South Asia conferences outside the Nordic countries

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

South Asian University conference on the economic development in the region

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

Monday, 22 February 2016 - 9:15am to Tuesday, 23 February 2016 - 3:15pm

Göttingen conference on rural-urban dynamics in India and China

On 22-23 February 2016, the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS) and Centre for Modern East Asian Studies (CeMEAS) at the University of Göttingen, Germany, organize a conference entitled Rural-Urban Dynamics and Emergent Forms of Labor in India and China. The conference will explore the ways in which, in recent decades, economic reforms in India and China have changed the adaptability, speed, and direction through which capital flows in the global market economy. This development reveals the fluidity and dynamism of the division between rural and urban, creating ambiguous interstitial spaces and networks through which new forms of labor arise. The conference now invites proposals for papers, to be submitted not later than 4 January 2016. Full information.

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

Leiden conference on Language, Power and Identity in Asia

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

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

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

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

Thursday, 24 March 2016 - 9:15am to Friday, 25 March 2016 - 3:15pm

Sri Lanka Conference on Peace, Reconciliation and Development Challenges

The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka organizes an international conference on Peace, Reconciliation and Development Challenges (ICPRD) to be held on 24-25 March 2016. The conference seeks to create an alternative form of dialogue focused on peace, reconciliation and development that is vital for the sustenance of diverse communities, nation states, territories, cultures, values, and environments with input from a variety of disciplines. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31 December 2015. Full information

Monday, 28 March 2016 - 1:45pm to Thursday, 31 March 2016 - 1:45pm

Seattle dissertation workshop for doctoral students working on New Media in Asia

The American Association for Asian Studies (AAS) organises its 15th consecutive Dissertation Workshop, to be held in conjunction with the 2016 AAS Annual Conference in Seattle during the period 28–31 March 2016. The workshop is intended for doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences who are proposing or in the early stages of conducting dissertation research. The 2016 workshop focuses on the social, political and cultural consequences of  New Media within and across Asia. The deadline for applications is 8 January 2016. More information

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

Shimla conference on Intimacy and Belonging in Contemporary India

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

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

30th BASAS Annual Conference to be held in Cambridge

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

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

Kolkata conference on Sociology of Religion in a Pluralistic Society

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

Thursday, 7 April 2016 - 1:15pm to Saturday, 9 April 2016 - 1:15pm

Canberra Conference on Religious Transformation in Asian History in Australia

On 7–9 April 2016, the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra organizes an international conference entitled Religious Transformation in Asian History. Asian history and culture have been profoundly influenced by a number of religions. The primary aim of the conference is to explore various phenomena of socio-religious transitions in Asian history. The religiosity of Asian people is used as a new perspective by which Asian modernization can reinterpreted in a fresh way. Deadline for abstracts and biographies is 9 February 2016. Full information (as a pdf file).

Friday, 22 April 2016 - 10:00am to Saturday, 23 April 2016 - 10:00am

Indian Ocean focus for fifth South Asia by the Bay Graduate Student Conference

The fifth South Asia by the Bay Graduate Student Conference will be held at University of California, Davis, USA, on 22 – 23 April 2016. The theme for the 2016 conference is “Indian Oceanic Topographies, Contemporary Worlds, and Situated Practices”, focusing on the emergence of Indian Ocean studies as a critical interdisciplinary field in the last decade and a half. This South Asia by the Bay graduate student conference is the fifth in the series and emerges from the collaboration between Stanford, UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley and UC Davis. This year it is hosted by the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program at UC Davis and held in conjunction with a “Reimagining Indian Ocean Worlds Mellon Research Initiative” of UC Davis faculty and graduate students (2015-2018). Although the conference is open to the public, the aim is to provide a focused platform where graduate students can meet with each other and faculty from the organizing institutions and beyond to discuss their work.
Indian Ocean studies has offered thoughtful approaches for dismantling boundaries between specific area studies as well as a way of thinking about maps, globality, relationality, pre-colonial and colonial worlds, and transregional movements. Much of the work has been historical with an emphasis on trade, migrations, diasporas, religious networks, and mobilities across the region. The geographical limits of the ocean have provided the contours for analysis resulting in an emphasis on ports, coastal sites, and islands.  Work on the contemporary period has been uneven with some examination of literary practices but dominated by macro-policy issues, concerns with cross-border violence, security, refugees, or transnational economic investments. The organisers therefore specially welcome papers that focus on contemporary Indian Ocean sites, topographies, and social practices. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 January 2016. Full information.

Friday, 29 April 2016 - 10:30am to Saturday, 30 April 2016 - 4:30pm

Fifth Annual Princeton South Asia Conference aimed at early career scholars

On April 29-30, 2016, the fifth annual Princeton South Asia conference will be held in Princeton, New York, USA. This year’s theme is The Natural Worlds of South Asia and aims to generate discussion about the place of the environment in South Asia. The conference seeks to bring together early career scholars (graduate and junior faculty) across disciplines that engage with South Asia. The organizers invite papers that engage with South Asia in a broad sense, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Nepal, the Maldives, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Myanmar, India and transnational and diasporic spaces. The deadline for paper proposals has been extended until 25 January, proposals can be submitted here. Full information.

Friday, 6 May 2016 - 11:15am to Saturday, 7 May 2016 - 4:15pm

Sri Lanka conference on Socio-cultural Dimensions of Reconciliation

On 6–7 May 2016, the Association of Sri Lankan Sociologists organizes an International Conference on ”The Socio-cultural Dimensions of Reconciliation in Sri Lanka” to be held in Colombo. The conference seeks to provide a platform to discuss reconciliation in Sri Lanka under the subthemes of education, language issues, religion, employment policies, youth identity, regional development, state structure and national reconciliation, and national policy reconciliation. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 16 February 2016. Full call for papers (as a pdf-file).

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 - 9:00am to Thursday, 19 May 2016 - 3:00pm

Eighth Annual IIAS Seminar on City and Society: The Care of the Self

The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden, The Netherlands, organizes a seminar titled City and Society: The Care of the Self on 18 and 19 May 2016. The seminar is multi-disciplinary with a focus on Asia (including South Asia) and/or the West.  Of particular interest for the workshop is the understanding that cities are not merely buildings and the spaces formed between them; rather cities are people and their networks of interaction. Papers that are comparative analyses between, or within, are particularly welcome. Contributions are encouraged from architecture, urbanism, geography, history, area studies, religious studies, social science, and anthropology, among others. The deadline for paper abstracts is 31 January 2016. Full information.

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

International academic yoga conference to be held in Krakow

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

Thursday, 19 May 2016 - 10:00am to Friday, 20 May 2016 - 10:00am

EASAS workshop in Poznan on Women Writing and Autobiography in India

The first European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS) Workshop for 2016 will be held at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, from 19 – 20 May 2016. The theme for the workshop is ”Opening Up Intimate Spaces: Women Writing and Autobiography in India”. It  will focus on Indian women’s writings in India. Most studies of India have tended to focus on the public and the political spheres, seeing them entirely in masculine terms. The fact of women’s much lower literacy levels, their containment within ideologies of femininity and domesticity, compounded by the deafening silence of the imperial archive on women’s experiences have led to the relegation of women’s writings to the margins of mainstream Indian history. This workshop follows an important shift in studies of Indian history towards a reappraisal of women’s roles in the making of pre-modern and modern India by focusing on their writings about their lives. More information will follow, go to EASAS web page.

Friday, 20 May 2016 - 8:30pm

London workshop on Imperialism and Orientalism in Global Legal History

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

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

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

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

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

Shimla Conference on Migration and Citizenship

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

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

Leiden conference on Waste in Asia

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

Saturday, 11 June 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Third International Sikh Research Conference to be held at Warwick University

The third International Sikh Research Conference (ISRC) will be held on Saturday 11 June 2016 at Warwick University in United Kingdom.
ISRC conferences takes place in the UK every year with the goal to bring together leading researchers in the field of Sikh Studies, and associated scholars in other fields. Photo from the 2015 conference.
The submission of papers is encouraged for research papers dealing with any of the following themes: Musicology, History, Philosophy, Scripture, Diaspora, Identity and Politics. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 25 March 2016. Full information.

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

IIAS Call for Abstracts for workshop on Indian medicine

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

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

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

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

Monday, 4 July 2016 - 2:00pm to Friday, 8 July 2016 - 2:00pm

23rd Conference of the European Association for South Asia Archaeology and Art announced

On 4–8 July 2016, the European Association for South Asian Archaeology and Art will take place in Cardiff, Wales, UK. Conference contributions should draw on current and unpublished research relating to the archaeology and art history of South Asia from all periods. Topics from neighboring regions will also be considered if they throw light on South Asian archaeology or art history. More information.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 - 9:45am to Thursday, 7 July 2016 - 6:45pm

Craig Jeffrey keynote speaker at ASAA conference in Canberra

The Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) holds its next Biennial Conference at the Australian National University in Canberra on 5 – 7 July 2016. The conference organisers invite submission of proposals for panels and individual papers from scholars, students and others conducting research on Asia across the full range of academic disciplines. Participation by researchers from beyond Australia is strongly encouraged.
The South Asian Studies Association of Australia (SASAA) – the organisation behind the excellent South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies – actively participates in the Canberra conference with special panels; and Professor Craig Jeffrey (photo), Director for the Australia India Institute, has accepted to present the SASAA keynote lecture at the ASAA conference. Prof. Jeffrey, former Professor of Development Geography at the University of Oxford, UK, is a leading authority on South Asian youth and also writes on Indian democracy, educational transformation, globalization, and the 'social revolution' that he sees occuring across India in the Twenty-First Century. 
Panel and individual paper proposals for the ASAA conference should be submitted by 8 April 2016. SASAA members should also list their submission as a SASAA Panel or Paper in the title and copy their submission to Dr. Meera Ashar. She is working closely with the ASAA organisers Robert Cribb and Edward Espinall to ensure a strong and lively South Asia presence at the ASAA. Full information on the conference website.

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

Call for papers on Economic Transformation and Urbanisation in India

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

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

24th European Conference on South Asian Studies to be held in Warsaw

The 24th European Conference on South Asian Studies – ECSAS 2016 will take place at the University of Warsaw, Poland from 27 to 30 July 2016. The biannual conference, organised by the European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS) is this time hosted by the Faculty of Oriental Studies at University of Warsaw. The chief convener is Prof. Danuta Stasik. A total number of 49 panels have been accepted, including interesting panels on Mediating South Asian religious traditionsPoliticizing Hunger: Famine, Food security and Political Legitimacy in South Asia (19th & 20th century)Print journalism in modern South AsiaSecurity challenges in contemporary India-Pakistan relations; and Policing the city – how public order and security are conceptualised and delivered in contemporary South Asia (see the full list).
Please note that panel convenors and paper presenters are obliged to join EASAS for 2015 and 2016 in order to attend. Deadline for registration is 5 May 2016. Full information on thhe conference web site.
The ECSAS has met regularly since 1968, and has provided an important opportunity to discuss current research and scholarship on topics relating to South Asia within the humanities and social sciences. The 2004 conference was organised by SASNET in Lund, see the 2004 conference page.
The most recent ECSAS conference was held in Zurich, Switzerland, in July 2014. SASNET was represented at this conference by Lars Eklund and Hawwa Lubna. Read their reports.

Saturday, 30 July 2016 - 10:45am to 5:45pm

Bangalore Research Network- NAGARA Second Annual Workshop Announced

On Saturday 30 July 2016, the Bangalore Research Network – NAGARA invites scholars and ethnographers for its second annual workshop. The aim is to share recently-completed or advanced stage Ethnographic research on the city of Bangalore in a one-day workshop. The main goal is to take stock of the field of ‘Bangalore Studies’ over the last few decades and to consider future directions. The workshop organisers particularly encourage contributions based on ethnographic research grounded in the traditions of anthropological, cultural, sociological, historical, feminist, and performance studies frameworks. Deadline for paper abstracts is 1 April 2016. Full information.

Monday, 12 September 2016 - 1:45pm to Tuesday, 13 September 2016 - 5:45pm

2016 Annual meeting of South Asian Anthropologists’ Group to be held in London

On 12–13 September 2016, the South Asian Anthropologists’ Group (SAAG) holds its annual meeting at the Department of Anthropology at University College London. This year’s meeting will have an open theme. The organizers particularly encourage submissions from PhD students and/or those who have recently returned from fieldwork and wish to present ‘work in progress’ papers. Papers should be submitted by 15 August 2016, the deadline for a brief abstract is the 1st of May 2016. For enquiries contact Lucia Michelutti.

Friday, 23 September 2016 - 9:30am to Saturday, 24 September 2016 - 5:30pm

Conference on Literature, Culture and World Peace in Pune, India

The Higher Education and Research Society, Navi Mumbai, India, organizes its fourth annual conference on Literature, Culture and World Peace on 23-24 September 2016 at the Dnyansagar Institute of Management & Research in Pune, India. The conference will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academic discussions on a broad range of topics including peace studies, war literature, globalization and peace, world literature, regionalism and literature, among others. For more information about the conference and paper submissions see the full brochure here (pdf-file).

Saturday, 24 September 2016 - 10:15am to Sunday, 25 September 2016 - 1:15pm

Call for 29th Annual Japanese Association for South Asian Studies Conference

On 24 and 25 September 2016 the Japanese Association for South Asian Studies (JASAS) holds its 29th Annual Conference at the Kobe City University of Foreign Studies. The organization now invites panel and paper suggestions. Individual paper proposals should include a title, summary of the paper (around 400 words) and contactdetails. Panel suggestions should include a title, list of panel speakers and affiliations, and summary of the panel. The deadline for paper and panel suggestions is 31 March 2016. For queries, contact the JASAS Annual Conference Office.  The full call for papers can be downloaded here (as a pdf file).

Friday, 28 October 2016 - 9:00am to Sunday, 30 October 2016 - 5:00pm

Fourth Conference on Bengal Related Studies for Students and Young Scholars in Halle, Germany

On 28-30 October 2016 the South Asia Seminar of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg will host the Fourth Conference on Bengali Related Studies for Students and Young Scholars. The aim of the conference is to provide an interdisciplinary venue for students and young scholars who focus on the Bengal regions in their research. Any topic from the humanities and social sciences is welcome as long as the region of study is either Bangladesh or Bengali speaking India. The deadline for abstracts is 30 April 2016. Full call for papers (as a pdf file).

Thursday, 3 November 2016 - 9:45am to Friday, 4 November 2016 - 4:45pm

San Francisco conference on Masculinities in Asia

On 3-4 November 2016 the Center for Asia Pacific Studies at the University of San Francisco organizes a conference on Masculinities in Asia. The conference seeks to provide a forum for interdisciplinary discussion and the sharing of the latest research on issues related to the construction of masculinities in Greater China, Japan, Korea, India and the Philippines. Possible themes include empire, nation, and globalization, gender identity, sexuality, medicine, masculinity in advertising, among others. The deadline for paper proposals is on 4 January 2016. Full information.

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

Fifth Asian Borderlands conference to be held in Kathmandu

The Asian Borderlands Research Network holds its fifth annual conference at the Social Science Baha Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal on 12-14 December 2016. The conference will be addressing how social scientists are now recognizing that borderlands generate a dynamism in and of themselves, and that cross-border linkages are far more central to historical change than previously acknowledges. Special emphasis will be placed on borders and cross-border flows of people and objects that have not been highlighted during previous conferences of the network, such as air and maritime borders, high-altitude borderlands, borderlands with a high risk of natural disasters and control over cyberspace, among others. The conference will be organized along three main themes. The first theme is livelihoods and how everyday lives are increasingly subject to state power and/or neglect. The second theme is communities and how new border alignments have considerable impacts on diverse ethnic, religious, and occupational communities. The third theme is flows and seeks to address the flows of people, goods, and ideas across Asian borderlands. Very limited financial support may be made available to some scholars who reside in Asia and some junior or low-income scholars from other parts of the world. If you would like to be considered for a grant, please submit the Grant Application Form in which you state the motivation for your request. The form should be submitted before 15 January 2016. Requests for funding received after this date will not be taken into consideration.The deadline for the submission of panels is 15 January 2016. Full information

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