SASNET hosted a workshop on nationalisms in South Asia
The organizers argued that there are some parallels to be made, in terms of symbolic resources, between nationalist actors in different South Asian countries. A mythical past, the deification of folk heroes, the anointing of sacred geographical sites, and the composition of epic poetry are all vehicles for the expression of a religious ideology constructed for nationalistic purposes throughout South Asia. Moreover, such religious ideologies, once constructed, are used to foment divisive ethnic politics, which often lead to widespread communal violence (as in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka). The workshop explored whether such a comparative model is better way to think about religious nationalism in South Asia than analysis driven by methodological nationalism, in which one single nation or culture is excised from the global or regional context for the purpose of analysis.
In addition to the organizers the workshop saw paper presentations by Peter Van Der Veer (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen), Boris Wille (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg), Susan A. Reed, (Bucknell University), Mari Miyamoto (Keio University), Mara Malagodi, (City Law School, University of London), and Jürgen Schaflechner (University of Heidelberg). Discussant was Ted Svensson from the Political Science department, Lund University.
See full program here lund_workshop_schedule_of_presentations_aj_jm.pdf