The EASAS Newsletter 2019 is now available here.

EASAS Events

IMPORTANT: the 26th European Conference on South Asian Studies, ECSAS 2020 has been postponed until July 26-29, 2021. For further information regarding ECSAS 2020 please visit: and especially

ECSAS 2020 Reflecting on Disciplinary Boundaries

ECSAS 2020 - Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is closed now.

Dear EASAS Member,

due to some delays caused by technical problems with the new membership administration we have decided to extend the paper abstract submission window for ECSAS2020 by one week. The submission deadline is thus November 24, 2019 (midnight UTC).

With best wishes,
EASAS /The ECSAS2020 Conference Team

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 26th European Conference on South
Asian Studies, ECSAS 2020, to be held at the University of Vienna, Austria, from 29th July to 1st
August 2020.

All paper proposals must be made via the online form. Please read the instructions on the call
for papers at and browse the list of
panels at 

The call for papers will open September 2 and close on November 17, 2019 (midnight GMT)
You will be informed about accepted abstracts in mid-January 2020.


EASAS membership is required.


You can find the complete Call as a PDF here.


You can find the guidelines and detailed information regarding the Call as a PDF here.


We look forward to seeing you in Vienna in 2020!
Martin Gaenszle and Birgit Kellner (Conveners) and Danuta Stasik (EASAS President)

Dear Member of EASAS,


due to the technical delays in facilitating membership applications the organisers of the European Conference on South Asian Studies (ECSAS) 2020 in Vienna have decided to extend the deadline for the submission of Panel Proposals.


The Call for Panels was open until 5 May, 2019. THE CALL FOR PANELS IS CLOSED NOW!


For information and Panel Submission go to

The panel submission is open from 4 February until 5 May, 2019. Please go to the
conference website:


EASAS membership required. Please note that all panel conveners must be EASAS
members at the time of submission. (Join here:
At least one of the conveners must be based at a European institution.


For the complete Call for Panels click here.


We look forward to seeing you in Vienna in 2020!
Martin Gaenszle and Birgit Kellner (Conveners) and Danuta Stasik (EASAS President)

  • 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.

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).

Other Events Related to South Asian Studies


‘History of the Book in India’ Course

The Institute of English Studies
University of London


The London Rare Books School (LRBS) at the Institute of English Studies, University of London is now accepting applications for its summer programme.

Join Graham Shaw for the History of the Book in India, 29 June-3 July 2020.

This course aims to give students an introduction to the history of the book in India – both manuscript and printed – from the 1st century CE to the present day. It will also examine the interplay of manuscript and print with the transmission of text through orature and performance traditions.  It will highlight the influence of different faiths on manuscript production and illustration, and the impact of printing technologies (xylography and lithography as well as typography). It will also cover some important strands in Indian publishing history such as the relationship between India and Britain in the colonial period, and issues facing contemporary publishing.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until a course is full. Courses may be taken for credit toward a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, MRes or MA in the History of the Book. Courses fees are £650 (standard) and £520 (student), with discounts for multiple bookings.

For the full list of courses, and further information please visit the following link The application form is available here.










Call for Submissions


SAMSA Book Award

The South Asian Muslim Studies Association (SAMSA) announces its inaugural SAMSA Book Award for a monograph published on the subject of South Asian Islam and Muslim societies during the calendar year 2019. Books from all disciplines in the Humanities and the Social Sciences will be considered. Only single-authored monographs are eligible; edited volumes, works of translation, literary fiction and short stories, or collections of poetry are not eligible. Monographs focused on all regions of South Asia (including Afghanistan) and time periods will be considered. Awards will be decided on the basis of the novelty of the book’s intervention in the field, its intellectual rigor and its clarity and quality of writing. Award recipient will be recognized at the SAMSA meeting at the Annual Conference on South Asia in Madison in October 2020, and will be featured for an author meets critics panel. The award does not carry any monetary compensation. Submissions may be made by an author or by a publisher. To apply, please mail a copy of the book to Dr. Raisur Rahman, Department of History, P.O. Box 7806, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27109, USA no later than April 10, 2020. Additional copies of the monographs will be requested in due time. Applicants must also email with the following information: book title, author email and phone contact, and publisher’s email and phone contact. Award will be announced by late summer 2020. For more information on SAMSA, click here:  


Ireland India Institute 4th Conference on South Asia 2020


23rd and 24th April 2020


Call for papers


Deadline for proposal submissions: 4th November 2019

The Ireland India Institute, Dublin City University is pleased to announce its Fourth Conference on South Asia, which will be held on the 22-24 April 2020 in Dublin, Ireland.  We welcome proposal for papers and panels from academics, doctoral researchers and activists addressing one of the thematic sections listed below:


  • Nationalisms & Populism in South Asia
  • Protest, Power and Participation
  • Religion, Secularism and Politics
  • ‘New’ Media and Cyberspace
  • Climate Change and Environmental Politics
  • De-colonisation and New Imperialisms
  • Reflections on the World: Literature and Film in South Asia
  • Borders and Borderlands in South Asia
  • Geopolitics and Security in South Asia
  • Questioning gender paradigms in South Asia
  • Queer and Sexuality Studies
  • Refugees and Statelessness in South Asia

You can find the complete Call here.