Our 2021 Annual Meeting Program

Virtual, November 19-20, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion

Friday, November 19
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. CST

Discussion of Reading the Hindu and Christian Classics by Francis X. Clooney, winner of the Best Book Award in Hindu-Christian Studies (Theology/Philosophy) in 2020

Presiding: Stephanie Corigliano, Humboldt State University


Mario Aguilar, University of St. Andrews

Laurie Patton, Middlebury College

Srilata Raman, University of Toronto

John J. Thatamanil, Union Theological Seminary

Responding: Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Harvard University

Saturday, November 20
9:00 – 11:30 a.m. CST

Theme: Indigeneity and Colonization in Hindu-Christian Studies

The diverse legacies of Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial powers in India deeply inform the practice of Hindu-Christian Studies as a scholarly discipline. Less commonly explored are themes of colonization, assimilation, and the subjugation of Indigenous peoples as they manifest in both European Christianity and Sanskritic Hinduism. This panel attempts a comparative enquiry on these themes in the contexts of India and North America.  Panelists will focus particular case studies of Christian and Hindu colonial and neocolonial programs, along with those decolonial spaces of resistance created by and/or with Indigenous peoples.

Moderator: Reid B. Locklin, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto


Jeanette Rodriguez, Seattle University: “When the Clan Mothers Stand: Interreligious Dialogue and Liberation in Colonial North America”

RC Jongte, Princeton University: “Christian Hindus or Indigenous Christians? An Indigenous Liberationist Response to Neo-Hindutva Assimilationist Agendas in Northeast India”

Brandi Denison, University of Northern Florida: “Adult Children of Manifest Destiny: Confronting Christian Colonization in 12 Steps”

Bennett Comerford, Harvard University: “Questioning Coloniality in Hindu-Christian Studies: An Enquiry in Extremity”

Responding: Michelle Voss Roberts, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto

Society for Hindu-Christian Studies Business Meeting

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. CST

Presiding: Kerry San Chirico, Villanova University