British Association for South Asian Studies

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CfP: Bangladesh Studies Network Meeting

The conference will take place on the 7th and 8th of June 2018.

We would ask you to arrive on the afternoon of the 6th if possible. We are planning a welcome reception with musical presentation on the evening of the 6th. The workshop will run over the full days of the 7th and 8th and we’d hope you’ll all stick around for them. We are planning a number of activities around the core programme of paper presentations and we will let you know once they are confirmed.

We invite everyone who would like to present their work at the workshop to send us a title. If you would like to chair a session or be a discussant, or just attend, we are also very happy to welcome you, be do let us know. As we need to know numbers of attendees for catering purposes, it would be great if you could let us know if you are planning to attend as soon as possible, but by April 15th latest.

Alongside the paper presentations, we are also excited to hear about other forms of work you have been doing. If you have films, photographs, audio or non-academic writing that you’d like to show or present, drop us a line and we will try to facilitate showing your work.

The workshop will take place at the School of Social and Political Science, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LD, UK. There are many accommodation options around the university and George Square. We can facilitate booking accommodation at Pollock Halls, which is about 10 minutes walk from the venue and beautifully located at the foot of our volcano, Arthur’s Seat. Ensuite rooms with breakfast are between £64 and £70 a night. We can facilitate reservations at these university discount prices. Please drop us a line by April 15th if you would like us to do so. There are also plenty of B&Bs, airbnb, hostels and hotels around the city.

Travel to Edinburgh is either through Edinburgh Airport or the train station Edinburgh Waverley. The nearest other airports are Glasgow and Newcastle, both connected by bus and train.

Anyone who needs a visa to enter the UK and needs an invitation letter, please get in touch and we can facilitate and advise.

Warm wishes,

Delwar Hussain
Lotte Hoek


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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.

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 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

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