South Asia conferences outside the Nordic countries

Tuesday, 1 December 2015 (All day) to Friday, 11 December 2015 (All day)

Twelth International workshop on Tamil Epigraphy in Thanjavur

The twelth International workshop on Tamil Epigraphy will be held 1 – 11 December 2015. It is jointly organised by the research group Iranian and Indian Worlds at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), University of Paris 3 (Sorbonne Nouvelle); Tamil University, Thanjavur; and Pondicherry University, Puducherry, India.
The workshop will be held in Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, India. It is coordinated by Dr. Appasamy Murugaiyan from Paris; Dr. K. Rajan from Pondicherry; and S Rajavelan & V Selvakumar from Thanjavur.
This workshop is meant for doctoral students and advanced researchers who desire to gain advanced skills in Tamil epigraphy. The sessions will be presented in English. The workshop will focus on how to interpret inscriptions along with providing exposure to available tools to analyse and synthesize them. The major aim of this workshop is to lay emphasis on the techniques of compiling and using Tamil epigraphic database as well as techniques to be used in corpus based text analysis and information retrieval in a variety of complimentary disciplines.
No registration fee is required, but each participant has to bear the cost of practical works and travelling to different sites. Interested students and research scholars should register before 15th November 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 on 11 and 12 December 2015, 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. 

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. 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. 
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.

Friday, 11 December 2015 - 9:45am to Sunday, 13 December 2015 - 9:45am

Bhopal conference on South Asian Vernacular Architecture

The School of Planning and Architecture Bhopal in collaboration with the Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development (ITRHD) and the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya Museum organizes a conference, demonstration and exhibition to examine the challenges that vernacular architecture faces today, and to evolve strategies for it continuity and adaptation for the future in the South Asian region. The conference titled South Asian Vernacular Architecture; Challenges to its continuity and Strategies for its future, will be held from 11th till 13th December 2015 and will engage in ways in which the South Asian geographic region shares a common cultural landscape which is articulated in its vernacular architecture. Vernacular architecture is representative of local cultural identities and despite the rejection of it in many states of South Asia due to perceptions of backwardness and informality, vernacular architecture continues to be the most popular way of building in villages and informal slum areas in cities. Against this background the conference is organized around four themes; (1) documentation and conservation of vernacular architecture, (2) adaptation and innovation in techniques of construction for the future of vernacular architecture, (3) policy, legislation and regulations changes need for the continuity of vernacular architecture and (4) the need for human resource development for the continuity of vernacular architecture for the future. Full information.

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. 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.

Monday, 14 December 2015 - 8:45pm

Vienna seminar on War in the Global Village

 Austrian Institute for International Affairs in Vienna organises its second Peter Jankowitsch-Lectureon 14 December 2015, at 18.00. The seminar is entitled ”War in the Global Village”, and features Pascal Vennesson, Professor of Political Science at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The goal of Prof. Vennesson's lecture is to take the audience on a journey through the crowded battlespaces of the beginning of the 21st century. Over the last decade, the character of war has been quietly changing. To understand these changes, one must come to term the transnationalization of politics. He explores the ways in which the increasing presence of relevant transnational actors, ideas, norms, and practices has a distinct influence on the way wars are planned, fought and justified. In particular, he examines the actors and ideas: human rights activists, terrorist groups of global reach, such as al-Qaeda and ISIS, NGOs as well as norms and principled ideas, like radical Islam, International Humanitarian Law, human security and the emerging norm of the responsibility to protect. Venue: Palais Strozzi, Josefstädter Straße 39, Vienna. Potential visitors must register their participation before 9 December. 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

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 - 1:45pm to Wednesday, 23 December 2015 - 1:45pm

Jadavpur conference on Contemporary Issues in Development Economics

The Department of Economics at Jadavpur University in Kolkata organises its 25th Annual General Conference on 22–23 December 2015. The thenme for the 2015 conference is ”Contemporary Issues in Development Economics”. The organizers invite submissions of both theoretical and empirical papers related to this theme. 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.  Keynote speakers include Sébastien Chauvin, Amsterdam University, and Michèle Lamont, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. More information.

Thursday, 7 January 2016 - 11:00am to Saturday, 9 January 2016 - 6:00pm

TISS seminar on the digital and growing access to the Internet in India

The  School of Media and Cultural Studies at Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) in Mumbai, India, organises an International seminar entitled ”DIGINAKA – Where the Local Meets the Digital” on 7–9 January 2016. Naka is a Marathi word meaning crossroads or junction. The seminar will focus on the advent of the digital and growing access to the Internet in India. Along with the availability of cheap devices such as mobile phones this has brought about an explosion of user-mediated creativity across various platforms, allowing for sharing, tweaking, co-creating and repurposing of digital media content in the public sphere. While the digital divide reproduces and intensifies various social hierarchies of gender, caste, class and region, one sees a simultaneous deployment of the digital by sections of society that previously were denied access. Papers are invited, from scholars across disciplines on the following themes falling within the rubric of local appropriations of digital technologies in the Indian context, such as Subaltern Image-making Practices; Regional Cinemas; Internet Censorship and Regimes of Control; Social Movements and Online Spaces; and Hate Speech and the Internet.  An edited volume and a journal issue of SubVersions are envisaged, based on the seminar papers. Full information.

Friday, 8 January 2016 - 1:30pm to Sunday, 10 January 2016 - 1:30pm

16th International Conference on Maharashtra: Culture and Society in Aurangabad

The 16th International Conference on Maharashtra: Culture and Society (ICMCS) will be held at Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University in Aurangabad, India, 8–10 January 2016. The theme of the conference will be the formation, practices, and delineation of Places and Spaces in Maharashtra. The multidimensional approach required to study spaces and places provides a very broad scope for the conference. It is convened by Dr. Bina Sengar from the university’s Department of History and Ancient Indian Culture, School of Social Sciences.
The conference will encourage the use of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches from the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences. The space/place dynamics in the region of Maharashtra provide an array of historical and contemporary themes for our conference. Within the five major sub-regions of Maharashtra (Konkan, Western Maharashtra, Khandesh, Marathwada and Vidarbha), migrant cultures have been silent users of dominant spaces, and have created niche cultural spaces within them, by asserting local, global, transnational, migratory, religious, semiotic, connected, public or private identities. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 October 2015. Full 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.

Monday, 18 January 2016 - 10:45am to Tuesday, 19 January 2016 - 8:00pm

Third International Conference on Languages, Literature and Society in Bangkok

The Third  International Conference on  Languages, Literature and Society (LLS2016) will  be held on 18–19 January 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. It is jointly organised by Ithaca College, New York, USA; the International Center for Research & Development, Sri Lanka; JK University, India; and Unique Conferences Canada. Dr. Ramaratnam, Vice Chancellor, JK University, will be the academic chair, whereas Prabhath Patabendi is the conference convener. The event, the largest conference on languages in Asia, includes a chair by Dr. Ramaratnam, as well as a wide variety of panels on a broad range of language related topics such as indigenous languages, semiotics, classical literature contemporary literature, pragmatics, the history of linguistics among many others. The deadline for abstracts is 15 December 2015, for registration the deadline is 30 November. Full information.

Thursday, 21 January 2016 - 9:45am to Saturday, 23 January 2016 - 3:45pm

Goa conference on Regional Cooperation, Conflicts and Constructiveness in South Asia

Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts & Science in Margao, Goa, India, organises an international conference entitled ”Regional Cooperation, Conflicts and Constructiveness in South Asia: Strengthening SAARC” on 21–23 January 2016. The conference aims at enabling researchers, planners, academicians and social workers to put forth their views on South Asia’s promotion and growth as a region of global importance. South Asia, a composite of eight countries, is knitted historically, socio-culturally and economically. It represents diversity in human development, resource enhancement and socio-economic welfare. The region with 3.8 per cent of the world’s geographical area, supports nearly one fourth of the world’s populace. But in the context of Human Development Index, in South Asia, Maldives and Bangladesh show dismal figures which are as low as 77 and 132 ranks respectively. Even the Human Poverty Index of Nepal and Afghanistan show discouraging figures. In fact, one billion of the world’s 2.5 billion poor reside in South Asia. The Global Employment Trend 2013, states that youth employment rate in South Asia is 9.8 per cent, which is significantly higher than global figure of 3.8 per cent.
However, South Asia shows promises for the future. The current labor pool which is 1.8 billion, is expected to increase to 3.1 billion by 2025. Its “demographic dividend” will increase enormously as 60 per cent of its population is below 30 years. Further, 14 per cent of the world’s urban population resides in this region and three-fourths of South Asia’s economic growth is led by cities. From the present level of 31 per cent urbanization, it is expected that 50 per cent of South Asia’s population will reside in cities, especially, megacities in the next 20 years.
The region also has bountiful human and natural resources. But, there are several barriers within the region which restrict their optimum utility and promotion of growth at different scales. The removal of these barriers, optimum and judicious use of all resources will surely help the region in a big way. Further, various issues like bilateral trade, sharing of river water, border disputes and border lands encroachment, cross border mobility of human resources, terrorism, illegal trade, political grievances amongst neighbors, power polarization and third party intervention that affects regional power balance, have put the regions on an edge of high Indo-centric discontent amongst neighbors.
Deadline for abstracts/proposals is 15 September 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.

Thursday, 28 January 2016 - 12:30pm to Friday, 29 January 2016 - 12:30pm

Third South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology international conference

The South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology (SASCV) organizes its third international conference 28–29 January 2016 in Goa, India. The main theme for the conference is violence and victimization: new challenges for traditional and modern societies. The conference will take place against the backdrop of violence by terror groups and how state sponsored violence and abuse of power are becoming prominent to cover up corruptive unethical practices. There conference seeks to focus on violence and victimization and its challenges for traditional and modern societies. To this end it invites papers from academicians, students and other stakeholders around the main theme as well as the following subthemes: interpersonal and self-directed violence, collective and targeted violence, workplace violence, state-sponsored violence and abuse of power and online violence. There are two slots of abstract submission: Either before 15th October 2015 – with results of selection  or rejection decided before 1st November; or before 15th November 2015 – with results of selection  or rejection decided before 1st December. Full information

Thursday, 18 February 2016 - 9:15am to Friday, 19 February 2016 - 4:15pm

South Asian University conference on the economic development in the region

For the second consecutive year, the Faculty of Economics at South Asian University (SAU) in New Delhi, India, organizes a conference devoted to South Asian Economic Development on February 18-19, 2016.  South Asia, despite growing at impressive rates over the last decade and a half, is still home to the largest concentration of world’s poor with abysmal levels of access to basic economic en social infrastructure. In addition, the region remains one of the least integrated in the world. The conference strives to provide a platform for research containing methodological advances, both in economic theory and empirical methods, which would contribute to understandings of South Asian economic development. To this end the organizers invite theoretical and empirical contributions in all areas of relevance to South Asian economies. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 23 November 2015. Full information about the conference.
South Asian University is an international university established by the eight member nations of South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) viz. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It started its operations from the academic year 2010. The university now offers post-graduate and doctoral programmes in various disciplines that include Development Economics, Computer Science, Biotechnology, Mathematics, Sociology, International Relations and Law.

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.

Friday, 18 March 2016 - 4:15pm to Sunday, 20 March 2016 - 4:15pm

US South Asian Studies Association conference to be held at TERI in Delhi

On March 18-20 2016 the American South Asian Studies Association organizes its tenth anniversary conference titled ‘India at the Crossroads’ at Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI), New Delhi. The conference will deal with how, from it murky beginnings two millennia ago, until the present, Indic societies have proven to be innovative in all fields of human endeavor- theology, mathematics, philosophy, literature, economics and others. To this end the organizers welcome research in honor of Professor Rajni Kothari’s work on Indian politics and how his works brought the inner workings of Indian society to life and changed Western perspectives of India’s political landscape. Furthermore contributions on contemporary public policy issues, particularly but not exclusively related to the environment, education and infrastructure development are encouraged. Finally, contributions that examine the dynamic and accelerating rate of change and economic growth in India and its impact of other countries in the region are welcomed. Full information.

Monday, 4 April 2016 - 1:00pm to Wednesday, 6 April 2016 - 1:00pm

Shimla conference on Intimacy and Belonging in Contemporary India

The Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), in Shimla, India, organizes an international conference titled Intimacy and Belonging in Contemporary India on April 4-6 2016. The conference will focus on emerging forms of intimacies in contemporary India and will attempt to address the politics behind the changing natures of belonging. It will do so by examining what causes intimacy and what restricts one’s identity of belonging, particularly the transformation in modes of intimacy resulting from transnational ties, migration, alternative socio-economic doctrines and new communication technologies will be in focus. There is an open call for papers along the following lines of enquiries: Emerging Trends of Intimacies, New Temporal and Spatial Practices, Democratization of Intimate Relations as Emancipatory Belongings and State, Law and the Performativity/Representation of Addictive/Contested/Censored/Queer Intimacies in India. Full information.  

Wednesday, 6 April 2016 - 10:00am to Friday, 8 April 2016 - 4:00pm

30th BASAS Annual Conference to be held in Cambridge

The British Association of South Asian Studies (BASAS) will hold its 30th annual conference on 6–8 April 2016 at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, UK. No specific theme has been set for the conference this year, panels and independent papers from all humanities, arts, and social science disciplines, covering research on South Asia and its diaspora are welcomed. The deadline for abstracts for both panels and papers is 31 October 2015. In addition, the conference organizers intend to offer a limited number of bursaries to outstanding delegates based at academic institutions in South Asia, covering travel expenses and accommodation and visa costs. Registration for the conference will be open via the Centre for South Asian Studies at Cambridge website from 12 January 2016 onwards, the deadline for registration is set for 29 February 2016. Finally BASAS organizes a paper prize competition for graduate students consisting of an award of £250 for the best student paper and a possible consideration for publication in one of BASAS’ associated journals, Contemporary South Asia or South Asian Studies. More information about the conference and call for papers.

Thursday, 7 April 2016 - 9:30am to Saturday, 9 April 2016 - 4:30pm

Kolkata conference on Sociology of Religion in a Pluralistic Society

The Centre for Study of Religion and Society at Jadavpur University in Kolkata is organizing a three-day international conference titled Sociology of Religion in A Pluralistic Society from 7 April 2016 to 9 April 2016 in collaboration with Lancaster University, England. The conference organizers invite thirty-minute papers on sociology of religion, particularly, but not restricted to, issues of ethnicities, languages, nationalities, gender, psychology, law medicine, technology, and culture. The conference convener is Dr. Ruby Sain. Those interested should send their resume with an abstract before 31 December 2015. More information.

Thursday, 19 May 2016 - 9:45am to Saturday, 21 May 2016 - 4:45pm

International academic yoga conference to be held in Krakow

 The Jagiellonian University Institute for the Study of Religions in Krakow, Poland and the Modern Yoga Research group organize an international academic conference titled Yoga darśana, yoga sādhana: traditions, transmissions, transformations. The conference, taking place from 19-21 May 2016, is held in response to recent developments in yoga research at various institutional levels and aims to showcase and advance contemporary research on yoga. Yoga can indicate among other things, a philosophical system, a set of physical, mental or devotional techniques aimed at achieving liberation from cycles of rebirth, union with a deity or ultimate reality while in the contemporary world, yoga also designates a globalized wellness practice, associated with notions of ‘spirituality’. The conference will mainly focus on yoga and its textual and performative aspects, drawing attention to the dialectical relationship between the two. In addition, the conference attempts to discuss methodological approaches to yoga through interdisciplinary discussions involving, among others, indologists, scholars of religion, philosophers, philologists and linguists, anthropologists, sociologists and historians. Full information.

Friday, 20 May 2016 - 8:30pm

London workshop on Imperialism and Orientalism in Global Legal History

The Queen Mary University of London organises a half-day Workshop on 'Imperialism and Orientalism in Global Legal History' on 20 May 2016, 14.00–19.00. It is chaired by Professor Brian Tamanaha, Visiting Professor at Queen Mary University of London; and the invited speakers include mostly scholars focusing on China, but also Dr Nandini Chatterjee (photo) from the Dept. of History at Exeter University in UK. She works on law and cultural exchanges in the British and Mughal empires – with particular attention to religious identities, family formation, and the styling of selves. Her first book was on the shaping on the minority religious community of Indian Christians, through legal, political, racial and theological contests over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and currently she is involved in two overlapping but also extremely divergent projects – one on the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, erstwhile final court of appeal of the British empire, and its role as a hub of legal, social and cultural interactions with empire-wide implications; and a second project on how judges, litigants and state officials in the late Mughal empire in India using Persian as official language, gave way to the British empire in the mid-nineteenth century.
More information about the London workshop.

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.

Monday, 30 May 2016 - 9:15am to Wednesday, 1 June 2016 - 5:15pm

Shimla Conference on Migration and Citizenship

The Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla, India, in collaboration with Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, Binghamton University (SUNY), New York, USA, organizes an international conference on migration and citizenship in Shimla from 30 May until 1 June 2016. The conference seeks to explore contemporary issues of migration and citizenship(s) in Africa, Asia, and Europe historically, particularly against the backdrop of the recent exponentially risen migration flows across the Mediterranean and the Bay of Bengal in recent years. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 January 2016. More information about the conference.

Thursday, 9 June 2016 - 9:15am to Saturday, 11 June 2016 - 5:15pm

Leiden conference on Waste in Asia

The Institute of Area Studies at Leiden University, The Netherlands, organizes an international conference on waste in Asia on 9–11 June 2016. The organizers invite proposals on the broad theme of ‘Waste in Asia’ from the humanities and social sciences regarding both the present days and the past. Possible topics may include, but need not to be limited to, waste collection and recycling, food waste and its prevention, packaging, dustbins, and other forms of material culture related to waste, garbage art, digital waste and waste-related literature. Particularly papers on social, political and cultural contexts influencing attitudes, practices and policies related to waste across Asia, as well as their social, political and cultural consequences. The conference is part of activities undertaken within the framework of the Garbage Matters Project. Deadline for the submission of papers is Thursday 10 December 2015. Full information.

Thursday, 23 June 2016 - 3:00pm to Friday, 24 June 2016 - 3:00pm

IIAS Call for Abstracts for workshop on Indian medicine

On the 23rd and 24th June 2016 the IIAS, International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, The Netherlands, organizes a workshop titled Indian medicine: Between state and village. The workshop takes the sensibilities of Indian medicine as its point of departure, focusing on themes such as Indian medicines as tangible and intangible heritage, Indian medicines as health security for the poor and Indian medicines as identity markers. Particularly contributions from medical anthropology and science and technology studies are encouraged to send in an abstract, although other theoretical orientations are also welcomed. Abstracts of not more than 300 words should be submitted with a short CV before 1 October 2015. The IIAS provides hotel accommodation for three nights to all selected participants while travel expenses are not covered. For more information about the workshop see the IIAS website. For the submission of your abstract and application form click here.

Friday, 24 June 2016 - 10:45am to Saturday, 25 June 2016 - 8:45pm

Fifth Young South Asia Scholars Meet Workshop to be held in Göttingen

The fifth annual Young South Asia Scholars Meet (Y-SASM) Workshop will be held from 24–25 June 2015 in Göttingen, Germany. The theme of the workshop is ”Transformations of ‘the Political’” and the themes discussed will be: - State and Governance; - Politics of knowledge production, - Political performance, - Development and Dissent; - Labouring Lives and the Politics of Labour; and - Contested cultures. It is organised by the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS) at Georg-August University. Since 2010, Y-SASM has aimed to provide a platform for interdisciplinary exchange among junior scholars in the field of South Asian Studies, including PhD students, advanced MA/MPhil students, early career Post-Docs and non-tenured faculty staff. While contributions from other places are welcome the main idea is to strengthen the South Asia network within Europe. Abstracts should be submitted before 30 September 2015. Full information.
Last year, the Y-SASM Workshop was held in Zurich, Switzerland. ”Rethinking Inequality in South Asia”. The workshop was organized jointly by the chair for the History of the Modern World (GMW) at ETH and the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), University of Göttingen. 17 participants from European universities and from South Asia joined the workshop. SASNET was represented at the workshop by Ms. Hawwa Lubna. Read her detailed report from the 2014 Y-SASM

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

High time to propose papers for 24th European Conference on South Asian Studies in Warsaw

All scholars interested in South Asian studies are reminded that the call for papers for the 24th European Conference on South Asian Studies – ECSAS2016, taking place at the University of Warsaw (Poland) from 27 to 30 July 2016, closes at midnight GMT on Monday 30 November 2015. The biannual conference, organised by the European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS) is this time hosted by the Faculty of Oriental Studies at University of Warsaw. The chief convener is Prof. Danuta Stasik. A total number of 49 panels have been accepted, including interesting panels on Mediating South Asian religious traditionsPoliticizing Hunger: Famine, Food security and Political Legitimacy in South Asia (19th & 20th century)Print journalism in modern South AsiaSecurity challenges in contemporary India-Pakistan relations; and Policing the city – how public order and security are conceptualised and delivered in contemporary South Asia (see the full list).
All paper proposals must be made via the online form, not by email. There is a 'propose a paper' link beneath the long abstract of each panel page. Please also note that EASAS requires paper presenters at ECSAS to be members of EASAS through 2015 and 2016, or 2016 & 2017. Non-members cannot attend the conference. Full information on the conference website.
Proposals will be marked as pending until the end of the call for papers (30/11/2015). Convenors will then be asked to make their decisions over the papers proposed to their panel by the 10th of December and to communicate those to the proposers, marking them up within the login environment (Cocoa). Papers which are neither accepted nor rejected, but marked for 'transfer', will then be considered by the Scientific Committee to see where else they might fit in the conference programme.
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.

Monday, 12 December 2016 - 9:15am to Wednesday, 14 December 2016 - 4:15pm

Fifth Asian Borderlands conference to be held in Kathmandu

The Asian Borderlands Research Network holds its fifth annual conference at the Social Science Baha Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal on 12-14 December 2016. The conference will be addressing how social scientists are now recognizing that borderlands generate a dynamism in and of themselves, and that cross-border linkages are far more central to historical change than previously acknowledges. Special emphasis will be placed on borders and cross-border flows of people and objects that have not been highlighted during previous conferences of the network, such as air and maritime borders, high-altitude borderlands, borderlands with a high risk of natural disasters and control over cyberspace, among others. The conference will be organized along three main themes. The first theme is livelihoods and how everyday lives are increasingly subject to state power and/or neglect. The second theme is communities and how new border alignments have considerable impacts on diverse ethnic, religious, and occupational communities. The third theme is flows and seeks to address the flows of people, goods, and ideas across Asian borderlands.  The deadline for the submission of panels is 15 January 2016. Full information

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