The panel invites contributions that explore the role of different forms of media in shaping, modifying and transmitting religious content in South Asian traditions in the Indian subcontinent and in the South Asian diaspora.
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We invite contributions which study religious narratives, discourses, images, both moving and stationary, and ritual practices presented or enabled through different forms of media.
The main attention will be given to media-induced variations in patterns of representing religious content.
Significant points of discussion would be the role that the media play in the construction, legitimation and/or change of a certain religious tradition and/or practice.
These questions could also be explored from the point of view of their social and political implications.
From the first manuscripts until quite recently we can speak simply of oral and written traditions.
But around the 1980s the media picture gets much more complicated.Along with oral, handwritten, and printed text, we must track radio, film, and television, then commercial audiocassettes, digital audio and video, and the endless networks of cyberspace mediated by computers and phones.Singers, the transmitters of oral tradition, are exposed to all these other media and often keep their own handwritten collections in notebooks.It is expected that the discussion will contribute to our understanding of interrelations between religions and the media in the Indian subcontinent and in the South Asian diaspora.The papers should be based on methodological analysis of oral, written, visual or digital texts that have their origin in the subcontinent or the South Asian Diaspora.Papers read in the panel should be original and not presented elsewhere.