Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

South Asia Research Journal Announces Call for Papers

Wed, August 8, 2012

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Call for Submissions

Sagar: A South Asia Research Journal seeks innovative academic writings on the history, society, culture, literature, religion, economics, technology and media of South Asia. The journal was established in 1993 and is published annually online and in print by The South Asia Institute at The University of Texas at Austin. As of August 2012, we have made the transition to peer- reviewed status. Submissions are now coordinated by an editorial collective of UT graduate students and blindly evaluated by an editorial board of advanced scholars in the field. In addition to continuing to publish full-length research articles of the highest quality, we are pleased to introduce two new features in our 2013 issue. For the first, we seek original translations of fiction and non-fiction prose and poetry from South Asian languages to English. For the second, we request response essays of 1500 words or less that consider single texts. Guidelines on length and formatting are provided below.

With the introduction of these new elements, Sagar will allow scholars of South Asia to experiment with new styles of writing. Our translation feature will familiarize scholars of particular linguistic regions of South Asia to new literatures, both popular and literary. Such exposure will facilitate comparison, perhaps drawing out common currents in the literatures of South Asia. For the English language reader, this feature will showcase writings outside the commonly translated canons of South Asian literature. Our second new feature, the response essay, will allow for continuous reflection on images, speeches, exhibits, performances, architecture, songs, and the like. Here, we are not looking for responses to scholarly writings (i.e. book reviews); rather, we encourage scholars to venture outside their areas of specialization, to intervene with timely responses to current events, or take the first steps along the way to future scholarly projects.

In all cases, we encourage writings that are theoretically driven and empirically grounded and take advantage of our online format through hyperlinks, color images, and embedded video and audio.

Guidelines for Submission:

We accept submissions for our annual issues every September and response pieces for online publication throughout the year. Manuscripts should follow the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. Entire essays, including block quotations and notes, should be double-spaced. Remove any identifying information so that submission is suitable for anonymous review.

(1) Full-length research articles: Full-length-articles should be between 8,000 and 10,000 words and should include a one- paragraph article abstract.

(2) Original translations: Translations should be between 3,000 and 6,000 words and should be preceded by a 300-600 word introduction that contextualizes the text or excerpt.

(3) Response essays: Responses should be 1500 words or less, and where applicable should include an image or recording of the work to which you are responding. Page 1 of 2SAGAR 8/7/12 2:14 PM

Please submit electronic copies of papers saved as Microsoft Word file. Send electronic manuscripts and/or questions to All submissions for inclusion in the 2013 issue are due by October 22, 2012.

All correspondence regarding subscriptions, advertising, or business should be addressed to:

SAGAR Editorial Board The University of Texas at Austin South Asia Institute 120 Inner Campus Drive, G9300 Austin, TX 78712 USA

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