South Asia conferences outside the Nordic countries

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 - 3:15pm

Amartya Sen holds the 2015 IIAS Annual Lecture in Amsterdam

The Leiden based International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS) Annual Lecture 2015 will be delivered by the renowned Indian economist and philosopher Professor Amartya Kumar Sen, Laureate of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences 1998. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 10 March, 15.30–17.00. Venue: De Rode Hoed, Keizersgracht 102 in Amsterdam. The title for his lecture will be ”Life and Death in Asia and Africa”.
In his lecture, Professor Sen will focus on the morbidity and mortality that remain exceptionally high, both in Africa and parts of Asia. The explanation lies partly in the absence of health care and epidemiological interventions, but also in the defective way public health care is organised. There are, however, exceptions from which other countries can learn. Thailand, China, Rwanda, the Indian state of Kerala and Bangladesh provide lessons of different kinds of relevance from which lessons can be drawn. Life and death depend also on policy wisdom, and not only on human predicament beyond our control.
The number of places is limited, and registration beforehand is required.
More information and registration, go to the IIAS website:

Friday, 13 March 2015 - 1:15pm to Saturday, 14 March 2015 - 1:15pm

Kurukshetra conference on new perspectives of the 1947 Partition

The Department of History at Kurukshetra University in the Indian state of Haryana, 160 km away from Delhi, organises an international conference entitled ”1947: Rethinking” on 13–14 March 2015. The conference will focus on the partition of British India in 1947 and the establishment of the sovereign state of Pakistan, being the culmination of the demand of All India Muslim League and the success of Muslim communal politics. The partition and the establishment of two sovereign states, i.e., India and Pakistan was a significant signpost in the evolution of Modern South Asia as a social-political unit. However, as is the case with every aspects in the study of history, there is a room for further analysis. The availability of new sources, access to more private papers, emerging trends in historiography and ever- evolving tools of historical research still provide exciting opportunity to the researchers to focus attention on the hitherto neglected aspect on the study of the partition of India and also to provide fresh interpretations on the existing one. Historians and scholars from United States, UK, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh will present their viewpoints in this international conference. Selected papers will be published shortly after the completion of the conference in form of a book. More information about the conference.

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

Ahmedabad Conference on Law and Economics

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

Wednesday, 8 April 2015 - 1:15pm to Friday, 10 April 2015 - 1:15pm

BASAS 2015 conference focuses on The Securitisation of South Asia

The British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS) holds its 29th Annual Conference at University of Portsmouth, 8–10 April 2015. Themed ‘The Securitisation of South Asia’, the conference aims to address the ways in which concepts of security and insecurity have and are playing themselves out in different South Asian contexts at macro, meso, and micro scales. We invite proposals for panels as well as independent papers that address the conference theme—whether at global, personal, local, regional, state and inter-state levels—within South Asia and across its diaspora. Panels and papers might be focused around issues of hard security as well as everyday security/insecurity. Topics of interest may include military intervention (the history of and current manifestations), the impact of the so-called global war on terror which could be explored through a diaspora lens or examination of foreign policy and state level responses; as well as issues relating to human security; gender–based violence, water and food security, migration, urbanisation to name but a few possible options. As always the organisers welcome bold, innovative and interdisciplinary approaches.The deadline for the submission of panel proposals/papers is 28 February 2015. You must be a BASAS member in order to register for the conference. More information.

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

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

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

Thursday, 23 April 2015 - 12:45pm to Friday, 24 April 2015 - 12:45pm

Delhi conference on Gender, Conflict and Security: Perspectives from South Asia

The Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences at the South Asian University (SAU) in Delhi, in collaboration with UN Women, invites paper proposals for a regional conference entitled ”Gender, Conflict and Security: Perspectives from South Asia” to be held in New Delhi on 23–24 April 2015. Deadline for submission of abstracts is Monday 2 March 2015. While the conference would be anchored to the core terrains of International Politics and Peace Studies, it would attempt to strike conversations across disciplines, particularly drawing on contributions from anthropology, sociology, political science and economics. It would engage with three broad themes: How does gender intersects with conflict and security discourse in South Asia? How would perspectives emanating from South Asia enrich the Women, Peace and Security discourse at the global level? How would this push to re-imagine the women, conflict and security discourse from a South Asian perspective? More information about the conference.
SAU is an international university established by the eight member nations of South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) viz. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It started its operations from the academic year 2010. The university now offers post-graduate and doctoral programmes in various disciplines that include Development Economics, Computer Science, Biotechnology, Mathematics, Sociology, International Relations and Law. It will ultimately have 11 post-graduate faculties and a faculty of undergraduate studies. SAU attracts students from all member nations and its degrees are recognised by all the eight SAARC countries. The University is currently functioning from Akbar Bhawan Campus in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi before it eventually moves in to its 100 acre campus in Maidan Garhi, South Delhi where the construction is starting very soon.

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

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

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

Tuesday, 9 June 2015 - 3:30pm

SOAS South Asia Institute graduate workshop on South Asia Cityscapes

SOAS South Asia Institute arranges its Second Annual Graduate Workshop with the theme ”South Asia Cityscapes: Social, economic and cultural transformations” on 8 June 2015, 09.00–18.00. This one-day workshop intends to bring together research students working on South Asian cities and aspects of urban life in South Asia to address a broad range of questions about how everyday engagements, material conditions, new and evolving imaginaries, cultural production, and the social space of cities are being negotiated within urban and urbanizing South Asia. Venue: Meet 116, Russell Square Main Building, SOAS, University of London. A Call for Papers has been published, deadline for submissions is 27 February.
Urbanising processes are taking place across the South Asian region, the home of more than a fifth of humanity. South Asian cityscapes are consequently playing a significant role in shaping social, economic and cultural formations. Arjun Appadurai’s notion of ‘five scapes’ (or flows) conceptualises the rapid processes by which ideas, information, people, finances, and technologies are constantly shifting, evolving and emerging within the global context. South Asia’s ‘global cities’, such as Mumbai, Karachi, and Dhaka, as Sassen has highlighted, are showing new modes of operation no longer tightly bound to national and regulatory systems. However, as Hansen points out, cities in South Asia have simultaneously not produced the individualised modernities expected of industrial cities but rather urban spaces in which ethnicity, religion, and other aspects of ‘traditional’ life are shaping contemporary urban sociality and the uses of public space.
PhD students working in the humanities and social sciences whose work is at a sufficiently advanced stage for them to share it with their peers, andpostdocs who were awarded their doctorate no more than one year before the date of the workshop, are invited to send titles and 250-word abstracts. Contributions may be either a draft thesis chapter or a paper written specially for the workshop. Selected contributors will be invited to come to SOAS to present their work in an engaging and supportive forum.  A contribution towards costs of travel and accommodation will be provided for students selected to present papers who are registered at British and European universities and who are travelling from outside London.  Students from further afield are also welcome to submit abstracts but we cannot undertake to cover their costs. PhD students wishing to attend only and not to present to the workshop are also welcome to register. More information

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

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

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

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

Athens conference on Asian History and Asian Studies

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

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

ICAS 9 with interesting South Asia workshops to be held in Adelaide, Australia

The ninth International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 9) will be held in Adelaide, Australia, 5–9 July 2015. It will be hosted by an internationally networked team of experts, spearheaded by Adelaide’s three leading public universities: University of Adelaide, Flinders University, and the University of South Australia. 1,500 to 2,500 Asia specialists are expected to attend. ICAS 9 boasts two new formats aimed at promoting publications/dissertations by convention participants: the Book Presentation Carousel and the PhD Pitch. The submission deadline for proposals of individual abstracts, panels, roundtables, and book and dissertation presentations was 10 September 2014.
During the ICAS9 conference there will also be two very exciting one-day workshops/mini-conferences on governance in India and Pakistan featuring invited international presenters; the frts one entitled ”Pakistan, governance and cultural formations”, convened by Samina Yasmeen; and tghe second entitled ”Acche din? Politics and Governance in India after One Year of the BJP”, convened by Priya Chacko.
The ICAS Book Prize (IBP) was established by the International Convention of Asia Scholars in 2004. It aims to create an international focus for publications on Asia while increasing their worldwide visibility. The biennial ICAS Book Prize is awarded for outstanding English-language works in the field of Asian Studies. The five awards are: Best study in the Humanities; Best study in the Social Sciences; Best dissertation in the Humanities; Best dissertation in the Social Sciences and the Colleagues’ Choice Award. In addition to the Awards, the Reading Committee can award Accolades to publications with particular merit.
ICAS is the premier international gathering in the field of Asian Studies. It attracts participants from over 60 countries to engage in global dialogues on Asia that transcend boundaries between academic disciplines and geographic areas. More information on ICAS 9.

ICAS 9 to be hosted by three Adelaide universities

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

Thursday, 16 July 2015 - 3:00pm

Colombo conference on Socio-Economic Equity in South Asia

An International  Conference on ”Promoting Socio-Economic Equity in South Asia: Challenges and Prospects” (ICPSE) will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 15–16 July 2015. It is being organised by the National Science Foundation (NSF), in collaboration with the Indian Council och Social Science Research (ICSSR). The conference aims to bring together multidisciplinary researchers to present their findings and views to help develop and strengthen research and decision making on the range of issues linked to the socio-economic equity of the South Asia. The proposed South Asian Dialogue seeks to bring together key social scientists in South Asia and other countries who work on various aspects of social inequality in the South Asian region with a view to advancing the understanding of the subject, identifying gaps in research and developing an agenda for research, preferably to be undertaken through international as well as interdisciplinary collaboration.Abstracts should be submitted befire 30 April 2015. Full information.

Monday, 27 July 2015 - 10:15am to Friday, 4 September 2015 - 10:15am

2015 Tamil Summer School in Puducherry

PILCThe Puducherry (Pondicherry) Institute of Linguistics and Culture holds its regular Tamil Summer School from 27 July - 5 September 2015. The summer school offers an intensive education in spoken Tamil language at basic and intermediate levels, and it combines classroom lessons with field visits so that the participants can practice at most their language skills in the course of studies. Registration is open from 1 March – 30 May 2015. However, applications will be accepted after the last date under special circumstances/request.
The Tamil Summer School was initiated in 1998 by the Department of Social Sciences, French Institute, Puducherry to offer training to language researchers in Humanities and Social sciences. PILC has been organising this course since 2004. Read an article from The Hindu about the Tamil Summer School 2008, (with a photo by T. Singaravelou).
The medium of teaching is English as well as Tamil. The TSS focuses on Spoken Tamil rather than on the classical and written forms being taught in European Universities. The level of spoken Tamil course is INTERMEDIATE.
More information (as pdf-file).

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

Sri Lanka Training Programme on Terrestrial/Aquatic Wildlife

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

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

Eighth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum in New Delhi

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

Monday, 17 August 2015 - 6:00pm

IIAS workshop on Belonging across the Bay of Bengal

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

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

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

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

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

International Visual Methods Seminar at University of Antwerp

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

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

28th Annual Conference of Japanese Association for South Asian Studies

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

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

SAAG 2015 meeting focuses on Leadership and Authority in South Asia

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

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

New Delhi conference on sociology of elites in contemporary India

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

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