EASAS Events

  • EASAS Research Student Awards (ECSAS 2018 in Paris):

    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.

    Awardees EASAS Research Student Award 2018 (in alphabetical order):
    Madihah Akhter: A Wholly Unsuitable Heir: The Bhopal Sucession Case, 1924-26

    PhD Candidate, Dept. of History
    Stanford University, USA

    Madihah Akhter is a fifth year PhD candidate specializing in modern South Asian history. She received a Master’s in history from Tufts University and a Bachelor’s in history from UCLA. Her research and teaching interests include modern South Asia, gender, queer and transhistory, and global history. Her doctoral dissertation, titled, "In Her Own Right: Sovereignty and Gender in Princely Bhopal, 1901-1926," explores the mutual dependencies and contestations of sovereignty between princely rulers and imperial administrators in the twentieth century. Specifically, she excavates the possibilities of princely sovereignty in Bhopal under the direction of its ruler, Sultan Jahan Begum (r. 1901-1926). Bhopal, located in central India, was the only princely state under female rule in the twentieth century and was the second largest Muslim princely state in India. In this project, she interrogates the conceptual and practical articulations of "in her own right" through gendered space, history writing, anticolonialism, symbolism and succession. Her dissertation engages with political theory on early modern and modern sovereignty in South Asia, feminist analysis of performance and embodied sovereignties, and postcolonial scholarship on anticolonialism and nationalism.

    Sara Kazmi:
    Gender, Vernacular Tradition and the Politics of Voice in Punjabi Poetry: Radical Re-tellings of Hir by Amrita Pritam and Nasreen Anjum Bhatti

    PhD candidate in Criticism and Culture
    Department of English
    University of Cambridge

    Sara Kazmi is a doctoral student at the University of Cambridge. Her project explores literary radicalism in postcolonial Punjab, focusing on poets and playwrights whose work addresses the relationship between emancipatory politics in the contemporary period and vernacular genealogies of critique. Her research examines the reworking of folk forms by contemporary writers to address issues of gender, caste and class in the making of region and nation.


  • Call to organize the 2018 EASAS Doctoral Workshop: The Call to Universities and Higher Education Institutions to host the 2018 EASAS Doctoral Workshop is now closed.
  • Call for papers for the Academic Workshop: The Price of Belonging, 11-12 May 2018, is now closed.
  • The Call for Proposals for the 11th EASAS Doctoral Workshop 2017, taking place at the University of Naples from 22 to 24 September 2017, is now closed.

Past EASAS Events

  • 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 will focus 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.

Other Events Related to South Asian Studies

  • Call For Papers: South Asian Literatures in the World
    South Asian Literary Association Annual Conference, January 6-7, 2019, The Wits Hotel, Chicago, IL

    The South Asian Literary Association invites papers, panels, and roundtable proposals for the 2019 annual
    conference to be held in Chicago January 6-7 on the topic “South Asian Literatures in the World.” We invite
    work that investigates the cultural production of South Asian identity as a global phenomenon—which is to say,
    that thinks about how such production is generated globally, through international relationships, and in concert
    with production of identities of other nations and collective identities.
    You can find the Call For Papers here.

    You may submit an abstract for a paper, a panel proposal including abstracts and bios for all participants, or a
    proposal for a roundtable. All abstracts should be no more than 300 words, and biographic notes no more than
    75. The proposals for all need to be submitted by the hard deadline of July 31, 2018 online at

    You can direct your questions about the conference to Dr. Nalini Iyer and Dr. Madhurima Chakraborty at

Cinema and Social Change – South Asia hosted by the Institute of Media and Creative Industries, Loughborough University London.


From the establishment of the Film Divisions unit in India to communicate the ideas of a new developing Nehruvian India to the recent ban on Pakistani actors in India, films seem to constantly occupy a central position in South Asian politics. This one-day workshop will bring together senior and junior colleagues, as well as film practitioners, working on cinema in South Asia to promote a reflection on the role of films in social change.

Arrival time: 9:30am

Please note that attendance is free but registration is compulsory. You can find the link for registration here:

  • The 2018 BASAS Conference to be held at the University of Exeter, from Wednesday 18th April to Friday 20th April 2018. Click here for more information

  • The Association Jeunes Études Indiennes (AJEI) - an organisation which brings together young Indian and French researchers studying India - is pleased to share with you the call for contributions for its 20th annual workshop which will be held at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi the 19th, 20th and 21st March 2018. The topic of the 2018 edition is : "Image(s) of India". You can download the Call for Papers here. The propositions of contribution (500 words max) have to be sent before the 10th of February 2018. This workshop is organised by Apolline Bailleux (Université de Strasbourg), Maël Bayad (Université de Strasbourg) et Nicolas Lainé (Université de Strasbourg). Click here for the application form. Don't hesitate to contact the board for any further informations concerning the organisation of the workshop:


  • Call for Papers - "Creating Inclusive Organizational & Public Spaces"
    The International Conference on “Creating Inclusive Organizational & Public Spaces” is being organized by the Centre for Governance and Public Management (CGPM) of the Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). CGPM’s International conference will be a two-day event and will take place at LUMS on March 30-31, 2018. Full papers, developing papers and cases would be presented on various themes and Best Paper Awards will be presented during the conference. This inter-disciplinary conference aims to bring together scholars having different thematic, geographical and methodological expertise to engage with contemporary debates about the governance and management of space in contemporary organizations and polity. The conference would focus on the role of management and policy in creating more inclusive spaces in organizations and the wider society. The Call for Papers in now open and closes December 31 2017, see Call for Papers
    Conference Website: