Calls for Papers/Proposals

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I. Preconference

II. Conference



Animal, Mineral, Vegetable: Feminist Provocations
October 16, 2014

Madison Concourse Hotel, 1 West Dayton St., Madison, WI 53703.

Co-Organizers: Priti Ramamurthy (University of Washington) and Naisargi Dave (University of Toronto)

All of us who work in South Asia, and on broadly “feminist” questions, necessarily engage with the nonhuman, material world. We encounter environmental and agrarian transformations; roads and infrastructure; livestock and land; consumption and its limits; water and drought; plants and forests; bestial metaphors; the nature-culture divide itself. And yet, our feminist historiographic and ethnographic concerns have tended to bracket the animals, minerals, vegetables, and things that are so fundamentally constitutive of social life in South Asia, and elsewhere. In this pre-conference our aim is to animate: to rethink what are the proper subjects of South Asian feminism, to critically interrogate and perhaps provincialize humanist and anthropocentric approaches to the world. We assume that most of us are already doing just that, in ways implicit or otherwise. In light of both a long tradition of feminist scholarship in South Asia that engages with environments and materiality, as well as more recent, interdisciplinary explorations of animacy and material ecologies, we invite presentations that critically explore the complex relationships among people, animals, minerals, plants, and things. We welcome archaeological, philosophical, biological, or ecological epistemes to our conversation. We might ask: what are the continuities between environmental feminism and newer work on animacy and matter? How do frameworks of subjectivity that take seriously non-human actants contribute to our understanding of gender, sexuality, and the political? What does the suggestion of new epistemologies open up for us; what might it obscure? What is the relevance of these conversations, dare we ask, for and from “South Asia?”

Some sub-topics include:

* food cultures, food sovereignty, food security
* built environments
* infrastructure including roads, ports, mines, and power
* biodiversity, genetically modified crops, agrarian environments
* water
* waste
* animals, livestock, wildlife
* forests, wilderness, conservation

The pre-conference will be staged as a series of conversations between feminist scholars and scholars who perhaps have not come to the pre-conference in the past. Instead of the traditional 15-minute paper format, participants will deliver “provocations”: brief presentations summarizing their area of research and posing of two or three questions— epistemological, substantive, theoretical, political—which they are currently grappling with. The co-organizers will select and group participants based on abstracts and with an eye to interdisciplinarity and a general diversity of ideas.

Please send a proposed title, abstract of 250 words or less, and relevant institutional information to Priti Ramamurthy <> and Naisargi Dave <> by April 30th, 2014.


American Institute of Bangladesh Studies 


A Regional Symposium on:
Extreme Weather, Disasters, and Indigenous Practices in South Asia

A day-long symposium sponsored by the American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)

Hosted by the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS)
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Thursday, October 16, 2014

In the study of extreme weather and disasters, there is a common thread that sews together the patchwork of South Asia. South Asia is composed of the following eight countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. One fourth of the world population lives in this region. This sub-continent is situated between The Himalayas on the North and the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal on the South. Due to the topography of the area, South Asia faces frequent natural disasters. The 2007 monsoon floods in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, the 2005 earthquake and 2010 floods in Pakistan, and the Tsunami of 2004 are examples of recent major disasters that have seriously impacted lives and livelihoods of people in the region. Because many of the islands are just a few feet above the sea level, the residents of the Maldives are greatly concerned with extreme weather. Higher sea levels can flood or even absorb some of the South Asian countries if continuous deforestation and subsequent rolling of sediments from the upstream countries to the seas are not halted. A major disaster can push people deeper into poverty and can severely deplete the financial resources of a country. In addition, long term psychological effects must be taken into account following disasters. Disasters are very often seen in isolation, and governments are reactive rather than proactive. Although the countries vary in their responses to mitigating the consequences of disasters as a result of extreme weather, similarities are found combating the aftermath of disasters. One major commonality found is the human response to facing the same issues in disaster relief and management.    

This one day regional symposium is a follow up event to the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) sponsored first regional conference,  “Water, Waves, and Weather: The Future of South Asia” that was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh in July of 2011. This conference set the tone for further investigation and lessons learned by the countries of South Asia, it was an excellent topic for an interdisciplinary conference co-sponsored by the relevant American Overseas Research Centers, with support from CAORC and the Department of State.  Liberal Arts education has a strong emphasis on the utilization of human and social capital in addressing people’s needs and identifying credible solutions both locally and globally. Similarly, social science education provides applied learning through a community organization approach. This interdisciplinary conference will provoke critical engagement with the multiple meanings of extreme weather for its various constituencies – liberal arts and social sciences educators, policy makers, research scientists, and agency officials mitigating the consequences of disasters as a result of extreme weather.

This regional symposium proposed for 2014 will bring together scientists, planners, and scholars of social science and humanities to examine the best available projections highlighting the impact of extreme weather and possible responses to it. Through the synergies created, we hope to spark greater research interest in this very serious subject, as well as assemble data that may be useful to policy makers and responders.  A tentative conference program would address the following topics of specific relevance to the region:


Submission guideline: Please submit your paper or panel presentation proposal in not more than 400 words related to the main theme and/or sub-themes noted above by Friday, May 16, 2014 to You must list name of the presenter(s)/panelist(s) and their institutional affiliations when submitting a proposal. Also, please provide us your contact details including an email address for future correspondence.

Conference organizer: Dr. Golam M. Mathbor, AIBS President

Dr. Philip Lutgendorf, President, American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS)
Dr. Kamran Ali, President, American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS)
Dr. Charles Hallisey, President, American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies (AISLS)
Dr. Mary Cameron, President, Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS)


Ninth Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference (HPRC 2014)
Nepal Study Center, University of New Mexico
A Focus on South Asian Countries

DATE: October 16, 2014

The Nepal Study Center is pleased to announce the Ninth Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference. The Conference will be held on October 16, 2014, in Madison, Wisconsin, at the pre-conference venue of the University of Wisconsin's 43rd Annual Conference on South Asia (October 16--19, 2014).
(Attention: We also encourage you to attend the Annual Conference on South Asia: )

VENUE: The Madison Concourse Hotel, Wisconsin

We invite you to send an abstract of your research, recently completed or in progress, in the field of development, democracy, governance, or environment. We consider these fields broadly as encompassing socio-economic growth (macro or sectoral), violent conflict and political processes, institutional development, governance and administrative reform, poverty and income distribution, education and health, regional development, gender and ethnicity, trade and remittances, aid and foreign direct investment, resource and environmental management, climate change, bio-diversity, sustainable community development, public-private partnership in technology and investment, child labor, and many other issues.

Global South: Papers dealing with South-South cooperation, such as interaction among different regions of the world or among countries from different continents, would be particularly welcome.

(1) This year we plan to organize a separate session on gender issues and therefore, we strongly encourage researchers in this field to present their papers to highlight the issues of gender discrimination, women empowerment, girls' education and health, human trafficking, and similar other issues of importance to women in South Asia.
(2) We also plan a poster session on promoting graduate and undergraduate research. We especially urge faculty to use this opportunity to showcase student research output, including field work of students under 'study abroad' programs.

The abstract submission deadline is May 30, 2014. We expect that the authors whose abstracts are accepted will confirm their participation by June 30 and submit a copy of their full paper for presentation by September 15, 2014.

For abstract submission guideline and other conference related details (submission-related logistics and guidelines, hotel accommodations, travels, past proceedings, and photos etc.), please click here.

For logistic reasons, it will not be possible for us at the Nepal Study Center this year to provide a letter of support to you for visa purposes. Indeed, if our letter of acceptance of your abstract can help in obtaining a visa, please feel free to submit the letter to the visa officer in your country.

Ms. Jazmin Knight
International Studies Institute (ISI)
Nepal Study Center Secretariat
Humanities Bldg. (#81), Room 415A, MSC03 2165
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: +1 (505) 277-1991

Alok K. Bohara, Professor, University of New Mexico
Vijaya R. Sharma, Department of Economics, University of Colorado Boulder
Jeffrey Drope, Department of Political Science, Marquette University
Mukti P. Upadhyay, Department of Economics, Eastern Illinois University
Jennifer Thacher, Department of Economics, University of New Mexico
Sakib Mahmud, Department of Business and Economics, University of Wisconsin-Superior
Shikha Silwal, Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics, Washington and Lee University
Prakash Adhikari, Department of Political Science, Central Michigan University

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