South Asia conferences outside the Nordic countries

April 2014

Tenth European Social Science History Conference to be held in Vienna

The International Institute for Social History (IISH) will organise the Tenth European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC) in Vienna, 23-26 April 2014. The Asia Network of the ESSHC invites proposals for papers and panel sessions on Asian countries. The Conference welcomes proposals on any topic and any historical period. Thematic panel sessions that compare various Asian countries are particularly encouraged.
The IISH organizes the ESSHC once every two years. The conference does not have a central theme and welcomes papers about all periods and subjects. The main objective of the conference is to introduce historians who use the insights and techniques from the social sciences to social scientists that focus on the past in their research and vice versa. The programme revolves around 28 thematic networks that address various subjects. Specialists in each field serve as network chairs and are the driving forces in elaborating the program. This approach is conducive to organising interdisciplinary panel sessions for an interdisciplinary and international audience. More information.

Arizona conference on human/nature interaction in Maharashtra

The 15th International Conference on Maharashtra: Culture and Society will be held at Arizona State University (Tempe and Phoenix, USA) during April 23-26, 2014. The theme of the conference will be “Interactions between Humans and the Natural World in Maharashtra.” Proposals are invited for presentations related to this theme from scholars in any field of the humanities or social sciences, as well as from natural scientists interested in the human dimensions of the natural environment in Maharashtra. 
The theme of the conference encompasses a wide variety of relationships between humans and the natural world and topics to be covered include the whole range of  Maharashtrians’ interactions with mountains, rivers, plants, animals, soil, fire, water, and air. Prospective participants are encouraged to present papers examining the intentional and unintentional effects of human actions on the environment, as in agriculture, gardening, water management, forestry, and mineral extraction. Studies highlighting the constraints and inspiration that the natural world provides to human social and cultural activities, including material culture, literature, ritual life, work, and recreation are also of interest. As the International Conference on Maharashtra is an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary endeavour, the hope is to bring together scholars who are examining the same sets of phenomena from different disciplinary points of view. 
More information.

LSE workshop on Inequality and Poverty in South Asia

The Department of Anthropology at London School of Economics (LSE) organizes a high-profile workshop on ‘Inequality and Poverty in South Asia’ on 24–25 April 2014. Venue: Seligman Library, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE, London. The workshop is the outcome of a major research project that has been carried out at the department. The Inequality and Poverty Research Programme has been funded by major awards from the UK Economic and Social Research Council and the EU European Research Council Starting Grant (more information).
The participants list at the workshop includes Associate Profesor Alpa Shah, who is the Principal Investigator in LSE’s Inequality and Poverty Research Programme;  Uday Chandra, Research Fellow at Max Planck institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Department of Religious Diversity, who will speak about ‘Labouring Bodies and Wandering Spirits: East India Migrants and Mobility in Contemporary Mumbai’; Jonathen Pattenden, Lecturer in Politics and International Development, School of International Development, University of East Anglia, who will speak about Classes of Labour in Karnataka’; and Alf Nielsen, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Bergen, who will speak about Poverty and Subordination in the Bhil Heartland: Understanding the Longue Durée of Adverse Incorporation’.
Every paper presentation is followed by comments from selected discussions, among them Associate Professor Beppe Karlsson from theDepartment of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University; Barbara Harriss-White, Senior Research Fellow, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, Oxford; and Jens Lerche, Reader in Agrarian And Labour Studies, SOAS, London. Full information about the LSE workshop.

Thiruvananthapuram conference on Disaster, Risk and Vulnerability

The Department of Geology, University of Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram, India is organizing the ”Disaster, Risk and Vulnerability Conference 2014” (DRVC 2014) from 24 – 26 April 2014. It coincides with the department celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year. The conference is in continuation of the successful DRVC2011 conference which was held in the School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India in March 2011. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 1 March 2014. More information.

SAARC conference on Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Sustainable Development

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) holds a Regional Conference on ‘Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Sustainable Development (CHTSD) in South Asia’ in Colobo, Sri Lanka, 28–29 April 2014. It will be a brainstorming session to discuss the key issues and moot research questions and also to identify themes and subthemes that merit independent and in-depth research. Academics and experts on the subject are invited for the Conference to present papers on a relevant theme. They include Tourism Management at the Cultural Heritage Sites in South Asia; Development of Cultural Heritage Tourism Products (CTP); New Avenues for Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for promoting Cultural Heritage Tourism: Harnessing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Potential; Cultural Heritage Tourism as a Tool for Poverty Alleviation; and Urban and Local Regeneration of Cultural Heritage Sites through Tourism. A one day post-conference tour will be organized on 30 April 2014 to Anuradhapura and Sigiriya, for all registered delegates of the Conference. Last date for nominating participants is Tuesday 18 March 2014. More information.

May 2014

Sri Lanka conference for Youth Dialogue on Global Development

To create an inclusive youth participation platform that enables young people to review the progress on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and implementation of post-2015 development agenda, Sri Lanka is hosting one of the biggest youth conference titled “World Conference on Youth“ from May 6-9, 2014“. The conference is organised by The International Youth Task Force (IYTF) in collaboration with the National Task Force appointed by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development of Sri Lanka. The main theme of WCY 2014 is “Mainstreaming Youth in the Post 2015 Development Agenda“. 
The world has never been more younger. The current global population in the age group of 15 to 24 is the largest ever at 1.25 billion. It is very important to enable youth representation and participation on development policies and practices at both local, national, regional and international level. 
The specific objectives of the conference include sharing ideas, experiences and innovative approaches for effectively contributing to the post-2015 development agenda and its implementation, facilitating a process that increases awareness on and implementation of the World Programme for Action on Youth (WPAY) and supportive transnational partnerships between youth led movements and establishment of a permanent youth engagement mechanism that ensures consistent follow- up with young people in the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. 
The conference will hopefully bring together 1.500 participants aged between 18 to 19, from different backgrounds, with special focus on marginalized and underrepresented groups. Applications are open until Sunday 2 March 2014. More information
On a similar theme, SASNET is organising a seminar entitled ”South Asia's Democratic Struggle – Youth Perspectives” that will be held at Lund University on Monday, 3 March 2014, 16.00–18.00. This event is jointly organised by SASNET, the South Asian Students Association (SASA), the School of Social Work, and South Asian participants in the ongoing Social Innovation in a Digital Context (SIDC) programme at Lund University. Venue: Edebalksalen, School of Social Work (Socialhögskolan), Bredgatan 26, Lund. Read more.

London PhD Graduate Workshop on Crossing borders in South Asia

The brand new SOAS South Asia Institute (SSAI) at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, organises a graduate student workshop on the theme “Crossing borders in South Asia“ on Wednesday 7 May 2014, 09.00–18.00. Venue: SOAS, Russell Square College Buildings, room 4429, London. 
Papers are invited that pose a challenge to ‘methodological nationalism’ and focus on processes among people, regardless of either national boundaries or the state. In recent years, increasing scholarly attention has been paid to borderlands, thus complementing and challenging the traditional focus on nations and states, and Scott’s concept of Zomia is well embedded in many of these debates.  However, there remains considerable scope for problematizing the ‘methodological nationalism’ of many studies of society and culture in postcolonial South Asia. The papers should examine the influence and impact upon the populations of neighbouring states of ideological and cultural developments that have taken place within India’s borders, or in the reverse direction, or even totally outside the region, but with an impact that transcends considerations of national, cultural and political boundaries. The focus of the workshop will be on cross-border relationships and interactions at a level below that of the state, ie. questions of governmental foreign policy and foreign relations will not be central to our discussions. Deadline for submitting paper abstracts is 21 February 2014. More information. 

Hangzhou conference on Asian experiences of education and equality

The 9th Biennial Conference on ”Education, Equality and Social Harmony: Asian Experiences in Comparative Perspective” will be held 16–18 May 2014 in Hangzhou, China. The conference is organised by the Comparative Education Society of Asia in China, and be hosted by the School of Education at Hangzhou Normal University. The conference invites participants to consider what we can learn from the experiences of developed and developing societies, within Asia and beyond, regarding the relationship between education, equality and stability or ‘harmony’ – both within particular societies, and in their relations with each other. This theme is intended to stimulate debate over what different societies can teach us regarding the balance to be struck between education’s role in promoting economically-relevant ‘skills’, and the other vital roles that it performs – in terms of political socialization, the distribution of opportunity, and the fostering of those capabilities necessary to the pursuit of a fulfilling life. Call for papers is now open and the deadline for early and late submission is February 28th and April 11th, respectively. More information. 

Oxford workshop on Christianity in South Asia: Cultural and Historical Interactions

An inter-disciplinary workshop on ”Christianity in South Asia: Cultural and Historical Interactions” will be held in Oxford, UK, on 17 May 2014. It is organised with the generous support of the South Asia Research Cluster at Wolfson College, University of Oxford. The workshop will create an opportunity for post-fieldwork PhD students and early-career researchers working on Christianity in South Asia to come together in a shared platform and discuss their ideas and research. The workshop aims to foster inter-disciplinary research collaborations between workshop participants as well as increase public awareness of the growing relevance of Christianity-related studies to contemporary South Asian scholarship. Deadline for submission of paper proposals is 20 February 2014. Papers can be focused on any discipline in the social sciences and humanities, particularly, but not exclusively, from the disciplines of social anthropology, history, South Asian studies, development studies and religious studies. More information. 

Toronto conference on study of Pakistan beyond tremors & terror

Three Canadian universities – University of Toronto, Ryerson University and York University – all in Toronto, jointly hold a conference on the theme ”Pakistan beyond tremors and terror: critical engagements with political, economic and cultural change” on 29 – 30 May 2014. 
As host to a daily onslaught of bomb-blasts, ”honour killings”, and ”mob” violence, Pakistan regularly populates the pages of the international mainstream press. But these popular journalistic accounts often leave the impression that the country is embroiled in a spate of irrationality, violence and Islamic fundamentalism. Alternatively, liberal Pakistanis, if they make an appearance in the drama, are celebrated as carriers of the torch of progress, challenging the dominance of religious conservatism with their unrivalled "toleration", their capitalist ”development”, and their support for the Pakistani state's military offensives and the broader ”War on Terror”. This is the narrative typically delivered to the world. Much of recent scholarly work on Pakistan too has been guilty of reproducing a crude and overly-narrow analysis of the country and its people, an analysis (if one could call it that) which seems to be more committed to promoting US foreign policy objectives than to stimulating any serious academic inquiry. The purpose of this conference is to challenge these views and bring together scholars and students whose research moves beyond these prevailing ways to a more complex understanding of Pakistan and its people. Call for papers is now open and deadline has been extended to 2 March 2014. More information available on Pakistan Conference website. 

Japanese conference on Belonging and Sharing Borderlands

The Fourth Asian Conference on Asian Studies (ACAS) will be held 29 May – 1 June 2014 in Osaka, Japan. The conference is organised by the International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global partners including the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia.
The theme of this year's conference is ”Borderlands of Becoming, Belonging and Sharing”. The aim of the conference theme is to open up discussion, critical reflection and analysis about emerging social, political and cultural identities that are formed at the intersection of multiple and multi-sited belongings and their expression and about the possibility of making them shared across differences.
Local, national and global cultures have been transformed by an intensification of human migration, mobility and multi-culture with multiple and complex claims of home, identity and belonging. Gloria Anzaldua's idea of the borderland has become a critical conceptual rubric used by cultural researchers as a way of understanding, explaining and articulating the in-determined, vague, ambiguous nature of everyday life and the cultural politics of border-knowledge, border crossings, transgression, living in-between and multiple belongings. Borderlands is also about a social space where people of diverse backgrounds and identities meet and share a space in which the politics of co-presence and co-existence are experienced and enacted in mundane ways. This conference, which focuses on the borderlands of becoming, belonging and sharing, is therefore about examining how the culture of everyday life is regulated and contested across diverse political, economic and social contexts, and whether and how it creates spaces of belonging with others. Deadline for submitting papers is 1 February 2014. More information on ACAS website. 

Nineteenth International Euro-Asia Research Conference to be held in Yokohama

Following a number of conferences held in Italy, France, Ireland, Norway, Japan, China, Spain, Indonesia and India since 1994, the Nineteenth International Euro-Asia Research Conference will take place in Yokohama, Japan (pictured right) on 30 May – 1 June 2014. The research conference is a joint undertaking between Yokohama National University, Japan, the School of Asian Studies and Business Management Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, the IAE of The University of Poitiers, France, The University of Pau (Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour), France, TELECOM Ecole de Management, France, The School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield, The U.K., and The University of Limerick, Ireland.
The Conference is intended to bring together researchers engaged in Management, Economics and related fields from Europe, Asia and other parts of the World. Research contributions addressing any aspect of ”The impact of economic change on Asian business management” are welcome. This topic may cover among others the following sub-topics: Dealing with the aftermath of the global financial crisis; Relocation abroad and relocation back home: European and Asian experiences; Developed versus developing countries MNCs in Asia: comparison of international strategies; SMEs internationalisation strategies – European and Asian perspectives; Information systems development and control evolution within MNCs. Doctoral students are also strongly encouraged to submit papers for consideration. The first deadline for a one page proposal is 30 November 2013. More information.

June 2014

Kolkata Conference on Information Technology

Fourth International Conference on Advances in Information Technology and Mobile Communication – AIM 2014, will be held during 6 - 7 June, 2014 in Kolkata, India.
AIM2014 aims to bring together innovative academics and industrial experts in the field of Computer Science, Information Technology, Computational Engineering, Communication and Network to a common forum. The AIM conference is organsied by the Association of Computer Electronics and Electrical Engineers (ACEEE) and sponsored by the Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE). Prospective authors are invited to submit full (original) research papers; which are not submitted or published or under consideration anywhere in other conferences or journals; in electronic (PDF only) format through the Easy Chair Conference Management System website or via email to Deadline for submission is  2 Mar 2014. More information.

Second Hong Kong conference on Ecologies of Urbanism in Asia

As a follow-up to the 2010 conference on ”Urban Ecologies in Asia”, which was convened in Hong
Kong (more information), the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HKIHSS) will organise a new conference entitled "Ecologies of Urbanism in Asia II: Cities, Towns, and the Places of Nature", on 9 – 12 June 2014. 
The conference will investigate urbanism, nature, and ecological sustainability in Asian cities and towns, and explore the ways that urban social processes intersect with assessments of urban environmental order and disorder in specific cities by asking, how are relationships between urban environments and urban societies made, and made meaningful? How do biophysical properties, rules, and histories of nature matter in the city? How is the urban environment used to construct social identities and demarcate political spaces? 
Papers will engage cases grounded in the cities and towns of South Asia, Southeast Asia, and south China and abstracts are invited in the following thematic areas: the political ecology of the city, urban environmentalism, nodes and networks, and the social lives of infrastructure
All selected participants will be provided a round-trip economy airfare to Hong Kong, and up to six nights accommodation, as well as invitations to the conference dinner and associated field trips. More information

London conference in honour of Simon Digby and his pre-Mughal India research

The  SOAS South Asia Institute (SSAI) at the School of Oriental and African Studies,  University of London, organises an international conference to honour and celebrate the life, work, and interests of the late Simon Everard Digby 9–11 June 2014. It is co-organised by the Simon Digby Memorial Charity. Venue: Kamran DJAM Lecture Theatre (Formerly G2), SOAS, Russell Square College, London. 
Digby was an English oriental scholar, translator, writer and collector who was awarded the Burton Medal of the Royal Asiatic Society. He was considered to be the foremost British scholar of pre-Mughal India. This conference celebrates his vast and pioneering scholarship by focusing on the areas and materials he explored – coins, paintings, manuscripts another material objects, art history, Sufism, language and literary history, and travel. The conference brings together some of the most renowned scholars of pre-modern South Asia who knew Simon Digby personally as well as younger scholars who have been influenced by his path-breaking work. Papers will address the various aspects of his work and will discuss and apply “Simon’s method”, a unique mix of lapidary attention to objects and ideas with an intense awareness of the larger historical patterns that produced them and influenced their subsequent use.  The conference is now open for registerations. More information. 

London conference on South Asian Screen Cultures in the 21st century

University of Westminster in London will hold a conference entitled “Moving On: South Asian Screen Cultures in a Broader Frame“ 12–14 June 2014. Venue: University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS. 
This interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore complex and nuanced screen archaeologies in which the past, the present and the future come together to pose new questions for South Asian Screen Studies in the 21st Century.
Indian Cinema has just celebrated the centenary of the release of Dadasaheb Phalkes Raja Harishchandra. It is now time to assess the ever expanding film archive and its new and rapidly proliferating manifestations.
The conference will particularly focus on the processes of dispersal, fragmentation and regeneration. These could pertain to screen technologies, film form, media artefacts, extra-filmic ephemera, sound objects, personnel, formal and informal markets, and the multilayered routes of screen travel. It is our hope that this conference can offer a venue to think about alternative genealogies, archaeologies, and interconnected archives. "Moving on" is fuelled by a desire to consider the moving image in the broadest context of region and time span. While centred on South Asia, the conference will also be focused on not limiting to screen objects produced in/by/for South Asians. Rather they hope also to engage with transnational and transcultural journeys, institutions and cultural forms. Call for papers to be presented at the conference is open until 26 March 2014. More information. 

Göttingen workshop on Modern Histories of Indian Business

Center for Modern Indian Studies at the University of Göttingen in Germany is organising a workshop focusing on the theme “Informal and Everyday Markets: Modern Histories of Indian Business and Entrepreneurship since the Nineteenth Century“ from June 18-20, 2014. The workshop aims to explore histories of Indian markets, business and entrepreneurship in the global as well as local context. It focuses on the informal and everyday markets including labor and credit markets  during the nineteenth and twentieth century which are so crucial for Indian business history but are seldom made a focal point of analysis. By inviting scholars to pay special attention to the informality of economic transactions and on the inter-personal characteristics of markets instead of their abstract nature, we hope to shed some light on markets that too often are left as conceptual black boxes and taken for granted. Markets are often described by their institutional set-ups and formal regulations alone, leaving their underpinnings on informal cultural values, social embedment, informal exchanges, traditional everyday interactions, and in some cases even illegal activities unaddressed. Deadline for submission of papers to be presented at the workshop is 15 February 2014. More information.

Peshawar conference on Change in the Pak-Afghan Borderland

The Department of Political Science at University of Peshawar, Pakistan, and the Hanns Seidel Foundation in Germany jointly organise a conference entiled ‘Dynamics of Change in the Pak-Afghan Borderland: An interplay of Past Legacies, Present Realities and Future Scenarios,’ to be held on June 25-26, 2014 at the Bara Gali Summer Campus of the University of Peshawar, 95 km from Islamabad (between Murree and Abottabad). The organisers invite papers on issues such as Governance Reforms and change in the Pak-Afghan Borderland; Provincial autonomy, devolution and bottom up processes of change; Ethno-nationalism in the region; Militancy, religious extremism and change; and Gender and transformation in the region. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 10 March 2013. Full information about the conference
This is the third in a series of international conferences, the previous were held in November 2011 in Peshawar, June  2013 at Bara Gali. The aim behind these conferences is to probe more deeply processes of change in the Pak-Afghan region. The conference proceedings can be accessed at the Internet. Go for them

2014 Conference on the Study of Religions of India (CSRI) at Butler University

The Conference on the Study of Religions of India (CSRI) invites proposals for its upcoming Annual Meeting to be held at Butler University in Indianapolis, USA, on 26 – 29 June 2014. The conference theme is ”Urban and Rural, Real and Imagined.” Proposals are invited that focus on rural and urban environments, including the social, political, natural and/or spiritual ecologies that differentiate them or define their mutual relation. Possible approaches could include explorations of how religious texts, symbols, stories, and practices convey the lifestyles, terrain, desirablity, and/or danger of remote rural or urban settings or of migration and movement between the two. Papers could also investigate the ways in which rural landscapes and lifestyles or cityscapes and urbanization create, challenge, or transform religious ideologies, practices, and traditions. Deadline to submit abstracts is 1 March 2014.
CSRI is a forum of exchange for scholars engaged in the academic study of the religious traditions of India in both native and diasporic contexts. It provides scholars a leisurely, collegial environment in which to present their work. Emphasis will be placed on informality among peers. Committed to critical and creative inquiry, the conference is not an advocacy forum for the religions of India and does not endorse or proscribe a particular point of view. Only scholars with terminal degrees in religious studies or related academic disciplines (like Anthropology, Art, Ethnomusicology, History, Philosophy, Theology, Women Studies) researching and/or teaching in the area of religions of India are eligible to present, attend, and participate in the conference. Graduate students in advanced standing in any of these disciplines are also welcome to participate in the conference. More information.

Postgraduate Training Programme on Terrestrial/Aquatic Wildlife and Primate Conservation

An International Postgraduate Training Programme on Terrestrial/Aquatic Wildlife and Primate Conservation will be held in Nugegoda, Sri Lanka, 1–21 July 2014. It is organised by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. The aim 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 submitting abstracts is 30 April 2014. More information.

July 2014

Singapore workshop on Mobilities and Exceptional Spaces in Asia

The National University of Singapore (NUS) is organising a research workshop entitled “Mobilities and Exceptional Spaces in Asia“ 8 – 9 July 2014. Venue: Asia Research Institute (ARI), Seminar Room, Tower Block Level 10 469A Bukit Timah Road, Singapore. This workshop calls for fresh empirical research on a variety of spaces of exception in Asia to shed light on new ways capitalism works socially and culturally under contemporary globalisation. The organisers welcome papers that address issues such as ”What new flows of capital, labour, money, consumer power are created by/in exceptional spaces?”;  ”What roles does gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and other identity markers/social categories play in how exceptional spaces are organised and experienced?”; and ”What historical connections exist between the recent use of exceptional spaces and past phenomena including during the time of colonialism?”.
Sociologists, anthropologists, geographers and scholars from associated disciplines are invited to submit papers pertaining to these or related issues before 13 February 2014. More information.

Second International Conference on Asian Studies in Colombo

The International Center for Research & Development, based in Thalangama, Sri Lanka, and the International University of Japan jointly organise the Second International Conference on Asian Studies on 14–15 July 2014 at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo. The Conference is an opportunity for academics, practitioners , PhD students to come together, exchange ideas, and discuss emerging issues in Asian Studies. The keynote speakers ar Prof. Toshiichi Endo, Center of Buddhist Studies, University of Hong Kong; Prof. H.D. Karunaratna, Dean, Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka; and Prof. N. S. Cooray, Graduate School of International Relations, International University of Japan. More information.

Young South Asia Scholars Meet Workshop in Zurich postponed till 2014

The fourth annual Young South Asia Scholars Meet (Y-SASM) Workshop, supposed to be held in Zurich, Switzerland, in September 2013, has been postponed till July 2014. The reason is that is that the European Conference on South Asian Studies (ECSAS) will take place in Zurich from 23 to 26 July 2014 (more information), and so it will be convenient to schedule the Y-SASM workshop just before it – on 21–22 July.
The theme for the 2014 Y-SASM Workshop, to be hosted by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, will be ”Intersectional Knowledges – Rethinking Inequality in South Asia”. The Y-SASM workshops have the declared aim of providing young scholars working on South Asia with a platform for presenting their own research and interacting with scholars from various disciplines. Thereby, it offers an opportunity to establish research networks across the German-speaking region and beyond.
Read the Call for Papers.
More information on the Y-SASN blog page

Zurich Workshop on Mediatizing South Asian Indigeneity

A workshop on ”'Tribes' on Screen – Mediatizing South Asian Indigeneity” will be held on 22 July 2014 at the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zurich in Switzerland. It is being convened by Erik de Maaker, Dept. of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University, Netherlands; and Markus Schleiter, Frobenius Institute at
Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. The workshop will discuss the concept of ‘indigeneity’, a disputed concept in South Asia. On the one hand, the term is associated with administrative labels such as ‘tribe’ (India), ‘upojati’ (Bangladesh) or ‘qaum’ (Pakistan), which can – notably in India – translate into significant advantages. On the other hand, the term ‘indigenous’ often seems to serve as a replacement or synonym for earlier notions such as ‘primitive’ or ‘backward’. More information.

23rd European Conference on South Asian Studies to be held in Zurich

The 23rd European Conference on South Asian Studies (ECSAS) will take place 23 – 26 July 2014 at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. It consists of 51 accepted panels, focusing on diverse issues ranging from ”Video varieté: the cultures and forms of new visual media in South Asia”, to ”'Mafia(s)' and politics in South Asia” (convened by Prof. Arild Engelsen Ruud, Oslo University), ”Understanding rural Pakistan: the political economy of power and agrarian relations”, ”Conspiracy, terrorism and counterterrorism in late colonial India (c.1900-1947)”, ”Lost in transition? Negotiating power, legitimacy and authority in post-war Nepal and Sri Lanka”, and ”India in the eyes of the others: world perspectives on India's global role”.
Other conveners from Scandinavia are Prof. Gunnel Cederlöf, Uppsala University (panel on ”Subjects, citizens, and legal rights in colonial and postcolonial India”); Dr. Alf Gunvald Nilsen, University of Bergen (panel on ”Inequality, subalternity and capitalist development in contemporary South Asia”; and Prof. Heinz Werner Wessler (panel on ”Jews and Judaism in South Asia: cultural encounters and social transformations”. Go for the full list of convenors and panels.
There is no separate call for papers as this is a convenors' conference: all papers must be part of an approved panel. All decisions about paper proposals are in the hands of the panel convenors. It is possible to register for the conference from 16 December 2013. Please note that panel convenors and paper presenters at the 23rd ECSAS must be members of EASAS through 2013 and 2014. Non-members cannot attend the conference. It is easy to join EASAS through the following link:

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 conference page.
The ECSAS conferences now operate under the auspices of the European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS), a charitable, academic association engaged in the support of research and teaching concerning South Asia with regard to all periods and fields of study. The hosts for the 23rd ECSAS are the Department of Geography and the University Research Priority Program (URPP) Asia and Europe, both at the University of Zurich. Conference convenors are Prof. Dr. Ulrike Müller-Böker, Department of Geography, University of Zurich (CH); and Prof. Dr. Angelika Malinar, Department of Indology; Academic Director University Research Priority Program Asia and Europe, University of Zurich (CH). Full information about the 2014 EASAS conference.


Third Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya

The Third Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya will be held in Kathmandu 23–25 July 2014. It is being jointly organised by Social Science Baha; the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies; and the Britain-Nepal Academic Council. Proposals are invited for stand-alone papers or three-paper panels.Papers can deal with any aspect of life in Nepal and the Himalaya from a social science perspective. Papers can also be comparative so long as Nepal or the Himalaya is included in the comparison. Individuals or institutions are also invited to propose three-paper panels covering the areas outlined above to provide a variety of perspectives on a particular theme. Deadline for proposals is 16 February 2014. Full information.

Maharishi University of Management organizes Vedic Studies Conference

Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, is holding the “World Association for Vedic Studies (WAVES)“ conference 31 July – 3 August 2014. The conference aims at bringing together individuals and organizations having academic interest in diverseareas of Indic / Vedic Studies. This includes independent scholars, academics,writers, journalists, media persons, artists and others interested in Indic /Vedic Studies.
World Association of Vedic Studies (WAVES) is a multidisciplinary academic society. It is a forum for all scholarly activities and views on any area of Vedic Studies variously called Indian Studies, South Asian Studies or Indology. WAVES is not confined to study related to Vedas alone or to India alone. It encompasses all that applies to traditions commonly called Vedic, past, present and future, anywhere in the world. The call for paper abstracts is now closed. For more information about the conference visit the website.

August 2014

Ulaanbaatar Conference on the Changing Patterns of Power in Historical and Modern Central and Inner Asia

The International Unit for Central and Inner Asian Studies, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, in collaboration with International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden, the Netherlands is arranging an international conference entitled ”Changing Patterns of Power in Historical and Modern Central and Inner Asia” on the 7-9 August 2014. The conference will be held at the Ulaanbaatar University, Mongolia. The conference aims to highlight the current state of knowledge in research on the history of Central and Inner Asia since the twelfth century until the present day. The geographical scope of the conference is, understandably, large. The arrangers define Central and Inner Asia as the huge expanse of land from the Urals in the west to beyond Mongolia and deep into modern China in the east, including Afghanistan. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 9 January 2014. More information.

Kuala Lumpur workshop on Women’s Migration From and Across Asia for Work

An International Workshop entitled ”Women’s Migration From and Across Asia for Work: Histories, Emotions and Relationships” will be held at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 8 – 9 August 2014. It is organised by the university’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and is part of an International Workshop series on the Emotions of Migration. The workshop understands the emotions experienced in the migration process to be a diverse and complex range of feelings that are expressed and managed in different ways. It focuses on historical, qualitative and ethnographic research which priorities women’s voices, experiences and emotions within the migration process. It will bring together academic and action-based researchers to share the lived experiences of women’s emotional journeys as migrant workers, and add to a growing knowledge base on women’s migrant work through and within South and Southeast Asia. Abstracts should be submitted by 31 March 2014. More information

Sri Lanka conference on Harnessing Knowledge and Harmonizing Diversities

The 2014 International Conference on Multidisciplinary Approaches (ICMA) will be held at University of Sri Jayewardenepura in Nugegoda, Sri Lanka, 13–14 August 2014. The theme for the ICMA 2014 will be ”Harnessing Knowledge and Harmonizing Diversities”, focusing on five major areas; Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Management & Finances, Humanities & Social Sciences, Modern Technology & Applications. There will be a special plenary session on chronic Kidney disease with unknown etiology (CKDu) – a significant health issue both nationally and globally. 
There will be a keynote speech on "Harnessing Knowledge and Harmonizing Diversities through multidisciplinary approaches” by Prof Mohan Munasinghe who shred Nobel prize for peace in 2007 followed by the guest lecturers of invited speakers for each session. High quality research findings from eminent international and national researchers and professionals are invited. Abstracts will be published in conference proceedings and outstanding findings will be considered for publishing as full length papers in the Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies published by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. The best ICMA oral presentation and poster presentation from each session will receive ICMA certificate and an award. More information

Toronto workshop on Young People's Migration Within and Throughout Asia

York Centre for Asian Research at University in Toronto organises a workshop entitled ”Young People's Migration Within and Throughout Asia” on 19–20 August 2014. It is actually a second workshop in an International Workshop Series with the theme ”The Emotions of Migration”. Venue: York Centre for Asian Research and the Children’s Studies Program (Department of Humanities) York University, Toronto, Canada.
For the Toronto worskhop, the organisers call for empirical research papers – historical and contemporary – on children and young people's emotional experiences of migration within and throughout Asia. Papers should focus on mixed feelings of (but not limited to) elation, loneliness, hope, frustration, confusion, relief, fear, freedom and disappointment in the migration process. There is a preference for participant-centred research in South and Southeast Asia prioritizing the following themes:
1. Migration for work and marriage in a historical context (especially in plantations and estates)
2. Contemporary experiences of moving for work, marriage and school – managing mixed feelings
3. Left Behind – adjusting to absence and creating and maintaining relationships
Paper abstracts should be submitted by 4 April 2014. More information.

New Zeeland conference on Un-thinking Asian Migrations

The University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, organises a conference entitled ”Un-thinking Asian Migrations: Spaces of flows and intersections” on 25–26 August 2014. The Asian Migrations Research theme is a collective of scholars working in Asian Studies at the University of Otago. They focus on movements of peoples and ideas – past and present – in East, South, and South-East Asia and into the Pacific. It engages with the fields of diaspora, intercultural, global, and transnational studies, which have grown over the last twenty years to become key frameworks for understanding culture beyond the boundaries of one nation. This symposium sets out to question and challenge current Asian migration studies. The keynote speakers are Associate Professor Eric C. Thompson (Chair of Graduate Studies, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore) and Professor D. Parthasarathy (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay). Abstracts should be submitted before 30 April 2014. More information.

September 2014

Pune conference on Fourth World Literature & Culture

The Higher Education & Research Society, based in Mumbai, India, organises an International Conference on ”Fourth World Literature & Culture” in Pune on 12 – 13 September 2014. Although Fourth World is seemingly restricted to mean a stateless, poor and marginal nations, it also embraces millions of the inhabitants of all small nations, groups working for their autonomy and independence at all levels from the neighbourhood to the nation, minority groups whether ethnic, linguistic, cultural or religious, and those in the fields of peace action, ecology, economics, energy resources, women's liberation, and the whole spectrum of the alternative movement that are struggling against the gigantism of the institutions of today's mass societies and for a human scale and a non-centralized, multifarious, power-dispersed world order. The indigenous social movements could be seen as site of power for such nations are everywhere demanding the right to self-determination. 
Venue for the conference: Government of Maharashtra’s Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Mahalunge/Balewadi, on the Mumbai-Pune Highway. Research papers should be submitted before 10 August 2014. All accepted papers will be published online in the Journal of Higher Education & Research Society: A Refereed International. More information. 

Thane Conference on the 900th Anniversary of Bhāskara

To honour Bhāskarācārya, India’s celebrated mathematician and astronomer, on the 900th anniversary of his birth, Vidya Prasarak Mandal (VPM) is organising an International Conference between the 19-21 September 2014 at Thane, Maharashtra, India. VPM is an educational trust, established to provide educational facilities to the city of Thane. Starting with a modest beginning in 1935, it has now grown into an educational society which caters to the needs of about 15,000 students in the Thane campus, from kindergarten to post graduation in different disciplines of science and humanities, including law and polytechnic. Most of its institutions are affiliated to Mumbai University.
Bhāskarācārya was born in 1114 in a family of scholars who cultivated Jyotisa as a family tradition for several generations. He mastered all the traditional branches of learning and made valuable contributions to mathematics and astronomy through his writings. Comprehensive treatment of the subject, careful organization of the material, lucid exposition and high poetic quality of his works made them near-canonical in the subsequent centuries. Bhāskarācārya works were studied throughout the country and several commentaries were composed on them. 
Themes discussed at the conference includes Bhāskarācārya’s Life and Times, Inscriptional and other Evidence; The Līlāvatī, its importance and influence on subsequent writings; Bhāskarācārya’s legacy and more. Full list of themes
Last date for submitting abstracts is on the 31 March 2014. More information. 

Olomouc conference on Asian Art and Archaeology in 2014

The Board of the European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology (EAAA) invites to its first EAAA conference to be held at Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic, 25–27 September 2014. It will be jointly organized by the EAAA and the  Department of Asian Studies (KAS) at Palacký University. The  conference is generously supported by Palacký University, as the 8th conference of cultural anthropology of South and Eastern Asia.
Palacký University in Olomouc is the second oldest university in the  Czech Republic and one of the oldest in Central Europe. Drawing on more than 400-year tradition of higher education it is nowadays a renowned centre for teaching and research. Olomouc is the capital of  the region of Central Moravia and belongs to the oldest cities of the  Czech Republic. The conference aims to open a dialog between scholars of Asian art and archaeology  and to offer a platform for the presentation and discussion of recent research, and form new research approaches and methods in Asian art and  archaeology. Papers on art and archaeology of China, Japan, Korea, South and Central Asia, as well as papers on art theory and  methodology, are invited. Deadline for submissions is 15 November 2013. More information.

London Symposium on South Asian Youth Cultures and Fashion

London College of Fashion is holding a conference entitled “Contemporary South Asian Youth Cultures and Fashion Symposium“ at London University of the Arts from 25 - 26 September, 2014. The conference is organised by Lipi Begum, lecturer at London College of Fashion and Rohit K Dasgupta, doctoral candidate and associate lecturer at London College of Communication. The conference is supported by London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London.
Dynamic growth and an expanding middle class are making South Asian (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) consumers among the most confident in the world. A large part of this includes the increasing consumption of fashion and related products amongst the youth. Whilst there has been some study of South Asian fashion and dressing cultures within history, anthropology, cinema and diaspora; there has been little work that has looked at the transnational implication of contemporary changing cultural and economic environments on dressing cultures on the youth in South Asia and its diasporas. Dress in India and more largely South Asia is used to instigate change, question national identities and assert power. In this international interdisciplinary symposium the organisers are aiming to extend and question the role of clothing cultures within the changing transnational discourse of consumerism, sexuality, faith, politics and media technology within the youth in South Asia and the diasporas. Application for paper submissions and creative presentations from interdisciplinary perspectives is open until 30 March 2014. More information. 

Japanese Association for South Asian Studies invites to 27th Annual Conference

The Japanese Association for South Asian Studies (JASAS) invites participants to its 27th Annual Conference, to be held at Daito Bunka University, Higashimatsuyama Campus in Saitama-ken on 27 – 28 September 2014. Deadline for panel proposals and Individual paper proposals is 31 March 2014. The proposals from abroad are open to non-members of JASAS. No registration fee is required. More information to be provided by the Takako Inoue at JASAS Annual Conference Office.
JASAS was founded in 1988. As a nation-wide academic body, JASAS 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. 

October 2014

Hamburg Indological Graduate Research Symposium

The Sixth International Indological Graduate Research Symposium (IIGRS 6) will be held at the University of Hamburg, Germany, on 6 – 7 October 2014. M.A. students, PhD candidates and early stage researchers who have completed their PhDs within the past five years are invited to send to send their abstracts no later than 29 June 2014. All papers dealing with any indological research centered around the study of texts in their original language will be considered by the selection committee. More information.

Interdisciplinary comparative seminar on Balkans and South Asia at Ohio State University

Ohio State University's Sawyer Seminar Conference 2014 will focus on the theme “Imagining Alternative Modernities: Interventions from the Balkans and South Asia“. The conference will be held at Ohio State University Campus in Columbus 9–11 October 2014. The conference completes and complements a series of interdisciplinary activities in 2013-14, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the John E. Sawyer Seminars on the Comparative Study of Cultures grant program. On the surface, the Balkans and South Asia might seem to have little in common. However, despite many specific differences, they share similar dilemmas of linguistic, religious, cultural, and ethno-national complexity, similar turbulent political developments associated with imperial, post-colonial, and Cold War legacies, and a similar diversity of responses to these historical and contemporary challenges. Both areas have seen a mixing of people through migratory settlement, conquest, contact, and trade. But both have also experienced periods of reaction to cultural hybridity: a radical unmixing of people through partition and population exchange. The impact of these upheavals is seen in the direct violence of war and devastation, but also through crises on the levels of language, religion, and other modes of culture and human creative activity. 
Proposals for paper presentations from any disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspective within the humanities and social sciences addressing one or more of the following themes in the Balkans or in South Asia, or comparatively between the two regions: 1. Violence, Gender, and Human Rights, 2. Nation, Religion, Language, and Secularism, 3. Minorities, State, Language, and Citizenship and 4. Postcolonial and Postsocialist Perspectives on Neoliberalism. The deadline for submission is 17 March 2014. More information. 

43rd Annual Madison Conference focuses on Improvising South Asia

MadisonThe 43rd Annual Madison Conference on South Asia is held 16–19 October 2014. The conference, that is sponsored by the Center for South Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, attracts over 650 scholars and specialists on South Asia, who travel 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.
This year a plenary session will be organized around the theme of ”Improvising South Asia”. The organisers especially welcome panels that consider this theme in relation to a wide range of settings, whether it be music and theatre, architecture and design, or economic and cultural life.  The conference features nearly 100 academic panels and roundtables, as well as association meetings and special events ranging from performances to film screenings. Deadline for submitting panel suggestions is 1 April 2014. Venue: Madison Concourse Hotel, 1 West Dayton St., Madison, Wisconsin, USA. More information

Third Students’ Conference on Bengal Related Studies in Halle

WittenbergThe Third Conference on Bengal Related Studies for Students and Young Scholars will be held in Halle (Saale), Germany, on 25–26 October 2014. It is hosted by the South Asia Seminar, Institute of Oriental Studies, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg along with the association Bengal Link e.V. and the Arbeitskreis Neuzeitliches Südasien of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Asienkunde e.V. (DGA). The Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg is a leading German university where research on the Bengal regions, Bengali language and culture has been an integral part for a long time. The conference organisers realised the necessity of giving students and young scholars an option to discuss their various topics and after the success of the first and second conference in 2010 and 2012 the organisers are now very much looking forward to hosting the third one interdisciplinary network for Bengal Related Studies. There is no overarching theme; any topic from the humanities and social sciences is welcome as long as the region of study is either Bangladesh or Bengali speaking India. Abstracts should be submitted before 30 April 2014. More information about the Halle conference.

November 2014

Kolkata Conference on Gender, Empowerment and Conflict in South Asia


Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (MCRG) and the Norwegian Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) are jointly organizing an international conference on ”Gender, Empowerment and Conflict in South Asia” on 7–8 November 2014. This is the final conference for a collaborative project entitled Making Women Count for Peace: Gender, Empowerment and Conflict in South Asia. Funded by the Research Council of Norway's INDNOR and NORGLOBAL programmes, the project aims to generate new knowledge and debate on women's empowerment and the challenges facing implementation of UNSCR 1325 in Nepal and India. With a focus on Northeast Indian experiences and a comparative look at Nepal, the project addresses the role of women in local governance and politics, particularly within the context of peace and security processes.
The best papers presented at the conference will be included in an edited volume with the aim of contributing new insights to the debate on gender and political change in conflict-ridden societies. The volume would endeavor to generate awareness about the empowerment of women in peacebuilding efforts and their roles as political activists, members of social movements, politicians or writers. More information.

Pune conference to celebrate 900th anniversary of Indian Mathematician

The Indian Society for History of Mathematics (ISHM) will be organizing an International conference at Pune in India 27 – 30 November 2014. The conference is hosted jointly by three institutions, the Departments of Mathematics of the University of Pune, the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune, and the Bhaskaracharya Institute of Mathematics, Pune.
The event will commemorate the 900th anniversary of great ancient Indian mathematician Bhaskaracharya (1114 – 1185 AD). The theme will be broad-based, covering a broad range of topics in history of mathematics of various cultures from the world. There will also be a session dedicated to the works of Bhaskaracharya. The organisers are accepting paper for conference. More information.

December 2014

Fourth Conference on Asian Borderlands Research to be held in Hong Kong

The fourth Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network focusing on the theme ”Activated Borders: Re-openings, Ruptures and Relationships” will be held from 8-10 December 2014. Venue: Southest Asia Researc Center,  City University of Hong Kong.
The conference is organized by the Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong, in collaboration with International Institute for Asian Studies in Netherlands and Asian Borderlands Research Network.
One of the main goals of this conference is to spur collaboration and conversation across diverse fields in the hope of building up a more nuanced picture of the intersections and relationships across Asian borderlands, submissions are invited from scholars, writers, policy studies researchers, artists, filmmakers, activists, the media, and others from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds. All over Asia, international borders condition encounters between diverse ethnic, linguistic, economic, religious, and political groups. Recently, many formerly disregarded borders have been 'activated'. Some have become more permeable for people, goods and ideas. By contrast, elsewhere in Asia borders have actively hardened. Such border dynamics (which have a history of centuries) shape cross-border linkages and are shaped by them.  Call for papers is now open and deadline is 1 February 2014. More information. 

Fourth Borderlands Research Conference to be held in Hong Kong

The 4rd Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network will be held in Hong Kong 8-10 December 2014. The theme for the 2014 conference will be ”Activated Borders: Re-openings, Ruptures and Relationships”. The conference is organized by the Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong; International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), the Netherlands and the the Asian Borderlands Research Network.  It is convened by  Prof. Mark R. Thompson, City University of Hong Kong, Dr. Yuk Wah Chan, City University of Hong Kong, Dr. Tina Harris, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Prof. Willem van Schendel, University of Amsterdam and Dr. Erik de Maaker, Leiden University, the Netherlands. 
Venue: Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong. 
All over Asia, international borders condition encounters between diverse ethnic, linguistic, economic, religious, and political groups. Recently, many formerly disregarded borders have been ”activated”. Some have become more permeable for people, goods and ideas. By contrast, elsewhere in Asia borders have actively hardened. Such border dynamics (which have a history of centuries) shape cross-border linkages and are shaped by them. During the 4th Asian Borderlands Research Conference in Hong Kong, submissions are invited that address continuities and transformations along routes and borders in Asia, broadly related to the theme ”Re-openings, Ruptures and Relationships.” The deadline to send in panel, roundtable and paper proposals is 1 February 2014. More information.

Delhi conference on Language, Culture and Values: East and West

An international and interdisciplinary conference entitled ”Language, Culture and Values: East and West” will be held in New Delhi, India, 16–18 December 2014 and in Kolkata, 6-8 January 2015. It is organised by the Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion in collaboaration with the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, India; and the Institute of Cross Cultural Studies and Academic Exchange in Burlington, North Carolina, USA. The conference convener is Dr. Chandana Chakrabarti. Suggested subtopics include Language and Culture, Ethnic boundaries, Globalization and Values, Culture and Cognition, and Cultural Change. Deadline for paper proposals is 26 January 2014. More information.

June 2015

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.

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