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South Asia Research and Information Institute, Dallas, &

Asian Studies, Southern Methodist University

present a one-day conference on

Conversion, Caste, and Coexistence:
Christianity in South India

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday, September 28, 2013

McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall, Southern Methodist University


At the Limit of Understanding:
The 17th-Century Jesuit Critique of Rebirth (punarjanma)
Dr. Francis X. Clooney, S.J
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Brothers and Sisters on Earth and in Heaven:
Kerala’s Hindu-Christian Coexistence
Dr. Corinne Dempsey, Nazareth College, Rochester, New York

Anglicanism and 'The Lutheran Aggression:' 
Conflicts over Caste, Class, and Conversion in South India

Dr. Robert E. Frykenberg, University of Wisconsin - Madison (emeritus)

Social and Religious Experience of Dalit Christians in Kerala:
 A Historical Analysis
Dr. Sanal Mohan, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India

How Should We Understand Caste Oppression?
Indian Elites, Missionaries, and Dalits

Dr. Rupa Viswanath, University of Göttingen, Germany

Chaired by

Dr. Jill DeTemple, Southern Methodist University

Registration is closed.

Conference parking is free in the lot north of Dallas Hall on Daniel Avenue. For Directions to Southern Methodist University, see

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Special thanks to Dr. Steven Lindquist and Southern Methodist University's
Department of Religious Studies

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