Annual Meetings

Held in Conjunction with the American Academy of Religion

The society’s annual meetings are held in conjunction with the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion, typically scheduled the weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday.

The format of our meetings usually consists of two or more sessions, the first on Friday evening and the others on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, with a business meeting (open to all members) in the final half-hour of one of the latter sessions.

The 2023 AAR Annual Meeting will be held November 18-21 in San Antonio, Texas.

The Society for Hindu-Christian Studies will be conducting its 2023 meeting in conjunction with the AAR, with sessions on November 17, 18, and 19. All sessions will be in-person. Participants will need to register for the Annual Meeting of the AAR to attend the sessions.

2023 Annual Meeting Program

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Friday, November 17
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Marriott Rivercenter, Conference Room 17
AAR Program: P17-500

Book Panel: The Routledge Handbook of Hindu-Christian Relations, edited by Chad M. Bauman and Michelle Voss

Vasudha Narayanan, University of Florida, Presiding


Laurie Patton, Middlebury College
Brian Pennington, Elon University
Gopal Gupta, Aurora University
Joseph Evans, Villanova University
Kalpesh Bhatt, University of Mary Washington


Chad M. Bauman, Butler University
Michelle Voss, University of Toronto

Saturday, November 18
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Marriott Riverwalk, Bowie
AAR Program: P18-100

SHCS Board Meeting

Sunday, November 19
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Marriott Rivercenter, Conference Room 8
AAR Program: P19-100

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Themed Panel: Christianity through Hindu Categories: Christianity as Dharma, Mārga, Samprādya, Panth, Darśana

Kerry P. C. San Chirico, Villanova University, Presiding

Evgeniia Muzychencko, Emory University
Indian Catholic Church in Postcolonial India: Brahminization of Clerical Authority or Catholicization of Brahminical Authority?

Jonathan Paul Sydnor, Emmanuel College
Are Religions Wise? Jñāna Mārga, Gnosticism, and the Christian Wisdom Tradition

James Elisha Taneti, Union Presbyterian Seminary
Kalagari Subba Rao’s Christian Sampradāya

Sriram Subramanian, Hindu University of America
Iśa Darśana: Christianity as a Nāstika Darśana

Responding: Francis X. Clooney, Harvard University

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Business Meeting

Stephanie Corigliano, Humboldt State University, Presiding

Sunday, November 19
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
San Antonio Convention Center, Room 214D (Meeting Room Level)
AAR Program: A19-347
(Co-Sponsored with the Yoga in Theory and Practice Unit of the AAR)

Themed Panel: What is a “Christian Yoga”?

Tracy Tiemeier, Loyola Marymount University, Presiding

Jonathan Dickstein, Arihanta Institute
What Yoga Would Jesus Do? The Relevance of Classical Yoga’s Theism for the Alternatively Religious

Allyson Huval, Georgetown University
How American Christians Practice Yoga

Charissa Jaeger-Sanders, Graduate Theological Union
Service Is the Rent We Pay for Being: La Labor de Nuestras Manos as a Means for Yoga, for Union with the Divine as Seen in Both Jesus and Swami Vivekananda

Leah Mernaugh, University of Victoria
Disentangling Yoga: A Christian take on a “Universal” Practice

Responding: Krishna Ghosh, Institute for Vaishnava Studies