College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Philosophy and Religion

Conference on the Study of Religions of India, 2014

Butler University

26-29 June


Venue: The 2014 Conference on the Study of Religions of India (CSRI) will be held at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana (USA).  Butler University was founded in 1855 by abolitionist Ovid Butler, and is a nationally recognized university that blends the liberal arts with first-rate pre-professional programs. Nearly 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students enroll in its six colleges each year, and the campus is situated in a quiet residential area within the city limits of Indianapolis.  In addition to the usual amenities, Butler's campus features a canal and canal path (good for walking/jogging), a Starbucks, and historic Hinkle Fieldhouse (where scenes from Hoosiers were shot).  The world-class Indianapolis Museum of Art is just around the corner.  The host of the conference is Dr. Chad Bauman, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion and the Classical Studies Program at Butler University.  He can be reached by voice/text on his cell phone (+1 317-332-8304), before or during the conference.

Dates: Thursday, June 26, late afternoon to noon on Sunday, June 29, 2014.

Style: Please note that the CSRI is a presentation and discussion-based, workshop-style conference. The conference is composed of scholars who offer insightful comments on each other's work in a supportive atmosphere; the emphasis is on constructive academic theorizing. To that end, it is expected that all participants will attend all papers during the entire conference.  The conference includes a good deal of time for group relaxation, interaction, and carousing, and participants are encouraged to dress comfortably and informally.

 

Conference Schedule and Registration Form:

The 2014 CSRI schedule/program is available here.

The registration form, due May 10th, is available here.

 

Conference Fees:

Residential Participants (those rooming on campus) - For those staying on campus, the conference fee is $330, which includes: overnight accommodation on campus in single-occupancy rooms within a two-room suite (includes sheets and towels); all meals from Thursday dinner until Sunday lunch (except Friday dinner); transportation to and from Butler University and the Indianapolis International Airport for those who arrive and depart within the designated times (see below); and transportation around town for official conference activities.  For graduate students only, this conference fee is $300.  These fees are not prorated for those who participate only partially; there is no per-item or per-diem discounting.  NOTE: Please contact Chad Bauman (cbauman@butler.edu) as soon as possible to request a specific suite mate and/or a room with two single beds.  Every attempt will be made to honor requests, but CSRI's ability to do so cannot be guaranteed.

 

Commuter/Non-Resident Participants- For those commuting or staying off campus, the conference fee is $135, which includes all meals from Thursday dinner until Sunday lunch (except Friday dinner); transportation, if necessary, to and from Butler University and the Indianapolis International Airport (for those who arrive and depart within the designated times-see below); and transportation around town for official conference activities.  For graduate students only, this conference fee is $105.   These fees are not prorated for those who participate only partially; there is no per-item or per-diem discounting.    

Note: The conference fees do not include: Soap/toiletries/hairdryer/iron (please bring your own); transportation other than that noted on this page (e.g., to/from the airport at designated times, and to/from official conference activities in town); dinner on Friday night; paper, pens, notebook, etc.

 

Other Information:

Parking: Free parking will be available in areas marked "B" in the parking lot behind (i.e., to the north of) RESCO, the housing unit which will host CSRI participants (see below).  Commuters should use this lot as well.  Regular parking restrictions may be enforced in other lots.  For a campus parking map, click here.    

On-Campus Housing: Conference participants who pay the residential rate will be housed in Butler University's Residential College (RESCO), located at the corner of West Hampton Drive and Sunset Avenue.  Resco is an air-conditioned, suite-style dormitory consisting of approximately 470 beds.  We have reserved a block of suites containing two bedrooms (each of which will be single occupancy for the purposes of the conference), and a shared bathroom.  Please contact Chad Bauman (cbauman@butler.edu) as soon as possible to request a specific suite mate or roommate. Click here for more information on the features of RESCO.   PLEASE NOTE: During the conference, construction/improvements will be going on along Sunset Avenue, which runs along the east side of RESCO.  We believe that during this period, only northbound traffic lanes will be open.  Approaching RESCO from the west side, therefore, will be less complicated.  

Timings: Arrival at Butler:  Participants staying on campus should plan to arrive at Butler University between noon and 4:00 pm on Thursday, June 26 (see below for transportation information). The first event is dinner at 6:00 pm on Thursday, June 26th (see conference schedule for details). Departure from Butler: The conference will be concluded by 11:00 am on Sunday, June 29, and vans to the airport will be available at 11:00 am, noon, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm.

Check-In: Commuters can pick up their conference packets (with conference schedule, meal tickets, etc.) at the first conference meal or session they attend, and do not need to formally check in.  Participants who are staying on campus, however, will need to pick up their room keys and registration packets at the main desk inside of RESCO.  RESCO's main desk is located just inside the south entrance of the building (630 Hampton Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46208). If you arrive at a time when the desk is closed, or have any difficulty checking in, please contact Chad Bauman by calling/texting him on his cell: 317-332-8304.

Meals/Sessions: Unless otherwise noted on the conference program, all sessions will be held in the Modern Language Center (Jordan Hall 391), and all meals will take place in the Atherton Union Cafeteria.  You can find a campus map here.  Campus maps will also be provided with participants' check-in packets.  

Driving Directions/Campus Map: For driving directions and/or a campus map, please click here.  Campus maps will also be provided with participants' check-in packets.

Transportation to/from the Indianapolis International Airport: A van will be provided to take conference participants from Indianapolis International Airport to Butler University approximately once every hour between 11:30 (the first departure) and 3:30 (the last).  For van transportation, go to the baggage claim area and look for a conference assistant with a CSRI sign.  The assistant will be able to indicate the approximate timing of the next van and instruct participants on where to find it.  At the conclusion of the conference, vans will take participants from Butler University to Indianapolis International Airport once every hour between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.   On the Butler University end, vans will pick up and drop off at the South (Hampton Dr.) entrance to RESCO.  Budget approximately 30 minutes for the drive between Butler and the airport.  All other transportation to/from the conference will be at the expense of conference participants.

Taxis to/from the airport: Those arriving at or leaving for the airport outside of the times specified just above will need to arrange for their own transportation.  Taxis are always available in front of the airport, and can transport participants to/from Butler's campus for approximately $40-45.  As noted above, the housing unit CSRI will use, RESCO, is located at the corner of West Hampton Drive and Sunset Avenue on Butler's campus.  Participants seeking to leave for the airport outside of the designated times at the conclusion of the conference should contact Chad Bauman for help securing taxis, etc.  For those arriving to campus by taxi, please see the note above (under "On-Campus Housing") regarding traffic disruptions on Sunset Avenue.

Extra Opportunities for Biking Fans: During our conference, two bike ride/race events will be taking place on another part of campus.  The "24 Hours of Booty" bike race raises money for cancer survivorship and navigation programs.  Racing teams ride around a short loop that cuts multiple times through campus, where lots of vendors will be set up selling gear and food.  The 24 Hours of Booty runs from the evening of Friday the 27th, to 7:00 pm on Saturday, the 28th.   For more information, click here.   Then, beginning at 11:00 pm on the evening of (Saturday) the 28th, the Indianapolis "NITE Ride" (which celebrates the "thrill of bicycling by starlight"!) will set off from downtown Indianapolis, cutting through Butler's campus at around 11:30 pm.  For more, see NITE Ride's website here.

 

Special Thanks:

We would like to recognize the following Butler University entities for generously subsidizing the cost of this conference:

 

Office of the Provost

Office of the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Department of Philosophy and Religion and the Classical Studies Program

Center for Faith and Vocation