The Hindu-Christian Studies
Academic List

Description and Purpose

HCac is the academic email discussion list of the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies. The list is an expression of the society’s primary mission of fostering study of Hinduism and Christianity and their interrelationships in an academic context.

The purpose of HCac is to provide a forum in which professional scholars active in the society may exchange ideas and information on matters pertaining to their research and teaching.

HCac is a private mailing list, which means that the list is not open to the general Internet public. Nor is it open to all members of the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies. Subscriptions are normally available only to society members with terminal degrees in related academic disciplines (e.g., religious studies, theology, South Asia area studies) researching and/or teaching in the field of Hindu-Christian studies. Guest subscriptions are available to graduate students currently doing work in these fields. Other individuals, such as clergy with scholarly training, may be permitted to join the list at the discretion of the society’s board. It is assumed that all subscribers will be familiar with current methodologies and assumptions in academic theology and/or religious studies. These eligibility criteria are enforced strictly to help ensure that the discussion remains as much as possible on an informed, professional, and academic level.

List Manager: Lance Nelson, University of San Diego (

N.B.: All subscribers to HCac are expected read and abide by the list rules stated below. Subscribers are also urged to read and follow the HCac list courtesy guidelines.

New Subscriptions

As indicated above, HCac is a private list. Subscriptions are not automatic, but are restricted to those described above. To subscribe to HCac, send a message so requesting to the list manager, using the format below.

Please do not apply for a subscription if you do not meet the criteria stated above

Please mention “HCac Subscription” in the subject line and include as much of the following information as may apply:

Full Name:
Soc. for H-C Studies member? (yes/no):
H-C Studies Bulletin subscriber? (yes/no):
Highest degree (please specify discipline):
Other related training:
Institutional affiliation:
Title, academic rank, or student year:
E-mail address:
Mailing address:
Postal Code:
Research/teaching interests (brief):
Recent publication(s):

Note: If you find it easier, the categories above may be selected in your web browser, copied, and then pasted into your e-mail software to create a form.

List Rules

Participants in HCac are expected to be familiar with, and abide by, the following rules, which are designed to maintain the focus, professional tone, and collegiality of the list. Any subscribers who repeatedly violate any of these rules, in letter or spirit, will be removed from the list without warning.

1. Absolutely no discussions that are acrimonious or vituperative in tone, and no personal attacks or flaming, will be tolerated on this list.

2. There should be no extended back and forth discussions on single topics between two individuals or a limited number of individuals. Such discussions should be taken off-list.

3. No single individual should post an extended series of repeated messages on a single issue, nor multiple messages on a single topic on a single day, unless h/she is replying to legitimate queries or responses.

4. Subscribers should not post on HCac verbatim copies of material, especially full newspaper articles, that are already available elsewhere on the Web. If you want to refer HCac subscribers to such material, give a short summary and the full web address/URL, including the prefix “http://”. Occasional exceptions to this rule will be tolerated in special circumstances, but in no case should newspaper articles or similar material be posted without the exact URL of the original source.

5. Absolutely no newspaper articles or similar material should be re-posted to HCac from secondary sources such as newsgroups.

Any suggestions about the above rules should be emailed to the list manager.

List Courtesy

HCac subscribers are urged to observe the following guidelines out of courtesy to fellow subscribers.

1. Because this is a large list and not all subscribers know each other, please be sure that any postings to HCac contain a (brief) signature with your full name and institutional affiliation. This will also help to maintain the professional tone of the discussions. (Note: Long signatures are not particularly helpful because they tend to use up bandwidth.)

2. When replying to a message, please do not include the full text of the original message in your reply. It should normally be sufficient to retain the original subject heading. If quoting some part of the original message seems appropriate, please take the time to edit out the unnecessary portions.

3. Subscribers who post bibliographic inquiries on HCac are urged to assemble and edit the resulting references (with complete details as to publication, page numbers, etc., if at all possible) and post this list on HCac for everyone’s use. As time permits, the list manager will make these lists available on this site.

Any suggestions regarding the above guidelines should be mailed to the list manager.