Legitimacy and governance as co-constitutive processes in the context of political assertions and socio-political movements are under-analysed aspects in tribal/indigenous mobilisations in India.
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From its beginning in the 1990s, the field of Transgender Studies has been reluctant to engage with the field of Religious Studies. In 2018, a first encouraging step was made by the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion which proposed a volume titled Transing and Queering Feminist Studies and Practices of Religion, shedding light on the usefulness of the collaboration between these two research fields.
The panel calls for research to revisit the histories and legacies of the Second World War and its contemporary relevance in the India-Myanmar-Bangladesh borderlands. The region was a site of many battles, including the disastrous twin battles of Imphal and Kohima between 8 March and 18 July 1944, which ended Japanese imperial ambitions in South Asia.
The arrival of the Portuguese in South Asia at the very end of the fifteenth century added one more element to an already highly diverse social ecology. Portuguese missionaries, merchants, soldiers, settlers and officials engaged with local populations in a multiplicity of public and private domains, leaving complex legacies that are still evident today.
The combination of water stress and climate change is resulting in significant hydrological changes that impose major risks to economy and society. This increases vulnerability among the most disadvantaged and impacts a range of different life and livelihood concerns – drinking water, sanitation, health, irrigation, changes in agriculture, aquaculture, forests, and commons.
The monumental Buddhas of Bamiyan or the Kasthamandap temple in Kathmandu are well-known examples of cultural assets that have been destroyed or damaged by armed conflicts or natural disasters. Such sites, which are irretrievably lost or at least difficult to restore, are closely linked to the religious memory and national identity of the local population.
The Hindi film song ‘Yeh Public Hai!’ (Roti, 1974) asserts that the ‘public’ knows and discerns everything, from carefully-managed star personas to populist political promises. But who can claim to know the elusive, shape-shifting public? The public goes by many names in contemporary media research – users, followers, fans, communities, participants, listeners, audiences, spectators and consumers.
This panel takes up the impact of “the digital” on television cultures across South Asia. We explore media convergences between broadcast TV, social media, and digital TV spaces. Attention is drawn to the national, regional, linguistic and cultural norms and politics of this digital turn.
This panel aims at investigating discursive and material interactions of security and heritage as they take place in, and transform, cities and urban everyday lives. How do security and heritage interact, and are mobilised by a variety of city-users, to imagine and make South Asian urban futures?