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CfP:South Asia Graduate Student Conference @ University of Chicago, USA [March 8-9]: Submit by Jan 4

By: Usha | 27 Nov 2018 6:26 AM

The organizing committee of the South Asia Graduate Student Conference at the University of Chicago is delighted to announce the sixteenth annual conference to be held on March 8-9, 2019 on the theme, “South Asia: The Political, the Public, the Popular.”. Papers are invited from students at all levels to explore these categories in contemporary and historical South Asia.

This year’s conference will take place a month before the general election in India and the wake of major elections in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, posing the timely question of how democratic processes engage in and shape political life, the public sphere and popular culture.

Call for papers

Papers are invited on topics such as:

  • Institutions, elections, and political representation
  • Politics of public sphere in everyday life
  • Censorship and regulation of popular culture
  • Mass communication and political mobilization
  • Religion and the politics of populism
  • Mass culture and art forms in the public sphere
  • Cinema, politics, and movie-going publics
  • Gender, caste, minorities and subaltern counterpublics
  • Environmentalism in popular culture
  • South Asia and the global public sphere
  • Theorizations of “the political” in South Asia

Graduate students at any level and any stage of research are encouraged to apply. Past conferences have accepted papers from diverse fields such as cinema and media studies, history, political science, literature, environmental studies, religious studies, art history, sciences studies, philosophy, anthropology, and sound and visual studies, but we welcome all disciplinary approaches and methodologies.

How to submit

Send individual paper abstracts of 250 words to: by January 4, 2019. Papers should be 15-20 minutes long.

The conference will assist with travel and lodging for selected participants.


Send an email to with any questions.

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