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Harvard South Asian Folklore Symposium
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4/8/2016 to 4/9/2016
When: Friday, April 8, 2016
Where: Harvard University Barker Center
Cambridge, Massachusetts 
United States

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The Committee on Degrees in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University is pleased to announce its annual spring symposium. "Celebrating Another Harmony: South Asian Folklore in the 21st Century” will take place on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, 2016. The event is free and open to the public.

Please visit the above event page for participant titles and abstracts as well as the schedule, copied below:

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Barker Center, Room 133

Keynote Address:

Margaret Mills, Ohio State University (Professor Emerita)
"How Stories Lodge in Lives"
Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Thompson Room, Barker Center 


8:30 – Coffee & Pastries

9:00 – Opening Remarks

9:15 – 10:45 – Undergraduate Student Panel

Aniket De, Tufts University
“Divided Songs, Altered Gods: Partition, Nationalism, and Performance in the Bengal Borderland”

Benjamin D. Grimm, Harvard University
“Trans-gression: Gender, Divinity, and Cross-dressing in the Krishna Līlahāva”

 Megan Taing, Harvard University
“Brotherhood and Humor: Negotiating the South Asian American College Experience”

10:45 – 11:00 – Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30 – South Asian Folklore in Historical Perspective

 Frank J. Korom, Boston University
“Three Decades of Folklore Studies in South Asia: Toward a History”

 Adheesh Sathaye, University of British Colombia
“The Scribal Life of Folktales in Premodern India”

 Leela Prasad, Duke University
“Nameless in a Great Garden: When English Imperial Conquest Becomes a Purāṇa”

12:30 – 1:30 – Lunch (provided)

1:30 – 3:30 – South Asian Material Culture & Belief

 Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger, Emory University
“Standing in Cement: Ravana on the Chhattisgarhi Plains”

 Kirin Narayan, Australian National University
“Making and Narrating: Vishwakarma Family Stories among Artisans”

 Puja Sahney, SUNY- Albany
“Transnational Spaces of Belonging: Immigration Process, Social Ties, and Hindu Homes of Purity”

Ülo Valk, University of Tartu
“Where the Goddess Spent her Wedding Night: Place-Lore of the Kāmākhyā Temple in Silghat, Assam”

3:30 – 3:45 – Coffee Break

3:45 – 5:15 – The Politics of Folklore

Leah Lowthorp, Harvard University
“Folklore, Politics, and the State: Kutiyattam and National/Global Heritage in India”

Shakthi Nataraj, University of California, Berkeley
“Critical Folkloristics and the Study of Transgender Women’s Communities in South India”

Finnian Gerety, Brown University
“The Amplified Sacrifice: Sound, Technology, and Participation in Vedic Rituals in Kerala”

5:15 – 5:45 – Closing Remarks and Discussion

5:45 – Performance by Harvard Bhangra

6:00 - End


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