Call for panelists for AAS 2020: Religion and Technology in Asia

deadline for submissions: 
July 26, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Anu Thapa/ University of Iowa
contact email: 

Looking for panelists for the Association of Asian Studies (AAS) annual conference in Boston, March 19-22, 2020. Below is the panel description:

This panel seeks to explore the intersections between religion and technology in Asian cultures and societies. Taking a broad view of religion, as lived and performative, the aim of this panel is to show how the theological, the technological and the anthropological intermingle to the point of indistinguishability in Asian cultures. The goal is to go beyond an instrumentalist approach wherein technology is enlisted into the service of religion and religious belief. I seek papers related (but not limited) to the following:

1) de/post colonial approach to religion, technology, secularism

2) religion in/as media

3) historical approach (history of technology, science, medicine, arts etc)

4) aesthetic/poetics/politics

5) visual arts, literature, video games

6) religious practices that have shifted onto technological platforms

7) gods/dieties of technology (eg, vishwakarma in south asia)

8) architecture and urban spaces 

9) indigenous practices

10) state-sanctioned fundamentalist practices 

11) new media, digital technology

12) relgious sects and their relationship to technology

Interested individuals should send a  250-words abstract and author bio to Anu Thapa at by July 26, 2019. 

Anu Thapa is a PhD candidate in Film Studies at the Cinematic Arts Department, University of Iowa.