Call for Papers: Symposium on South Asian Studies

August 27th, 2012

The Boston-area South Asian Studies Consortium invites papers for its first symposium to be held on November 17, 2012 at MIT. The symposium will be held in memory of the late Jalal Alamgir, professor of political science at UMass-Boston. The purpose of the symposium is to showcase scholarship and foster dialog on South Asian Studies among scholars within the greater metropolitan Boston-area. The Executive Committee encourages submissions that deepen insights into the geopolitical, cultural, historical, social, discursive, and economic understanding of South Asia and its global or diasporic impacts.

Presentations are solicited from all disciplines, from anthropology, art, architecture, history, literature, political science, sociology, theatre, as well as those located in their interstices, including film studies, religious studies, gender and sexuality studies. We are equally interested in papers that engage with the past as well as those that consider histories of the present. Works-in-progress and recently published scholarship are especially welcome.

Please submit 300-word abstracts to

Areas for submission may include but are not limited to:

    Governance and governmentalities
    Literary, film, media criticism
    Anthropological and sociological ethnographies
    Art, aesthetics, and architecture
    Political formations, institutions, struggles
    Colonial histories and legacies
    Social and political movements
    Policy studies
    Circulations of finance and capital
    Religious-cultural texts and communities

Deadline for abstracts: October 1, 2012

Notification of acceptance: October 22, 2012

Symposium: Saturday, November 17, 2012