British Association for South Asian Studies

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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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Event: The Future of Area Studies: Raising Global Voices

SOAS University of London and Routledge will be holding a one-day Area Studies workshop in London, UK, featuring keynote sessions and follow-up discussion from key figures in the discipline. Bringing together journal editors, society and institutional partners, and researchers, the event is set to address the challenges and future direction of Area Studies research globally, with a particular focus on the ‘de-westernisation' of the discipline.
The day will also offer you the opportunity to share information and network with your peers and Routledge colleagues from both African and Asian Studies. It promises to be a truly collaborative and inspiring day, with the aim of establishing tangible outcomes for raising the profile of regional researchers and the impact of their work.
 

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Job: Visiting Fellowship in Myanmar Studies (Singapore)

The ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute (formerly Institute of Southeast Asian Studies) invites applications for Visiting Fellowships in Myanmar Studies.

Applicants must have received their Ph.D. degree in any area of the humanities or social sciences (especially economics, political science, sociology, anthropology). Successful applicants are expected to start on or after 1 April 2018 and must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree at the point of employment.
The fellowship term varies between 3 months and one year, with possible extension.

Application Deadline: 31 December 2017

For more details see: http://www.iseas.edu.sg

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