South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute


Tue, September 25, 2007

EAST AND WEST ENTWINED - - A Call for Papers Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA. March 29-30, 2008

The South Asian Studies Alliance second annual conference seeks to explore the myriad ways in which South Asia and the values associated with the East have interacted with those of the West. What are the political, social, cultural and economic ties that have developed historically as a result of the meeting of these distinct cultures and civilizations? And in the contemporary context, too, what has been the impact of this interaction in a globalized world? We seek to encourage discussion around a broad range of topics and welcome interdisciplinary approaches to themes such as empire, religion, literature and language, education, media and the arts including cinema, trade and the economy, politics, strategic studies, gender and race, South Asian diasporas, food and fashion, etc. As always, however, submissions on any topic within South Asian Studies are most welcome.

The deadline for submitting a paper proposal to Dr. Chandrika Kaul, program chair, is December 31, 2007. Please visit the conference website,, for complete proposal submission details.

Established groups and/or associations sharing compatible interests are encouraged to collocate with us. Contact Dr. Chandrika Kaul, the program chair, at for details. Presenters are encouraged to consider publishing their work in the ASPAC online journals: E-ASPAC and ASPAC papers.

About the Venue

Conference co-hosts are the School of Politics and Economics and the School of Religion, both of the Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California. Claremont is serviced by the Ontario International Airport, a 15 minute drive from the campus and about 30 minutes from downtown Los Angeles.

We are planning for a nearly doubling of attendance at this year's conference. To optimize facilities access the conference will run two full days, March 29-30. Participants will share four coffee breaks, two lunches and the conference banquet as part of the registration package. About SASA

About SASA: Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC), the West Coast conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), is an organization of approximately 1,800 college and university professors. Acknowledging its East Asia focus, in June 2006 the ASPAC board appointed a committee to serve South Asia scholars. With partners, the South Asian Studies Alliance held its first conference at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, April 15-17, 2007. The program is available on the SASA website. The LMU conference was so successful and so much enthusiasm generated that SASA decided to become a stand-alone professional association by spring 2008. You can help!

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