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CfP: Majorities & Minorities

Majorities & Minorities: Literature and Identities, Text and Context

SOAS, University of London, 28 April 2017

CfP Deadline: 15 January 2017

What makes individuals or communities belong to the minority or the majority? How do authors’ positions within the minority-majority paradigm influence their fiction? Can we even formulate what minorities are? Do they have to be a minority in regard to a specific majority? Is it possible to define a majority? What does being marginal mean and how is it expressed in a work of art? How does the nation figure in defining minorities and majorities? What is the nation-state’s role in minor-major relations?

This conference will focus on the many different kinds of minority voices emanating from South Asia in the decades since independence. Any South Asian language and any form of minority identity is welcome. By bringing scholars researching different voices from different languages in South Asia we aim to foster a dialogue that will help develop a South Asian paradigm of Minor Literature and help to identify the role of the state and different parallels across the subcontinent.

Proposals should include a title, 300 word abstract as well as institutional affiliation and contact information. Please submit proposals via email by January 15 2017


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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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Job: Departmental Lecturer in South Asian Development and Politics

Deadline: 11 January 2017

The Oxford Department of International Development seeks applications for a 1-year full-time Departmental Lectureship in South Asian Development and Politics.

The post holder will be responsible to the Head of Department, Professor Christopher Adam, and will primarily provide teaching and assessment for the MPhil in Development Studies (including courses on the History and Politics of the Developing World and research methods). Some teaching on South Asian Politics will also be required for other Masters degrees. The post holder will also co-operate in the administrative work of the department, convene the department’s weekly Contemporary South Asia seminar series, and engage in research on themes in development and politics in South Asia. The post is full-time and is tenable for 1 year from 1 September 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Full details:

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