CFP Fourth Annual White Rose South Asia Conference: Space, Place, and Temporalities

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We invite abstracts for the upcoming Fourth Annual White Rose South Asia Conference to be
held at the University of Leeds on 5 June 2020. This one-day event will be focused on the
general theme of ‘Space, Place and Temporalities’, and will bring together postgraduate students
from across the arts, humanities and social sciences to consider various aspects of South Asian
society.


Space is constitutive of social relations, political action and cultural identity (Massey 1994).
How do South Asianists from different disciplines illustrate the complex negotiation and fluidity
between different kinds of spaces in South Asia: whether public-private, rural-urban,
sacred-secular, provincial-cosmopolitan, or local-global? Spatiality and practices of placeness
have been central to a diversity of humanities and social science research on South Asia: whether
histories of labour and labouring contexts, studies of the ecology and environment, women’s
practices of place-making (Grodzins Gold, 2014), or in ethnomusicology and performance
studies. From the perspective of language, culture, and religion, space and place are also
intimately connected to issues of identity and mobility as well as with practices of
memorialisation and commemoration.


We encourage submissions from research students at both early and late stages of their research
degrees. Submissions can be in the standard format of 20 minute academic paper presentations
or in the creative format of interactive presentations involving visual art, poetry, cinema,
posters, audience participation etc. Themes may include (but are not restricted to) pre-colonial,
colonial and postcolonial histories; migration, mobilities, and diaspora; literature, arts and films;
contemporary politics, development and governance; gender studies; and religious and cultural
studies; medical humanities; environment and ecology; cartography and geography; and
comparative studies of South Asian regions and economies. We especially encourage
submissions that critically evaluate the tensions between the space of everyday life and the larger
macro-scale of space of the region and the nation-state. Apart from the presentations, there will
also be a poster competition during the conference. Participants can either send in their posters
to be displayed at the conference or can include their posters in their interactive presentations.
The best poster will be awarded a prize at the end of the conference.


We hope to attract postgraduate researchers interested in such topics to present on and engage
with new themes and ideas within South Asian studies. With participants from diverse
disciplinary backgrounds, we hope to explore new methodologies and research ideas collectively
in a bid to generate new conversations and perspectives. The conference will include a series of
panels and a keynote presentation by Prof. Sujit Sivasundaram. The conference will also include
a workshop about navigating academia as a BAME researcher in the UK. The workshop is open
for anyone to attend. Limited travel funding and accommodation for the night before the
conference may be available, particularly for those travelling from further afield; details will be
announced in due course.


Proposal Submission :
● Please download and fill out the proposal template - https://tinyurl.com/yorkpgr - which includes an abstract of
250-300 words and a short 100-word biography.
● The filled template should be sent to whiterosesouthasiagraduate@gmail.com , as should
any other questions or queries.
● Deadline for proposal submission: March 25, 2020
Partners:
University of Leeds, University of York, University of Sheffield, White Rose College of the Arts
and Humanities, Arts and Humanities Research Council

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SouthAsiaConf20