Our 2015 Annual Meeting

The society’s 2015 Annual Meeting was held in Atlanta, Georgia, November 20-23.

2015 Annual Meeting Program

Friday, November 20
7:00-9:00pm, Marriott-M101 (Marquis Level)
AAR Program: P20-405

Joint Session with the Dharma Academy of North America

Theme: Rebirth: Hindu and Christian Perspectives

Trent Pomplun, Loyola University Maryland, Presiding

Bradley Malkovsky, University of Notre Dame
Reincarnation and Christianity: An Historical and Theological Overview

Francis X. Clooney, Harvard University
The Early Jesuit Critique of Rebirth: What Can We Learn from History?

Ankur Barua, University of Cambridge
Revisiting the Rationality of Reincarnation

Jonathan Edelmann, University of Florida
One-life and Many-life Theisms: A Philosophical Discussion

Responding: Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, Lancaster University



Saturday, November 21
7:30-8:30am, Hilton-407 (Level 4)
AAR Program: P21-1

Society for Hindu-Christian Studies Board Meeting

Chad Bauman, Butler University, Presiding



Saturday, November 21
9:00-11:30am, Hilton-407 (Level 4)
AAR Program: P21-105

Theme: God and Evil in Hindu and Christian Theology, Myth, and Practice

Lance Nelson, University of San Diego, Presiding

Andrew J. Nicholson, Stony Brook University
Hindu Disproofs of God: The Sāṃkhya Sūtras on God’s Psychology and the Problem of Evil

Rico Gabriel Monge, University of San Diego
The Good and the Bad, the Beautiful and the Ugly: An Eastern Orthodox Perspective on Theodicy

Lance Nelson, University of San Diego
Creation, God, and Evil in Plotinus, Augustine, Śaṃkara, and Abhinavagupta

Graham M. Schweig, Christopher Newport University
From “Angry Curse” to “Poetic Verse”: Aspects of Good and Evil in Bhakti Traditions

Lavanya Vemsani, Shawnee State University
Narasiṃha, No Boundaries: Evil and Good in Myth and Practice

James Ponniah, University of Madras
Subaltern Encounter of Evil: Subverting the Dominant and Appropriating the Indigenous

Business Meeting

Chad Bauman, Butler University, Presiding



Monday, November 23
9:00-11:30am, Marriott-M104 (Marquis Level)
AAR Program: P23-100

Joint Session with the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies

Theme: Thomas Merton at 100: His Influence on the Study of Hinduism and Buddhism

Rachel McDermott, Barnard College, Presiding

Francis X. Clooney, Harvard University
'All the Way from India:' Merton in the Mirror of Hinduism

Thomas Forsthoefel, Mercyhurst University
Merton and the Axes of Dialogue

Judith Simmer-Brown, Naropa University
Ambivalence in Shangri-La: Merton's Orientalism and Dialogue

John P. Keenan, Middlebury College
Thomas Merton's Unfinished Journey: From Encounter to Sharing



Past Annual Meetings

2014 San Diego, California
2013 Baltimore, Maryland

2012 Chicago, Illinois
2011 San Francisco, California
2010 Atlanta, Georgia
2009 Montréal, Quebec
2008 Chicago, Illinois
2007 San Diego, California
2006 Washington, D.C.
2005 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2004 San Antonio, Texas
2003 Atlanta, Georgia
2002 Toronto, Ontario
2001 Denver, Colorado
2000 Nashville, Tennessee
1999 Boston, Massachusetts
1998 Orlando, Florida
1997 San Francisco, California
1996 New Orleans, Louisiana
1995 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1994 Chicago, Illinois