The CRSI—the parent organization of the renamed CSRI—served for many years as a testing-ground and vehicle for some important publications in the study of Indian religions. During the past fifteen years, several important works have emanated from its annual workshops. Notable among these are Gods of Flesh, Gods of Stone edited by Joanne Waghorne, Norman Cutler, and Vasudha Narayanan, Purity and Auspiciousness in Indian Society edited by John Carman and Frederique Apffel Marglin, Demon Devotees edited by Alf Hiltebeitel, and a special issue of Journal of Vaisnava Studies edited by John Cort.
In the tradition of its parent organization, CSRI will regularly publish thematic volumes that will include a select number of papers presented at its annual meetings as well as quality essays solicited from respected scholars. The first CSRI volume is entitled Miracle as Modern Conundrum in South Asian Traditions, originating from the 2005 Annual Meeting. Edited by Corinne G. Dempsey and Selva J Raj, Miracle as Modern Conundrum in South Asian Traditions will be published by SUNY Press in November 2008. Two volumes in the early stages of the editorial process are also underway. A volume entitled Sacred Matters: Material Religion in South Asian Traditions, based on the 2006 Conference theme, “Material Religions in South Asian Traditions,” is being co-edited by Tracy Pintchman and Corinne Dempsey. Karen Pechillis and Barbara Holdrege are in the process of co-editing Refiguring the Body: Embodiment in South Asian Religions, based on the 2007 Conference theme, “Religion and the Body in Indian Religions.”