CFP, South Asia by the Bay Graduate Student Conference, University of California, Davis, April 22-23, 2016

Smriti Srinivas Announcement
California, United States
Subject Fields
Anthropology, Area Studies, Humanities, Religious Studies and Theology, Asian History / Studies

Call for Papers: “Indian Oceanic Topographies, Contemporary Worlds, and Situated Practices”

South Asia by the Bay Graduate Student Conference at University of California, Davis - April 22 and 23, 2016.

The emergence of Indian Ocean studies as a critical interdisciplinary field in the last decade and a half has offered thoughtful approaches for dismantling boundaries between specific area studies as well as a way of thinking about maps, globality, relationality, pre-colonial and colonial worlds, and transregional movements. Much of the work has been historical with an emphasis on trade, migrations, diasporas, religious networks, and mobilities across the region. The geographical limits of the ocean have provided the contours for analysis resulting in an emphasis on ports, coastal sites, and islands. Work on the contemporary period has been uneven with some examination of literary practices but dominated by macro-policy issues, concerns with cross-border violence, security, refugees, or transnational economic investments. South Asia by the Bay invites graduate student contributions that extend existing frameworks for thinking about the Indian Ocean and South Asia studies. We encourage submissions on the following themes: the relationship of present Indian Ocean sites and networks to the past; place- and map-making; relationalities within the region; new methodologies for analyzing the Indian Ocean; and the role of ritual, mnemonic, urban, architectural or other practices. We are particularly interested in papers that focus on contemporary Indian Ocean sites, topographies, and social practices. This South Asia by the Bay graduate student conference is the fifth in the series and emerges from the collaboration between Stanford, UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley and UC Davis. This year it is hosted by the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program at UC Davis and held in conjunction with a “Reimagining Indian Ocean Worlds Mellon Research Initiative” of UC Davis faculty and graduate students (2015-2018). Although the conference is open to the public, our aim is to provide a focused platform where graduate students can meet with each other and faculty from the organizing institutions and beyond to discuss their work.

Food and lodging during the conference will be provided. Please note that some travel grants are available for graduate students traveling to UC Davis as a percentage of their total costs based on distance. In order to be considered for such a grant, please tell us how much you are applying for and how much your institution is funding.

Upload an abstract of no more than 500 words and submit other details via Google Forms on For general queries, please contact Gurjit Mann (; for specific ones, contact Professor Smriti Srinivas (

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: JANUARY 20, 2016. Full papers will be requested by MARCH 15, 2016. 

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Smriti Srinivas, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Davis

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