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CfS: Framing Asia

Call for Submissions: A monthly screening of films and documentaries
University of Leiden

Framing Asia will be a monthly film screening during the Leiden Asia Year, organised by the KITLV (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean), the IIAS (International Institute for Asian Studies) and the department CA-DS (Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology) of University Leiden.

We are looking for anthropological films and documentaries with a special focus on Asia. Selected films will be screened accompanied by a Q&A with the filmmaker and/or discussion with experts on the subject of the film(s).

Framing Asia will award the best films of this series at the end of this year.

Filmmakers, both students and professionals, are encouraged to submit. Please send an email with the title, a description (max. 300 words), a still and a link with the trailer to: and

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CfP: III: Postgrad Conference on South Asia

Postgraduate Conference on South Asia 2017

Ireland India Institute, Dublin City University, 26 May 2017

CfP: 3 February 2017


UPDATE: keynote speakers have just been announced:

• Dr. Faisal Devji from the University of Oxford, and;
• Meena Kandasamy, the poet, writer and activist.


The Ireland India Institute, DCU, is pleased to announce its first Postgraduate Conference on South Asia, which will be held on 26 May 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. The conference is hosted in collaboration with BASAS. Doctoral researchers and early career academics are invited to send proposals for papers addressing the following themes:

• Nationalism and nation-building
• Social Movements in South Asia
• Framing identities in South Asia
• Intersectionality in researching South Asia
• ‘New’ Media in South Asia
• The future of South Asia

Proposals for papers should include a title, abstract (300 words), authors name and email address and a 150 word bio and has to be submitted to the conference
organisers Arpita Chakraborty and Hari Krishnan at no later than 3 February 2017. When submitting a paper please indicate preferred
theme(s) and/or up to 6 keywords. All authors will be contacted by the end of February.

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CfP: Re-centring the 'Pariah'

Re-centring the 'Pariah': Caste, Tribe and Criminality in South Asia

University of Leeds, 26-27 June 2017

CfP: 13 Feb 2017

The ‘pariah’ has traditionally been considered a peripheral figure in South Asia. Initially employed as a derogatory term for Dalit communities in South India, the word gained currency within colonial administration to refer to other ostracized groups like the former criminal tribes or Adivasis. Yet scholarship has tended to examine the dynamics of such communities within distinct paradigms: Dalits and the village/democratic politics; Adivasis and resistance/development; criminal tribes and colonial penology/governmentality. This has obscured the transient, contingent and porous nature of pariah identities, and worked to reinforce the boundaries between categories of caste and tribe.

India’s ’Denotified and Nomadic Tribes’ (former criminal tribes), for instance, have been viewed as marginal to both mainstream politics and Dalit and Adivasi movements of the last three decades. But with a contemporary population of around 60 million, study of these communities sheds new light on the nature and limits of citizenship, the relationship between gender, criminality and law, and methods of mobilization and political resistance. Moreover, their incoherent classification within the framework of Scheduled Caste/Schedule Tribe invites fresh interrogation of colonial and postcolonial categories and identity politics in South Asia.

This two-day workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to reconsider the interconnected histories of caste, tribe and criminal pariahs across the colonial and postcolonial period. With a particular (although not exclusive) focus on criminal/denotified tribes, it aims to highlight how such oft-considered peripheral groups are central to our understanding of colonial expansion and statecraft, processes of decolonization and democracy, and debates on citizenship and rights. Through such analysis, it seeks to re-centre their histories not only within these crucial themes of South Asian studies but in more direct dialogue with each other.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short CV by 13 February 2017 to

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Job: McGill Visiting Assistant Professor

Review of applications opens: 1 Feb 2017

Trinity College’s International Studies Program invites applicants for the Patricia C. and Charles H. McGill III ‘63 Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies for academic year 2017-2018. This fellowship is a one-year appointment for a recent Ph. D. (within the past five years) who has either received a bachelor’s degree from a non-North American university or else has lived for a substantial period outside the United States. The International Studies Program brings together faculty from a diverse array of departments and programs and offers six interdisciplinary undergraduate majors: Global Studies, African Studies, Asian Studies, Caribbean and Latin American Studies, Middle East Studies, and Russian and Eurasian Studies. The successful candidate will be expected to teach three classes over the course of the year and deliver a research lecture in the spring semester.

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On 11th July, 2013, we launched our BASAS Campaign. We announced our intention to establish an endowment fund, and we pledged to use our expertise to ensure BASAS continues to support workshops, language training grants, and other initiatives to sustain the study and research of the countries and people of South Asia.

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