"Transnational giving. Evolving paths of religion, community and citizenship in globally connected Asia"

Workshops, conferences 2019

  • Start: Jun 13, 2019
  • End: Jun 14, 2019
  • Location: "Alte Mensa", Wilhelmsplatz 3, Göttingen
  • Room: Hannah-Vogt-Saal
"Transnational giving. Evolving paths of religion, community and citizenship in globally connected Asia"
Hosted by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, and the Center for Modern Indian Studies and InterAsia Initiative, University of Göttingen

Convenors: Catherine Larouche, Sanam Roohi and Leilah Vevaina

Please email asiagiving2019(at)gmail.com if you would like to attend the workshop.

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DAY 1: THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019

9.30-10.00 Short Introduction

10.00-12.00 Panel 1: Sharing Wealth, Generating Community Capital, Chaired by Liza Wing Man Kam, MPI-MMG

  • Chinese “public interest”: Social value and the emergent political, Wei N. Gan, Princeton University
  • From danadharma to donations: Evolving meaning of giving and shaping of transnational Kamma subjectivities, Sanam Roohi, Max-Weber-Kolleg
  • Giving and belonging: The religious networks of African migrants in a multi-ethnic Muslim community in China, Qiuyu Jiang, McGill University

Discussion (11.00-12.00) with Rupa Viswanath, CeMIS

12.00-13.00 Break

13.00-15.00 Panel 2: Modes of Giving and Value Creation, Chaired by Scott MacLochlainn, MPI-MMG

  • Transmuted obligations: Gulf migration, givings and Muslim community in North Malabar, Mubashir Hameed, University of Hyderabad
  • Trusts on the monsoon winds: Parsi transnational religious philanthropy, Leilah Vevaina, MPI-MMGCharity, welfare, and development in Sri Lanka: A history of the Colombo Friend-in-Need Society, Tom Widger, Durham University

Discussion (14.00-15.00) with Radhika Gupta, Leiden University

15.00-15.30 Break

15.30-17.30 Panel 3: Moral Citizens: Giving and the Role of the State, Chaired by Jeremy Walton, MPI-MMG

  • Inter-Asian transnational giving between Shikoku and Bagan: From memorializing one’s dead to more generalized philanthropy with peace and war reflections, Millie Creighton, University of British Columbia
  • Indian overseas’ giving in Vietnam: The socialist state’s adjustment of cultural and social management, Chi P. Pham, Vietnam Institute of Literature (Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences)
  • Transnational Islamic giving and the making of Kuwaiti citizens, Mara Leichtman, Michigan State University

Discussion (16.30-17.30) with Viola Thimm, University of Hamburg

DAY 2: FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019

9:30-10.00 Short comment on logistics


Keynote: Daromir Rudnyckyj, University of Victoria: “Economy as Problem-Space: Ethnography for a Global Asia”

12.00-13.00 Break

13.00-15.00 Panel 4: Strategic Giving: Minorities, State, and Belonging, Chaired by Lisa Szepan, MPI-MMG

  • “We will cope with all the problems ourselves”: Russian isolationism and Buddhist giving in Buryatia, Kristina Jonutytė, MPI for Social Anthropology / Vilnius University
  • Development without the state? Muslim transnational giving networks and perceptions of welfare responsibilities in Uttar Pradesh, Catherine Larouche, University of Göttingen / University of Toronto
  • Transformed through service: Changing reputation and belonging through Sikh Seva, Lauren Nippoldt, University of California, San Diego

Discussion (14.00-15.00) with Srirupa Roy, CeMIS

15.00-15.30 Break

15.30-17.30 Discussion and Publication Plan

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