University of Wisconsin–Madison

Conference Submission Guidelines

  • General Submission Guidelines

    You must be registered for the Annual Conference on South Asia and have paid your registration fee by the April 2 submission deadline in order for your submission to be reviewed by the Conference Committee. Failure to register may disqualify you from consideration for acceptance by the Conference Committee.

    If your submission is not accepted for presentation at the conference, you may request a full refund of your registration fee. Please note that the deadline for requesting a registration refund is September 15.


    Please note that you may submit one Symposium AND one Panel, Round Table, or Single Paper for review.
    If you submit a Symposium and your submission is not accepted, you may still submit a Panel, Round Table, or Single Paper afterwards given the April 2 deadline for these submission types. However, you may submit only ONE Panel, Round Table, or Single Paper in total.

    Participating in a Symposium does NOT count towards the appearance limit in Panels, Round Tables, or Single Papers [see our Conference Policy page]

    Each submitter is limited to one (1) paper submission (Panel, Round Table, Single Paper) in which the submitter is listed as the primary author or coauthor. This excludes the Symposium which you may organize or present in separately to the 1-paper submission rule.

    For example, as a maximum you could

    1. Organize a Symposium
    2. Organize a Panel
    3. Present in another Panel

    All submissions must be submitted via the online submission portal by 11:59pm CST, April 2, 2018.

    If you submit 2 or more Panels, Round Tables, and/or Single Papers, none of your submissions will be reviewed.

    Please contact the Conference Coordinator (conference@southasia.wisc.edu) if you require clarification on this policy.

  • General Abstract Requirements

    Abstracts should be 200 – 300 words in length. Your abstract may not exceed 300 words.

    Your abstract should indicate a research question and clearly articulate the means and results of the conducted research.

    Please see below for more specific abstract requirements.

  • Symposium Submission Guidelines

    To propose a Symposium (formerly known as ‘PreConference’), you must submit:

    • A 200-300 word abstract
    • A preliminary list of speakers*
    • A preliminary schedule**
    • Justification of why the content of your proposed Symposium warrants more time than a panel or double-panel would allow

    *We understand that your list of preliminary speakers and your proposed schedule may change following acceptance. Please do your best to give us a sense of who will be speaking (i.e. how many speakers, of which professional backgrounds, from which geographic regions, etc.) and what the schedule might look like when you submit your proposal (i.e. how much time is consecrated to presentations, audience discussion, breakout discussion, etc.).

    **Your Symposium schedule must work around our all-conference breaks (7:30-8:30am, 10:15-10:30am, 3:30-3:45pm) and lunch (12:15-1:45pm).


    Please note that you may request a 1/2 day or full day Symposium.

    A full day Symposium runs from 8:30am to 5:30pm
    A half day Symposium runs from 8:30am to 12:15pm or from 1:45 to 5:30pm


    If you submit a Symposium and your submission is not accepted, you still have time to submit a Panel, Round Table, or Single Paper given the April 2 deadline for these submission types.

  • Panel & Single Paper Submission Guidelines

    To propose a Panel or Single Paper, you must submit:

    • A 200-300 word abstract

    For Panel Submissions, each presenter must also include a 200-300 word abstract (aside from the group abstract) for the individual’s work to be included on the panel. Panel organizers should coordinate these submissions.

    Panels must have a minimum of 3 presenters (in addition to the Organizer/Chair) and may not have more than 4 presenters (in addition to the Organizer/Chair if they present as well).

    Panel Organizers will automatically act as the Panel Chair should the panel be accepted for presentation at the conference. A separate Panel Discussant can also be chosen if the organizer so chooses.


    Multi-Part Panels: In some rare cases, panel organizers collect enough papers around a topic to propose a multi-part panel session. Panel organizers may only propose a two-part session and there is no guarantee that both parts will be accepted to the conference. Multi-part sessions must still abide by the structure of panels. If presenters drop out of a multi-part panel, and one panel falls below 3 presenters, the conference organizers will cancel that portion of the session.


    Accepted Single Paper submissions of similar topic and theme will be placed into ad hoc panels. These ad hoc panelists must themselves decide upon a Panel name and designate one presenter as the Panel Chair.

  • Round Table Submission Guidelines

    To propose a Round Table, you must submit:

    • A 200-300 word abstract
    • A list of the speakers, their area of expertise, and how they will contribute to and advance the discussion

    For Round Table Submissions, presenters do NOT need to include individual abstracts (aside from the group abstract).

    Round Tables must have a minimum of 3 presenters (in addition to the Organizer/Chair) and may have as many as 6 presenters (in addition to the Organizer/Chair if they present as well).

    Round Table Organizers will automatically act as the Round Table Chair should the panel be accepted for presentation at the conference. A separate Round Table Discussant can also be chosen if the organizer so chooses.


    Round Table presentations will be shorter and less formal than those for a Panel; the goal of a Round Table is to facilitate discussion amongst presenters and with the audience.

    Round Table participants will express their scholarly opinions on a specific topic and may not be in agreement on some issues. This will make for a lively discussion. There will be a designated moderator to make certain that discussion stays on topic and to guarantee equal participation from Round Table members and the audience.

    We encourage each Round Table participant to quickly present their ideas or research as a backdrop to the ensuing discussion and audience questions.

  • Film Submission Guidelines

    To propose a Film Screening, you must submit:

    • A trailer/short clip of your film
    • A summary of the film
    • Main discussion points of the film