Mriganka Mukhopadhyay and Karl Baier are presenting a panel in the 26th ECSAS conference: Occult South Asia: Rethinking the History of Modern South Asian Religions and Spiritualities through the Lens of Esotericism Research and vice versa. View the abstract of the panel here. This panel will be the third annual meeting of OSAN (Occult South Asia Network) after Vienna (2018) and Amsterdam (2019).
The ECSAS has met regularly since 1968, and has provided an important opportunity to discuss current research and scholarship on topics relating to South Asia within the humanities and social sciences. The ECSAS conferences now operate under the auspices of the European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS), a charitable, academic association engaged in the support of research and teaching concerning South Asia with regard to all periods and fields of study.
The 26th ECSAS, will take place in the beautiful historical surroundings of the University of Vienna Campus in the heart of Vienna, Austria from 29 July to 1 August 2020. The conference will be hosted by the Center of Interdisciplinary Research and Documentation of Inner and South Asian Cultural History (CIRDIS), the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (ISTB) and the Institute for Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
There is a long tradition of South Asian Studies in Vienna, both at the University of Vienna and at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, going back to the mid-19th century. While a strong focus has been on South Asia’s premodern period, recent decades have witnessed a process of historical as well as disciplinary expansion. South Asian Studies in Austria today covers a wide range of disciplines and interests, and extends across several institutions. Against this background the motto of the Vienna conference will be “Reflecting on Disciplinary Boundaries”.
For more information about the conference: click here.