45th Annual Conference on South Asia
October 20-23, 2016

The Annual Conference on South Asia invites scholars, students, professionals, and anyone interested in research on the region to Madison, Wisconsin, for a four-day event featuring research panels and roundtables, lectures and addresses, film screenings, booksellers, association receptions, and other special presentations. The conference grows year-by-year, welcoming over 750 registered attendees in 2015.

The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club
1 West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53703

This year's theme is DECAY.
For the full call for papers,
click here.




NEW: Mac Laptops are provided in all conference rooms. To minimize AV delays and technical issues, please bring only a USB stick with your presentation.


New Attendee Welcome

 If this is your first year attending the Annual Conference on South Asia, please join our Conference Chair, Mitra Sharafi, who will host new attendees to the Annual Conference on South Asia to an informal reception on Friday morning before Session 1. Grab coffee and a scone from one of the break stands on the second floor and meet other new attendees as Dr. Sharafi offers an overview of the conference with suggestions on what to check out while you are here. This is a great opportunity to meet other new attendees and to form professional relationships at the outset of this year’s Conference.



Roundtable on Sexual Harassment in the field of South Asian Studies: A community discussion


The aim of the roundtable is to encourage our scholarly community to talk about the issue of sexual harassment among scholars in our field openly and explicitly. We are eager to keep the discussion focused on the issue of sexual harassment faced by students and scholars, and not to move too far into the topic of sexual harassment as a subject studied by scholars (but not among scholars). This is an important topic of discussion and we urge you to attend this roundtable discussion.



Annual Conference on South Asia Phone Application


We are excited to announce the 2nd year for which we have an Annual Conference on South Asia phone application! The app contains the schedule for the conference as well as all other pertinent conference information contained on the official website. The app can be found via the below link, or by searching “Annual Conference on South Asia” in your portable device’s App Store.






Please follow us on the official Annual Conference On South Asia Twitter account: @ACSAMadison


Please use the hashtag #ACSAMadison throughout your tweeting of the Conference!



All-Gender Bathroom


The bathroom outside Parlor room 629 (6th floor) has been designated an all-gender bathroom for the duration of the Conference. Please contact Conference staff if you have any questions.



Emergency Phone Contact: In the Case of an emergency during the Conference, you may contact the Conference Coordinators at +1 (608) 287-9918 




 Announcing our 2016 special guests:

Joseph W. Elder Keynote Lecturer Radhika Coomaraswamy

2016 Plenary Address Speaker Pankaj Butalia


Plus, check out the lineup of performances and special events scheduled throughout the weekend.