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21 January 2021

Call for Papers: European Scholars of South Asian International Relations (ESSAIR): Second Annual Conference

Submission Deadline: 15th February 2021

Second Annual Conference: 8-9th July 2021, Leiden

The European Scholars of South Asian International Relations (ESSAIR) are delighted to announce the Call for Papers for our Second Annual Conference at Leiden University on 8th and 9th July 2021.

We welcome abstracts from established academics, emerging scholars and postgraduate students concerning their research on South Asia under the wider aegis of International Relations and History, including political science, security studies, foreign policy, IR theory, comparative politics, and institutionalism. Research can relate to any specific state, bilateral or multilateral relationship within South Asia (India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the Maldives).

Submission Guidelines

  • Send an Abstract of no more than 250 words, including five key words, and a recent CV to with the heading “ESSAIR 2021” by 15 February 2021;
  • Successful applicants will then be required to submit a 5-8,000 word draft of their papers one month in advance of the conference date, to allow time for panel discussants to read them;

Conference Format

  • Two days of specifically themed panels with 3-4 participants each presenting for 15 minutes;
  • Focused academic discussion/Q&A in a supportive open-minded and creative atmosphere, in which panellists will be able to present their advanced, in-progress or nascent research;
  • Papers will be delivered in a hybrid format to allow for both in-person presentation for those who are able to travel to Leiden, as well as online presentation for those who cannot;
  • There are no fees to participate, however any travel / accommodation costs associated with attending the ESSAIR Annual Conference must be met by individual scholars / institutions. There are currently no travel grants available - for these please contact your home institution;


Established in 2018, and led by a Steering Committee of Chris Ogden (University of St Andrews), Raphaëlle Khan (IRSEM, Paris), Nicolas Blarel (Leiden University), Hannes Ebert (Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue) and Arndt Michael (University of Freiburg), ESSAIR serves to proactively:

  • Establish annual forum in Europe dedicated to scholars working on the international relations of South Asia, at which established academics and policy experts, emerging scholars and current postgraduate students can meet to discuss, exchange and synthesise their ideas;
  • Represent, promote and enhance the work of South Asian scholars by building a durable research network based on existing specialist expertise and experience that will share academic best practices, including stimulating collaboration on research projects, funding and grants;
  • Reflect a plurality of cutting-edge theoretical perspectives on the study of South Asia under the wide aegis of International Relations and History; including political science, security studies, foreign policy, IR theory, comparative politics, institutionalism, & other approaches.

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