South Asian Studies Association (SASA) 2020 Annual Conference

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Call for Papers
April 10, 2020 to April 12, 2020
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, South Asian History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

1st Call for Papers

          14th Anniversary South Asian Studies Association Conference                                                                                   S A S A   2 0 2 0                    

South Asia:  Interpreting its Past, Imagining its Future                                                       

Hosted at University of the West,  1409 Walnut Grove, Rosemead, CA             

Friday, April 10 – Sunday, April 12, 2020

India Pakistan Afghanistan Bangladesh Sri Lanka Nepal Myanmar Bhutan   Maldives               

DISCIPLINES:  Arts    Business    Culture    Diaspora    Economics    Education    Gender    Governance  History    Literature    NGOs    Philosophy    Politics    Religion    Sociology    Trade    

South Asia: 5,000 years of history and home to a quarter of the earth’s population and the world’s fastest growing major economy. It is of extraordinary global importance. Its impact and its output touch virtually all countries on earth. Its influence cuts across all sectors of human experience. Presenters and panels at SASA 2020 will address and share knowledge and insights about South Asia’s rich and unrivaled past, its bold and remarkable present, and its soaring prospects for the future. Cultural and social sidebar events during SASA 2019 will include live performances, exhibits, meals featuring cuisine from the region, Exemplar Award presentations, multiple networking opportunities, and more.   

Now in its second decade, the South Asian Studies Association ( has long advanced and presented research in the history, humanities, and social sciences of South Asia. Beginning with our 2018 Conference, SASA expanded this mission, as well as the scope of our Annual Conferences. SASA 2020 will address and celebrate South Asia’s place in the world by shining spotlights on its past, present, and future. Leading scholars and academicians from around the globe will again gather and present papers and talks within traditional SASA South Asia academic tracks. SASA 2020, however, will also again present major wider-focus South Asia Plenary Sessions which feature leaders from within South Asia-centered business and trade, government, higher education, and NGOs.

Call for Papers and Presenters

We invite and encourage papers and presentations that address the rich tapestry that is South Asia’s past, present, and future. For consideration Proposals should be submitted to SASA 2020 Academic Program Executive Chairperson, Vandana Asthana, at Proposals should align with one theme, or at most within two themes, within the academic tracks shown. The panel time allocated for each paper will be 15 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 31, 2020. Early submissions are greatly encouraged.        

For questions, please also email Vandana Asthana at

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