The need to bind its adherents together is inherent in the very nature of religion(re+ligare). When an established religion faces a challenge from an ‘other’ popular ideology or practice, it may resort to various approaches – confrontation, compromise, silence. Throughout the history of inter-religious dialogue, Cultural appropriation and assimilation have been used as effective strategies to work around the religious ‘other’. While assimilation has more accommodative shades in its meaning, cultural appropriation certainly implies an unequal power relation between the appropriator and the appropriated. It includes processes and practices that are plucked out of their original context, but grafted on the appropriator culture with a view to grant legitimacy to parts of the ‘other’ culture and offer a pragmatic possibility of co-existence.
It is hoped that the proposed panel would address, with the help of case studies, some of the following questions.
1. How has cultural appropriation (CA) helped religions survive ?
2. Is CA always successful for the appropriator religion?
3. Has CA been a main cause of schisms ?
4. Can a religion survive without CA?
5. Is CA not necessary if there is no evident religious ‘other’?
Scholars interested in addressing these and related questions in their research papers are requested to send in their abstracts to the organizer Dr. Shraddha Kumbhojkar, Dept of History, University of Pune, India at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send abstracts (500 words), including title, name, affiliation and contact details before May 13th, 2013. Accepted papers will be sent, together with this session proposal, to the organizers of the European Social Science History Congress, to be held in Vienna in April 2014.
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