On the Idea of the Bhakti Movement

Responding to Jack Hawley's A Storm of Songs

On the Idea of the Bhakti Movement

On the Idea of the Bhakti Movement

150 150 Regional Bhakti Scholars Network

organized by Gil Ben-Herut and Jon Keune

Madison South Asia Conference - Oct 16, 2014

The trope of “the bhakti movement”—with its concomitant geographical, theological, and social claims—has been deeply and problematically influential in shaping modern understandings of how Hindu traditions developed in South Asia from the 9th century onwards. Jack Hawley’s book, A Storm of Songs: India and the Idea of the Bhakti Movement (Harvard University Press, 2015), unearths the deep, nearly forgotten history of this trope, revealing several phases in which it was formulated and propagated by various parties for various ends. In this meeting, ten respondents who specialize in diverse regions and languages will comment on Hawley’s work and highlight ways in which awareness of inter-regional bhakti connections differs from region to region. This meeting is part of an effort to investigate the historical, textual, institutional, and social dimensions of the regional Hindu devotional traditions, and it builds on conversations that were begun with the inception of the Regional Bhakti Scholars Network in 2013.

9:00 – 9:10

Opening comments

9:10 – 9:30

Short introduction by Jack Hawley

9:30 – 9:50

Christian Novetzke (Washington)

9:50 – 10:10

Rachel McDermott (Barnard/Columbia)

10:10 – 10:30

Tyler Williams (Columbia)

10:30 – 10:50

Neelima Shukla-Bhatt (Wesleyan)

10:50 – 11:10

Jon Keune (Houston)

11:10 – 11:45

Jack’s response & discussion

11:45 – 1:00

Lunch

1:00 – 1:20

Anne Monius (Harvard)

1:20 – 1:40

Gil Ben-Herut (South Florida)

1:40 – 2:00

Rich Freeman (Duke)

2:00 – 2:20

Elaine Craddock (Southwestern)

2:20 – 2:40

Velcheru Narayana Rao (Emory)

2:40 – 3:00

Heidi Pauwels (Washington)

3:00 – 3:30

Coffee/tea (hotel restaurant)

3:30 – 4:00

Jack’s response & discussion

4:00 – 5:30

Discussion of regional perspectives on bhakti & movement

7:00

Dinner

Kabul
540 State Street

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