South Asia conferences outside the Nordic countries

Thursday, 24 September 2015 - 12:00am to Saturday, 26 September 2015 - 6:15pm

First African-Asian Studies conference to be held in Ghana

On 24–26 September 2015, the Association of Asian Studies in Africa (A-Asia) organses its inaugural conference in Accra, Ghana. The conference will be held in cooperation with the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS), and the theme will be ”Asian Studies in Africa: Challenges and Prospects of a New Axis of Intellectual Interactions”. It will be the first conference held in Africa that will bring together a multidisciplinary ensemble of scholars and institutions from the continent and the rest of the world with a shared focus on Asia and Asia-Africa intellectual interactions. Through panels and roundtables, the conference will seek to assess the prospects for Asian studies in Africa in a global context by addressing a number of theoretical and empirical questions that such  enterprise will raise: How should Asian studies be framed in Africa? Is Asian studies relevant for Africa? What is the current state of capacity (institutional, intellectual, personnel, and so on) for Asian studies in Africa and can this be improved and how? How does (and must it?) Asian studies dovetail into the broader field of ‘Area studies’ as it has been developed, mainly in Western institutions? Are new narratives required for understanding the very visible contemporary presence of Asia in Africa and Africa in Asia? What is the current state of research on Africa-Asia (transnational) linkages?
Deadline for submitting abstracts has unfortunately already passed (15 Februaruy 2015).Venue: University of Ghana at Legon, Accra. More information about the conference.

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, 9 October 2015 - 8:45am to Saturday, 10 October 2015 - 6:15pm

Second MUSA Graduate Conference to be held in London

The Muslim South Asia Research Forum (MUSA), based at SOAS, University of London, invites to its Second Graduate Conference to be held in London on 9–10 October 2015. The event will be co-organised in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society. The conference aims to connect early career scholars and academics researching Muslim societies in South Asia and their diasporic communities, across disciplines and time periods. Our goal is to provide a platform for scholarly exchange and to showcase new and innovative thinking in this field. PhD students and early career researchers from any discipline  are invited to apply. Panels on different themes relevant to the study of South Asian Muslim societies will be put together based on your submissions. Abstracts shold be submitted by Monday 15 June 2015. More information.

Friday, 16 October 2015 - 9:30am to Sunday, 18 October 2015 - 1:30pm

International Student Conference on Asia-Africa Studies to be held in Bandung

An International Student Conference on Asia-Africa Studies (ISCAAS) will be held in Bandung, Indonesia, 16–18 October 2015. The grand theme for this first undergraduate conference for universities in Asia and Africa is “Eradicating Poverty Through Equal Development”. It is organised by the Student Organization of Economics and Development Studies, Padjadjaran University. The aim of this event is to facilitate discussion and encourage participants to deliver ideas and propose solution in responding to the issues in economic development. Eradicating poverty is one of the most important challenges faced by developing countries in their attempts to achieve sustainable development. The milestones on eradicating poverty have not yet been met in many of Africa and South Asia. More than a billion people worldwide still live in extreme poverty, and many more experience hunger and are vulnerable to environmental or price shocks . Without eradicating poverty, it will be difficult to sustain development. Given this condition, International Student Conference on Asia-Africa Studies (ISCAAS) invites all undergraduate students from Asia and Africa universities to express their ideas in this conference. Abstracts should be submitted before 31 August 2015.  Full information

Thursday, 22 October 2015 - 11:00am to Sunday, 25 October 2015 - 11:00am

44th Annual University of Wisconsin–Madison Conference on South Asia

MadisonThe 44th Annual Madison Conference on South Asia is held 22–25 October 2015. The conference, that is sponsored by the Center for South Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, attracted over 700 scholars and specialists on South Asia last year, coming 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. Students, professionals, and anyone interested in research on the region are welcome to participate in the four-day event featuring research panels and roundtables, lectures and addresses, film screenings, booksellers, association receptions, and other special presentations. 
In addition to the more than 100 panels, the conference chair and committee invites distinguished speakers and renowned performers and artists to present during the Joseph W. Elder Keynote Lecture, the plenary address, and other designated special events. This year features an expanded program to include Thursday preconferences with the registration fee.
Last year, the plenary speakers were P. Sainath of the People's Archive of Rural India (PARI) and award-winning writer, photographer and filmmaker Jason Motlagh. This year's keynote speaker will be announced in the coming months leading up to the conference. 
Venue: Madison Concourse Hotel, 1 West Dayton St., Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Deadline for submitting papers is 1 April 2015. More information

Thursday, 22 October 2015 - 6:45pm

Tenth Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference at Madison

The Nepal Study Center is pleased to announce the Tenth Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference.  It will be held on 22 October 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin, at the pre-conference venue of the University of Wisconsin's 44th Annual Conference on South Asia (22–24 October). Papers are invited encompassing socio-economic growth (macro or sectoral), violent conflict and political processes, institutional development, governance and administrative reform, poverty and income distribution, education and health, regional development, gender and ethnicity, trade and remittances, aid and foreign direct investment, resource and environmental management, climate change, bio-diversity, sustainable community development,  public-private partnership in technology and investment, child labor, and many other issues. More information.

Thursday, 29 October 2015 - 9:45am to Saturday, 31 October 2015 - 9:45am

Guadeloupe conference on Indian Languages in Diaspora.

An International conference on ”Indian Languages in Diaspora. Strategies of Retention and Modes of Transmission” will be held 29 – 31 October 2015 in the French overseas département of Guadeloupe in the Carribean. Venue: Mémorial ACTe, Pointe-à-Pitre. The cnference committee is chaired by Appasamy Murugaiyan from EPHE-UMR 7528 Mondes iranien et indien in Paris.  
For more than three decades, the Indian diaspora has been the subject of many discussions and studies among researchers interested in the historical and economic aspects as well as the anthropological, social and political dimensions of migration. However, the presence of Indian languages and their role ​​within these diaspora populations have so far attracted very limited interest than expected. Of all the elements of identity (re)construction, language retention and transmission is the most problematic. Retention and transmission of the diasporic Indian languages may be mapped along a continuum ranging from disappearance or extreme marginalization to recovery, preservation and promotion through socio-cultural organizations or, in the ideal situation, by the State. The conference focuses on the languages of origin (LO) of the Indian diaspora societies, immigrated during the historical period of indenture that is from 1834 to 1920, known as the historical or old diaspora. They are settled in the following countries and areas: Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Mauritius, Reunion, Seychelles, South Africa, Fiji, Guyana, Suriname, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Trinidad and Tobago. They belong to the two main linguistic groups of the sub-continent: The Indo-Aryan group: Hindi (Awadhi & Bhojpuri), Urdu, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi, Punjabi and Konkani; and the Dravidian group: Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.
The objective of the Conference is to provide a forum for discussion and interaction among researchers and educators on theoretical language retention and transmission issues in diasporic contexts, enhanced by relevant country-based case studies. Being hosted in Guadeloupe, the conference will pay particular attention to the Indian diaspora people settled in the French overseas departments (DOM): La Réunion, Guadeloupe and Martinique. It is important to highlight that most of them are of South Indian origin and claim Tamil as their language and culture. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 30 April 2015. More information.  

Friday, 6 November 2015 - 9:45am to Sunday, 8 November 2015 - 6:45pm

Delhi conference on Global Environmental Change in the Himalayas

Heidelberg University organises an international conference on ”Global Environmental Change in the Himalayas: Controversies, Impacts, Futures” to be held in New Delhi, India 6–8 November 2015.
A prediction by the IPCC that glaciers would disappear from the Himalayas by 2035 produced considerable public concern, followed by controversy over its accuracy and finally it was shown to be erroneous. This perceived crisis followed in the line of several previous narratives such as “Himalayan environmental degradation”. On the one hand, such controversies point to the importance of the Himalayan region in the context of Global environmental change; but they also show how these controversies are exacerbated by insufficient understanding of the Himalayas. To develop such an understanding we require scientific collaboration, research methods that complement each other and an explicit integration of the human dimension in any discussion of environmental change in the South Asian mountain belt. Further, it is important to identify ongoing and potential impacts of these changes in terms of human-environmental interactions, natural hazards, non-equilibrium ecology and socio hydrology. Building on an identification of potential impacts, it is important to examine future scenarios that include a discussion of response pathways and possible adaptation strategies.
The conference will start with a unique exhibition on “repeat terrestrial photography” that identifies changes of glaciers, vegetation, land use and urban development in the Himalayas. This conference aims to bring together scholars, researchers and practitioners from diverse disciplines to share their findings and to intensively exchange on the multifaceted topic.
The conference has received generous financial support from the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) in New Delhi. There is no conference fee for confirmed participants. Presentations are invited on themes such as, but not limited to: Historical records of climate change; Remote sensing of environmental change; Direct and indirect impacts of climate change; Human development in the Himalayas; Socio-hydrolog; and Changes in the cryosphere. Abstracts should be submitted before 31August 2015. Full information.

Saturday, 7 November 2015 - 11:45am

Baltimore conference on Human and Physical Environment in Asia

The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), USA, organises a one-day conference in Asian History/Asian Studies on Saturday 7 November 2015, 09.00–15.00. The theme is ”Asia in Context: The Human and Physical Environment”, and the conference aims to brings together scholars doing exciting work in “reading” Asia beyond textual sources, exploring bodies, objects, and environments to build a more nuanced understanding of the Asian past and present. In the process, it also presents new approaches and methodologies for the study of Asian history and society. Invited speakers  include Preminda Jacob from the Department of Visual Arts at UMBC who will lecture about “The Painted Walls of Chennai. Street Semiotics in an Indian City”. Attendance is free, but registration is required. More information.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 - 9:00am to Wednesday, 11 November 2015 - 5:00pm

Islamabad conference on Post-Conflict Rehabilitation

The National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) in Islamabad, Pakistan hosts an International Conference on Post-Conflict Rehabilitation on 10–11 November 2015, at NUST Center for International Peace and Stability (CIPS). It is organised in collaboration with Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF). The conference will provide an opportunity for policy makers and senior researchers to share their research on the theme. Although the conference keynote presentations will mostly focus on post-conflict situation in Pakistan’s regional context, CIPS invites international and national researchers from the fields of Social Sciences and Humanities to present papers that will also include international best practices related to post-conflict rehabilitation strategies, policies and practices.
The one and a half day conference spread over three sessions will separately look at post-conflict rehabilitation and de-radicalization in Pakistan and other regions of the world. Scholars will address the following questions and themes: • The Processes associated with Efficient Post-conflict Rehabilitation Programmes; • Counter-radicalization programmes as a means to promote national security and stability; and • Challenges of Reintegrating communities in the post-conflict areas. Deadline for submitting paper abstracts is 15 August 2015. More information.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 - 5:00pm to Sunday, 15 November 2015 - 5:00pm

Durban conference on 155 years of Indian presence in South Africa

An international conference entitled ”Celebrating 155 years of Indians in South Africa: Ethnicity, Race and Citizenship: Place of Indians in the New South Africa” will be held in Durban, South Africa, 11 – 15 November 2015. It is being organised by the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics at Howard College Campus, University of KwaZulu Natal, Although the focus is on South Africa, the organisers also invite scholars working on Indian diaspora in other countries to offer papers and participate in the conference proceedings. The participation of scholars beyond South Africa will enable researchers in the field of diaspora studies to reflect on broader theoretical issues in conceptualising the Indian diaspora. Deadline for sumitting abstracts has been extended till 15 August 2015.
The arrival of Indians since 1860 some as indentured workers and others as independent passengers with an intention to trade has fundamentally changed not only the demographic landscape of South Africa, but also had a deeper impact culturally, socially and religiously. On 16 November 2015 it will be 155 years of their presence in the country. Their experience extends from the colonial history to apartheid and finally culminating in the new South African dispensation. As such, their memories, their social history, their cultural and religious outlook has been shaped by these three key phases of history. In as much as they have shaped the memories of other cultural groups, they have been profoundly affected by their interactions with the rest of the South African population groups. This conference seeks to understand and appreciate as well as to conceptualise their presence in South Africa and also to assess and take stock of their contributions to the South African way of life as a whole, their troubles and anxieties not only of the past but also of the present.  The conference aims to bring together researchers and academics to engage in critical discussion on a range of themes and topics that relate to South African Indians. More information.

Friday, 20 November 2015 - 1:45pm to Saturday, 21 November 2015 - 1:45pm

Mysore conference on Global Economic Growth and Sustainability: Challenges and Prospects

Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Institute for Management Development (SDMIMD) in Mysore, India, organises an international conference on “Global Economic Growth and Sustainability: Challenges and Prospects” on 20–21 November 2015. The organisers invite members from the academia and corporate fraternity to participate in the deliberations by submitting research papers and case studies. Unprecedented growth has been experienced in most part of the globe during last few decades. However, unfortunately, the fruit of such growth has not improved the quality of life for all. While the poverty has been reduced in some of the emerging economies like India, China and Vietnam, half of the world’s population owns less than 1 percent of the wealth. Fifty percent of the world population lives on less than $2.50 a day. Recent statistics also show that the ratio of people at poverty to wealthy level is 88 to 1, while it increased from 44 to 1 in 1973. More than half of total workforce of 2.6 billion in the developing economies is employed in the “unorganised sector” with unfavourable working conditions. Unemployment, especially of youths, is in the range of 40 to 70 percent. With close to 1 billion people suffering from malnourishment and 820 million chronically hungry, 2.7 billion people living without proper sanitation and clean water, around 125 million children not going to school and around 30 million children dying of preventable diseases in last 10 years before reaching the age of five; do clearly indicate that a large part of the population have been deprived of the opportunities in sharing the fruits of the growth.
Abstracts shouldbe submitted before 31 August 2015. More information.

Sunday, 29 November 2015 - 9:30am to Tuesday, 1 December 2015 - 9:30am

New Zeeland conference on Asian Intersections

The 21st New Zealand Asian Studies Society (NZASIA) International Conference will be held in Christchurch 29 November – 1 December 2015. It is being hosted by the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. The theme for the conference will be ”Asian Intersections: Identities and Linkages”, focusing on the fact that Asia has long been a crossroads, where civilizations, large and small, and their arts, and cultures, have intersected, interacted and evolved. This has led to complex patterns of social, artistic, political and economic interactions, which have shaped and reshaped identities over the years, in some places peacefully and syncretically, in some places resulting in long lasting conflict or disorder. Panel and paper proposals on any topic related to Asia, broadly defined are invited, from all disciplines. Abstracts should be submitted before 31 August 2015. More information.

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

Twelth International workshop on Tamil Epigraphy in Thanjavur

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

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

SAAG 2015 meeting focuses on Leadership and Authority in South Asia

The UK South Asian Anthropologists' Group (SAAG) will hold its 2015 meeting at Cambridge. The theme for the meeting, convened by Anastasia Piliavsky and Nick Evans at Girton College, is ”Leadership and authority in South Asia”. It will be held 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. 

Thursday, 10 December 2015 - 9:15am to Saturday, 12 December 2015 - 7:15pm

Kolkata conference on Capitalist Remolding of the Indian State

The 2nd Interdisciplinary Conference on Contemporary India will be held 10–12 December 2015 at the Institute of Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK). The theme for the conference is ”Instruments of Intervention: Capitalist Development and the Remolding of the Indian State”. It is jointly organised by Anthony P. D’Costa, Chair and Professor in Contemporary Indian Studies at Australia India Institute, the School of Social and Political Science, University of Melbourne, Australia, and Achin Chakraborty, Professor and Director, IDSK.
The conference highlights the Indian government’s various policies, strategies, and legal measures over the years. raising a number of questions about the continuing role of the Indian state in development and transformation even at a juncture when it is ideologically unacceptable and instrumentally difficult, although it is financially practical. Deadline for submitting abstracts was 20 July 2015. More information.

Thursday, 10 December 2015 - 10:30am to Friday, 11 December 2015 - 10:30am

Third International Conference on Global Public Health in Colombo

The Umeå Centre for Global Health Research, Umeå University, Sweden and  International Center for Research & Development, Sri Lanka, jointly organise the Third International Conference on Global Public Health 2015 (GPH 2015) to be held 10 – 11 December 2015 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Venue: Taj Samudra Hotel. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 May 2015.
Keynote speakers are Newell W Johnson, Emeritus Professor of Dental Research, Griffith Health Institute, Australia; Seema Yasmin, Professor of Public Health, University of Texas at Dallas, USA; Dr. Raman Preet from the Umeå Centre for Global Health Research; and Dr. Prabhath Patabendi from the International Center for Research & Development (ICRD), Sri Lanka. The first GPH conference was held in 2012, and the second in 2014. More information about the conference.

Saturday, 12 December 2015 - 2:45pm to Sunday, 13 December 2015 - 2:45pm

4th International Congress of Bengal Studies to be held in Tokyo

The 4th International Congress of Bengal Studies will be held in Tokyo, Japan, on 12–13 December 2015.  It is organised by Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 30 April  2015. Papers on all the areas of Bengal Studies are invited, including, but not limited to, Literature and Criticism, Comparative Literature, Linguistics, Folklore, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, History, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Development Studies, Ecology, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, Fine Arts, Archaeology, Museology are invited. Papers should be written either in English or Bengali. More information.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 - 9:30am to Friday, 18 December 2015 - 9:30am

Mumbai conference reviewing research in science, technology and mathematics education

The sixth international conference to review research on Science, Technology and Mathematics Education (epiSTEME) will be held 15 – 18 December 2015 in Mumbai, India. epiSTEME is a biannual conference reviewing research in science, technology and mathematics education. It is organized by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai. The 2015 conference will be held at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Mumbai, and will therefore be jointly organised by the Educational Technology program at IITB. More information

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

Jadavpur conference on Contemporary Issues in Development Economics

The Department of Economics at Jadavpur University in Kolkata organises its 25th Annual General Conference on 22–23 December 2015. The thenme for the 2015 conference is ”Contemporary Issues in Development Economics”. The organizers invite submissions of both theoretical and empirical papers related to this theme. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 September 2015. More information.

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

New Delhi conference on sociology of elites in contemporary India

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

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

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

The  School of Media and Cultural Studies at Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) in Mumbai, India, organises an International seminar entitled ”DIGINAKA – Where the Local Meets the Digital” on 7–9 January 2016. Naka is a Marathi word meaning crossroads or junction. The seminar will focus on the advent of the digital and growing access to the Internet in India. Along with the availability of cheap devices such as mobile phones this has brought about an explosion of user-mediated creativity across various platforms, allowing for sharing, tweaking, co-creating and repurposing of digital media content in the public sphere. While the digital divide reproduces and intensifies various social hierarchies of gender, caste, class and region, one sees a simultaneous deployment of the digital by sections of society that previously were denied access. Papers are invited, from scholars across disciplines on the following themes falling within the rubric of local appropriations of digital technologies in the Indian context, such as Subaltern Image-making Practices; Regional Cinemas; Internet Censorship and Regimes of Control; Social Movements and Online Spaces; and Hate Speech and the Internet. Abstracts should be submitted before 15 September 2015. Please clearly mention in your abstract if you are currently enrolled as a post-graduate student/research scholar in any university. Student/research scholar paper presenters will be provided with free accommodation and hospitality for a maximum period of 4 nights. The seminar will include invited plenary speakers. An edited volume and a journal issue of SubVersions are envisaged, based on the seminar papers. Full information.

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

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

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

Friday, 15 January 2016 - 9:45am to Sunday, 17 January 2016 - 9:45am

Kokata conference on Contemporary Debates in Public Policy and Management

The 2nd International Conference on Contemporary Debates in Public Policy and Management will be held in Kolkata, India on 15–17 January 2016. It is organised by the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC), and focuses on emerging policy challenges like public health and education policies, labor market reforms, social insurance and informal sector, management of rapid urbanization and domestic macro policies in the post-recession international economic order. Scholarly works on public policy and management from all disciplines are invited—including theoretical papers, case studies, historical studies, econometric work, ethnography, survey-based studies, experimental work and others. Abstracts should be submitted before 31 July 2015. More information.

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

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

Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts & Science in Margao, Goa, India, organises an international conference entitled ”Regional Cooperation, Conflicts and Constructiveness in South Asia: Strengthening SAARC” on 21–23 January 2016. The conference aims at enabling researchers, planners, academicians and social workers to put forth their views on South Asia’s promotion and growth as a region of global importance. South Asia, a composite of eight countries, is knitted historically, socio-culturally and economically. It represents diversity in human development, resource enhancement and socio-economic welfare. The region with 3.8 per cent of the world’s geographical area, supports nearly one fourth of the world’s populace. But in the context of Human Development Index, in South Asia, Maldives and Bangladesh show dismal figures which are as low as 77 and 132 ranks respectively. Even the Human Poverty Index of Nepal and Afghanistan show discouraging figures. In fact, one billion of the world’s 2.5 billion poor reside in South Asia. The Global Employment Trend 2013, states that youth employment rate in South Asia is 9.8 per cent, which is significantly higher than global figure of 3.8 per cent.
However, South Asia shows promises for the future. The current labor pool which is 1.8 billion, is expected to increase to 3.1 billion by 2025. Its “demographic dividend” will increase enormously as 60 per cent of its population is below 30 years. Further, 14 per cent of the world’s urban population resides in this region and three-fourths of South Asia’s economic growth is led by cities. From the present level of 31 per cent urbanization, it is expected that 50 per cent of South Asia’s population will reside in cities, especially, megacities in the next 20 years.
The region also has bountiful human and natural resources. But, there are several barriers within the region which restrict their optimum utility and promotion of growth at different scales. The removal of these barriers, optimum and judicious use of all resources will surely help the region in a big way. Further, various issues like bilateral trade, sharing of river water, border disputes and border lands encroachment, cross border mobility of human resources, terrorism, illegal trade, political grievances amongst neighbors, power polarization and third party intervention that affects regional power balance, have put the regions on an edge of high Indo-centric discontent amongst neighbors.
Deadline for abstracts/proposals is 15 September 2015, More information.

Friday, 22 January 2016 - 9:30am to Saturday, 23 January 2016 - 6:30pm

Noida workshop on Chronologies of 'Labour'

The Association of Indian Labour Historians (AILH) convenes an International Workshop entitled ”Chronologies of 'Labour': a Global Perspective” in New Delhi 22–23 January 2016. It is organised in collaboration with the Research Module 'Labour as a Political Category' on behalf of the newly established and New-Delhi-based M.S. Merian International Centre of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences and Humanities. The Research Module is coordinated by Ravi Ahuja (Göttingen), Rana Behal (Delhi), Sharit Bhowmik (Mumbai), Andreas Eckert (Berlin), Chitra Joshi (Delhi), Nicole Mayer-Ahuja (Göttingen), Prabhu Mohapatra (Delhi), Christoph Scherrer (Kassel), Aditya Sarkar (Warwick), Marcel van der Linden (Amsterdam) and Willem van Schendel (Amsterdam). Venue for the workshop: V.V. Giri National Labour Institute in Noida. 
The workshop seeks to bring together an interdisciplinary group of younger as well as experienced scholars from both the social and historical sciences in order to compare notes with regard to the temporal dynamics of 'labour' as a political category in the course of the long twentieth century. Such transregional comparisons, it is hoped, will permit to rehistoricize 'labour' by tracing convergences and divergences in its chronologies. Contributions based on original research that examine crucial transformations of 'labour' as a political category in one specific context ae invited, the appropriation or adaptation of certain transnational political discourses to specific labour regimes or compare such processes in more than one context. Proposals for papers (including an abstract of maximum 1,000 words) should be submitted before 1 September 2015. More information.

Sunday, 24 January 2016 - 10:00am to Monday, 25 January 2016 - 6:00pm

Kerala seminar on Rising India and the World Order in the 21st Century

A two Day International Seminar on ”Rising India and the World Order in the 21st Century” will be held at St. John’s College in Anchal, Kerala state, India, on 24–25 January 2016. It is organised by the the Association of Political Scientists-Kerala in association with the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, St. John’s College. The emergence of India as a major power is a remarkable feature of the 21st century world politics. The impressive economic growth registered by India in the last two decades has placed it in the league of potential great powers. The new political leadership in Delhi has also given a fresh drive to the aspirations of rising India with ambitious foreign policy initiatives. The rise of India along with other developing countries has the potential to reshuffle the existing international order. Global economy and polity is governed by the institutions and mechanisms that  were instituted  at the end of the second  world war by the developed countries led by the US. Most of the institutions are undemocratic and unrepresentative. India demands that it should be provided greater representation in global governing bodies. The seminar is conceived as a platform to discuss the changing international setup. Abstracts should be submitted by 15 November 2015. More information.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Call for papers on Economic Transformation and Urbanisation in India

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

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

Call for panels to 24th European Conference on South Asian Studies in Warsaw

The European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS) now invites panel proposals for the 24th European Conference on South Asian Studies (ECSAS), to be held in Warsaw, Poland, 27 – 30 July 2016. The call for panels is now open and will close on 1 June 2015. Theconference is hosted by the Faculty of Oriental Studies at University of Warsaw. The chief convener is Prof. Danuta Stasik. Full information on the conference website.
EASAS appreciates a well-balanced composition of convenors and panellists within a panel (by gender, with an international mix of participants, and senior and junior scholars) but the main criterion will be the high academic quality of your panel. One convenor per panel must be based in a European institution. The conference organizers will also seek to ensure that the wide range of disciplines usually represented at the conference finds adequate coverage, both separately and in interdisciplinary panels. Panel convenors and paper presenters at the 24th ECSAS must be members of EASAS through 2015 & 2016 or 2016 & 2017. Non-members cannot attend the conference.
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.

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