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Call for Proposals

This Consultation invites both thematic panel and individual paper proposals on any aspect of Jainism, whether in South Asia or the global diaspora. Topics might include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Jain monasticism, asceticism, or celibacy
  • Teaching Jainism as part of an Asian Religions or World Religions course
  • Discussion of a recent monograph relevant to Jain studies
  • Shared sacred space among Jains and Hindus in North America
  • Jain masculinities
  • Jainism and modernity


This Consultation began in 2009 in recognition of the burgeoning state of the field and its relative neglect in the AAR. Originating in India in the first millennium B.C.E., Jainism — historically as dominant a South Asian religious tradition as Buddhism and Hinduism and, in light of current demographics, a disproportionately powerful presence in the cultural and economic life of India — is a world religion now extending far beyond South Asia to East Asia, Europe, North America, Africa, and Australia. Given the increasing focus of scholarly attention on Jainism both in India and around the globe, this Consultation provides a venue in North America for scholars of Jainism to meet regularly and exchange ideas.

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to Chairs and Steering Committee Members until after final acceptance or rejection.


Christoph Emmrich
University of Toronto
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Anne E. Monius
Harvard University
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Method of Submission


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