South Asia conferences outside the Nordic countries

July 2014

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 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.
SASNET will be represented at the conferece by Lars Eklund, Olle Frödin and Hawwa Lubna. Lubna is also representing the South Asian Students Association at Lund University.

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. Papers deal with any aspect of life in Nepal and the Himalaya from a social science perspective. Keynote Presentations are given by Michael Hutt on ‘Five Nepali Novels’; and by Mahendra Lawoti on ‘Democracy in Trouble? Political Elite’s Attitude and Behaviour and Regime Stability in Nepal’. 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 was 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

Hyderabad researchers at work conference on Literature and Culture.

The Centre for Comparative Literature at the School of Humanities, University of Hyderabad, India, organise a Researchers at Work Conference (RAW.CON 2014) on ”Literature and Culture; Expanding Horizons: New Paradigms of Knowledge Production”, 10 – 12 September 2014. This will be the fourth Researchers at Work Conference, which is an initiative which broadly focuses on Literary and Cultural Studies. In the previous years, this conference looked at various issues of literatures, cultures and modernities. This year it proposes to explore new frontiers of knowledge production so as to understand how they contribute to research and analyses. The conference is exclusively for full time or independent ‘research scholars’, thus graduate, post-graduate students, senior teachers are humbly requested not to apply. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 30 June 2014. More information.

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. 

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. 

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.

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

Madison pre-conference on Extreme Weather and Disasters in South Asia

The American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS) organises a Regional Symposium on ”Extreme Weather, Disasters, and Indigenous Practices in South Asia” at Madison, Wisconsin, USA, on Thursday 16 October 2014. This day-long symposium is sponsored by the American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). This interdisciplinary conference will provoke critical engagement with the multiple meanings of extreme weather for its various constituencies – liberal arts and social sciences educators, policy makers, research scientists, and agency officials mitigating the consequences of disasters as a result of extreme weather. It is proposed to bring together scientists, planners, and scholars of social science and humanities to examine the best available projections highlighting the impact of extreme weather and possible responses to it. Abstracts should be submitted before 16 May 2014. 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

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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.

Ahmedabad conference on Climate Justice focusing on Farmers

An International Conference on Strengthening Climate Justice Initiatives: Livelihood Challenges at Local Level with a focus on Farmers” will be held in  Ahmedabad, India, on 8–9 November 2014. It is organised by the Institute of Law at Nirma University in Ahmedabad (ILNU), in collaboration with the National Indian Council for Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Public Leadership (NCCSD). Students, research scholars, academicians, policy makers, practitioners, NGOs, regulatory bodies, farmers and various other stakeholders are invited to initiate a dialogue on the conference theme and to critically analyse the contribution of government policies, legal framework, technology and local initiatives to bring Climate Justice against the challenges faced by farmers at local level. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 July 2014. More information

Ethiopia conference on Affordable and Profitable Housing

The Ethiopian Institute of Technology at Mekelle University (EIT-M– in the northern Tigray Regional State of Ethiopia – hosts an international conference on affordable housing entitled The Affordable and the Profitable” on 10–12 November 2014. The conference aims to be more than just an academic exercise instead it is supposed to be a dialogue and a debate among the academia, the state and the private sector on the crucial issue of affordable housing. The focus is on Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular, but the theme may have bearings also for South Asia.

Lawrence Vale, Nabeel Hamdi and Pradip Jyoti Agrawal.

The keynote speakers are Prof. Lawrence Vale, School of Architecture & Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA; Prof. Nabeel Hamdi, School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University, UK; and Pradip Jyoti Agrawal, Advisor/Director, Ambuja Neotia Real Estate Company, Kolkata, India. This is one of the most prominent and respected corporate houses headquartered in Kolkata with its forte in real estate and recent forays into hospitality, healthcare and education. The company has been responsible for landmark projects in and around Kolkata such as Udayan, Kolkata’s first Condoville created around the Public Private Partnership model, City Centre, the mall that went on to re-write several retail rules, Fort Raichak, Kolkata’s first luxury weekend getaway and the pastoral hamlet by the Ganges, Ganga Kutir amongst many others.
The conference is organised by the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at EIT-M. Among the conveners are Assistant Professor Antarin Chakrabarty, with a background from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, where he defended his doctoral dissertation entitled ”Communicative Planning and Democratic Decentralisation in India – Case of Kolkata City” in 2008.
Deadline for submitting abstracts is 1 July 2014. Full information.

International Symposium on Megacities to be held in Kolkata

An International Symposium on MEGACITIES will be held in Kolkata, India, 11 – 14 November 2014. According to United Nations statistics, a megacity is defined to have a population of 10 million or more (see a list of the current 32 megacites in the world). During four days, world leading experts in architecture and city planning participate and give presentations. A Concluding Lecture entitled ”Need for research on Megacity” will be given by Professor Shin Muramatsu from the Research Institute of Humanity and Nature, Kyoto and Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, Japan. Abstracts for both oral and poster presentations should be submitted before 31 July 2014. 
The symposium is being organised by the Centre for Built Environment (CBE), an umbrella organisation of professionals from the government, university, private organisations and institutions. The symposium intends to discuss the megacity concept in a comprehensive way, and almost all megacities in the world will be presented for the first time – about the transformation and about its challenges and problems, prospects and future visions. How grandeur and splendour are seen with squalor and decay, with poverty and plenty. How utopian ideas come and how magacities take the challenges. Where and how future megacitie will come? The symposium also includes special features and account of megacities in art, cinema and music. The organizers hope that the symposium should lead up to a resolution, that is called the Charter of Kolkata. Full information about the symposium.

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 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.

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. 

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.

Seventh IAAPS conference to be held in Tezpur

Seventh Biennial International Conference of the Indian Association for Asian & Pacific Studies (IAAPS) will be held 20– 22 December 2014 at Tezpur University in Assam. Scholars from all regions of Asia are expected to participate in order to enrich the already established network between Indian scholars & scholars across Asia-Pacific regions. IAAPS promotes research, conference, seminar, lecture programs and understanding of different Asian & Pacific regions in its cultural, social, political and economic scenario. The Association is a forum for scholars engaged in area studies to carry out social science oriented studies, which are to some extent inter- regional and inter-societal comparative studies. The keynote speaker will be Professor Prasenjit Duara, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. Abstracts should be submitted before 31 May 2014. More information

April 2015

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

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

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.

July 2015

ICAS 9 to be hosted by three Adelaide universities

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

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