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South Asia Research and Information Institute, Dallas, &

Asian Studies, Southern Methodist University 

will present a one-day conference entitled

Transformations in the Temples of South India: People, Rituals, and Deities

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday, October 10, 2015

McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall, Southern Methodist University



Temples and the State in South India in the Colonial and Post-Colonial Periods

Christopher Fuller, Ph.D.

London School of Economics, United Kingdom (Emeritus)


Unveiling Changes of Faith in the Medieval Tamil-Speaking South: The Cases of Tirupparaṅkuṉṟam and Tiruccentūr

Valérie Gillet, Ph.D.

École française d'Extrême-Orient, Pondicherry, India

Changes in Temple Ritual and in the Social World of the Śrī Vaiṣṇava Sampradāya

Vasudha Narayanan, Ph.D.

University of Florida, Gainsville

 From Priestesses to Performers: Changes in Women's Roles in Tamil Temples

S. Palaniappan, Ph.D.

South Asia Research and Information Institute, Dallas


Dramatic Changes in the Chidambaram Temple over Times

Paul Younger, Ph.D.

McMaster University, Ontario (Emeritus) 


Steven Lindquist, Ph.D.

Southern Methodist University 

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


Free lunch is provided only to those who registered by October 4, 2016. 


For free registration, send an email to with the attendees'  names, email addresses, and telephone numbers.  


Special thanks for co-sponsorship to Southern Methodist University's

Department of Religious Studies 

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