46th Annual Conference on South Asia
October 26-28, 2017

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 800 registered attendees last year in 2016.

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

This year's conference chair has invited an open-topic conference; there is no theme.






Special Events

Ayesha Jalal's Keynote Address, 'Faultlines of Freedom' will take place Friday, Oct 27th at 6:30pm in the Wisconsin Ballroom.

Hari Krishnan's inDANCE will offer a special dance performance Friday, Oct 27th at 9pm in the Wisconsin Ballroom.

Urvashi Butalia & Nandini Sundar's Plenary Address will take place Saturday, Oct 28th at 4pm in Capitol Ballroom A.

In Memoriam Room
Friday evening from 7 - 11 pm in University A, we will have a room dedicated to the memory of those members of the South Asian community who have passed away in the previous year.


Each individual will have a dedicated table with a book to sign. If you are interested in honoring someone, please contact the Conference Organizers at conference@southasia.wisc.edu.


New Attendee Welcome

 If this is your first year attending the Annual Conference on South Asia, please join our Conference Chair, Gudrun Buhnemann, who will host new attendees to the Annual Conference on South Asia to an informal reception Friday 7:30 - 8:15 am in the Wisconsin Ballroom. 


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 

Each year, the Annual Conference on South Asia provides an All-Gender bathroom, the specific location of which will be made known closer to the event date. Please contact Conference staff if you have any questions.



If you have questions or issues arise during the conference in regards to your panel, please contact the Conference Coordinators at +1 (608) 294-3085. For emergency contact information, please see below.


Emergency Phone Contact

In the case of an emergency during the Conference, you may contact the Conference Coordinators at +1 (608) 287-9918