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Cfp: Conference, 'China and South Asia'

24-25 November, Shanghai University, China


CfP Deadline: 30 April 2018

As China goes global, South Asia and Indian Ocean is posit to play important roles in China’s economic and security environment. Vibrant and emerging democracies, growing economies and home to major religions of the world, South Asia juxtapose culture, economy and politics. Regional connectivity and development plan offers substantive benefit to the regions but it is also changing the status quo and new makeover. Regional cooperative mechanism is relatively weak and internal rivalry lure great powers to play decisive role. China’s influence in the region is growing, the US is trying to maintain status-quo and India is rising to go beyond the region as well protecting its interests in the region. In this context, the conference aims to bring Chinese and International scholars to discuss and debate various issues concerning China and South Asia to build a harmonious region paving the way for Asian Century.

Conference proceeding will be published in the edited book or in a special issue of a reputed and referred journal.

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3 Year Funded PhD Studentship, Northumbria University

PhD project proposals are invited which aim to empirically examine the relationship between international migration and inclusive development within any region of India. This is likely to involve transnational fieldwork and may examine one of the following, currently under-explored, aspects of the Indian international migration-development nexus (although this list is not exhaustive), with a regional focus: Indian Transnationalism and Caste Inequalities; Dalit International Migration and Development; Gendered Indian International Migration and Development; International Migration, Gendered Land Transformation and Development in India; Climate Change, Indian Transnationalism and Development; Changing forms of Labour and Skill Mobility from and to India. Proposals which advocate an inter-disciplinary approach, and those which aim to develop connections with non-academic partners as part of the research process, are strongly encouraged.

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Event: SASA 2018 Conference

23-25 March 2018, California, USA
CfP Deadline: 17 January 2018

Presenters and panels at SASA 2018 will address and share knowledge and insights about South Asia’s rich and unrivaled past, its bold and remarkable present, and its soaring prospects for the future. Cultural and social sidebar events during SASA 2018 will include film screenings, live performances, exhibits, meals featuring cuisine from the region, Exemplar Award presentations, multiple networking opportunities, and more.
Now in its second decade, the South Asian Studies Association has long advanced and presented research in the history, humanities, and social sciences of South Asia. SASA has now expanded this mission, as well as the scope of its Annual Conferences. SASA 2018 will address and celebrate South Asia’s place in the world by shining spotlights on its past, present, and future. Leading scholars and academecians will again gather and present papers and talks within traditional SASA South Asia Academic Tracks. SASA 2018, however, will also present major Wider-Focus South Asia Plenary Sessions which feature leaders from within South Asia-centered business and trade, government, NGOs and nonprofits, and media & entertainment.

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PRESENTERS
SASA invites and encourages papers and presentations that address the rich tapestry that is South Asia’s past, present, and future. For consideration Proposals should be submitted to SASA 2018 Academic Program Executive Chairperson, Vandana Asthana, at VAsthana@SAsia.org.. Proposals should align with one theme, or at most two themes, within the Academic Tracks listed following. The panel time allocated for each paper will be 15 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 19, 2018. Early submissions are greatly encouraged. For questions or recommendations, please email SASA 2018 Academic Program Executive Chairperson, Vandana Asthana, at VAsthana@SAsia.org

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CfP: Northeast India and South Asia Conference

25 to 26 October 2018, Ambedkar University, New Delhi, India
CfP Deadline: 30 January 2018

Synopsis
Northeast India, located on India's periphery, is a region whose socio-cultural world exhibits more similarities with Southeast Asia region than with that of South Asia. Such perceptive characterisation of the Northeast region, however, has had been scuttled by the constricted imagination induced by the nation-state paradigm and related ways of writing history. The uncritical reliance on colonial discourse to understand the region reinforces the colonial conceptions while simultaneously marginalising the cultural-historical legacy of resident communities. This has led to the creation of an idea of an insular (Northeast) region on the one hand while reinforcing the image of India as the mainland constitutive of a larger Indic/ South Asian culture on the other.
The proposed conference seeks to question this entrenched way of understanding Northeast India by way of situating it contiguously with Southeast and East Asia. In doing so, it will take a multi disciplinary look at lived reality, insider perspectives and experiences of transformation to identify the threads of interconnectedness between these regions. The conference will thus highlight the inter-regionality of Northeast India while culturally positioning it in a larger Southeast/East Asian tradition.

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