Indic Philosophy Council Events

Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast Annual (ASPAC) Conference

Lakshmi, Saraswati and Kali:  Metaphors for Change

Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California

June 17-19, 2005


Lakshmi, Saraswati and Kali are traditionally associated with wealth, culture and power. In their various aspects they highlight the rapid pace of socio-political change in Asia. As deities they underline the importance of religious movements in Asia. As Hindu deities they remind us of South Asia’s formative role in the development of Asia’s other great religious traditions, Islam, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism.  As the consorts of Hinduism’s trinity, they underscore the importance of women’s movements and the changing role of women in Asia.


For the 2005 conference in Claremont, ASPAC particularly encourages submissions in, but not limited to, the following two categories:


  • The role of religion, particularly the impact of religion in all aspects of life in Asia today.
  • The evolving roles and status available to women, e.g. Sonia Gandhi, Megawati Sukarnoputri, Gloria Macapagal, Sheikh Hasina, Begum Khaleda Zia, the burgeoning literature on Asia Women’s Studies.

ASPAC is very pleased to have the Foundation for Indic Philosophy and Culture, and the School of Religion at Claremont Graduate University host this conference.  Without the support of exemplary institutions such as these, ASPAC could not regularly organize successful scholarly events.  Complete proposals (three presenters and their paper titles, plus moderator/discussant) ensure panel coherence. Individual paper proposals, round table discussions and poster sessions are also encouraged. Paper and poster session proposals must include presenter’s name, institutional affiliation, paper title, and a brief synopsis. Panel proposals must additionally include the name and affiliation of the moderator and/or discussant.


Graduate students should include a statement of support from their supervising professor and are encouraged to enter the competition for the Esterline Prize.  Graduate students should review the Esterline page before submitting a proposal.  Submission deadline is Tuesday, March 15, 2005.


Click here for a complete Call for Papers and submission information


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