Conferences/Symposia/Calls for Submission

Fall Deadlines (September – December)

September Deadlines

Pakistani Literature Panel Call for Papers
This panel seeks to investigate the portrayal of religious and ethnic minorities in Pakistani literature. This session is part of the 51st NeMLA Convention to be held in Boston from 5 – 8 March, 2020. Additional conference and submission details are available here. Submission deadline is September 30, 2019.

October Deadlines

NCOLCTL Call for Proposals
The 23rd Conference of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages is scheduled for April 17-19, 2020, on 2020 Vision: LCTL’s Collective Mission for the next Decade.Proposals are invited for individual papers, posters, and colloquia. More information is available here. Submission deadline is October 1, 2019.

Cultural Politics of Resistance Call for Papers
Graduate students at UW-Madison are invited to participate in a workshop on the Cultural Politics of Resistance in Asia, led by Prajak Kongkirati. Complete details on the event and submissions are available here. Submission deadline is October 7, 2019.

AASU Conference
The UW-Madison Asian American Student Union is holding a one-day conference – MAASUx: Bamboo Among the Oaks – on November 16, 2019. Event details are available here. Registration and submission deadline is October 16, 2019.

Climate Change and Human Rights Call for Papers
The Wisconsin International Law Scholars Conference (WILSC) invites scholars and advanced PhD candidates to submit abstracts for their upcoming conference on Climate Change and Human Rights, April 2-3, 2020. Conference and submission details are available here. Submission deadline is October 18, 2019.

Yale Modern South Asia Workshop Call for Papers
This two day workshop will bring together the work of advanced graduate students and recent PhDs working on topics of current interest in modern South Asian Studies. Submission details are available here. Submission deadline is October 25, 2019.

November Deadlines

4W Initiative Call for Proposals
UW-Madison’s 4W Initiative: Women and Wellbeing in Wisconsin and the World, the UW-System Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium, and the UW-Madison Gender and Women’s Studies Graduate Studies invite proposals for their April 16-18, 2020 conference – Resistance and Reimagination: Gender, Change, and the Arts. Complete conference and submission details are available here. Submission deadline is November 1, 2019.

UPenn Troubling Translation(s) Conference Call for Papers
The Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication, Program for Comparative Literature and Theory, Department of South Asia Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Middle East Center, and South Asia Center of the University of Pennsylvania are pleased to invite submissions to our 2020 graduate student conference Troubling Translation(s) to be held on February 21 and 22, 2020 in Philadelphia, PA. Conference and submission details available here. Submission deadline is November 4, 2019.

SACPAN Call for Proposals
The South Asia Conference of the Pacific Northwest is now accepting proposals for presentations and panels for the 2020 conference, scheduled for February 28-29, 2020. This year’s theme is “Gaps, Frontiers, and Blindspots in South Asian Studies.”Submission details are available here. Submission deadline is November 15, 2019.

SAGSC Call for Submissions
The South Asia Graduate Student Conference at the University of Chicago seeks paper submissions for the 17th annual conference – Reception, Tradition, and Canonization: Pasts and Presents in South Asia. The conference is scheduled for March 5-6, 2020.Complete details are available here. Submission deadline is November 30, 2019.

Jain Studies Program
The International School for Jain Studies announces the 2nd Winter Program on Jain Studies in Ahmedabad, December 28, 2019-January 7, 2020. Complete program details are available here. Application deadline is November 30, 2019. 

December Deadlines

Indigeneity Symposium Call for Papers
The Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i is happy to announce the second year of our Symposium Series. The 2020 theme is Indigeneity. The symposium is scheduled for April 15-17, 2020. Complete submission guidelines are available here. Submission deadline is December 20, 2019.

Symposium on Jainism and Mathematics Call for Papers
The Federation of Jain Associations in North America (JAINA) and The Jain Center of Greater Boston (JCGB) will hold an International Symposium on ancient Jain Mathematics on June 20-21, 2020 at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston. Complete details are available here. Submission deadline is December 31, 2019.

Spring Deadlines (January – May)

January Deadlines

The Annual South Asia Graduate Student Conference at the University of Chicago invites proposals from graduate students at all levels on various theme relating to South Asia. More information is available here.

Panjab Studies Call for Papers
The Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life invites scholars from any discipline to submit paper proposals for a two-day workshop, “Panjab at the Limits of Indian History,” to be held at Columbia University in New York City on April 24-25, 2020. The workshop seeks to explore “Panjab” and “Panjabi” amid the assumptions, contradictions and elisions of the conventional study of South Asia. Complete details including funding possibilities are available here. Submission deadline is January 10, 2020.

Sacred Texts and Human Contexts Conference Call for Papers
Nazareth College, Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue is pleased to announce its sixth conference, again bringing together scholars from around the globe to share research on contemporary issues in religion and social sciences. Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: Mystical Traditions,  Approaches to Peaceful Coexistence will be held in Rome, June 7-10, 2020. Full details on the conference and paper submission are available here. Submission deadline is January 15, 2020.

Consuming Early Modernity Call for Papers
The Graduate Early Modern Student Society (GEMSS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites papers exploring early modernity to be presented at its fourth annual symposium on Friday, April 17, 2020. We seek to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue among graduate students interested in early modernity however defined. Complete details are available here.Submission deadline is January 31, 2020.

February Deadlines

The Graduate Early Modern Student Society at UW-Madison arranges an annual symposium in the spring. Symposium details and submission information is available here.

May Deadlines

The Journal of Urdu Studies is a peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to the study of Urdu across a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The journal
publishes research articles, translations, review articles, and book reviews. It welcomes
submissions in a range of disciplines, including, inter alia, art, anthropology, cultural studies, film and media studies, history, language, literature, philology, philosophy, and religious studies. The editors of the Journal of Urdu Studies welcome submissions for the next issue to be published in October. More information and submission guidelines are available here.

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  • Journal of International and Intercultural Communication (January deadline)