Call for papers

Knowledge Production, Ethics, and Reflexivity in South Asia

AJEI Joint Workshop

IISER (Bhopal) - CSH (Delhi) – IFP (Pondicherry) – Alliance Française de Bhopal


5th, 6th, 7th MARCH 2024

Description of the Workshop

This workshop aims to discuss, outline, and debate young researchers' quests for Ethics and Reflexivity in their journey to produce knowledge. Knowledge production, ethics, and reflexivity are often framed as goals to inspire research at all stages, starting with the research design. Scientific skills and ethical qualities acquired in the field of social sciences and humanities research need a particular ethical reflection to acquire relevance: methodological rigor, evaluation, and selection of sources, context analysis, identification and choice of sample, selection of the field, disposition to non-judgmental observation, critical and non-prejudicial interpretation of data, responsibility in communicating results to stakeholders or public dissemination of the research, acquire in the social sciences and humanities a particular ethical relevance. These aspects, in addition to qualifying the methodology and its scientific value, are a constitutive part of the very integrity of research, whose ethical principles and rules of conduct direct the activity of all researchers.


Program Outline:

The workshop will be held at The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal (IISER Bhopal) Campus from March 5th to 7th, 2024. The program includes panel discussions, roundtables, and plenary sessions with senior researchers (convenors) and promotes peer learning. AJEI members and volunteers will be present "on-site" to guide and help the delegates during the entire Workshop and online to assist them in planning their conference trip to India. Beyond the academic setting, you are invited to attend cultural events and programs, thanks to the partnership with Alliance Française de Bhopal:

-Visit the Bhimbetka archaeological site and other unique attractions located in the surroundings.

-Participation in the "Night of Ideas": a roundtable meeting at the Alliance Française with guest researchers, open to a larger audience.

-Visit an exhibition of Women artists from Madhya Pradesh to celebrate International Women's Day.

NB: The detailed program of the Workshop will be sent by the end of December 2023. AJEI and IISER volunteers will assist the selected candidates before and during the workshop.


For more information about criteria and content please click here


EASAS Events




EASAS Research Student Awards – ECSAS 2023 Turin


The jury of the EASAS Research Student Award 2023, composed of members of the EASAS Council (Sreya Banerjea, Monika Browarczyk, Niladri Chatterjee, Alessandra Consolaro, Sanjukta Das Gupta, Martin Fuchs, Ute Hüsken, Martin Ganeszle, Anna Sailer, Nitin Sinha, Danuta Stasik, and Heinz Werner Wessler), following the announcement that up to three prizes of €300 would be awarded at the 27th ECSAS conference in Turin, evaluated sixteen submitted papers


Two awardees whose papers came at the top of the ranking list are:


Kartik Maini (The University of Chicago, USA) for the paper “Advaita in the First Person: Sanyāsīs, Scribes, and the Sociality of Experience in Early Modern Maharashtra”, presented at Panel 31 The Forms, Genres and Languages of Early Modern Indian Philosophy


Zainab Abdali (Rice University, USA) for the paper “The New Indian Woman and Her Others in Alankrita Shrivastava’s Films”, presented at Panel 02 Rewriting Hindu Women within Contemporary Popular Media.


These two awards are worth € 300.


In third place came two papers with the same number of points. The jury has decided to award an ex aequo prize of €150 to both authors of these papers:


Sagnik Kar (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany) for the paper “Time guns, Time balls and Public Clocks: The ‘publicness’ of time in colonial Calcutta in the late 19th-early 20th centuries”, presented at Panel 24 Timely Histories: A Social History of Time in South Asia


Ge Ge (University of Vienna, Austria) for the paper “Fowl or Owl? The Dual Identity of the Avian Sage Kaṇāda”, presented at Panel 17 More Than Human: Animal-Human Relations in Pre-Modern South Asia.


We extend our sincere congratulations to all award winners and wish you much success in your research work!


To download the file as PDF please click here

Workshop - Call for Papers 


Deliberation, Participation and Democracy in Contemporary South Asia: 

Spaces, Practices, Voices 

Dublin City University, Dublin, 10-11 November 2023


The Ireland India Institute and the lrish Association of South Asian Studies at Dublin City University invite paper proposals for an academic workshop on "Deliberation, Participation, and Democracy in Contemporary South Asia: Spaces, Practices, Voices" to be held in person at Dublin City University on 10-11 November 2023. The event is supported by a grant from the European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS). 

The past decade, arguably, has shifted the focus of conversations across South Asia from discussions about deepening and consolidation of democracy to questioning its very nature and workings. A populist shift in national politics across the region, and the world, and the ramifications of such developments for inclusive politics is understudied and under-analysed. The spaces for participation and growing forrns of alternative citizen assertions, indicate emerging actors, their demand for representation and "to be seen". While participation in "traditional" politics such as voting and party membership may have declined, there has also been an explosion of activities that seek to "do democracy differently". At the same time, debates about 'who gets what, when and how' have become more polarised and polarising. In South Asia, a region familiar with protracted conflict, intractable disputes over land, borders and identity, democratic processes have prevailed against the odds, but social, political order is often precarious and social cohesion threatened on many fronts. 


We are particularly interested in papers that address the following topics: 


·       Emerging methodologies in the study of deliberative practices and spaces.

·       Interactions between micro and macro spaces of political action and their interrelated role in shaping inclusive politics and participation.

·       Relationships between power, legitimacy, and authority.

·       Tensions and forms of resistances between/within different sites of engagement in the socio­political sphere of South Asian societies.

·      How spaces of participation/deliberation are reinforcing or challenging existing exclusions, hegemonies, inequalities. Barriers to pluralism and existence of political differences.


Application guidelines:

Please submit your workshop application by filling the Google form with the required information, including an abstract

(max. 300 words) and a biographical note (max. 100 words) by Friday, August 4th 2023


To download the call and for more information, please click here.





2023 EASAS Research Student Awards


One of the stated aims of the European Association for South Asian Studies is to encourage and support young scholars working in the field of South Asian Studies. In pursuit of this aim, the Association is offering awards linked to its biennial conference. Awards are to be made for the most outstanding papers by currently registered research students presenting at the conference.

At the 27th EASAS conference in Turin, up to three awards of €300 each will be made. All current PhD students fully registered and presenting at the conference may submit their paper for consideration. The submitted papers will be considered by a panel of judges selected by the EASAS Council.




Submission criteria:

• Authors must be currently registered PhD students.

• Papers must be delivered at the conference.

• Papers must be written in English.

• Papers must be full and complete (including references and bibliography).

• Papers must be in the range 6000 to 8000 words.

• Papers must include an abstract up to 200 words.

• Papers must be submitted by email to by 5 July 2023 23:59 CEST.

• Please include the subject line ‘EASAS Research Student Awards’ in your email.


Submissions that do not meet all the above criteria will not be considered.


Assessment criteria:

• The papers will be assessed in terms of their contribution to the field, the quality of their research data, and their ability to convey the key argument(s) clearly and convincingly.

• After these primary considerations have been taken into account, the panel will hope to make awards that reflect the full range of disciplines represented at the conference.

• A named panel of judges will assess the qualities of the papers under consideration.


• The awards will be based on the written work, not its presentation (although the paper must be presented at the conference).


About the details

If you would like to download the call, please click here


The Sixth EASAS Academic Workshop – 20 April 2023

Ancient Wisdoms for Modern Times: Analysing Contemporary Challenges through the Lens of Tantra and Shamanism


‘Ancient Wisdoms for Modern Times: Analysing Contemporary Challenges through the Lens of Tantra and Shamanism’ is a workshop organised as part of the EASAS Academic Workshops scheme, in collaboration with the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies and Lyon Catholic University


For detailed information about the workshop please click here 

Call for Proposals for EASAS Academic Workshop 2022/2023 has been extended until 15 June 2022

EASAS resumes funding of academic workshops. The call is open now for the proposal of workshops to be held in 2022 or 2023. The workshop must involve more than two EU countries and preferably invite some scholars and post-docs based in South Asia. The workshop can be organized either as the basis for the preparation of papers for publication, or as an event to map out and develop new research projects. Proposals can also include comparative discussion of other parts of the world, as long as there is a strong focus on South Asia. EASAS can support workshops with an amount of up to € 3,000 for on-site events and up to € 1,000 for events planned in an online format.


Call for Proposals for EASAS PhD Workshop 2022/2023 has been extended until 15 June 2022

The Call to Universities and Higher Education Institutions to host the 2022/2023 EASAS Doctoral Workshop is now open.
The workshop will give PhD students an opportunity to receive feedback on their theses from senior scholars and fellow PhD candidates who are also working on South Asian topics. In addition, it will create networks between PhD candidates working on South Asia and help them develop contacts with others. The doctoral workshop is envisaged as a two-day event for a maximum of 16 PhD candidates and 6 senior scholars based in Europe, to be held at a host European university.

The host university will organize the workshop and arrange board and lodging for students as well as the invited senior scholars. The selection of the host university will be made by the EASAS Council. The EASAS will financially assist with accommodation and board for students and senior scholars at the workshop with a sum up to € 3,000. Participants will have to make their own travel arrangements. In case a host university wants to organize a workshop as an online event, EASAS support funding will be capped at € 1,000. Please note that the EASAS membership is mandatory for all participants (join here:; pay your fees here:


EASAS Research Student Awards

One of the stated aims of the European Association for South Asian Studies is to encourage and support young scholars working in the field of South Asian Studies. In pursuit of this aim, the Association offered awards linked to its biennial conference. Awards were to be made for the most outstanding papers by currently registered research students presenting at the conference.

Past EASAS Events

Past EASAS Academic Workshops

  • The fifth EASAS Workshop on Price of Belonging took place at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld University, Germany, from 12 to 13 July 2018. During the two-day focused discussion group, it was intended to jointly work through and deepen understanding of human sacrifice that belonging implies by focusing upon specific case studies in different South Asian countries. The aim of the workshop was to look into the interior of human bonds that are less about a relationship between the self and a different ‘Other’ – an already established approach to
    investigate belonging and more of a relationship between the self and a distinct ‘Same’, a perspective that will guide us to the hidden yet scarcely understood spheres of belonging.
    The following questions were addressed: How do collectives make claims upon individual persons? How do individuals gain and secure their membership? How are individual and collective commitments (re)negotiated in everyday situations? What makes some people stay in a formation while others opt for an exit? What happens to those who
    are unable or unwilling to bear the costs? Themes of interest include: consequences of class, caste, ethnic and gendered belonging and membership; inter-marriage; individual navigation through collective constellations.
  • The fourth EASAS Workshop on Worker-Contractors: Refiguring low-level labour market intermediaries in contemporary India took place at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK, on 7 July 2017.
    This one-day symposium was to examine on the formation and working practices of low-level contractors, understood as key figures underpinning India’s economic boom.
  • The third EASAS Workshop on ‘Potent Substances’ between Asia and Europe: Redefining materia medica in Tibetan and Himalayan Medicine and Buddhist Ritual took place at the University of Vienna, Austria, from 1 to 4 September 2016. This workshop focused on how medical and ritual substances are identified and categorised in Tibetan traditions, as well as possible impacts on their ‘potency’ within recent EU pharmaceutical regulations.
  • The second EASAS Workshop on South Asian Apparel Workers in the Post-Rana Plaza World: Worker Health Beyond the Factory Floor took place at the University of Edinburgh, UK, from 15 to 16 July 2016. This workshop focused on worker health in the garment industry since the collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh in 2013.
  • The first EASAS Workshop on Opening Up Intimate Spaces: Women Writing and Autobiography in India took place at the Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan, Poland, from 19 to 20 May 2016. This workshop focused on Indian women’s writings in India. Most studies of India have tended to focus on the public and the political spheres, seeing them entirely in masculine terms. The fact of women’s much lower literacy levels, their containment within ideologies of femininity and domesticity, compounded by the deafening silence of the imperial archive on women’s experiences have led to the relegation of women’s writings to the margins of mainstream Indian history. This workshop follows an important shift in studies of Indian history towards a reappraisal of women’s roles in the making of pre-modern and modern India by focusing on their writings about their lives.

Past EASAS PhD Workshops

  • The 12th  EASAS PhD Workshop took place at the University of Stuttgart from 19 to 21 September
    2019. Participants hailed from ten countries, in alphabetical order, from Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Twelve students’ chapters were presented by one of the fellow students and commented upon by a senior member of staff. The format of presenting and discussing chapters followed the usual pattern employed at EASAS doctoral workshops.
    The Stuttgart workshop had lively and intense discussions on all presented topics, which ranged from historical to anthropological, and linguistic to performative subject areas. The in-depth discussions offered students with maximum quality feedback on their work in progress.
    The 12th EASAS PhD Workshop was convened by Dr. Margret Frenz, FRHistS, FHEA, University of Stuttgart, and Dr. Georg Berkemer, Humboldt University Berlin.
  • The 11th EASAS PhD Workshop in South Asian Studies was held from 22 to 24 September 2017 in Naples at L'Orientale University of Naples. The EASAS Doctoral Workshops take place annually and aim at giving PhD students the oppertunity to discuss their thesis with fellow PhD students and senior scholars who work on South Asia.
    The 11th EASAS Doctoral Workshop was convened by Dr. Stefania Cavaliere (L'Orientale University, Naples) and Prof. Dr. Alessandra Consolaro (University of Turin).


SASNET – A Unique National Swedish Research and Information Network


In May 2000, the Swedish South Asian Studies Network (SASNET) was created through agrant from Sida/SAREC and Lund University with the aim to create an institutional base in Sweden for academic competence building and thematic work on present day South Asia.The long-term goal was to strengthen the relatively weak academic competence in Sweden in the field of South Asia. SASNET soon became a successful network, funded by Sida for 10 years and after that by continued Lund University funding.


Till December 2016, SASNET was a unique feature – a national all-Swedish research and information network, not found elsewhere in the World. However, from January 2017 SASNET was transformed into a local Lund University Research Centre. It still keeps the network name but in reality it is a completely different institution than the ”old” SASNET. This is the story of old SASNET, 2000-2016, the SASNET that was built up by Staffan Lindberg and Lars Eklund in 2001, and within a few years became an internationally highly recognised network connecting all Swedish and Nordic researchers in the field of South Asian Studies.


Please find the complete story of SASNET, 2000-2016, written by Lars Eklund HERE.

In Memoriam


Dietmar Rothermund (1933-2020),
Professor of South Asian History at the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg (1963-2001),
Chairman of the European Association for South Asian Studies


Honorary President of the European Association for South Asian Studies (2010-2020)


It is with profound sadness that we announce that Professor Dietmar Rothermund passed away on 9  March 2020. He was an internationally distinguished historian of South Asia who focused on the history of Indian political ideas and Indian economic history.


In the first half of the 1950s, Rothermund studied history and philosophy in Marburg and Munich. A Fulbright fellowship took him to the University of Pennsylvania where he received his PhD in 1959 for a thesis on the social history of America. After completing his studies, he travelled to India in 1960 as a recipient of a German Research Foundation (DFG) scholarship. This journey was decisive for his future research which thereafter centred on India.


Professor Rothermund’s entire academic career was associated with the South Asia Institute at the University of Heidelberg where he worked from 1963 until his retirement in 2001. From there he was awarded his habilitation in 1968 for the monograph Die politische Willensbildung in Indien, 1900–1960 and was soon appointed to the professorship in the history of South Asia. He also directed the Institute for 15 years during several separate terms and succeeded in establishing an  international network for research and cooperation.


In 1968, Professor Rothermund was among the founding fathers of the European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies (ECMSAS) that later evolved into the European Conference on South Asian Studies (ECSAS) and gave birth to the European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS). He contributed immensely to the association’s development for more than four decades and served as its first Chairman from 1997 to 2008. Professor Rothermund is especially remembered by EASAS members for his dedication to the cause of promoting South Asian Studies in Europe. In recognition of his decades-long engagement for and representation of South Asian Studies within and beyond academic circles, Dietmar Rothermund was made the – only – honorary life member of EASAS. His inspiration and presence will be sorely missed at future conferences and meetings.


A prolific scholar, in addition to numerous scholarly articles, Professor Rothermund authored many monographs, including Government, Landlord and Peasant in India: Agrarian Relations under British Rule 1865-1935 (1978), An Economic History of India (1993), Mahatma Gandhi: An Essay in Political Biography (1999), India: The Rise of an Asian Giant (2008) and Contemporary India: Political, Economic and Social Developments Since 1947 (2012). His most popular and probably most widely read work, A History of India (originally published in German in 1982), co-written with Hermann Kulke, is well known to students of South Asian Studies across the world as it has appeared in multiple, constantly up-dated editions and has been translated into several languages.


In 1988, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in London. His work on the dissemination of knowledge on South Asia saw him recognised by the German government with the Federal Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2011) and by the German-Indian Society with the Rabindranath Tagore Culture Prize (2011).


The world-wide community of South Asian scholars has lost one of its most eminent members. He will be remembered as a distinguished professor who put South Asian Studies firmly on the academic map, as a supportive colleague bringing scholars together across Europe, and as an astute and kind human being,


The EASAS Council and Community


Photo: Prof. Dietmar Rothermund at the ECMSAS Conference 2008 in Manchester (courtesy of Lars Eklund).