Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions. Call for papers: 2020 Symposium

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Call for Papers
April 24, 2020
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, South Asian History / Studies

Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions

Call for papers: 2020 Symposium 


We invite proposals for papers for the 45th Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions, which will be held at the University of Edinburgh, on 24th-26th April 2020. The theme this year is “Comparison(s)”. Our purview includes both religions of South Asian origin wherever in the world they are being practised, and those of non South Asian origin present within South Asia. We welcome papers based upon all research methods, including textual, historical, ethnographic, sociological and philosophical.


Presenters are allocated forty minutes for their paper and twenty minutes for discussion, and will normally be expected to pay their own conference registration and expenses. The Symposium fee, including food and accommodation, will be in the region of £245, with a non-residential rate of around £85. Registration details will be released in the new year. Limited financial assistance may be available for early career scholars or scholars from South Asia. If your participation depends upon such support please indicate this when you submit your abstract.

We also welcome proposals from doctoral students, who will be allocated twenty minutes for their paper and ten minutes for discussion, and offered free registration at the Symposium. PG papers need not address the symposium theme, though it is an advantage if they do so.


We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers: 


  • Dr Jacqueline Suthren Hirst, who recently retired from Manchester University, will speak on “A Life of Comparisons”
  • Prof. Oliver Freiberger of the University of Texas at Austin, will speak on “Comparing Religion Within and Beyond South Asia”.



If you would like to give a presentation, please send a title and abstract (maximum 500 words) to Dr Brian Black,, by Friday 29 November 2019.


Further information about the Symposium can be found on our website,, where you can also sign up to receive details of the programme and booking information when available.


Looking forward to receiving your abstracts!


All the best, 

Dr Karen O'Brien-Kop

On behalf of: Dr Brian Black


Contact Info: 

Dr Brian Black, Lancaster University, UK

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