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Call for Papers
December 30, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Archaeology, Area Studies, Asian History / Studies, Indigenous Studies, Local History

The culture and its inherent connections in Deccan have always evoked respite and curiosity among scholars and commoners, ‘socio-cultural history of deccan: through the ages’, is an attempt to explore the historical connection through cultural, political and economic perspectives among the various sub-regions of Deccan in the Indian Sub-continent i.e. The Great Indian Deccan Trappe nurtured by river Godavari and river Krishna and Raichur Doab and where cultures civilizations’ were cradled on the banks of River Narmada, Godavari and Krishna. Since the ancient times of Harappan civilization, these river cultures of northern and southern regions of Indian sub-continent, harnessed regional cultures’ and also through their trade routes consistently allowed people of north-south to exchange commerce and cultures. For Southern-Deccan region North remained region of pilgrim where religious fervors of Adi-Shankarashayra made way to Kashi and Shrinageri and since times of Agastya rishi, Southern Niligiri gave way to vedic and Upanishadic philosophy in Southern-Deccan parts of India, the mythological sacred tales of Ganesha and Murugan gave base to Ashtavinyaka and Mugudi hill pilgrimage in South-Deccan India, similarly, Shiva and Vishnu were worshipped through Lingyata and Vithala forms in Deccan. The South-Deccan connects to North remains in cultural and commercial paths. If Ganga flows in northern Indian plains then Dakshin Ganga or Godavari flows and nourishes people in Deccan and South. With these historical-political and geographical inter-links, north and south always exchanged their cultural, religious and commercial pathways and practices.

When Allauddin Khalji in 1307 invaded Devgiri north-south (Deccan) political linkages became even more vivid. These north-South linkages through Deccan hills of Vindhyas and Satpuda gave way to an exclusive culture of Marathas, Kannadas and Telugus, Ferishta in his text ‘Tarikh-I-Fehrishta’, beautifully explains about Deccan and its Socio-political form. After Khalji’s it was Muhammad-Bin-Tughlaq who made Devgiri its capital town and brought entire Delhi in renamed city of Devgiri to Daulatabad. Since then, we see that the cultural conflict and assimilative tendencies continued to grow between north and south/Deccan. Mughals under Akbar’s regime gained entry in Deccan. It was during Akbar’s conquest of Malwa (1561) and Gujarat (1573) and with his attempts in Khandesh and Nizamshahi areas that he not only entered region of Deccan and made his son Danial marry a princess of Deccan sultans but also experienced the region of Dakshin Kashi i.e. Pratishthan or Paithan. Later during era of Aurangzeb and his encounters with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and imprisonment of Shivaji in Agra in 1676 is the core theme of conference. Mughal’s encounter with Deccan was not only political but it also transformed the way Mughal understood Indian sub-continent and its political and cultural network. We cannot deny that it’s the politics of Deccan which gradually brought the downfall of Mughals from seats of Agra, Lahore and Delhi. Mughals relations with Marathas in 17th century changed the political and cultural discourse of Indian sub-continent. With Maratha, Rajput and Sikh relations with Mughals in India, a new trajectory entered cultural and political history of India which completely changed the political map of India in 18th to 19th century, bringing cultural plurality in Indian sub-continent and renewed rulers emerging from Mughal mansabdars (as Nawabs and Nizams), Maratha Sardars- Peshwas, Rajput rajas, Sikh Sardars and Jat war in North West frontiers of India who all became descendants of Mughals and remained to be so with the end of princely/royal status in India in 1971.

With these historical backgrounds, the proposed conference intends to explore the socio cultural and historical connections through political and cultural facets in the Deccan through the ages.

In the conference we have invited exemplary scholars who have contributed through landmark researches in the history of Deccan.

As part of the contributing scholars we also invite scholars from the social sciences and humanities, as well as interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research areas, to contribute paper proposals related to the above theme for this conference with following themes for paper abstracts and submission guidelines:


1.      Archaeological and Cultural Trends in Deccan

2.      Cultural Connections between North, South and Deccan.

3.      Bahmani Sultans-Mughal-Maratha relations: 1500-1857

4.      Socio-cultural connect between North and Deccan from 2nd to 18th century

5.      Socio-Religious movements in Deccan

6.      Economic and cultural history in Deccan


·The abstract to be submitted in 150-300 words in English with font size 12 in Times New Roman and 18 font APS-Kruti Dev for Hindi/Marathi paper contributors. The abstract should be submitted with a brief bio-note of the author by 30th December, 2017 to following email addresses:  &


 Invited Talks

 Plenary Sessions

 Parallel Sessions


Contact Info: 


Conference Convener: DR. V.B. Lamb                                                                                

Designation: Associate Professor, Department of History

Address: Indraraj Arts, Commerce and Science College,

Taluka: Sillod, District: Aurangabad-431112

Maharashtra, India

Phone: +91-2430-223200, Mobile:09422213323, 07875288766



Academic Committee-Secretary

Dr. Bina Sengar, Secretary-Aurangabad History Society

Assistant Professor, Department of History and Ancient Indian Culture

School of Social Sciences

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University

Aurangabad-431004, E.mail:

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