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

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

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 - - which includes an abstract of 250-300 words and a short 100-word biography.
● The filled template should be sent to , as should any other questions or queries.
● Deadline for proposal submission: March 25, 2020

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