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 2022 Deadlines (January-May)

January Deadlines

IIP Sehgal Foundation Virtual Development Internship
The Sehgal Foundation, a rural development NGO, invites applicants to several internship programs focusing on rural development.
More information here
Deadline: January 23, 2022.

February Deadlines

MESAAS Graduate Student Conference 2022: Borders and Boundaries [24–25 March 2022] 
The Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) at Columbia University is pleased to announce its annual Graduate Student Conference to be held on 24–25 March 2022. The theme this year interrogates borders and boundaries: exploring what these formations mean, how they come to be fixed and changed, what they engender and obfuscate. The conference will predominantly be held on Zoom. We invite graduate students from across the world to submit a 350–400 word abstract for a twenty-minute presentation along with a 100-word bio via this form: by Monday, 7 February 2022.

Notification of paper acceptance will be sent by the end of February. You can keep updated on the conference via Twitter: For any questions or inquiries, please contact

LUMS Urdu Program
The Lahore University of Management Sciences Urdu program conducts Urdu language instruction at all levels. The 8 week program also includes field trips, guest speakers, and personal tutorials in addition to classroom instruction.
Deadline: February 15, 2022.
More information here.

Henry L. Stimson Center’s South Asia Program Junior Fellows
The Henry L. Stimson Center’s South Asia Program welcomes applications from highly motivated graduating seniors or individuals who have completed their undergraduate or master’s degree in the past year for its 2022-2023 cohort of Junior Fellows.
Deadline: February 17, 2022
More information here

South Asian Languages in the Diaspora (SALD) Conference 2022
The South Asian Languages in the Diaspora (SALD) Conference, Co-sponsored by South Asian Studies Council, MacMillan Center, Yale University; South Asia Institute, University of Texas at Austin; and South Asian Language Programs, New York University, seeks to provide a platform to educators and related stakeholders in the field of South Asian languages, literatures, and translation, to share experiences and create meaningful partnershipsProposals are solicited for presentation in ‘lightening rounds’ (10 mins each).While any theme related to the teaching and learning of South Asian languages in the diaspora are welcome, preference will be given to presentations addressing pedagogical innovations promoting critical thinking and creative self-expression in the target language, and issues of diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI), social justice with examples for integration of language, culture and content.In the proposal please include the following: (i) Name of presenter, institutional affiliation & language if applicable (ii) Tentative title (iii) 100 words abstract for inclusion on the program website (iv) Proposal text (approximately half page write up) Deadline: All proposal submissions must be received no later than Sunday February 20th. Applicants will be notified by Sunday March 6th as to whether their proposal has been accepted. Please send all submissions and inquiries to

2022 Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia
(Mis)Information, April 29 and 30, 2022, University at Buffalo, SUNY
The University at Buffalo, SUNY, is proud to hold its fourth annual Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia. We invite papers on the theme of “(Mis)information,” which may be interpreted broadly in its social or political sense. The 2021 Rustgi conference will feature a keynote lecture from novelist, essayist, and journalist Dr. Michael Muhammad Knight, Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Central Florida. As a scholar, Knight has explored misinformation by contending with prominent descriptions of Islam in media, dissecting concepts of religious othering both within and outside of the Muslim community. His works include The Taqwacores, Why I Am a Five Percenter, and Magic in Islam. We welcome undergraduate participants studying South Asia from all disciplines to submit proposals, preferably but not necessarily working on any topic relating to the theme. Possible topics of discussion include: i) Censorship (of journalism and activist voices ii) Role of information in religious conflicts iii) Disinformation iv) Digital literacy v) Institutions that diffuse information vi) Determinants of beliefs arising from information vii) Future of misinformation viii) Ethics of information dissemination. Proposals, including 250-word abstracts and the contact information of a faculty supervisor, must be submitted via the online submissions portal ( by Sunday, February 20, 2022. We are able to provide a limited number of presenters with a travel subvention of up to US$200. Accepted participants who attend in person will also be provided with shared hotel accommodations. Please contact for more information about the conference.

Michigan State University Advanced Online Language Teaching (OLT) Courses
The Less Commonly Taught and Indigenous Languages Partnership (LCTL) announce a call for applications for our Advanced Online Language Teaching (OLT) courses, open to all foreign language instructors within the USA. The course is fully funded.
Deadlines: Creating Engaging Materials: February 28th, 2022
Post-Pandemic Language Teaching: March 28th, 2022

More information here.

Human Rights Internship Nepal
Internship Nepal welcomes students and professionals from around the world to join their internship programs in Nepal.
Email contact:

International Internship Program
The International Internship Program will be offering part-time, virtual international internships with organizations all over the world for spring 2022.  Please check the Internship Database for a list of opportunities. There is NO FEE for IIP virtual internships. Credit is optional.  This is a great opportunity to gain professional and cross-cultural experience.