South Asia Research and Information Institute


Southern Methodist University’s Religious Studies Department



present a one day conference on


The Bhakti Movement and Society





Tamil Identity = Saiva Identity?: Jains, Buddhists, and Tamil in the Tevaram Hymns

Dr. Indira Peterson

David B. Truman Professor of Asian Studies, Mt. Holyoke College



Tontaratippoti Alvar's Attittude Towards Social Hierarchy

Dr. S. Palaniappan

President, South Asia Research and Information Institute



Ecstasy, Ritual, and Religious Nationalism in Understanding the Cult of Manikkavacakar

Dr. Glenn Yocum

Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, Whittier College



Annamayya: the Poet at Tirupati Who Sang Man and God

Dr. V. Narayana Rao

Krishnadevaraya Professor of Languages and Cultures of Asia, University of Wisconsin


chaired by

Dr. Johan Elverskog

Professor of Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University


10 AM - 4 PM

Saturday, April 29


McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall, Southern Methodist University


Admission is free.

Boxed lunch will be served.


For Directions to Southern Methodist University, see

Park free in the lot north of Dallas Hall on Daniel Avenue at Athens Avenue. Additional parking is available in the visitor lot on Airline Road at University Blvd.