Annual Meetings

The society's annual meetings are held in conjunction with the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion. Please consult the AAR web site for details as to location, housing, and the like.

The format of our meetings typically consists of two sessions, the first on Friday evening and the other on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, with a business meeting (open to all members) in the final half hour of the second meeting.

The society’s 2016 Annual Meeting will be held in San Antonio, Texas, November 18-21.

2016 Annual Meeting Program

Friday, November 18
7:00-9:00pm, Convention Center-215 (2nd Level - West)
AAR Program: P18-405

Discussion: Divine Self, Human Self: The Philosophy of Being in Two Gita Commentaries by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, Best Book in Hindu-Christian Studies—Philosophy/Theology (2011-2015)

Panelists:

Vasudha Narayanan, University of Florida
Gavin Hyman, Lancaster University
Catherine Cornille, Boston College
Laurie Patton, Middlebury College

Respondent: Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad



Saturday, November 19
7:30-8:30am, Hilton Palacio del Rio-La Corona (Mezzanine Level)
AAR Program: P19-1

Society for Hindu-Christian Studies Board Meeting



Saturday, November 19
9:00-11:30am, Hilton Palacio del Rio-El Mirador C East (Conference Center - 22nd Level)
AAR Program: P19-112

Theme: Yoga and God: Hindu and Christian Perspectives

Veena Howard, California State University, Fresno, Presiding

Bradley Malkovsky, University of Notre Dame
Comparative Reflections on the Divine from Christian and Yogic Perspectives

Rita Sherma, Graduate Theological Union
The Non-Systematized Iswara of Patanjali's Yoga Sutra and Iswari of the Shakti Bhaktas of Bengal

Stephanie Corigliano, California State University, Humboldt
Devotion and Discipline: Christian Yoga and the Yoga of T. Krishnamacharya

Michael Stoeber, Regis College, University of Toronto
Issues in Christian Encounters with Kundalini Yoga

Responding: Andrea Jain, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

Business Meeting

Chad Bauman, Butler University, Presiding



Monday, November 21
1:00-3:30pm, Convention Center-212A (2nd Level - West)
AAR Program: A21-217

Joint Session with the Religion in South Asia Section, the Sikh Studies Group, and the Space, Place and Time Group

Theme: Religious "Site Visits" as Pedagogical Method

Charles Townsend, University of California, Riverside, Presiding

This roundtable panel will discuss religious "site visits," "field trips," or taking (or sending) students "into the field"—especially for short visits—as a pedagogical method. What are the ways that it is pedagogically valuable to extend the classroom learning environment to visits with local religious communities?

Panelists who have taught in different institutional settings—from small private colleges, to large public universities, to leading study abroad groups—will discuss: the "mechanics" of how they conduct site visits with students (including issues such as transportation and institutional support); how they frame site visits as coursework and assignments; how they harness potential teaching moments before, during, and after site visits; and stories and experiences about what has and has not proved effective and thoughts on avoiding possible problems or pitfalls. Ample time will be given to open discussion with audience members.

Panelists:

Brian J. Nichols, Mount Royal University
Anne Murphy, University of British Columbia
Andrea Marion Pinkney, McGill University
Michael Hawley, Mount Royal University
Jonathan H. X. Lee, San Francisco State University
Ravi M. Gupta, Utah State University




Past Annual Meetings

2015 Atlanta, Georgia
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