P47


Of saints, converts, and heroes: hagiographies and conversion auto/biographies across religions in South Asia 
Convenors:
Sipra Mukherjee (West Bengal State University)
Hephzibah Israel (University of Edinburgh)
Location:
C401
Start time:
26 July, 2012 at 9:00 (UTC+0)
Session slots:
3

Short Abstract:

Hagiographies and conversion biographies are constructed narratives which offer significant revelations on how faiths, societies and cultural discourses are envisioned. The panel will explore these writings as political acts of self- construction engaging with issues in and beyond the sacred.

Long Abstract

This panel will focus on hagiographies and conversion auto/biographies across the religions in South Asia. In the South Asian context of religious plurality, such auto/biographical writings have constructed narratives of 'saints' or acts of religious conversion in specific ways which offer significant revelations on how both faiths and societies are envisioned and on how cultural discourses are shaped. The panel will explore these writings in an interdisciplinary context, as political acts of self- construction engaging with issues in and beyond the sacred, where the 'individual' subject of these narratives is redefined in relation to caste, gender, linguistic, regional or national identities.

Accepted papers: