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CfP: Space and Sovereignty in South Asia

Space and Sovereignty in South Asia

Princeton South Asia Conference, 21-22 April 2017

CfP Deadline: 5 January 2017

The urgency of a global refugee crisis, ever increasing rates of migration, transnational efforts towards development projects, and the flow of informational, intellectual, and financial capital all raise questions of power and governance as exercised within and across state boundaries. Within the scholarship on South Asia, this has generated an array of questions - from those about political belonging and self-determination, to critiques of urban development and “good” governance; from discussions about mobilities of people, commodities, and ideas, to literary, technological, and artistic productions that engage with territoriality. Using these themes as a starting point, our conference explores relationships between space and sovereignty.

We encourage participants to explore how sources of authority are contested, negotiated, and reimagined across different spaces. In doing so we welcome approaches that look at the role of the state not only as a rational bureaucratic mechanism, but also in terms of effects and everyday practices.

Proposals should include a title, a 250 word abstract, institutional affiliation, and contact information. Please submit proposals at by January 5, 2017.

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CfP: World Literature and Global Core Texts

World Literature and Global Core Texts

Singapore University of Technology and Design, 26-27 June 2017

CfP Deadline: 15 January 2017

Keynote speakers: David Damrosch, Harvard University &
Deborah Martinsen, Columbia University

Abstracts containing 500 words are invited for submission by 15 January 2017. The selected panelists will be notified by 20 February 2017. Generous funding is available for full or partial airfare and accommodation. All abstracts and queries can be sent to

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Call for: Best publications of 2016 in South Asia studies

Looking for the 'BEST OF 2016 publications in South Asia studies

Deadline: 6 January 2017

In January 2017 BASAS will be launching an annual round up of the most interesting and innovative South Asian Studies publications. The list will include work published during the previous year - 2016. We're looking for publications that have won prizes and plaudits as well as those that ought to have. We will accept submissions from authors and readers. 

Please submit publications, with (max) 150 words in support of the submission, to by 6 January 2017.

Keep an eye on @BASASofficial for more info and updates.

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CfP: Pakistan at Seventy: The Long View

Pakistan at Seventy: The Long View

Lahore University of Management Sciences, LUMS, Lahore, April 6-8 2017

CfP open: contact

The conference invites scholars from different parts of the world, and from within the country, who have devoted their careers to study Pakistan to offer their assessment of the progress, achievements, problems, constraints and challenges that Pakistan faces today. Pakistan's journey through the past seven decades presents a mixed picture of progress, difficulties and hope. Pakistan remains a nation and state in the making with troubled legacies and the great promise from its strong civil society, geopolitical location, size of the population, economic potential and rich but untapped natural resource base. The conference solicits scholarly contributions in all critical areas, in every discipline of the humanities and social sciences, on the study of Pakistan, evaluating and assessing its failures, achievements and potential for progress. Scholars interested in forming a panel or presenting in a panel should contact the conference organizer: Dr Rasul Bux Rais



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