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Call for Proposals: South Asia Conference of the Pacific Northwest

Submission/Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 12:00pm

The South Asia Center at the University of Washington invites participation in the annual South Asia Conference of the Pacific Northwest (SACPAN), a long-running collaborative venture between South Asia specialists at the University of Washington, the University of British Columbia, the University of Oregon, and other universities and colleges in the area. 

The theme of this year’s conference is “The Intellectual Chimera of South Asia: Interdisciplinary Questions about Area Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences.” If you are a scholar or graduate student in the humanities or social sciences and are working on research related to pre-modern, early modern, or contemporary South Asia, we welcome your proposal.

We will follow a “10/10” format: ten minutes for presentation and ten minutes for questions and discussion from the audience. We have used this format successfully in the past and, though it does not allow for extended papers, it gives each presenter a chance to advance a core idea, receive an equal amount of time for feedback, and maximize participation. Given the format, we particularly welcome presentations on work in progress that would benefit from substantive feedback.

It is not required that you address the theme of the conference, but if you choose to do so, we would like to hear your thoughts on the ongoing usefulness of “South Asia” as a category of investigation, in whatever way you see fit.

We will begin with an all-conference dinner on Friday, February 10 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of SACPAN, as the first meeting took place in December 1966. The conference runs 9 am-6 pm on Saturday, February 11. Lunch and light refreshments are provided on Saturday, and organizers can provide shared lodging for one night for a limited number of graduate students. For graduate student applicants, please indicate if you wish to be considered for lodging.

To apply for participation, please send a short abstract (150 words) and a bio (100 words) to Keith Snodgrass ( by November 30, 2016. We will send notification of acceptances by December 15, 2016.  

This conference is sponsored by the South Asia National Resource Center of the University of Washington, the Centre for India and South Asia Research at the University of British Columbia, and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Oregon. The organizers also thank the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington for its generous support.