South Asia conferences outside the Nordic countries

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 - 10:15am to Friday, 20 February 2015 - 10:15am

Delhi conference on Modernity and the formation and transformation of genres

The Goethe Society of India organises a conferene entitled ”Through the looking glass. Modernity and the formation and transformation of genres” will be held at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi 18–20 February 2015. This international conference will take forward the discussion initiated at the previous conference on the idea and function of genres by focusing specifically on what may be called the genres of modernity. It will explore the emergence and subsequent trajectories of specific genres in the historical context of modernity and the social, cultural, political, economic and technological changes that it involved. Its concern will therefore be less with the so-called natural forms or modes of literary expression and more with the historically contingent symbolic forms that grew out of and sought to capture and articulate the temporal and spatial disorientations of the modern age. This contingency is marked by the fundamental influence of modern technologies – print, photography, film, digital media, as well as the larger technological and societal transformations that they represent. Abstracts should be submitted before 30 December 2014. More information

Friday, 20 February 2015 - 1:45pm

SSAI workshop on Religion, Environment and Global Concepts of Conservation in South Asia

The SOAS South Asia Institute (SSAI) at University of London invites to a one-day workshop on “Religion, Environment and Global Concepts of Conservation in South Asia” to be held on Friday 20 February 2015. The workshop is convened by Dr. Mari Miyamoto, and Dr. Michael Hutt – the SSAI Director.  Deadline to submit papers and presentations is 20 December 2014. Venue: MBI Al Jaber Room, MBI Al Jaber Building, 21 Russell Square, London.
This one-day workshop will capitalise upon the presence of Dr Miyamoto (photo), being a Newton International Fellow at the School of Oriental and Asian Studies (SOAS) during 2015, and a visit from her principal research collaborator from Bhutan. Dr. Miyamoto obtained her PhD from Kyoto University in the field of political anthropology working on cultural politics of environmentalism in contemporary Bhutan for which she did intensive ethnographical fieldwork in Bhutan. The workshop is intended as an opportunity for a discussion of interpretations of the global concept of environmental conservation in South Asia and the contradictions and conflicts which arise between this and local concepts and practices. The workshop will focus on religious and cultural aspects of conservation as inseparable factors in people’s everyday lives and practices in the region.
The organisers invite offers of papers, presentations and thought pieces from researchers who are interested in how the concepts and regulations of global environment conservation are interpreted or re-conceptualized in people’s everyday practices and value systems in rural South Asia, particularly in relation to religion, including rituals for indigenous deities and localised spiritual practices. The workshop will aim to create a new network of scholars with a shared interest in this issue, and discuss the scope for future research initiatives. PhD students who are at an advanced stage of their research are welcome to participate as well as established researchers and academics.
Contributions to this workshop may take the form of unpublished papers of 2.500-4.000 words, or 20-minute presentations of schemes of ongoing research in this field.  If you would like to attend and contribute to this workshop, please send a 200-word abstract of your proposed contribution to Dr. Mari Miyamoto before 20th December 2014. The SOAS South Asia Institute will provide a contribution to travel and accommodation costs to a maximum of £200 for contributors travelling from outside London whose papers have been accepted for inclusion in the workshop programme. 

Saturday, 21 February 2015 (All day) to Sunday, 22 February 2015 (All day)

Bhubaneshwar conference on Language, Literature and Community

The International Center for Research & Development at Jagadguru Kripalu University in BhubaneshwarIndia organises the Second International Conference on Language, Literature and Community“  from 21-22 February 2015 in collaboraton with the Canadian Global Association of Intellectuals. The conference will be held in BhubaneshwarThis is a two day interactive international forum which creates an opportunity for academics, practitioners, PhD students to come together, review their research findings, exchange ideas, and discuss emerging trends. Participants are expected to come from more than 30 countries. Call for abstracts was open until 15 November 2014. More information

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 (All day) to Friday, 27 February 2015 (All day)

Colombo Conference on Advances in Women’s Studies

The Second International Conference on Advances in Women’s Studies will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 25–27 February 2015. It is jointly organised by Unique Conference, Canada and the International Center for Research & Development (ICRD). This conference will be held in parallel with the Second International Conference on Interdisciplinary Legal Studies 2015 and registered participants of the AWS 2015 will be allowed to participate the technical sessions. Abstract should be submitted before 30 November 2014. More information.

Thursday, 26 February 2015 (All day) to Saturday, 28 February 2015 (All day)

Hyderabad conference on New Directions in Indian Ocean Studies

An International conference on New Directions in Indian Ocean Studies” will be held at the Osmania University Centre for International Programmes (OUCIP) in Hyderabad, India, 26 – 28 February 2015. With increasing concerns for environment, climate change, natural calamities, and biodiversity, scholars across disciplines are moving towards Ocean Studies. The oceanic turn in sciences and  humanities will be critical to shaping a new world order in the twenty-first century. The recent upsurge in Indian Ocean Studies is part of this  phenomenon.  It is obvious that this field has moved beyond its  traditional ‘marginal studies’ to a global discourse involving  natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Scholars, researchers and students are invited to submit proposals by November 10, 2014. More information.

Saturday, 14 March 2015 (All day) to Sunday, 15 March 2015 (All day)

Ahmedabad Conference on Law and Economics

A two day International Conference on Law and Economics (ICLE 2015) will be held 14–15 March 2015 at Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) in Ahmedabad, India. The conference is organised in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur), and the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmadabad (IIMA). Themes for the conference include Behavioural approaches to Law an Economics; Rethinking Regulation (Anti-trust laws, infrastructure, power, telecom etc) and the Corporate world; and Labour (physical & intellectual) mixed with Natural Resources: In the context of Property Rights. Abstracts shoukd be submitted before 15 November 2014. Full information.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 (All day) to Friday, 24 April 2015 (All day)

Montreal conference on Currencies of Commerce in the Greater Indian Ocean World

An International Conference on ”Currencies of Commerce in the Greater Indian Ocean World” will be held at the Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC), McGill University, Montreal, Canada, on 22–24 April 2015. It is being organised by Dr. Steven Serels from Harvard University, USA. Until the second half of the twentieth century, there were a number of widely-used, competing currencies circulating throughout the greater Indian Ocean world (IOW), including in the western IOW, for example, the Indian rupee, the Maria Theresa thaler, the British pound, the French franc, the East African shilling, the Italian lira, the Turkish lira, the Egyptian pound, the Ethiopian dollar and the Iranian rial. In addition, there were a number of commodity currencies, including salt bars, cloth squares, grain, beads and shells, as well as paper money, promissory notes, bills of exchange and other drafts. Both buyers and sellers had flexibility in terms of determining the currencies used in market transactions. This conference seeks to interrogate the social, political and economic implications of this multi-currency economic system. Papers are welcome on any region of the greater IOW, which is taken to include Eastern Africa, the Red Sea, the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, South Asia, East Asia, and the western Pacific Ocean. Abstracts should be submitted by 1 October 2014. More information.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 (All day) to Friday, 29 May 2015 (All day)

20th International Euro-Asia Research Conference to be held in Bochum

Following a number of conferences held in Italy, France, Ireland, Norway, Japan, China, Spain, Indonesia and India since 1994, the Twentieth International Euro-Asia Research Conference will take place in Bochum (Germany) during 27 – 29 May 2015. Research contributions addressing any aspect of ”Asian Development, Institutional Change and Business Strategy in an unstable World Economy” are welcome. Deadline for submitting proposals is 30 October 2014. 
The Conference, hosted by Ruhr Universität Bochum (RUB), is intended to bring together researchers engaged in Management/Economics, Politics, Cultural Studies and related fields from Europe, Asia and other parts of the World. Doctoral students are also strongly encouraged to submit papers for consideration. The Scientific Committee behind the conference includes Professor emeritus Bengt Sandkull, Linköping University, Sweden; and Associate Professor Ajay Singh, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow, India. Full information.

Monday, 29 June 2015 (All day) to Wednesday, 1 July 2015 (All day)

London conference on Violence, Colonialism and Empire in the Contemporary World

A conference entitled “Violence, Colonialism and Empire in the Modern and Contemporary World“ will be held at British Academy in London from 29 June to 1 July 2015. The conference is sponsored by the Centre for the History of Violence (CHOV) at the University of Newcastle, Australia. This conference will bring together scholars from across the world to explore innovative ways of critically engaging with the question of violence, repression and atrocity in imperial and colonial empires, its representations and memories, from the late eighteenth through to the twentieth century. Invited guest speakers are Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University; and Elizabeth Kolsky, Villanova University. 
The conference organizers encourage scholars to interpret the conference themes broadly in crafting their proposals and are not limited to European colonial empires made up of settler societies, but also empires of occupation. Call for papers to be presented at the conference is open until 1 December 2014. More information.

Monday, 29 June 2015 - 2:15pm to Thursday, 2 July 2015 - 2:15pm

Athens conference on Asian History and Asian Studies

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), a world association of academics and researchers, organizes an International Forum on Asian History and Asian Studies, 29 June – 2 July 2015, as part of its 13th Annual International Conference on ”History & Archaeology: From Ancient to Modern”. The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars and students of all areas of Asian History and Asian Studies and other related disciplines. You may participate as a panel organizer, presenter of one paper, chair of a session or observer. Abstracts should be sunbmitted before 8 December 2014. More information.

Sunday, 5 July 2015 (All day) to Thursday, 9 July 2015 (All day)

ICAS 9 to be hosted by three Adelaide universities

The ninth International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 9) will be held in Adelaide, Australia, 5–9 July 2015. It will be hosted by an internationally networked team of experts, spearheaded by Adelaide’s three leading public universities: University of Adelaide, Flinders University, and the University of South Australia. 1,500 to 2,500 Asia specialists are expected to attend. A Call for Proposals has been published, with a deadline set for 10 September 2014, which is also the deadline for submitting individual abstracts, and book and dissertation presentations. Full information about ICAS 9.
is the premier international gathering in the field of Asian Studies. It attracts participants from over 60 countries to engage in global dialogues on Asia that transcend boundaries between academic disciplines and geographic areas. Since 1997, ICAS has brought more than 17,000 academics together at eight conventions.

ICAS 9 to be held in Adelaide, Australia

The ninth International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 9) will be held in Adelaide, Australia, 5–9 July 2015. It will be hosted by an internationally networked team of experts, spearheaded by Adelaide’s three leading public universities: University of Adelaide, Flinders University, and the University of South Australia. 1,500 to 2,500 Asia specialists are expected to attend. ICAS 9 boasts two new formats aimed at promoting publications/dissertations by convention participants: the Book Presentation Carousel and the PhD Pitch. The submission deadline for proposals of individual Abstracts, Panels, Roundtables, and Book and Dissertation presentations is 10 September 2014.
The ICAS Book Prize (IBP) was established by the International Convention of Asia Scholars in 2004. It aims to create an international focus for publications on Asia while increasing their worldwide visibility. The biennial ICAS Book Prize is awarded for outstanding English-language works in the field of Asian Studies. The five awards are: Best study in the Humanities; Best study in the Social Sciences; Best dissertation in the Humanities; Best dissertation in the Social Sciences and the Colleagues’ Choice Award. In addition to the Awards, the Reading Committee can award Accolades to publications with particular merit.
ICAS is the premier international gathering in the field of Asian Studies. It attracts participants from over 60 countries to engage in global dialogues on Asia that transcend boundaries between academic disciplines and geographic areas. More information on ICAS 9.

Sunday, 2 August 2015 - 11:45am to Sunday, 23 August 2015 - 11:45am

Sri Lanka Training Programme on Terrestrial/Aquatic Wildlife

An International Training Programme on Terrestrial/Aquatic Wildlife & Primate Conservation is organised by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura in Nugegoda, Sri Lanka, 2–23 August 2015. The purpose is to provide the opportunity to gain an understanding of the biodiversity and to experience the diverse habitats using field excursions., and to provide the participants hands – on experience of practicing ecological sampling technique methods in the field.Deadline for early bird registration is 30 April 2015. More information.

Monday, 17 August 2015 - 6:00pm

IIAS workshop on Belonging across the Bay of Bengal

The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) at Leiden University, the Netherlands, organises a workshop entitled ”The Indian Ocean World – Belonging across the Bay of Bengal” for PhD candidates and early career post docs on 17 August 2015. It is organised through the IIAS Rethinking Asian Studies Forum on Asian Spatialities. and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The idea is to bring together a group of fifteen scholars, some invited and others selected through this call for papers, to discuss the state of research and teaching in the burgeoning field of Indian Ocean history. The workshop also aims at triangulating a dialogue between Euro-American and South and Southeast Asian scholars. The organizing committee of the workshop includes Prof. Nira Wickramasinghe at Leiden University and Prof. Bhavani Raman from University of Toronto), Canada. The workshop is supposed to overcome spatial limitations established by nations and empires, past and present, dealing with with flows, interactions, and community agency across seas and landmasses of Central, South, and Southeast Asia.
The forum draws from a series of events cosponsored by IIAS and the University of Amsterdam and held in a number of Asian countries under the Asian Borderlands Research Platform. The series has contributed to a reconfiguration of theoretical and methodological approaches to geographical regions in general. It encourages exchanges among local and international scholars possessing different disciplinary and regional expertise, with a focus on three distinct sub-projects. The workshop will be followed by a second, entitled “The Bay of Bengal and Area Studies: Space, Scale and Location”. Deadline for submitting proposals is 15 March 2015. More information.

Sunday, 23 August 2015 (All day) to Saturday, 29 August 2015 (All day)

21st International Association for the History of Religions World Congress in Erfurt

The International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) holds its XXI Quinquennial World Congress on 23–29 August 2015 in Erfurt, Germany. The conference is organised by the Deutschen Vereinigung für Religionswissenschaft (DVRW) in collaboration with the Department of Religious Studies, the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, and the Research School “Religion” at Erfurt University. The 2015 Congress theme is ”Dynamics of Religion: Past and Present”. The local organizing committee include Prof. Martin Fuchs.
Four specific research fields willl be highlighted, namely ”Religious communities in society: Adaptation and transformation”; ”Practices and discourses: Innovation and tradition”, ”The individual: Religiosity, spiritualities and individualization”; and ”Methodology: Representations and interpretations”. Proposals for panels and papers within and across these areas are welcome. Proposal submission is possible through September 15, 2014. Acceptance of proposals will be communicated by March 2015. More information.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 (All day) to Friday, 4 September 2015 (All day)

International Visual Methods Seminar at University of Antwerp

The University of Antwerp in Belgium will organise the second round of International Visual Methods Seminar (IVMS) to be held from 26 August to 4 September, 2015 at the university. It is a 10-day program of study in using visual methods for research and teaching in the social and cultural sciences.
The 2015 IVMS will emphasize visual studies of urban cultures and the application of visual methods in general to research and teaching. Seminar activities are designed and led by experienced scholars whose research, leadership and teaching have contributed substantially to the development of a ‘more visual’ social science. 
Visual methods present distinctive challenges and opportunities for studying and teaching about urban cultures. Some of these appear as ethical and theoretical implications of making, collecting and analyzing photographs and video recordings as evidence about the worlds in which people live. Others emerge in trying to use visual evidence to develop engaging, well-informed presentations and reports for diverse audiences.
This seminar 
is designed to explore these challenges and opportunities with participants interested in evidence-based visual inquiry. Participants will work closely with tutors and peers to examine visual materials as research data and analytical tools, and as teaching and reporting resources. The seminar will also provide hands-on workshops for participants in developing evidence-based visual presentations and reports for specific audiences, such as disciplinary scholars, students, community and advocacy groups, political constituencies, consumers, or for research subjects themselves. Applications will be open from 1 January 2015 until 31 May 2015. More information. 

Saturday, 26 September 2015 - 11:30am to Sunday, 27 September 2015 - 11:30am

28th Annual Conference of Japanese Association for South Asian Studies

The Japanese Association for South Asian Studies (JASAS) invites paper and panel proposals for its 28th Annual Conference to be held 26-27 September 2015 at University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus. The proposals from abroad are open to non-members of JASAS. No registration fee is required. Unfortunately, JASAS is not able to offer any financial support or accommodation to the participants. Deadline for submitting proposals is 31 March 2015. More information.
JASAS was founded in 1988. As a nation-wide academic body, it holds annual sessions and publishes Journal of the Japanese Association for South Asian Studies (JJASAS) (from 1989) and International Journal of South Asian Studies (IJSAS) (from 2008). JASAS helps maintain scholarly communication among its members, as well as contacts between Japanese researchers and research organizations and their foreign counterparts. Sometimes JASAS organizes also seminars, research projects, etc.

Friday, 4 December 2015 - 1:30pm to Saturday, 12 December 2015 - 1:30pm

SAAG 2015 meeting focuses on Leadership and Authority in South Asia

The UK South Asian Anthropologists' Group (SAAG) will hold its 2015 meeting at Cambridge. The theme for the meeting, convened by Anastasia Piliavsky and Nick Evans at Girton College, is ”Leadership and authority in South Asia”. It will be held in early December 2015 (either 4-5 or 11-12, a decision has still to be taken), and focus on the recent wave of elections in South Asia that has left new kinds of leaders and leadership in its wake. Nepal’s transition to democracy; the sweeping election of Narendra Modi (photo), an outsider to India’s political elite, as the country’s Prime Minister; mass political protests in Pakistan; and the burgeoning population of South Asia's criminal politicians all raise pressing questions of leadership, authority and legitimation. Who has authority over whom and why? How do leaders lead and why do followers follow, or not follow? What potencies, entitlements, and responsibilities do authority figures have? What ideas and values legitimise persons and institutions?
The SAAG meetings are a welcoming and intellectually rigorous way for early-career social anthropologists to present their work and have it discussed by more seasoned colleagues. The papers are circulated in advance and get plenty of discussion time in the meetings. The organisers encourage the submission of papers dealing with all aspects of leadership and authority in South Asia and the global South Asian diaspora. Please submit abstracts to Anastasia Piliavsky or Nicholas Evans no later than 30 April 2015. 

Monday, 4 January 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, 5 January 2016 (All day)

New Delhi conference on sociology of elites in contemporary India

An International conference on the sociology of elites in contemporary India will be held in New Delhi, India, 4–5 January 2016. It is being organised by Centre de Sciences Humaines de New Delhi (CSH), New Delhi, and Ashoka University, New Delhi. This conference intends to bring together scholars conducting researches that could help develop a better understanding of the various privileged sections of the Indian society. As their actions, their choices, their ways of thinking, etc. have a major impact on the rest of society, it is indeed decisive to get a better sociological understanding of the lifestyles and the trajectories of the individuals who compose this group. Abstract proposals are due April 1st, 2015. Keynote speakers include Sébastien Chauvin, Amsterdam University, and Michèle Lamont, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. More information.

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