Published: Sept. 18, 2012

National Association of Geographers India (NAGI)

Patna University, Patna, BIHAR, November 2-4, 2012 | Deadline: September 15, 2012

Hosted by Department of Geography, 34th Indian Geography Congress. Focal Theme: "Hazards, Vulnerability and Sustainable Development" [Please see http://www.nagi.org.in for full conference description and subthemes]

On each sub-theme of the Congress, papers will be invited. One invited paper will be presented as keynote address. The keynote address will be followed by papers contributed by the participants. Members are requested to fill up the enclosed registration form and send the same along with the abstract and the registration fee by 15th September, 2012. Full papers must reach the Convener by October 20, 2012. Abstract without full Registration Fee will not be printed in the Book of Abstracts. Manuscript of the full paper should be typed on quarto size and double spaced. Bibliographic reference should be minimized and given at the end of the paper. Geographers are requested to preferably submit only one abstract of paper to the Congress.

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Narrating Memory and History in South Asian Literature

Tufts University, Massachusetts, March 21 - 24, 2013 | Deadline: September 30, 2012

Although Georg Lukcs and Edward Said discussed the interrelationship between literature and history, this connection has not been fully investigated in South Asian literatures. How do South Asian authors narrate the past? What are the socio-political factors that shape their narratives? What is the significance of ghosts, memorization, and amnesia in those narratives? What is the connection between history and nation building; religion and national memory; and inheritance and genealogy. 300-350 word abstracts:(kudsieh@gmail.com).

Please include with your abstract: Name and Affiliation, Email address, Postal address, Telephone number, A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration).

The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours and workshops.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. http://www.nemla.org/convention/2013/cfp.html

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Literary Depictions of the Indian Mutiny and Rebellion (1857)

Tufts University, Massachusetts, March 21 - 24, 2013 | Deadline: September 30, 2012

The panel examines works that depict the Indian Rebellion and Mutiny written in Anglophone, South Asian languages and European languages. What were the images and motifs used to describe the rebellion? How did South Asians writing in their mother tongues describe the mutiny, and how did their depictions differ from those written in English? How have Irish and Scottish authors depicted the events of 1857? How have Australian, Canadian and South African authors depicted the mutiny? 300-350 word proposals to: kudsieh@gmail.com Areas: British and Anglophone; Transnational Literatures

Please include with your abstract: Name and Affiliation, Email address, Postal address, Telephone number, A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration).

The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours and workshops.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. http://www.nemla.org/convention/2013/cfp.html

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Yale Modern South Asia Workshop 2013

New Haven, Connecticut, March 30 - 31, 2013 | Deadline: October 1, 2012

Abstracts are invited for the 2013 Yale Modern South Asia Workshop to be held on 30-31 March 2013 in New Haven, Connecticut. This two-day workshop will bring together the ongoing work of advanced graduate students and recent PhDs working on topics of current interest in modern South Asian Studies. We invite submissions of paper proposals from all disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences, particularly those that will foster cross-disciplinary dialogue and exchange of ideas from across the diverse regions of South Asia. Past papers have tackled issues ranging from film and ethnomusicology to state formation and elections and have presented new theoretical and methodological alternatives in the study of South Asia. A complete submission will include paper title, an abstract of no more than 250 words, complete contact information, academic affiliation, discipline, year in graduate program and a brief one page CV. Submissions must be sent via email to southasia.workshop@yale.edu.

Applications which do not meet the above submission guidelines will NOT be considered. Successful candidates will be informed by November 1, 2012. Final papers of 7000 words must be submitted by January 1, 2013. Complete papers will be placed on a secure website to facilitate discussion amongst the entire group. Accommodation and meals will be provided to all selected candidates, and travel costs of up to $500 will be reimbursed on submission of original receipts.

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2012 Sri Lanka Graduate Student Conference: "Sri Lanka: Intersection"

Stanford University, Palo Alto, November 8 - 9, 2012 | Deadline: October 8, 2012

The 2012 Sri Lanka Graduate Conference will be on November 8th and November 9th at the Center for South Asia, Stanford University, Palo Alto and will be co-funded by the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies and the Center for South Asia, Stanford (http://southasia.stanford.edu/). As with the two previous graduate conferences, this workshop will bring together graduate students both in the final writing up stage and pre-research/planning stages from a variety of disciplines and institutions. In 2012, we have switched from the East Coast to the West Coast and we hope to encourage fruitful intellectual as well as geographical crossings. The graduate conference aims to enhance intellectual exchange on Sri Lanka, emphasize the production of empirical and non sectarian knowledge, focus attention on recent potential transformation of key concepts, and strengthen and build a new cohort of researchers (and research) across disciplines and institutions as well as strengthen relationships between American graduate students and local intellectual circles in Sri Lanka.

Accordingly, in 2012 our theme is “Intersections”. To intersect is both to cut across and also to create new meeting points. As with previous conferences, our focus is thus wide-ranging and we welcome panel and paper proposals on Sri Lanka that cross disciplines and bring new or old themes and concepts together in unusual ways.

The workshop takes place over 2 days. On November the 8th, the first session will be a small closed pre-dissertation development seminar for selected participants (see below for details). In the afternoon, the Sri Lanka Graduate Conference and the Center for South Asia will present a jointly hosted public event on literature and war with new young South Asian novelists. On November 9th, we will host three student panels.

We would like to invite three sets of participants. Firstly, paper and panel proposals for the three student panels. Panel proposals and single papers proposals are due on October 8th. Secondly, we invite participants to apply for the pre-dissertation development seminar. This seminar is to assist graduate students in developing their research projects and will be a closed session for 4-5 participants. Students in Masters and PhD programs across the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to apply. Those interested in the Pre-dissertation Development Seminar should email a 300-word explanation of your interests and why you would like to participate for October 8th. Those who wish to participate in the conference without presenting must send expressions of their interest by October 12th. We have limited funding for travel for those outside the Bay area, please let us know if you are unable to access departmental funding by October 12th. Places are limited so please apply soon. You can find this information also at http:/sites.google.com/site/srilankagraduateconference/home from Sep 15th onwards.

Please send emails with “Sri Lanka Graduate Student Workshop” in the subject line. Please send all emails to Sharika Thiranagama (sharikat@stanford.edu).

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Eastern Resonances 2: India and the Far East (16th-18th centuries)

University of Paris Diderot, Paris 7, December 5 - 7, 2013 | Deadline: October 31, 2012

Contrary to the echo or the trace, which both imply an enduring, but fading prolongation of a presence, resonance suggests not only a continuation, but a reinforcement of a sound or image, provoked by a reflection on another surface. Taking from Stephen Greenblatt's definition of resonance as the power of the object displayed to reach out beyond its formal boundaries to a larger world, to evoke in the viewer the complex, dynamic cultural forces from which it has emerged (Resonance and Wonder, in Learning to Curse, p. 170), this conference aims at studying the moves, shifts, transformations and translations through which the idea of the East resonated in Europe in general, and Britain in particular, from the early modern period to the romantic age.

Calling into question the adversarial nature of Orientalism as defined by Edward Said, our conference will address the deterritorializations and reterritorializations (to borrow the concepts developed by Deleuze and Guattari in Anti-Oedipus) through which the East reshaped itself in the West through its many reflections and reverberations. Our focus will not just be on what was lost and what was gained along the routes of such recuperations, but we also wish to chart in greater detail the routes themselves, the people who crossed them and the motivations underpinning these attempts at reaching, understanding and picturing the East.

The first of our series of two conferences on Eastern Resonances, to be held at the University of Montpellier 3 (30 May-1 June 2013), will focus on the Ottoman Empire and Persia. We are now welcoming proposals for the second conference, on India and the Far East, to be held at the University of Paris Diderot Paris 7 (5-7 Dec. 2013).

For Eastern Resonances 2: India and the Far East, short proposals in English (250 words) and a brief biographical statement are to be sent by October 31, 2012 to the conference organisers: Dr Claire Gallien, University of Montpellier 3 claire.gallien@univ-montp3.fr, Pr Jean-Marie Fournier, University of Paris 7 jean-marie.fournier@univ-paris-diderot.fr, Pr Ladan Niayesh, University of Paris 7 niayesh@univ-paris-diderot.fr

Papers should be 30 minutes in length and may be presented either in French or in English. We intend to publish a selected number of papers from the two conferences in a volume of essays on the topic of Eastern Resonances.

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Negotiating Ethnicity: Politics and Display of Cultural Identities in Northeast India

Vienna, July 4 - 6, 2013 | Deadline: October 31, 2012

Collective identities and ethnicity are subject to changes in many parts of the world today as several scholars have highlighted. Through this conference, we wish to examine those changes, particularly the new forms and meaning given to ethnic identities, belonging, etc. in various parts of Northeast India, as well as look at practices related to ethnicity and cultural identities. Northeast India is the political unit defined by the Indian Government as the North Eastern Council, which now includes Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.

We intend the conference to promote an interdisciplinary forum and invite proposals from scholars working in a variety of disciplines, including, but not limited to, history, sociology, economics, anthropology and cultural studies, to submit research paper proposals. We invite cross-theoretical examinations of the recent transformations of cultural identities and ethnicity in relation to inter-ethnic and inter-state relations, borders, politics, agency, migration and diasporas, globalization, and tourism, etc. For more information, email: identity-neindia@oeaw.ac.at

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Orders and Itineraries: Buddhist, Islamic, and Christian Networks in Southern Asia, c. 900-1900

Singapore, February 21-22, 2013 | Deadline: January 31, 2013

The presence and importance of orders, as corporate structures of ritual and interpretive religious specialists, has long been noted in the history of South and Southeast Asia. Most often, however, these discussions have been compartmentalized within fields of study focused on a single religious tradition. This workshop seeks to open new lines of conversation by bringing together scholars working on Buddhist monastic lineages, Sufi tariqas, and Christian orders in Southern Asia, to bring their own specialized research into conversation with recent developments in the broader field of trans-regional history. The workshop seeks to understand better the motivations for extending religious communities geographically in the southern Asian region, as well as conceptions of affiliation that have shaped the movement and localization of religious specialists. The workshop will also explore the ways in which the presence of religious orders shaped processes of recognition and competition within and across the expansionary religious traditions of Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity.

Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract (250 words maximum) and a brief personal biography of 150 words using the Paper Proposal Submission Form. Please send your form to Ms Valerie Yeo at valerie.yeo@nus.edu.sg by 15 July 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by mid August 2012 and will be required to send in a completed draft paper (5,000 - 8,000 words) by January 31 2013.