South Asia conferences outside the Nordic countries

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 has passed but it is still possible to register. The programme is mainly focused for foreign participants. More information.

Friday, 7 August 2015 - 1:45pm to Sunday, 9 August 2015 - 1:45pm

Eighth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum in New Delhi

The Eighth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum in partnership with Common Ground Publishing, the USA, and the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Australia/Denmark, will be hosted by the National Science Centre, New Delhi, India, on 7–9 August 2015. The theme of the conference is "Museums as Civic Spaces". Museum experts and professionals from all over the world are going to participate and make presentations. Case studies, demonstration projects and multiple voices will inform the sessions with papers from all kinds of museums – social history, anthropology, archaeology, art museums to science museums, ecomuseums and heritage parks. Confirmed plenary speakers include Indian President Pranab Mukherjee; Professor Romila Thapar; and Professor Sudharshan Seneviratne. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 12 February 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”.  More information.

Monday, 24 August 2015 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, 26 August 2015 - 12:00pm

15th International Conference on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions

The 15th International Conference on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions (ICTer2015) will be held 24 – 26 August at the  Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo, Sri Lanka. ICTer2015 is technically co-sponsored by IEEE Sri Lanka Section and is the successor to the seminal International Information Technology Conference (IITC) held in Sri Lanka since 1998. It provides an ideal platform to the researchers and practitioners alike to showcase research and development activities carried out in Computer Science and Information Communication Technology domains. Proceedings of ICTer2015 will be published in both book form and on IEEE Explore. Selected papers will be invited for publication in the special issue of ICTer Journal (journal.icter.org). The main conference will take place on 24th Monday and 25th Tuesday August 2015 at BMICH, Colombo in conjunction with the 8th International Conference on Ubi-Media Computing (UMEDIA2015). In addition to the presentation of the selected papers, several keynote addresses by leading personalities in the IT world will be made. The conference will also include post-conference high quality tutorials/workshops on 26th Wednesday August 2015 in areas of current interest in Information and Communication Technology. ICTer2015 conference will focus on important problems and potential solutions in areas of ICT. More information

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 - 9:15am to Wednesday, 26 August 2015 - 6:15pm

Wellington conference on India as a Global Power in the 21st Century

The New Zealand India Research Institute is organizing a conference in Wellington on 25 – 26 August 2015, titled “India as a global power in the twenty-first century”. The conference aims to address the issues related to India’s foreign policy as well as domestic politics to understand what kind of power a rising India will evolve into. This conference aims to bring together scholars from New Zealand, India, Australia, and beyond to discuss issues such as Indian Foreign Policy, Security Policy, Economic Policy, Domestic Policy, and India’s ‘Soft Power’ – related to Bollywood and Buddhism. If you are interested in participating in this conference, then please send the title and abstract of your paper (max 250 words) and a short CV to india-research@vuw.ac.nz by 18 June 2015. The conference committee will not be able to offer any travel grants, but in some cases may offer accommodation. 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. 

Thursday, 24 September 2015 - 12:00am to Saturday, 26 September 2015 - 6:15pm

First African-Asian Studies conference to be held in Ghana

On 24–26 September 2015, the Association of Asian Studies in Africa (A-Asia) organses its inaugural conference in Accra, Ghana. The conference will be held in cooperation with the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS), and the theme will be ”Asian Studies in Africa: Challenges and Prospects of a New Axis of Intellectual Interactions”. It will be the first conference held in Africa that will bring together a multidisciplinary ensemble of scholars and institutions from the continent and the rest of the world with a shared focus on Asia and Asia-Africa intellectual interactions. Through panels and roundtables, the conference will seek to assess the prospects for Asian studies in Africa in a global context by addressing a number of theoretical and empirical questions that such  enterprise will raise: How should Asian studies be framed in Africa? Is Asian studies relevant for Africa? What is the current state of capacity (institutional, intellectual, personnel, and so on) for Asian studies in Africa and can this be improved and how? How does (and must it?) Asian studies dovetail into the broader field of ‘Area studies’ as it has been developed, mainly in Western institutions? Are new narratives required for understanding the very visible contemporary presence of Asia in Africa and Africa in Asia? What is the current state of research on Africa-Asia (transnational) linkages?
Deadline for submitting abstracts has unfortunately already passed (15 Februaruy 2015).Venue: University of Ghana at Legon, Accra. More information about the conference.

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, 9 October 2015 - 8:45am to Saturday, 10 October 2015 - 6:15pm

Second MUSA Graduate Conference to be held in London

The Muslim South Asia Research Forum (MUSA), based at SOAS, University of London, invites to its Second Graduate Conference to be held in London on 9–10 October 2015. The event will be co-organised in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society. The conference aims to connect early career scholars and academics researching Muslim societies in South Asia and their diasporic communities, across disciplines and time periods. Our goal is to provide a platform for scholarly exchange and to showcase new and innovative thinking in this field. PhD students and early career researchers from any discipline  are invited to apply. Panels on different themes relevant to the study of South Asian Muslim societies will be put together based on your submissions. Abstracts shold be submitted by Monday 15 June 2015. More information.

Thursday, 22 October 2015 - 11:00am to Sunday, 25 October 2015 - 11:00am

44th Annual University of Wisconsin–Madison Conference on South Asia

MadisonThe 44th Annual Madison Conference on South Asia is held 22–25 October 2015. The conference, that is sponsored by the Center for South Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, attracted over 700 scholars and specialists on South Asia last year, coming from countries all over the world and much of the United States. It is a great venue for intellectual, professional, and social exchange. Panels, roundtables, and individual papers on all topics pertaining to South Asian studies are welcome. Students, professionals, and anyone interested in research on the region are welcome to participate in the four-day event featuring research panels and roundtables, lectures and addresses, film screenings, booksellers, association receptions, and other special presentations. 
In addition to the more than 100 panels, the conference chair and committee invites distinguished speakers and renowned performers and artists to present during the Joseph W. Elder Keynote Lecture, the plenary address, and other designated special events. This year features an expanded program to include Thursday preconferences with the registration fee.
Last year, the plenary speakers were P. Sainath of the People's Archive of Rural India (PARI) and award-winning writer, photographer and filmmaker Jason Motlagh. This year's keynote speaker will be announced in the coming months leading up to the conference. 
Venue: Madison Concourse Hotel, 1 West Dayton St., Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Deadline for submitting papers is 1 April 2015. More information

Thursday, 22 October 2015 - 6:45pm

Tenth Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference at Madison

The Nepal Study Center is pleased to announce the Tenth Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference.  It will be held on 22 October 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin, at the pre-conference venue of the University of Wisconsin's 44th Annual Conference on South Asia (22–24 October). Papers are invited encompassing socio-economic growth (macro or sectoral), violent conflict and political processes, institutional development, governance and administrative reform, poverty and income distribution, education and health, regional development, gender and ethnicity, trade and remittances, aid and foreign direct investment, resource and environmental management, climate change, bio-diversity, sustainable community development,  public-private partnership in technology and investment, child labor, and many other issues. More information.

Thursday, 29 October 2015 - 9:45am to Saturday, 31 October 2015 - 9:45am

Guadeloupe conference on Indian Languages in Diaspora.

An International conference on ”Indian Languages in Diaspora. Strategies of Retention and Modes of Transmission” will be held 29 – 31 October 2015 in the French overseas département of Guadeloupe in the Carribean. Venue: Mémorial ACTe, Pointe-à-Pitre. The cnference committee is chaired by Appasamy Murugaiyan from EPHE-UMR 7528 Mondes iranien et indien in Paris.  
For more than three decades, the Indian diaspora has been the subject of many discussions and studies among researchers interested in the historical and economic aspects as well as the anthropological, social and political dimensions of migration. However, the presence of Indian languages and their role ​​within these diaspora populations have so far attracted very limited interest than expected. Of all the elements of identity (re)construction, language retention and transmission is the most problematic. Retention and transmission of the diasporic Indian languages may be mapped along a continuum ranging from disappearance or extreme marginalization to recovery, preservation and promotion through socio-cultural organizations or, in the ideal situation, by the State. The conference focuses on the languages of origin (LO) of the Indian diaspora societies, immigrated during the historical period of indenture that is from 1834 to 1920, known as the historical or old diaspora. They are settled in the following countries and areas: Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Mauritius, Reunion, Seychelles, South Africa, Fiji, Guyana, Suriname, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Trinidad and Tobago. They belong to the two main linguistic groups of the sub-continent: The Indo-Aryan group: Hindi (Awadhi & Bhojpuri), Urdu, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi, Punjabi and Konkani; and the Dravidian group: Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.
The objective of the Conference is to provide a forum for discussion and interaction among researchers and educators on theoretical language retention and transmission issues in diasporic contexts, enhanced by relevant country-based case studies. Being hosted in Guadeloupe, the conference will pay particular attention to the Indian diaspora people settled in the French overseas departments (DOM): La Réunion, Guadeloupe and Martinique. It is important to highlight that most of them are of South Indian origin and claim Tamil as their language and culture. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 30 April 2015. More information.  

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 - 5:00pm to Sunday, 15 November 2015 - 5:00pm

Durban conference on 155 years of Indian presence in South Africa

An international conference entitled ”Celebrating 155 years of Indians in South Africa: Ethnicity, Race and Citizenship: Place of Indians in the New South Africa” will be held in Durban, South Africa, 11 – 15 November 2015. It is being organised by the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics at Howard College Campus, University of KwaZulu Natal, Although the focus is on South Africa, the organisers also invite scholars working on Indian diaspora in other countries to offer papers and participate in the conference proceedings. The participation of scholars beyond South Africa will enable researchers in the field of diaspora studies to reflect on broader theoretical issues in conceptualising the Indian diaspora. Deadline for sumitting abstracts is 31 July 2015.
The arrival of Indians since 1860 some as indentured workers and others as independent passengers with an intention to trade has fundamentally changed not only the demographic landscape of South Africa, but also had a deeper impact culturally, socially and religiously. On 16 November 2015 it will be 155 years of their presence in the country. Their experience extends from the colonial history to apartheid and finally culminating in the new South African dispensation. As such, their memories, their social history, their cultural and religious outlook has been shaped by these three key phases of history. In as much as they have shaped the memories of other cultural groups, they have been profoundly affected by their interactions with the rest of the South African population groups. This conference seeks to understand and appreciate as well as to conceptualise their presence in South Africa and also to assess and take stock of their contributions to the South African way of life as a whole, their troubles and anxieties not only of the past but also of the present.  The conference aims to bring together researchers and academics to engage in critical discussion on a range of themes and topics that relate to South African Indians. More information.

Sunday, 29 November 2015 - 9:30am to Tuesday, 1 December 2015 - 9:30am

New Zeeland conference on Asian Intersections

The 21st New Zealand Asian Studies Society (NZASIA) International Conference will be held in Christchurch 29 November – 1 December 2015. It is being hosted by the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. The theme for the conference will be ”Asian Intersections: Identities and Linkages”, focusing on the fact that Asia has long been a crossroads, where civilizations, large and small, and their arts, and cultures, have intersected, interacted and evolved. This has led to complex patterns of social, artistic, political and economic interactions, which have shaped and reshaped identities over the years, in some places peacefully and syncretically, in some places resulting in long lasting conflict or disorder. Panel and paper proposals on any topic related to Asia, broadly defined are invited, from all disciplines. Abstracts should be submitted before 31 August 2015. More information.

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. 

Thursday, 10 December 2015 - 9:15am to Saturday, 12 December 2015 - 7:15pm

Kolkata conference on Capitalist Remolding of the Indian State

The 2nd Interdisciplinary Conference on Contemporary India will be held 10–12 December 2015 at the Institute of Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK). The theme for the conference is ”Instruments of Intervention: Capitalist Development and the Remolding of the Indian State”. It is jointly organised by Anthony P. D’Costa, Chair and Professor in Contemporary Indian Studies at Australia India Institute, the School of Social and Political Science, University of Melbourne, Australia, and Achin Chakraborty, Professor and Director, IDSK.
The conference highlights the Indian government’s various policies, strategies, and legal measures over the years. raising a number of questions about the continuing role of the Indian state in development and transformation even at a juncture when it is ideologically unacceptable and instrumentally difficult, although it is financially practical. Deadline for submitting abstracts was 20 July 2015. More information.

Thursday, 10 December 2015 - 10:30am to Friday, 11 December 2015 - 10:30am

Third International Conference on Global Public Health in Colombo

The Umeå Centre for Global Health Research, Umeå University, Sweden and  International Center for Research & Development, Sri Lanka, jointly organise the Third International Conference on Global Public Health 2015 (GPH 2015) to be held 10 – 11 December 2015 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Venue: Taj Samudra Hotel. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 May 2015.
Keynote speakers are Newell W Johnson, Emeritus Professor of Dental Research, Griffith Health Institute, Australia; Seema Yasmin, Professor of Public Health, University of Texas at Dallas, USA; Dr. Raman Preet from the Umeå Centre for Global Health Research; and Dr. Prabhath Patabendi from the International Center for Research & Development (ICRD), Sri Lanka. The first GPH conference was held in 2012, and the second in 2014. More information about the conference.

Saturday, 12 December 2015 - 2:45pm to Sunday, 13 December 2015 - 2:45pm

4th International Congress of Bengal Studies to be held in Tokyo

The 4th International Congress of Bengal Studies will be held in Tokyo, Japan, on 12–13 December 2015.  It is organised by Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 30 April  2015. Papers on all the areas of Bengal Studies are invited, including, but not limited to, Literature and Criticism, Comparative Literature, Linguistics, Folklore, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, History, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Development Studies, Ecology, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, Fine Arts, Archaeology, Museology are invited. Papers should be written either in English or Bengali. More information.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 - 9:30am to Friday, 18 December 2015 - 9:30am

Mumbai conference reviewing research in science, technology and mathematics education

The sixth international conference to review research on Science, Technology and Mathematics Education (epiSTEME) will be held 15 – 18 December 2015 in Mumbai, India. epiSTEME is a biannual conference reviewing research in science, technology and mathematics education. It is organized by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai. The 2015 conference will be held at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Mumbai, and will therefore be jointly organised by the Educational Technology program at IITB. More information

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.

Friday, 15 January 2016 - 9:45am to Sunday, 17 January 2016 - 9:45am

Kokata conference on Contemporary Debates in Public Policy and Management

The 2nd International Conference on Contemporary Debates in Public Policy and Management will be held in Kolkata, India on 15–17 January 2016. It is organised by the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC), and focuses on emerging policy challenges like public health and education policies, labor market reforms, social insurance and informal sector, management of rapid urbanization and domestic macro policies in the post-recession international economic order. Scholarly works on public policy and management from all disciplines are invited—including theoretical papers, case studies, historical studies, econometric work, ethnography, survey-based studies, experimental work and others. Abstracts should be submitted before 31 July 2015. More information.

Friday, 22 January 2016 - 9:30am to Saturday, 23 January 2016 - 6:30pm

Noida workshop on Chronologies of 'Labour'

The Association of Indian Labour Historians (AILH) convenes an International Workshop entitled ”Chronologies of 'Labour': a Global Perspective” in New Delhi 22–23 January 2016. It is organised in collaboration with the Research Module 'Labour as a Political Category' on behalf of the newly established and New-Delhi-based M.S. Merian International Centre of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences and Humanities. The Research Module is coordinated by Ravi Ahuja (Göttingen), Rana Behal (Delhi), Sharit Bhowmik (Mumbai), Andreas Eckert (Berlin), Chitra Joshi (Delhi), Nicole Mayer-Ahuja (Göttingen), Prabhu Mohapatra (Delhi), Christoph Scherrer (Kassel), Aditya Sarkar (Warwick), Marcel van der Linden (Amsterdam) and Willem van Schendel (Amsterdam). Venue for the workshop: V.V. Giri National Labour Institute in Noida. 
The workshop seeks to bring together an interdisciplinary group of younger as well as experienced scholars from both the social and historical sciences in order to compare notes with regard to the temporal dynamics of 'labour' as a political category in the course of the long twentieth century. Such transregional comparisons, it is hoped, will permit to rehistoricize 'labour' by tracing convergences and divergences in its chronologies. Contributions based on original research that examine crucial transformations of 'labour' as a political category in one specific context ae invited, the appropriation or adaptation of certain transnational political discourses to specific labour regimes or compare such processes in more than one context. Proposals for papers (including an abstract of maximum 1,000 words) should be submitted before 1 September 2015. More information.

Sunday, 24 January 2016 - 10:00am to Monday, 25 January 2016 - 6:00pm

Kerala seminar on Rising India and the World Order in the 21st Century

A two Day International Seminar on ”Rising India and the World Order in the 21st Century” will be held at St. John’s College in Anchal, Kerala state, India, on 24–25 January 2016. It is organised by the the Association of Political Scientists-Kerala in association with the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, St. John’s College. The emergence of India as a major power is a remarkable feature of the 21st century world politics. The impressive economic growth registered by India in the last two decades has placed it in the league of potential great powers. The new political leadership in Delhi has also given a fresh drive to the aspirations of rising India with ambitious foreign policy initiatives. The rise of India along with other developing countries has the potential to reshuffle the existing international order. Global economy and polity is governed by the institutions and mechanisms that  were instituted  at the end of the second  world war by the developed countries led by the US. Most of the institutions are undemocratic and unrepresentative. India demands that it should be provided greater representation in global governing bodies. The seminar is conceived as a platform to discuss the changing international setup. Abstracts should be submitted by 15 November 2015. More information.

Monday, 14 March 2016 - 10:00am to Wednesday, 16 March 2016 - 10:00am

Leiden conference on Language, Power and Identity in Asia

The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden hosts an international conference to explore the interrelations between language, power and identity in Asia. The conference entitled ”Language, Power and Identity in Asia: Creating and Crossing Language Boundaries” wll be held 14–16 March 2016. Venue: National Museum of Antiquities, Rapenburg 28, Leiden, the Netherlands. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 May 2015. Participants are invited to submit a paper to address aspects of this topic, with a particular emphasis on Asia, but papers that illustrate the subject from other parts of the world are also welcome. The conference explores how linguistic differences, practices, texts and performances are of critical importance to political, social and intellectual power structures among communities in the past and in the present, especially through processes of identity formation. How do (and how did) languages shape borders - social, ethnic, religious, or “national”? Likewise, how do languages and linguistic communities move across these limits? In what ways do processes of hybridisation and multilingualism affect the formation of transnational or translocal identities, and how have they done so in the past? How have policies of language standardisation impacted on the political and intellectual spheres? What is the power of orality and performance vis-à-vis a variety of textual productions, through manuscript culture, epigraphical practices, print media, and the Internet?
Participants in this interdisciplinary conference are invited to address these and other subjects pertaining to the interrelations between language, power, and identity in pre-modern and contemporary Western, Central, South, Southeast and East Asia. Academics working from a wide range of disciplines, including philology and literary studies, linguistics, cultural and media studies, history, anthropology, archaeology, epigraphy, and sociology are encouraged to submit abstracts. The organising team includes Prof. Mark Turin, now based at the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program, University of British Columbia, Canada. More information about the conference.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 - 9:15am to Friday, 27 May 2016 - 6:15pm

Sri Lanka hosts 16th Conference of the Science Council of Asia

The 16th Conference of the Science Council of Asia will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka 25–27 May 2016. The theme of the Conference is ”Science for the People: Mobilizing New Technologies for the Sustainable Development in Asia”. Sub-Themes are ”Opportunities in mobilizing Information technology”; ”Biotechnology and Nanotechnology for National Development”; and ”Social Dimensions: Challenges faced by Asia, Risks from technologies”. The conference will focus on all areas of emerging technologies, successes in their exploitation for national development and for social welfare and the challenges faced in Asia and by developing countries in utilizing this strategy and how they have been overcome. Risks involved in the strategies, their identification and mitigation and social issues involved including social accountability in research will also form part of the theme. Papers are invited in all topics within these broad areas. Abstracts should be submitted before 10 January 2016. Venue: Hotel Galadari, Colombo. Full information.

Sunday, 10 July 2016 - 8:00pm to Thursday, 14 July 2016 - 8:00pm

Call for papers on Economic Transformation and Urbanisation in India

A Call for papers has been announced for a panel on ”Economic Transformation and Urbanisation: The future of pluriactive small farmers and rural workers in South Asia?” to be held at the International Sociological Association (ISA) Third Forum of Sociology in Vienna, Austria, 10 – 14 July 2016 (more information about the ISA Vienna Forum). The panel will be chaired by Prof. Staffan Lindberg, Lund University, and Prof. Surinder Jodhka,  Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, India. Abstracts of papers are welcome to this regular session in the Working Group 05, Famine and Society, at the ISA Forum. The panel will deal with how fast the rate of urbanisation and migration from villages to towns go? What does it mean for poor rural peoples’ entitlements? Papers are invited which analyse available data and/or own empirical findings on social transformation under the impact of a growing urban industry and service sector. Up til recently, rural poor have been able to stay in their original villages and engage in multifarious work as small farmers, agricultural labourers and workers in the secondary and tertiary sectors. But recent Census data for India indicate that urbanisation is now growing at a higher rate. Abstracts must be submitted on the ISA Forum page before 30 September 2015. More information.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 - 11:45am to Saturday, 30 July 2016 - 11:45am

Call for panels to 24th European Conference on South Asian Studies in Warsaw

The European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS) now invites panel proposals for the 24th European Conference on South Asian Studies (ECSAS), to be held in Warsaw, Poland, 27 – 30 July 2016. The call for panels is now open and will close on 1 June 2015. Theconference is hosted by the Faculty of Oriental Studies at University of Warsaw. The chief convener is Prof. Danuta Stasik. Full information on the conference website.
EASAS appreciates a well-balanced composition of convenors and panellists within a panel (by gender, with an international mix of participants, and senior and junior scholars) but the main criterion will be the high academic quality of your panel. One convenor per panel must be based in a European institution. The conference organizers will also seek to ensure that the wide range of disciplines usually represented at the conference finds adequate coverage, both separately and in interdisciplinary panels. Panel convenors and paper presenters at the 24th ECSAS must be members of EASAS through 2015 & 2016 or 2016 & 2017. Non-members cannot attend the conference.
The ECSAS has met regularly since 1968, and has provided an important opportunity to discuss current research and scholarship on topics relating to South Asia within the humanities and social sciences. The 2004 conference was organised by SASNET in Lund, see the 2004 conference page.
The most recent ECSAS conference was held in Zurich, Switzerland, in July 2014. SASNET was represented at this conference by Lars Eklund and Hawwa Lubna. Read their reports.

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