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South Asia Research and Information Institute, Dallas, &

Asian Studies, Southern Methodist University 

will present a one-day conference entitled


Women and Power in Indian Tradition:

Royalty, Renunciation, and Matriliny

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday, September 16, 2017

McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall, Southern Methodist University



The Queen, the Dasi, and Sexual Politics in the Sabhaparvan of the Mahabharata

Uma Chakravarti, Ph.D.

University of Delhi (Emerita)


Ruby of the Dynasty: Chola Queen Sembiyan Mahadevi 

Vidya Dehejia, Ph.D.

Columbia University


Women and Truth Speech: The Classical Saint Kāraikkāl Ammaiyār Then and Now 

Karen Pechilis, Ph.D.

Drew University


 Kinship, Power, Gender: Some Questions from the History of Matriliny in Kerala 

 G. Arunima, Ph.D.

Jawaharlal Nehru University


The Power a Woman's Story Creates: Stories, Lives, and Female Renunciation in India 

 Antoinette DeNapoli, Ph.D.

Texas Christian University


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


For free registration, send the full name, telephone number, and email address of each attendee to by September 10, 2017.


Free lunch will be provided only to those who had registered. 

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

Department of Religious Studies 

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