ECSAS 2023 – Turin 26-29 July

Below you find the detailed list of accepted panels at our upcoming conference (sorted alphabetically by title).

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43 – Trans/Third Gender Communities and Religion in South Asia

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.

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45 – South Asian–Portuguese relationships from the fifteenth century to the present: Colonialism, interactions, and identities

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.

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46 – Sustainable Regeneration of Water Infrastructures: An Invitation to Forge Interdisciplinary Governance & Policy Design Thinking

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.

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47 – Recent Cultural Heritage Initiatives in Nepal and the Himalayas

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.

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49 – Public Knowledge: Audiences in South Asian Media and Screen Studies

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.

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51- The Digital Turn in South Asian Television Studies

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.

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