Conferences, Symposia, Workshops, and Calls for Papers

This list contains calls for papers and announcements for conferences, workshops, symposia, and the like broadly pertaining to South Asian Studies. These postings are organized by submission/application deadline. Posts are updated weekly. Please check with the organizers listed below for the most current information.

Spring 2021 Deadlines (January-May)

January Deadlines and Events

Early Modern Land/scapes Virtual Symposium Call for Papers
The Graduate Early Modern Student Society (GEMSS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites papers exploring these issues to be presented at its annual symposium, which this year will take place online across multiple Fridays in April 2021. GEMSS seeks to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue among graduate students interested in early modernity however defined.
Submission deadline January 29, 2021.

February Deadlines and Events

Berkeley-AIPS Urdu Language Program in Pakistan Virtual Workshop:
Communicative Language Teaching/Learning for Remote Instruction (Pakistan-based Language Professionals only) Interested applicants who teach Urdu or other Less Commonly Taught Languages and are based in Pakistan may send a CV and letter of interest outlining institutional affiliation and clear professional need for attending this workshop to Dr. Sarah Beckham (
Submission deadline February 1, 2021. 

Call for Abstracts: “Relations of Care Across and After Worlds”
The Care: Politics, Performances, Publics, Practices UW-Madison / Mellon-Borghesi Workshop invites proposals to consider care as a framework for addressing the intersections between racism, settler colonialism, gender-based violence, health inequities, reproductive justice, immigration/migration, poverty, ecological destruction, imperialism, policing and incarceration, ableism, child and elder care issues, and unequal representation in the public sphere.
Submission deadline February 4, 2021

Stimson Center’s South Asian Voices Visiting and Junior Fellowships
Year-long research fellowship combining professional development of research, writing, and public speaking skills with extensive exposure to the D.C. policy community. The Stimson Center’s South Asia Program offers these Fellowships to outstanding analysts, scholars, and students dedicated to the study of South Asia.
Submission deadline February 15, 2021

Berkeley-AIPS Urdu Language Program in Pakistan
An intensive Urdu language immersion program based at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Pakistan. Jointly administered by the America Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) and the Berkeley Urdu Language Program in Pakistan (BULPIP) at ISAS in the University of California, Berkeley, this Urdu language program will offer daily classroom instruction, five days a week, for approximately fifteen weeks. Click here to read more and access the application.
Application deadline February 15, 2021

2021 Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia: “Isolation and Its Discontents,” SUNY Buffalo
More information, conference program, and Zoom registration link here.
February 26 and 27, 2021 via Zoom

March Deadlines and Events

CAORC-AIIS FACULTY DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR: Exploring Urban Sustainability through India’s Cities
This award program, administered by CAORC in collaboration with its member center in India, the American Institute of Indian Studies, funds participation in a two-week capacity building workshop in India that will include stays in the cities of Delhi, Jaipur, and Lucknow.
Application deadline March 1, 2021.

InterAsia Water(s) Conference 2021, A Yale InterAsia Initiative Graduate Conference
Waters, flowing, falling or contained as rain, river, tides and wells, have long shaped connections and disconnections across Asia. As they continue to make and remake lives in a world of climate change and economic development, the ‘InterAsia Water(s) Graduate Conference’ at Yale University brings together qualitative and humanistic approaches to the study of water in Asia. Submission deadline March 5, 2021.

Anti-Asian Sentiment: The Student Experience
Tev Lee of the UW-Madison Multicultural Student Center will moderate a discussion with undergraduate Thida Hok Chong (President, KΓ Chapter for ΣΛΓ National Sorority Inc. ; Treasurer, Multicultural Greek Council); and Yale Medical School student (and UW-Madison alum) Alex Chen. March 9, 2021 at 5:00PM CST. More information here.

8-week Intensive Urdu Language Course in Lahore, Pakistan
Intermediate and advanced Urdu courses offered at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. Application deadline March 15, 2021.

UW–Madison Language Institute events
The Language Institute is hosting a number of workshops, lectures, and collaborative events this Spring. For instance, events are happening this and in the coming weeks as part of the Multiliteracies Pedagogy Workshop Series, the Critical Approaches to Language Studies lecture series, the Second Language Acquisition Student Research Forum, and the Language Collaboratory. Events, workshops, lectures, and colloquia ongoing throughout February-April.

2021 Summer Institute, International Writing Program, University of Iowa
The Summer Institute (SI) is a two-week creative writing and cultural exchange program for participants age 18-22 from Pakistan, India, and the U.S. Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the SI will be held virtually in 2021. Students from all disciplines – the arts, humanities, sciences, and everything in between – are welcome to apply!
Application deadline March 31, 2021.

Innovative Practices and Pedagogies in Teaching International Development Studies, Tobias Center for Innovation in International Development, Hamilton Lugar School at Indiana University
The Tobias Center for Innovation in International Development at the School for Global and International Studies at Indiana University Bloomington will hold a two-day, virtual workshop on June 7-8 from 10am-3pm ET. This workshop will include interactive and engaging presentations that share new and innovative approaches to teaching development studies to undergraduate students.
Application deadline March 31, 2021

April Deadlines and Events

Learn Nepali at the University of Washington in Summer 2021!
This two-week intensive online Nepali language program is ideal for those who plan to study abroad, conduct research, work or travel in Nepal. The program will provide an introduction to basic conversational Nepali, the Nepali script, and the foundations of Nepali grammar. This non-credit course is intended for absolute beginners through intermediate learners. Students will be placed in one of two sections based on proficiency level. (Please note, this course is not intended for advanced Nepali learners.)
Application deadline April 30, 2021

May Deadlines and Events

Stay tuned!

Summer 2021 Deadlines (June-August)

June Deadlines and Events

Decentering Mobility in Intercultural Education: Engagement, Equity, and Access:  Eighth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence
As movement between physical and virtual spaces has become increasingly ubiquitous in people’s private and work lives over the past few decades, more people experience the world as deeply interconnected. Patterns of mass migration, economic globalization, and the widespread availability of networked media have meant that even local contexts are shaped by transnational flows of capital, knowledge, practices, and modes of communication. Application deadline June 4, 2021

Fall 2021 Deadlines (September-December)

Stay tuned!