My Bhakti is my Power”: The Gendering of Power and Devotion in a Rajasthani Expression of Female Asceticism , Antoinette E. DeNapoli
“Performing Religious Authority and Agency among Upper Middle-Class Hindu Women in Delhi and Beyond”, Jennifer B. Saunders
Lineage and Legitimacy: Queen Ahilyabai Holkar’s Memorial Commissions , Melia R. Belli
The Broken Pot and the Beheaded Body: Chastity as Heteronormative Power, Perundevi Srinivasan

Session 230: Local Modernities in South Asia
Acting Locally: Rethinking Voluntary Associations in Early Colonial Bengal, Brian A. Hatcher
Modernity’s Infrastructure and Municipal Governance in Banaras, Michael S. Dodson
Morality as Modernity: “Icai Velalar” Caste Associations in Twentieth-Century Madras, Davesh Soneji
Radical Cinema and the Film Society Movement, Rochona Majumdar

Session 231: Negotiating Nationhood: The South Asian Diaspora in Post-Colonial East Africa
Africanization and the Making of Twice Migrants, Sana Aiyar
Despite the Odds: Uganda Indians Remaking Home and Nation, Savita Nair
Religion and the South Asian Diaspora in Tanzania: socialism, exodus, and re- making of Islamic communities, 1950-2010, James Brennan

Session 272: Indian-English Fiction, 2000-2010: Major themes and trends
Indian Literature 70 Years On: with particular reference to Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies , Shirley SC Chew
Inspiring India: The Fiction of Chetan Bhagat and the Discourse of Motivation, Subir SD Dhar
Of Art and the Artist: Kunal Basu’s The Miniaturist as a contemporary novel set in Mughal times , Rituparna RR Roy
Parables of the Nation: Shalimar the Clown and The Inheritance of Loss , Krishna KS Sen

Session 273: Old Voices, New Visions: Reinterpreting Jain Perspectives in Early Modern India
Genres of Power: The Nexus of Politics and Devotion in the Fourteenth-Century Oeuvre of Jinaprabha Suri, Steve Vose
Jain reinterpretations of classical Mahakavyas in the 17th Century, Basile Leclere
Jain reinterpretations of classical Mahakavyas in the 17th Century, Christine Chojnacki
Setting the Record Wrong: A Jain Vision of Mughal Conquests, Audrey Truschke
Writing, Singing, and Listening about Places: Jains Visualizing Urban Locales in Eighteenth Century Rajasthan, Dipti Khera

Session 274: Creating an Interface: The Challenges of Interpreting Varieties of Material and Textual Evidence from South Asia, Part A: Religion, Ethnography, Literature
Centers and Peripheries: Buddhism in Ancient Sri Lanka and Gandhara and Beyond, Osmund Bopearachchi
Living Histories: Interpreting Contested Shrine Histories from Medieval Gujarat to the Present, Samira Sheikh
Staging Social Life in Ancient India: Perspectives from the Early Sanskrit Drama, Jesse Knutson
Textual Paradigms and Archaeological Evidence for Jaina Relic Worship in Ancient India, Peter Flügel

Session 275: Belief, Belonging and Generic Practices: Vernacular Religion in India
Ancestor Worship among the Khasis: an Intertextual Approach to the Knia Lyngdoh and the Pynhir Myndhan Rituals alongside the Weretiger Legends , Margaret Lyngdoh
Between Beliefs and Narratives: Ka Lukhmi Cult and the Construction of Social and Cultural Identities among the Bhoi Khasis of Meghalaya, Desmond L Kharmawphlang
Tangible Storyworlds: Textualised Places in the Vernacular Religion of Assam , Ülo Valk
The End of Brahminhood? Oral Performance and “Elite” Religious Culture in Urban Maharashtra , Adheesh Sathaye

Session 316: Creating an Interface: The Challenges of Interpreting Varieties of Material & Textual Evidence from South Asia, Part B: Texts, Monuments, and Material Culture
"Use perfumes and share them with one another”: olfactory history as socio-political history., Emma Jane Flatt
Finding the Keshava Deva Temple Through Text and Memory, Edward Rothfarb
Material evidence for Indian court culture in the sixth to eighth century: the Chalukyas of Badami, Julie Romain
On the Road with Muhammad b. Tughluq in the Deccan, 1321-26: Integrating Inscriptions, Chronicles, and Architecture, Richard Eaton

Session 317: Swadeshi in the Time of Nations: Reflections on Sumit Sarkar's Swadeshi Movement in Bengal, India, and Elsewhere - Sponsored by the South Asia Council
‘Fashioning’ Swadeshi: Clothing Women in Colonial North India, Charu Gupta
Anarchist History and Historiography in the Shadow of Sumit Sarkar's Swadeshi Movement. , Maia Ramnath
Swadeshi semeiotic: political Tamil and the invention of vernacular shorthand, Bernard Bate
The many spaces and times of the swadeshi movement, Dilip Menon

Session 318: Outside the National Fold: Partition Subjectivities, Pluralism, and Resistance
Absent Women, Bivalent Masculinities and Impossible Sovereignties: Sikhs in Partition Cinema, Nicola Mooney
Nation and Narration in Partition Oral Histories, Shuchi Kapila
Staying Put: Partition, Homeland, and Resistance in Hasan Azizul Huq's *Agunpakhi*, Debali Mookerjea-Leonard
Sufi Pluralism and Punjabiyat: Amrita Pritam (Re)Writes “Partition” , Harveen Mann

Session 319: New Subalterns? Theorizing Subaltern Politics in Contemporary India
Adivasis in and Against the State: Exploring the Dynamics of Sulbaltern Politics and State Power in Contemporary India, Alf Nilsen
Beyond the Politics of Representation: the Indigenous Subject of ‘New’ Subaltern Politics , Rashmi Varma
From Autonomy to Hybridity: Feminist Politics in Neoliberal India , Srila Roy
Subalterns, Civil Society and Political Society in Contemporary India: Concepts and Contexts in a Neoliberal Time, Subir Sinha

Session 360: Roundtable - Hinduism Studies in America with a Focus on Wendy Doniger's "The Hindus: An Alternative History," 2009

Session 361: Politics of Transgenic Crops in India
Choice, Freedom and Child Labor in Bt Cottonseed Production , Kacy McKinney
Does Bt Cotton Show the Way Forward for Indian Agriculture?, Chandrasekhara R Nuthalapati
GM Crops and Transnational Activist Imaginaries in India, Richard Bownas
India’s New Gene Wars: Cotton to Brinjal , Ronald J Herring
Smallholder articulation and Economic Transition in Andhra Pradesh, India, Priti Ramamurthy

Session 362: Roundtable: The Political Thought of Subalternity

Session 381: Governance and Authority in the North-West Frontier: Past and Present Histories of Power and Resistance- Sponsored by American Institute of Pakistan Studies
Class, State, and Power in Swat Conflict, Robert Nichols
Governing by "tradition": The Frontier Crimes Regulation and Imperial Governance in the NWFP, Ben Hopkins
Reconsidering the Legacies of the Early Nineteenth-Century Jihad of Sayyid Ahmed Shaheed, Dr. Sana Haroon
To Burn or Not to Burn?: "Murderous Outrages" and Colonial Control on India’s North-West Frontier, Elizabeth Kolsky

Session 405: Social Movements in Postcolonial India I
Are We Non-Brahmins, Dravidians, or Dalit?: Non-Brahmin Movement and Its Effects on “Untouchables”, Miwako Shiga
From Birth Control Movements to Family Planning Projects: When ‘Social’ becomes ‘National’, Mizuho Matsuo-Gogate
Perspectives on the “Past”: The Development and Features of Dalit Movements in Colonial and Postcolonial India, Kenta Funahashi
Retreat from “Inclusive Politics”: Decline of Peasant Movement in Bihar, c. 1940s, Nobuyoshi Kojima
Violent Revolution and Parliamentary Democracy: The Development of Naxalite Movements in Post-colonial India, Kazuya Nakamizo

Session 406: Communication and Popular Media in India
Cell phones and politics: India’s first “mass mobile” election – Uttar Pradesh, 2007, Robin Jeffrey
Mobile Phones and Immorality, Assa Doron
The Secret History of Bhagat Singh's Portrait: Image and Communication in Colonial India, Kama Maclean

Session 450: Social Movements in Postcolonial India II
An Overview of the Separatist Movement in the Western Region of Orissa in the Postcolonial Days, Kiyoshi Sugimoto
Indigenous Movements in Postcolonial India , Makiko Kimura
Performing Tibetan Traditions as a Social Movement in Postcolonial India, Tatsuya Yamamoto
The Environmental Movement in Postcolonial India: The Chipko Movement and “Connective Politics” , Shinya Ishizaka

Session 451: Judicial Activism and Social Transformation in South Asia
Challenging Pakistan’s 18th Amendment: the Importance of Judicial Review, Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb
Judicial Independence and Accountability: Case Studies From Pakistan and India, Anil Kalhan
Perceived Activism and Judicial Accountability in India, Shylashri Shankar

Session 452: Bodies in Motion: Gender, Labor, and Resistance in the Colonial South Asian Diaspora
The 1857 Panic and the Fabrication of an Indian ‘Menace” in Singapore, Rajesh Rai
The Making of Colonial Singapore: Indian Convict Workers and the Emergence of Singapore, 1825-1857, Anand Anand Yang Yang
Working Across the Indian and Atlantic Oceans: Lascars in Maritime Labor Gangs, 17th to mid-19th Centuries, Michael H Fisher

Session 491: A Comprehensive Anthology to Teach Music and Dance of South Asia
Movement in the Classroom: Developing Pedagogical Materials on South Asian Dance, Sarah Morelli
South Asian Popular Music’s Contributions to the Study of South Asian Cultures, Nilanjana Bhattacharjya
Teaching the Everyday Life of Music in South Asia , Zoe C Sherinian

Session 492: Partners in Empire: Portrayals of Rajputs in Mughal India
Emotion & Power in Akbar’s India: A Bikaner Rajput Perspective, Cynthia Talbot
History Off Centre: Writing the Mughal Empire in Hindi, Allison Busch
The Cultural Investments of Empire: Raja Man Singh in Bengal, Kumkum Chatterjee
The Jodhpur Harem and its Mughal Counterpart, Frances Taft

Session 493: Policies and Practices of Intervention in South Asia – The Cases of Afghanistan and Pakistan
“Animalizing” Afghans: Biometrics and Biopolitics in an Occupied Zone , Dr. Vikash Yadav
“The police is, after all, very bad” – historical myopia and the failure of police reform in Afghanistan , Dr. Daniel F Pinéu
Frontier Tribes and the Problem of Afghanistan: Imperial Policing and Containment, 1880-1935 , Prof. James L. Hevia
Indian intervention in Afghanistan and the tradition of pacifying colonial frontiers , Raphael Susewind
Old wine in new bottles? – A Critical Reading of Academic Foci and Perceptions on the so-called AfPak-Region, Dr. Andrea Fleschenberg

Session 536: Roundtable: Considering "’To My Mind: Studies in South Asian Art History in Honor of Joanna Gottfried Williams"

Session 537: Rhetorics of Resistance:Maoists in Nepal and India, Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan - Sponsored by the South Asia Council
Debating Violence: Indian Maoists and their Message, Nandini Sundar
Making Maoist Men: Notions of Gender in Nepal, Jeevan Sharma
Rebel Ballads of the Pashtun Insurgency in Afghanistan, Michael Semple
Speaking of Sects: The Economic Sources of Sectarian Conflict in Pakistan, Mariam Abou-Zahab

Session 538: Language, Literary History, and Forms of Politics in Modern South Asia
Bengali Linguistic Identity, Dhaka University, and An Alternative Inter-War History of Bengal, Neilesh Bose
Periodization and Literary History in Tamil, Bhavani Raman
Urdu Nationalism: Nation, Region, and Literary Variants, Kavita Datla

Session 568: Bureaucracy at Glance in Afghanistan: A Historical Perspective
Applying UNHCR’s Mandate in Afghanistan: Situations of Friction , Giulia Scalettaris
Post 9/11 Institutional Building in Afghanistan: The Case of the National Security Council, Daoud Yaqub
State-Building in Afghanistan: A Critical Perspective, David B. Edwards
The British Subsidization of the Afghan State, and Its Legacy, Shah Mahmoud Hanifi
The Process of Centralization of Afghan Bureaucracy, Amin Tarzi
The Ties that Bind: The Formal-Informal Nexus in Rural Afghanistan , Jennifer Murtazashvili

Session 569: Strategies of Survival: Portraits of the Gendered Subaltern in Tamil Life
Caste, Gender and Sexuality:  On the Figure of The Dalit Woman in P.  Sivakami’s Fiction  , Kiran Keshavamurthy
Gender Marginality and Strategies of Survival: Subaltern Tamil Women on Sri Lanka’sTea Plantations , Amali Philips
Wifely Jealousy: The Shifting Dynamics of Marital Relations in Classical Tamil Love Poetry, Elizabeth R Segran
Women and their Words: Tamil poetry of resistance on film, Gita Pai

Session 608: The Media and the Message: Muslims in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh - Sponsored by South Asia Muslim Studies Assocation
Media and Autonomy Movements of Muslims in South Asia, Zillur R Khan
The Changing Face of an Islamic Religious Movement: Media Perspectives from India, Taberez A Neyazi
The Politics of Trying "War Criminals" and Islamist Movements in Bangladesh, Taj Hashmi

Session 609: Women Writing Women: authors and actors in mid-20th century South Asian Urdu culture
“Lifting the Quilt: Ismat Chughtai through the lens of contemporary feminism”, Larysa Mykyta
“Tainted Literature: women’s writing in mid-20th century Urdu magazines”, Afroz Taj
“The Triumph of Tradition: the decline and fall of the modern woman in South Asian Cinema”, John S. Caldwell

Session 610: Speaking of Religion and Politics in South Asia
"A Tale of Two Temples: Keshavadeva in Mathura and Caturbhuja in Orchha." , Heidi Pauwels
Indo-Muslim Pluralism: Hindu Temples in Hyderabad State, Karen Leonard
Religious Procession and the Languages of Power in Princely Hyderabad, Alison Shah

Session 611: Rural Modernities in Contemporary India
Green Modernity in a South Indian village: A Case Study of Kumily in the age of International Ecotourism., Tapoja Chaudhuri
Making Markets in the State of Nature: Organic Agriculture in the Uttarakhand Himalaya , Shaila Seshia Galvin
Sari Embroidery in Rural Bengal, Durba Chattaraj
The State, Popular Resistance, and the Political Economy of Forests in Contemporary Eastern India, Uday Chandra
Transcending the Political: Modernity and Ethical Humanism in Peri-Urban Howrah, Atreyee Majumder

Session 652: Democracy and Nation Building in South Asia: Re-Discovering Cultural Continuity
A Cherished Past in an Uncertain Future: Studying Sufi and Bhakti Traditions in South Asia, Kashshaf Ghani
Democracy, Ethnic Conflict and Nation-Building in Sri Lanka, Siri Hettige
Pakistan, Democracy and Myth of Sisyphus, Premashekhara Lingaiah
The Terrorism and the Coup D’état in Bangladesh: The Case Study Approach of The Bangladesh Rifles Revolt in 2009, Naonori Kusakabe

Session 653: States of Development? Changing Policy Regimes and Subjectivities in South Asia
Spaces of Refusal: Rethinking Resistance at the Border, Reece Jones
The State @ Work: Middle-Class Women and India’s IT Boom, Sanjukta Mukherjee
The State of Suffering: Embodied Health of Women Garment Workers in Bangladesh, Karen McNamara
Transnational Belonging: Indian Neoliberalism and Diasporic Nationalisms in Canada and the United States, Ishan Ashutosh

Session 654: Caste Articulations: The Contingent Practices of Subject Formation in Modern India
Apan Kon Aahot (Who Are We?): Dalit Identity in Maharashtra, Shailaja Paik
Geographies of Justice: Caste, Religious Community, and Violence in Colonial North India, Mridu Rai
Problematizing Caste, Religion, and Gender: Tamil Buddhist Women on Child Marriage, Widowhood, and Sexuality in the Early Twentieth Century South India, Gajendran Ayyathurai
Worker Solidarities and Caste Disjunctures: The Left and ‘Untouchability’ in Mumbai, 1928-1974, Juned Shaikh

Session 695: Locating Indian popular goddesses in space and time
A tiger’s leap into the present: the goddess Malaiyammal, Diane Mines
Goddess beyond Boundaries: Karumariamman as the Eternal Mother at a North American Hindu Temple, Tracy Pintchman
Who is for real? Contested identities of Vijayawada Kanaka Durga , Sree Padma Holt
Widening Options for Draupadī and Her Cult in Dharmapuri District, Tamilnadu, Alf Hiltebeitel

Session 696: Rethinking Space in Contemporary South Asia: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Genealogical space, genetic clustres and status elites: anthropologists and biologiststs on DNA inclusive hierarchy, Pier Giorgio Solinas
One community, separate spaces: spatial caste separation among the Catholics of Tamil Nadu during the Malabar Rites controversy and today , Paolo Aranha
Spaces between heredity and tourism : the case of musician communities of western Rajasthan., Zoran Lapov
Spaces of justice: multiple forums and multiple strategies for dispute resolution and seeking justice in rural Rajasthan. , Tommaso Sbriccoli

Session 697: Urban Land Regimes and the Modern South Asian City
Planned Encounters: Delhi c. 1936-1957, Diya Mehra
Sovereignty, Land and Planning in the Making of Urban Hyderabad, Eric L. R. Beverley
Towards Greater Bombay: Town Planning and Suburbanization in the Bombay region, ca. 1920-1964, Nikhil Rao

Session 698: Punjabi Sufi Poetry and Performance
A Sufi Poet in Ranjit Singh’s Court: Maulwi Ahmad Yar and the Tale of Hatim Ta’i, Pasha Mohamad Khan
Bullhe Shah’s Antinomianism: Critical Historiography or Communal Bias?, Irfan M. Khan
Farid-Bani: Exploring Sufi Verses in the Sikh Scripture, Simran Jeet Singh
Performative Culture at the Shrine of Bulleh Shah, Kasur: 'Cunjaree ban ke, sharam na aaven', Virinder S. Kalra
Shah Husain and the Vernacularization of the Panjab, Harpreet Singh
Sufism and Ascetism: Twin concepts in Waris Shah’s Heer Ranjha, Fakhra Shah

Session 740: Altered States: Spirit Possession, Modernity, and Other Dangerous Crossings in India
Marian Spirit Possession in Tamil Nadu: Redux, Kristin C. Bloomer
Possession as Address, Nirmal Selvamony
The Lessons of Possession for the Projects of Modernity: Tamil Nadu, Kalpana Ram
The Spirit Medium: Power, Possession, and Public Culture at Filmistan Studios, Mumbai , William Elison

Session 741: On the Troubled Romance of Community in India and Its Diaspora
Making English Safe for Hindi (Medium)?: Community, Discourse, and Schooling in North India , Chaise LaDousa
Queer Desi Formations and the Boundaries of Cultural Belonging in the U.S., Gayatri Reddy
The Boundaries of Belonging: Religion, Community, and Nation in the Hindu Right in India , Kalyani D Menon
The Homogeneity of Difference? Contesting the Hindi Dalit Counterpublic , Laura Brueck
To Render Real the Imagined: Making Sexual Locality out of Unruly Geographies , Naisargi Dave

Session 742: Revisiting Famines in British India
Famines in British India: A Tool of Imperial Politics, Swati Prakash
Laissez-Faire and Famines in 19th-Century British India: A Case Study of the Deccan Plateau, Laxman D. Satya Satya
Nature and Causes of Famines in Colonial India, Brahma Nand
The Nature of Famines and Droughts in Colonial Andhra 1858-1900, Vijay Kumar Thangellapali

Session 743: Portraying the Power of Ascetic Practice in Indian Art
Ascetic Buddhist Imagery in Eastern India, Janice Leoshko
Building Ascetic Presence: Power and Penance in Shiva's Forest of Pines, Tamara Sears
Ever Active and Vigorous: Images of Shirdi Sai Baba as an (Inter)Active Ascetic, Karline McLain
States of Being: Depicting Ascetic Powers in Kerala Painting, Mary Beth Heston