2012 Conference

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Session 37: And the Telling of Tales: History and Cultural Memory in Pakistan - Sponsored by the American Institute of Pakistan Studies
Of Poets and Warriors! Linguistic Discourse of Balochi War Ballads and the Making of Baloch Identity 1839-1920 , Hafeez Jamali
On Islam’s Frontiers: Historical Fiction, Andalusia, Pakistan and The Search for a History, C. Ryan Perkins

Session 38: ‘Superheroes’ and Statism: Imaginings of Everyday State in South Asia
The Glamorous State: Masud Rana and Everyday Statism in East Pakistan and Bangladesh, Projit B. Mukharji
State and Society in the Superhero Comics of the 1970s, Nandini Chandra
Angry Jatts, Disempowered Policemen, and a Few Songs: Maula Jatt and the Imagining of the State in Pakistani Popular Culture, Iqbal S. Sevea

Session 39: Indo-Persian Power: Practice and Dynamics in the Mughal Empire
Indo-Persian Kingship in Practice: A Heretical Mode of Legitimacy, Ahmed Azfar Moin
The Power of Patronage: Mughal Relations with Sanskrit Intellectuals, Audrey A. Truschke
Mughal Power Suspended: Mahabat Khan’s Capture of the Court of Jahangir, Munis D. Faruqui
Who were the Mughal ulama? Power and religious authority in seventeenth century India, Supriya Gandhi

Session 66: Festivals and Folklore: Legacy, Locality, and Identity in Eastern Bhutan
Dumping the Jewel In the River: Reinforcing Notions of Statehood In The Punaka Domchoe , Sonam Kinga
In the Presence of the Master: Identity Construction in the Namkha Rabney , Yonten Dargye
Ties that Bind: Identity and Community in the Kharphu Festival of Tsamang, Mongar , Karma Rigzin
The Cornerstone of a Legacy: Pema Lingpa and the Tamzhing Phala Choedpa, Ariana Maki

Session 67: The Child, the Nation, and Citizenship in Colonial India
Fathers in a Motherland: Child Marriage, Sexuality, and National Health in Bengali Periodicals of Nineteenth Century India, Swapna Banerjee
Duties of a “Good Citizen”: Colonial School Textbook Policies in Late Nineteenth-Century India, Sudipa Topdar
Producing Healthy Future Citizens for Madras and the Nation, Barbara N. Ramusack
Marriage, ‘Minority’ and the Politics of Childhood: Contests over the 'child' and 'nation' in the Child Marriage Restraint Act of 1929, Ishita Pande

Session 68: Sacred Biography and the Legitimization of Religious Identity
Between Hindu and Muslim: Shirdi Sai Baba, Hagiography, and Religious Identity, Jonathan Loar
Negotiating the Religious Identity of a Hindi Hajji: Twentieth Century Hagiographies of Hajji Ratan Nath , Christine Marrewa-Karwoski
Locating Jain Biography in Space and Time: The Historical Development of Aksaya Trtiya , Ellen Gough
Conversion and Kingship in the Bhaktamal, James P. Hare

Session 96: Poets, Princes, and Holy Men in 16th-17th c. Lahore: Perspectives on a Mughal Ecumene
Lahore between Imperial Playground and Sacred Space in Mughal Court Poetry, Sunil Sharma
Urban Life in the Mughals' Frontier Metropolis: Revisiting Chandar Bhan Brahman's Lahore , Rajeev K. Kinra
Drums and Diadems: Princely Investiture and Patronage in Mughal Lahore, Colin Mitchell
co-author w/leclere, Christine Chojnacki
Mughal Lahore: A Welcoming Capital for Jains?, Basile Leclere

Session 97: The Power of Transformation and Transformative Power: Geography and Ideology in South Asia
The Enlightened Garden: The Victoria Gardens and the Symbolism of Empire, Christopher V. Hill
From Nature’s wilderness to the ‘civilized’ colonial garden: The Transformation of Chikaldhara in Berar Deccan , Laxman D. Satya
Space, Time, Movement: Dhaka University 1952-1990, Samantha M. R. Christiansen

Session 121: South Indian Art and Literature in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries: New Centers of Power, New Sites of Production, New Horizons of Possibility
A Poet at Home in Tamil: Wordcraft, Ambitions, and Taste in Andhakakavi Viraraghava Mudaliyaar’s 17th Century, Blake Wentworth
Patronage and Text/s In, Around, and Through Nayaka Mural Painting in Tamil Nadu, 1500-1800, Anna L. Seastrand
The Language Games of Siva: The Tamil Tiruviaiyaal Puram in Many Tongues, Elaine M. Fisher

Session 122: Margin Speaks: Intersections of Caste, Gender, and Nation in South Asian Life Narratives
My Life and Our Problems: Tadi Nagamma as an Untouchable, a Woman and a Nationalist, Chinnaiah Jangam
Recovering a Dalit Life: Swami Achhutanand’s intellectual and political agendas. , Ramnarayan S. Rawat
Builder Buried with the Bricks: Role of Babu Jagjivan Ram in the Making of Modern India, Limbadri Rikka
My son, brother, and husband may all be angry with me, but I too should have the freedom to tell my own story to the world: Narrating Dalit Womanhood in Hindi , Laura Brueck

Session 123: Enacted Space: New Meanings from Built Environments in Transforming Cities
The Shifting Landscapes of Lahore During the British Raj, Saleema B. Waraich
The Two Lucknows: A Cityscape in Dramatically Different Visual Narratives, Sandria B. Freitag
The City Transformed--the Case of Jaipur, Catherine E. B. Asher
Political Struggle and Urban Transformations in Early 20th C Hyderabad, Alison M. Shah

Session 150: Coomaraswamy Prize Panel: Reading F.B Flood's Objects of Translation - Sponsored by the AAS South Asia Council (SAC)
Art history as transcultural practice – a response to Finbarr Barry Flood, Objects of Translation. Material Culture and Medieval “Hindu-Muslim” Encounter, Monica Juneja
Crossing Disciplines: Materiality, ‘Translation’, and the Interpretation of Cultural Processes in Medieval India , Daud Ali
Bijapur recalls Vijayapura: Invocations of the Chalukya past by `Adil Shahi sultans of the Deccan, 1500-1600 , Richard M. Eaton

Session 151: Weddings and Worldviews: Marriage in 21st-Century South Asia
Coolers and Fridges and TVs, Oh My! Perspectives on Dowry among Labana Sikhs, Emera Bridger Wilson
Member of the Wedding: Fieldwork and Friendship, Ann G. Gold
Love, dowry, and wedding videos: post-conflict marriage trends in eastern Sri Lanka, Dennis B. McGilvray
He’s too Dark, She’s too Fat: Middle Class Matchmaking in Tamil South India, Nicole A. Wilson
Always the Bridegroom, Never the Bride: Familial Obligations and Yearnings of Khwaja Siras in Pakistan, Faris A Khan

Session 152: Shaping the City from 'Below': Identity, Labor, and the Remaking of Cities
The Ansaris of Banaras: Muslim Artisans in a Hindu City, Amit Basole
Tabla Makers: Building Musical Bridges , P. Allen Roda
The Chawl from Tenement to Sentiment: Nostalgia and Social Mobility in Mumbai, India, Maura S. Finkelstein
Anna Bhau Sathe's Mumbai: Literature and the Social Histories of Class and Caste in Mumbai, 1940-1969, Juned M. Shaikh

Session 175: Comparative Histories of Feminist Art in India and China
Beyond Mothers, Goddesses, and Mother Goddesses: Amrita Sher-Gil’s Mother India (1935), Sonal Khullar
Pan Yuliang and the Rewriting of Feminist Art in China, Doris Ha-Lin Sung
Camouflaged Histories: Lei Yan as Chinese Guerrilla Girl, Sasha S. Welland

Session 176: Problematising Time and Text: Devotionalism, Polemics, Poetry, and Historiography in South Asian Islamic Literary Traditions
Poetic Text as Site of Belonging amid Chaos: Learning without a Master in Mir Dard's Experiential Aesthetics, Homayra Ziad
The Past in Poetry: Time, Subjectivity, and Aesthetics in Indo-Persian Narratives, Shahzad Bashir
Sufism in the Age of Print , Sana Haroon
The Tension between Inclusive and Exclusionary Identity Formation in Sufi Literature, Jamal J. Elias
Roshani Devotion, Bringing Light to Modernist Pasts, James Caron

Session 177: Workshop: The Critical Language Initiative in India and Bangladesh: Achievements and Challenges - Sponsored by AIIS/COARC

Session 205: Ethical Self-Fashioning and the Politics of Religious Modernity in India
Urdu Nationalism: Fashioning a Modern Public, Kavita S. Datla
Cruelty and Divorce in India's Largest State, 1939-1962 , Rebecca R. Grapevine
Law’s Time, Women’s Agency: Fatwas and Legal Pluralism in Postcolonial India , Katherine Lemons

Session 206: Brothering, Othering, and Managing: South Asian Articulations and Practices of Race from the Nineteenth Century to the Present
Negotiating Race, Masculinity and Anti-Colonial Internationalism: Representations of Africans and Chinese in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century-Bengali Juvenile Literature, Sandeep Banerjee
From Evolution to Race? The Colonized Elites’ Reinventions and Contestations of Biological Race in the Hindi, Urdu and English Press (1860-1930), Luzia Savary
Race, Eugenics, Birth Control, and Sexology: An Indian Case-Study in the Twentieth Century, Sanjam Ahluwalia
Race and Caste in an International Context – Exploring the Complexity of Change and Continuity in India 10 years after Durban, Sukhadeo Thorat

Session 207: The Politics of Social Rights in Contemporary Indian Democracy
The Emerging Right-to-Development in India: Origins, Promises, Risks, Sanjay Ruparelia
Property Rights, Rehabilitation, and Land Acquisition for Special Economic Zones in India, Rob Jenkins
The Right to Food in India: the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and the Food Security Bill, Reetika Khera

Session 233: Crossroads or Limits? Recognition, Camouflage, and Friendship as Articulations of the Border in South Asia
Small Voices of History: Abandonment, Noncitizenship and the “Politics of Friendship” in Makam., Amit R. Baishya
Languages of secrecy and the secreting of language among the Khasi of northeastern Bangladesh , Matthew D. Rich
Narrating Indigeneity: The Legend of Kala Wangpo among the Monpas of the Indo-Tibetan Borderlands, Swargajyoti Gohain
Friendship and Labour in Contentious Places, Dolly Kikon

Session 234: Women, Religion, and the "Modern" in South Asia
Reading against the Grain: The Lives of 20th-Century Barelwi Women, Usha Sanyal
The Fine Print: Books for a Female Audience, Smita Gandotra
A "Rational" Islam: "Rationality," Teaching Tools, and Quran Schools in Lahore, Pakistan, Ammara Maqsood
Innovations in Spaces of Learning and Piety: Crafting Modern Shi'i Women in Kargil, India, Radhika Gupta

Session 260: Roundtable: A "New" Intellectual History for South Asia: Debating History, Politics, and Method - Sponsored by the South Asia Council (SAC)

Session 261: Crime, Culture, Conduct, and Conjugality: Gender and the Politics of Adjudication in Family and Criminal Laws in India
'3 punishments for 3 mistakes’: Negotiating between Courts, Police and Mediation in Family Law and Family Violence , Srimati Basu
Cultures of Policing: Panchayat-Police Practices, Gender Politics and the Making of a Criminal Case, Devika Bordia
Interrogating “Consent” and “Agency” within Juridical and Feminist Discourses over “Elopement Marriages” in India , Flavia Agnes

Session 285: Individual Papers: Models of Rural Development in Kerala
Rural Development and the Nonfarm Sector in India: Critical Perspectives, Sudarshana Bordoloi
The Role of International Actors in Influencing Domestic Policy Change in the Garments and Textiles Industries in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Sanchita B. Saxena
State, Social Movements, and the Kerala Model of Development: An Examination of Neoliberal Impact on State and Society in Kerala, Ajay P Panicker

Session 308: The Everyday in Eighteenth-Century Hindustan
Dependence Without Sustenance: Coffee Connoisseurship in Eighteenth-Century Delhi, Walter N. Hakala
Fashioning Everyday Speech into Literary Language in Eighteenth-Century Delhi, Arthur Dudney
What does the Mirror of Idioms Reflect? Anand Ram Mukhlis’ Mirat al-Istilah and an eighteenth-century Delhi everyday, Abhishek Kaicker
The Retelling of Everyday Life: Autobiography and the Analytic of Experience, Ishan Chakrabarti
Ordinary life, Extraordinary Life: An examination of the everyday in Mir Muhammad Taqi’s “Zikr-i Mir” (c. 1808), Elizabeth Lhost

Session 309: Circulation, the State, and Labor in and Beyond South Asia, 1800 to the Present
Bihar and the World: Changing Patterns of Bihari Migration in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries, Anand A. Yang
Labor Circulation and Women Home-Based Workers in Late Nineteenth-Century India, Anamika Priyadarshini
Conditions of Autonomy: Migration from Nepal to Darjeeling Tea Plantations, 1890s to 1920s, Catherine Warner

Session 310: Individual Papers: Militant Movements & State Politics: Afghanistan
Citizenship, Affirmative Action, and Eligibility: The Effect of Migration on the Legibility of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Status Within India , Gayatri Singh
Citizenship, Affirmative Action, and Eligibility: The Effect of Migration on the Legibility of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Status Within India , Trina Vithayathil
Formal Instutitions Matter: How Constitutional Rules Shape Political Outcomes in Afghanistan , Jennifer C. Murtazashvili
"Thinly Veiled": Rethinking the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Militant Charities of Pakistan, Jacob J. Hustedt

Session 339: Individual Papers: Borderlands, Citizenship, & History: Bangladesh, India, & Pakistan
Forests Villagers and Quest/ion of Citizenship, Khairul Chowdhury
"Becoming Bangladeshi": The Citizenship Struggle of the Biharis of Bangladesh, Muhammad Omar Faruque

Session 364: Individual Papers: Reimagining the Past in Post Colonial Present
Reimagining Buddhism in Colonial and Post-Colonial India, Abhishek S. Amar
Anagarika Dharmapala, the Mahabodhi Society and the Buddhist World: The Making of Modern Buddhism in India and Beyond, c. 1891-1956, Gitanjali Surendran
The Fort and the Latticed Screen: Muslim Women's Postcolonial Adaptations of Space in the Galle Fort, Nethra A. Samarawickrema