Maureen Drdak will be presenting an individual paper and convening a panel for the “South Asian Studies: Never More Relevant:” South Asian Studies Association Conference 2017. The conference will be held from March 24-26, 2017 at Baur Center, Claremont McKenna College, California. http://sasaonline.net/2017-conference-2/
Drdak’s individual paper; "Eternal Visions—Contemporary Forms; Preservation and Viability of Endangered Arts Practices through Twenty-first Century Guru-Shikshya Relationship" has been accepted for oral presentation at the 2017 South Asian Studies Association (SASA) conference.
Drdak is also convener and moderator of the panel: The Holy Serpent of Asia; Relevance, Reimagining and Revitalization in Cultural Production.
Panelists: Maureen Drdak, Visual Artist and Independent Scholar: “Naga: Cultural Negotiation and Reimagining of a Sacred Signifier.” Dr. Deepak Shimkada, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont Graduate University, Art Historian: “The Naga’s Embrace: Cultural Binding through Function, Valuation, and Relevance.” Youdhistir Maharjan, Visual Artist: “Ananta Shesha; Experiencing the Myth of Eternal Repetition.” Kurchi Dasgupta, Visual Artist, Curator, Writer and Critic: “The Naga in Contemporary South Asian Art.”