South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

18th International Conference on Maharashtra

Thu, January 24, 2019 | Glickman Conference Center, Rooms RLP 1.302A and B, UT Austin campus

9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

18th International Conference on Maharashtra

The 18th International Conference on Maharashtra: Culture and Society will be held at the University of Texas at Austin, January 24-26, 2019, 9 AM-6:30 PM. Its theme is: Communication and Community in historic and contemporary Maharashtra

Any community is created by communication among its members. In a major culture zone, such as the one where the Marathi language is understood, communication has taken many forms through time. Traditionally these forms have included large pilgrimages accompanied by images and songs that traverse city and countryside, the circulation of texts in manuscript form and orally by individual itinerant puraniks and performers, and gatherings in local shrines, bazaars, forts, courts, and kachehris, where official business, daily activities, or simple curiosity have brought people together. In modern times, printing brought new forms of communication and community formation. Print, we know, underwent revolutionary changes in the colonial period, changes that intensified with the development of 'modern' education and the press. The past century added cinema, and the last few decades have also seen the meteoric rise of cybermedia.

Maharashtra has had a strong presence in all these forms of communication, and many communities related to these forms have emerged and disappeared through time.

This conference seeks to bring together scholars of all disciplines with an interest in this theme through the past and present of Maharashtra. Members of the public are most welcome as observers. Proceedings will integrate English and Marathi. There will be no registration fee.

DAY 1: Thursday, January 24, 2019

9 AM: Inauguration by Professor Donald Davis, Director, South Asia Institute

9:15-10:45 AM: Diplomacy, Communication and Language in the Maratha Empire
Chair: Dušan Deák
Prachi Deshpande (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta), Marathi-language Practices and Community in Early Colonial South India
Rosalind O’Hanlon (Oxford University), Political Brokers and the Role of the Maratha Vakil in the Eighteenth Century

10:45 a.m.-12.30 PM: Religious Community and Communication
Chair: Daniel Jasper
Dušan Deák (Commenius University in Bratislava), Communicating Us, Communicating Them: Between the Local and Supralocal Organization of a Holy Man’s Followers
Anne Feldhaus (Arizona State University), Networks of Communication in Early Mahanubhav Literature
Jon Keune (Michigan State University), Communicating the Relevance of the Saints to a Modernizing Audience
Hemant Rajopadhye (Observer Research Foundation), God at Work: Dattatreya Sampradaya and Marathi Religiosity

12:30-1:15 PM: BREAK  

1:15-2:45 PM: Political Mobilization and Communication
Chair: Shamrao Koreti
Aruna Pendse (Mumbai University, retired), Formulation and Communication of Farmers’ Viewpoint: Sharad Joshi’s Discourse
Shailendra Kharat (Savitribai Phule Pune University), Communication and Political Mobilisation in a Democracy: Campaigning for an Urban Local Body Election in Maharashtra
Swati Dyahadroy (Savitribai Phule Pune University), Stitching Rituals to Modernity: Sanskrit Sanskruti Sanshodhika (Santrika) of Dnyana Prabodhini among the New Hindu Middle Class

2:45-4:15 PM: Politics and Communication in the Literary/Public Sphere
Chair: Suhas Palshikar
Sneha Gole (Savitribai Phule Pune University), "Sanghatanechi Dhaal, Ekichi Talvar Haati Amchya Ata Hay ga!": Articulating the Feminist Community
Shreeyash Palshikar (Albright College), One State, Many Communities: Unity and Diversity in 1950s Maharashtra
Daniel Jasper (Moravian College), Images of Power
Muphid Mujawar (Delhi University)

4:15-4:45 PM: BREAK

4:45-6:15 PM: Theatre and Society
Chair: Anuradha Ranade
Makarand Sathe (Independent Scholar), Political and Social Aspects of Theatre during 19th-century Colonial Rule, with Reference to Marathi Theatre
Ashutosh Potdar (FLAME University, Pune), Theatre Companies and Colonial Communication
Kaustubh Naik (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Bahujan Marathi Theatre in Goa

DAY 2: Friday, January 25, 2019

DAY 3: Saturday, January 26, 2019

Sponsored by: South Asia Institute, Department of History

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