CFP: [Postcolonial] Theorizing Southasian Relgion in a Postmodern Context

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John C. Hawley
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The Special Topic Issue of the 2009 South Asian Review
“Theorizing Religion in a Postmodern Context”

Despite western onslaughts from Richard Dawkins, Bill Maher, Christopher
Hitchens, and others, and regardless of scandals and outrages carried out
in its name over the centuries, religion continues to shape lives, create
nations, and inspire imaginations. Arguably, for South Asians in
particular, a totally secular world is unimaginable. Hinduism began in
India about 5,000 years ago and is still adhered to by 82% of the Indian
population; Buddhism and Jainism began there around 500 BC, but today less
than 2% of the population follows either. Sikhism began in the fifteenth
century, and 2% identifies with it. Other religious traditions present in
India include Judaism (0.0005%), Zoroastrianism (0.01%), Christianity
(2.5%), and Islam (12%). In Pakistan, 97% of the population is Muslim, with
77% being Sunni and 20% Shi’a. Sri Lankans are 69.1% Buddhist, 7.6% Muslim,
7.1% Hindu, and 6.2% Christian. Bangladeshis are 83% Muslim and 16% Hindu.
In Nepal, 80% is Hindu, 11% Buddhist, 4% Muslim, 4% Kirat, and 0.5% Christian.

In this issue, we will explore the impact that religion has hadâ€"and, more
importantly, continues to haveâ€"on South Asian society and culture, both at
home and in the diaspora. This exploration will consider the role of holy
men and women, the influence of the myths on contemporary imaginations, the
intolerance that leads to violence, the connection of religion to national
identities, and so on. For the Special Topic Issue, interdisciplinary
approaches and topics are especially encouraged; thus, essays exploring
art, film, gender studies, geography, politics, as well as literature, will
be welcome. Interviews of particular relevance will be considered. How does
religion exercise its influence, and upon whom, and to what effect? How
regressive is it and why or, conversely, what new directions is it
inspiring in societies? What would be lost or gained in its demise? Has
globalized business, by default, taken the place of transcendence?

This issue will be guestedited by John C. Hawley of Santa Clara University.
Essays should be 15â€"25 pages (3750â€"6250 words)â€"prepared in accordance with
the latest edition of the MLA styleâ€"and accompanied by an abstract of
75â€"100 words and a biographical note of 50â€"75 words. The deadline for the
receipt of complete manuscripts is March 30, 2009. Early inquiries are
encouraged. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to either in rich text format (RTF) or, preferably, as a
Microsoft Word document.

Books on related topics, for possible review, should be called to the
attention of Professor P. S. Chauhan, Reviews Editor, Department of
English, Arcadia University, 450 South Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038-3295

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