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INDIA AT THE CROSSROADS

TERI University, New Delhi

March 18-20, 2016

From its murky beginnings two millennia ago all the way to the present day Indic societies have proven to be innovative in all fields of human endeavor – theology, mathematics, philosophy, literature, economics, etc. Today its impact can be found everywhere, not just in well-established Indic cultural zones. The South Asian diaspora is transforming and improving societies in worldwide. Read more…


21st International Association for the History of Religions World Congress in Erfurt

The International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) holds its XXI Quinquennial World Congress on 23–29 August 2015 in Erfurt, Germany. The conference is organised by the Deutschen Vereinigung für Religionswissenschaft (DVRW) in collaboration with the Department of Religious Studies, the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, and the Research School “Religion” at Erfurt University. The 2015 Congress theme is ”Dynamics of Religion: Past and Present”. The local organizing committee include Prof. Martin Fuchs.
Four specific research fields willl be highlighted, namely ”Religious communities in society: Adaptation and transformation”; ”Practices and discourses: Innovation and tradition”, ”The individual: Religiosity, spiritualities and individualization”; and ”Methodology: Representations and interpretations”.  Read more…


Eleventh International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

‘An Age and its Ends: Social Science in the Era of the Anthropocene’
Imperial College London
London, UK
2-4 August 2016

The Conference will address a range of critically important issues and themes relating to the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences community. Plenary speakers include some of the leading thinkers in these areas, as well as a numerous paper, colloquium, poster and workshop presentations. Read more…


2015 World Water Week focuses on Water for Development

The 2015 World Water Week in Stockholm will be held 23 – 28 August 2015. World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It is organized by Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). This year is the jubilee year for both the Week and the Stockholm Water Prize. The theme for the 25th World Water Week is Water for Development. It will again, after a few years otherwise, be held in the heart of Stockholm at the City Conference Centre. Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries come to Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today. Every year around 200 delegates from South Asia participate (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka). Read more…


Wellington conference on India as a Global Power in the 21st Century

The New Zealand India Research Institute is organizing a conference in Wellington on 25 – 26 August 2015, titled “India as a global power in the twenty-first century”. The conference aims to address the issues related to India’s foreign policy as well as domestic politics to understand what kind of power a rising India will evolve into. This conference aims to bring together scholars from New Zealand, India, Australia, and beyond to discuss issues such as Indian Foreign Policy, Security Policy, Economic Policy, Domestic Policy, and India’s ‘Soft Power’ – related to Bollywood and Buddhism. If you are interested in participating in this conference, then please send the title and abstract of your paper (max 250 words) and a short CV to india-research@vuw.ac.nz by 18 June 2015. The conference committee will not be able to offer any travel grants, but in some cases may offer accommodation. Read more…


The Swallows invites to Glocal Development Talks! in Lund

The Swedish NGO The Swallows India Bangladesh organises what they call Glocal Development Talks! on 20–24 September 2015 in Lund, Sweden. In an effort to influence the decisions made under the umbrella of different development goals, the organisation aims to provide a platform for voices from the Global South, whose inequality, the goals are meant to address. The effect of the global politics in local voices will come from partner organisations in India and Bangladesh who will share their views informed by their experiences. The invited speakers are people who represent mobilisation and the struggle for resistance and at the same time, people who are linked to a greater global discourse. The forum will stimulate debate around issues such as how Sweden support and relate to the BRICS countries and the upcoming Next Eleven (N 11), with the background of growing inequalities; and how Sweden’s new and unique feminist foreign policy influence the development agenda.
The Glocal Development Talks! aims to attract development practitioners, researchers, politicians, civil society organisations as well as the general public. Through seminars, panel debates and interactive methods, these talks will encourage and mediate direct communication between different stakeholders in Sweden and the Global South. It also gives an opportunity for civil organisations and the general public in the southern regions of Sweden to participate in an event that it located in Lund. Participants include Khushi Kabir, leader for the civil society organisation Nijera Kori in Bangladesh; P.V Satheesh, internationally well-known founding member of Deccan Development Society (DDS) in Hyderabad and the national convenor of the Millet Network of India; and Shobha Raghuram, development writer working extensively with civil society organisations, founding member of the South Asia Alliance for the Eradication of Poverty (SAAPE) in Kathmandu, and visiting fellow at the Centre for Population and Development Studies at Harvard University, USA. Read More…


First African-Asian Studies Conference to be held in Ghana

On 24–26 September 2015, the Association of Asian Studies in Africa (A-Asia) organses its inaugural conference in Accra, Ghana. The conference will be held in cooperation with the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS), and the theme will be ”Asian Studies in Africa: Challenges and Prospects of a New Axis of Intellectual Interactions”. It will be the first conference held in Africa that will bring together a multidisciplinary ensemble of scholars and institutions from the continent and the rest of the world with a shared focus on Asia and Asia-Africa intellectual interactions. Through panels and roundtables, the conference will seek to assess the prospects for Asian studies in Africa in a global context by addressing a number of theoretical and empirical questions that such  enterprise will raise: How should Asian studies be framed in Africa? Is Asian studies relevant for Africa? What is the current state of capacity (institutional, intellectual, personnel, and so on) for Asian studies in Africa and can this be improved and how? How does (and must it?) Asian studies dovetail into the broader field of ‘Area studies’ as it has been developed, mainly in Western institutions? Are new narratives required for understanding the very visible contemporary presence of Asia in Africa and Africa in Asia? What is the current state of research on Africa-Asia (transnational) linkages? Read more…


28th Annual Conference of Japanese Association for South Asian Studies

The Japanese Association for South Asian Studies (JASAS) invites paper and panel proposals for its 28th Annual Conference to be held 26-27 September 2015 at University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus. The proposals from abroad are open to non-members of JASAS. No registration fee is required. Unfortunately, JASAS is not able to offer any financial support or accommodation to the participants. Deadline for submitting proposals is 31 March 2015. Read more…


Copenhagen conference on FDI for Sustainable Economic Development in South Asia

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) invites to an International Conference entitled ”Leveraging Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for Sustainable Economic Development in South Asia: Evidence, Challenges and Prospects” to be held 2–3 October 2015. The conference, organised by the Asia Research Centre at CBS, is soliciting high quality research papers on multi-faceted aspects of FDI from the perspective of South Asian countries. Abstracts leading to original unpublished full papers based on any of the following four sub themes of the conference in the South Asian context are welcome:

  • FDI inflows and outflows: determinants, challenges and prospects;
  • FDI and productive capacity
  • FDI and social development
  • Environmental impacts

Abstracts should be submitted before 31 March 2015. All submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed. Selected papers will be published in an edited volume and/or a special issue of an indexed journal which will be negotiated based on the quality of papers. The conference convener is Professor Aradhna Aggarwal. Read More…


Tenth Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference at Madison

The Nepal Study Center is pleased to announce the Tenth Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference. It will be held on 22 October 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin, at the pre-conference venue of the University of Wisconsin’s 44th Annual Conference on South Asia (22–24 October). Papers are invited encompassing socio-economic growth (macro or sectoral), violent conflict and political processes, institutional development, governance and administrative reform, poverty and income distribution, education and health, regional development, gender and ethnicity, trade and remittances, aid and foreign direct investment, resource and environmental management, climate change, bio-diversity, sustainable community development, public-private partnership in technology and investment, child labor, and many other issues. Read more…


New Zeeland conference on Asian Intersections

The 21st New Zealand Asian Studies Society (NZASIA) International Conference will be held in Christchurch 29 November – 1 December 2015. It is being hosted by the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. The theme for the conference will be ”Asian Intersections: Identities and Linkages”, focusing on the fact that Asia has long been a crossroads, where civilizations, large and small, and their arts, and cultures, have intersected, interacted and evolved. This has led to complex patterns of social, artistic, political and economic interactions, which have shaped and reshaped identities over the years, in some places peacefully and syncretically, in some places resulting in long lasting conflict or disorder. Panel and paper proposals on any topic related to Asia, broadly defined are invited, from all disciplines. Abstracts should be submitted before 31 August 2015. Read more…


4th International Congress of Bengal Studies to be held in Tokyo

The 4th International Congress of Bengal Studies will be held in Tokyo, Japan, on 12–13 December 2015.  It is organised by Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 30 April  2015. Papers on all the areas of Bengal Studies are invited, including, but not limited to, Literature and Criticism, Comparative Literature, Linguistics, Folklore, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, History, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Development Studies, Ecology, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, Fine Arts, Archaeology, Museology are invited. Papers should be written either in English or Bengali. Read more…


New Delhi conference on sociology of elites in contemporary India

An International conference on the sociology of elites in contemporary India will be held in New Delhi, India, 4–5 January 2016. It is being organised by Centre de Sciences Humaines de New Delhi (CSH), New Delhi, and Ashoka University, New Delhi. This conference intends to bring together scholars conducting researches that could help develop a better understanding of the various privileged sections of the Indian society. As their actions, their choices, their ways of thinking, etc. have a major impact on the rest of society, it is indeed decisive to get a better sociological understanding of the lifestyles and the trajectories of the individuals who compose this group. Abstract proposals are due April 1st, 2015. Keynote speakers include Sébastien Chauvin, Amsterdam University, and Michèle Lamont, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. Read more…


Kerala seminar on Rising India and the World Order in the 21st Century

A two Day International Seminar on ”Rising India and the World Order in the 21st Century” will be held at St. John’s College in Anchal, Kerala state, India, on 24–25 January 2016. It is organised by the the Association of Political Scientists-Kerala in association with the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, St. John’s College. The emergence of India as a major power is a remarkable feature of the 21st century world politics. The impressive economic growth registered by India in the last two decades has placed it in the league of potential great powers. The new political leadership in Delhi has also given a fresh drive to the aspirations of rising India with ambitious foreign policy initiatives. The rise of India along with other developing countries has the potential to reshuffle the existing international order. Global economy and polity is governed by the institutions and mechanisms that  were instituted  at the end of the second  world war by the developed countries led by the US. Most of the institutions are undemocratic and unrepresentative. India demands that it should be provided greater representation in global governing bodies. The seminar is conceived as a platform to discuss the changing international setup. Abstracts should be submitted by 15 November 2015. Read more…


Economic Transformation and Urbanisation in India

A Call for papers has been announced for a panel on ”Economic Transformation and Urbanisation: The future of pluriactive small farmers and rural workers in South Asia?” to be held at the International Sociological Association (ISA) Third Forum of Sociology in Vienna, Austria, 10 – 14 July 2016 (more information about the ISA Vienna Forum). The panel will be chaired by Prof. Staffan Lindberg, Lund University, and Prof. Surinder Jodhka,  Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, India. Abstracts of papers are welcome to this regular session in the Working Group 05, Famine and Society, at the ISA Forum. The panel will deal with how fast the rate of urbanisation and migration from villages to towns go? What does it mean for poor rural peoples’ entitlements? Papers are invited which analyse available data and/or own empirical findings on social transformation under the impact of a growing urban industry and service sector. Up til recently, rural poor have been able to stay in their original villages and engage in multifarious work as small farmers, agricultural labourers and workers in the secondary and tertiary sectors. But recent Census data for India indicate that urbanisation is now growing at a higher rate. Abstracts must be submitted on the ISA Forum page before 30 September 2015. Read more…