Symposium – Thursday, October 21st

The Annual Conference on South Asia’s Symposium (formerly known as PreConference) offers half and full-day time slots during which presenters and participants can actively discuss more complex topics that would not be suitable to our shorter 105-minute panel format.

All Symposia are open to registered conference attendees – Please see the below schedules to learn more about our exciting lineup this year!

Half Day Symposia run from either 8:30am – 12:15pm or 1:45 – 5:30pm.
Full Day Symposia run from 8:30am – 5:30pm.

Thursday, October 21, 2021
Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club

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1971: Cultural Lineages and Afterlives

1971: Cultural Lineages and Afterlives

Session: Symposium – Half Day, Afternoon
Venue: Virtual

Organizer – Sanjukta Sunderason (Leiden University)


Schedule

1:45-2:00pm Welcome and Introductory Comments

2:00-3:30pmLineages

3:30-3:45pmBreak

3:45-4:45pmAfterlives

4:45-5:30pmRoundtable

Sources and Subjects of Mughal History

Sources and Subjects of Mughal History

Session: Symposium – Half Day, Afternoon
Venue: Virtual

Organizer – Emma Kalb (University of Chicago)


Schedule

1:45-3:30pm The World in Texts

3:30-3:45pmBreak

3:45-5:30pmUrban and Courtly Religious Life

Agrarian Urbanization: Emerging entanglements of Land, Labour, and Capital

Agrarian Urbanization: Emerging entanglements of Land, Labour, and Capital

Session: Symposium – Full Day
Venue: Virtual

Organizer – Shubhra Gururani (York University)


Schedule

8:30-8:50amWelcome and introductions

8:50-10:15am New Landscape of Labor and Livelihoods

10:15-10:30amBreak

10:30-11:55am Class, Identity and Belonging

11:55-12:15pmClosing Remarks

12:15-1:45pmLunch

1:45-3:30pmLand and displacement

3:30-3:45pmCoffee Break

3:45-4:45pmDominance and State Power

4:45-5:30pmThanks and closing remarks

Mind the Gap: Erasures // Abundances // Transparencies (in Queer South Asia Studies)

Mind the Gap: Erasures // Abundances // Transparencies (in Queer South Asia Studies)

Session: Symposium – Full Day
Venue: Virtual

Organizer – Jeff Roy (Cal Poly Pomona)


Schedule

8:30-10:15am –  Opening Roundtable Session and Breakfast with Symposium Co-organizers

10:15-10:30am Break

10:30-12:15pm Panel Session 1: “Historical Gaps / Sexual Liminalities” (Themal Ellawala, moderator)

12:15-1:45pmLunch and Film Screening

1:45-3:30pmPanel Session 2: “Imagined Gaps / Gaps in Imaginaries” (Pavithra Prasad, moderator)

3:30-3:45pmCoffee Break

3:45-4:45pmPanel Session 3: “The Queer Life of the Gap” (Jeff Roy, moderator)

4:45-5:30pmSymposium Wrap-up Roundtable Session with All Participants

Material Texts in Post-Print South Asia: Approaches to “History of the Book”

Material Texts in Post-Print South Asia: Approaches to “History of the Book”

Session: Symposium – Full Day
Venue: Virtual

Organizer – Megan Robb (University of Pennsylvania)
Organizer – Pranav Prakash (University of Iowa)


Schedule

8:30-8:45amWelcome and Introductions

8:45-10:15amPANEL 1 New Approaches to Material Texts in South Asia

10:15-10:30am Coffee Break

10:30-12:15pm PANEL 2 Manuscript and Early Cultures of the Book

12:15-1:45pmLunch

1:45-3:30pmPANEL 3 Material Publishing

3:30-3:45pmCoffee Break

3:45-5:00pmPANEL 4 Book History, Social History

5:00-5:30pmRoundtable Discussion

Science, Technology, and Medicine (STM) in South Asia Symposium: Interruptions and Failures

Science, Technology, and Medicine (STM) in South Asia Symposium: Interruptions and Failures

Session: Symposium – Full Day
Venue: Virtual

Organizer – Lisa Brooks (University of California, Berkeley)


Schedule

8:30-8:45amWelcome and Introductory Remarks

8:45-10:15am –  Session 1: Rupture

10:15-10:30am Tea/Coffee break

10:30-12:15pm Session 2: Revelation

12:15-1:45pmLunch

1:45-3:30pmSession 3: Repair

3:30-3:45pmTea/Coffee break

3:45-4:45pmSession 4: Revolution

4:45-5:30pm“Interruptions and Failures” Closing Discussion

Worldmaking in Modern South Asia: Connected, Comparative, and Transnational Histories

Worldmaking in Modern South Asia: Connected, Comparative, and Transnational Histories

Session: Symposium – Full Day
Venue: Virtual

Organizer – Matthew Shutzer (Harvard University)


Schedule

8:30-8:45amOpening Remarks: Adom Getachew, “Worldmaking in South Asia”

8:45-10:15amPanel One: Law and Economic Life in the Indian Ocean World

10:15-10:30amCoffee Break

10:30-12:15amPanel Two: Global Concepts and the Modern Historical Imagination

12:15-1:45pmLunch

1:45-3:30pmPanel Three: Decolonization and Transnationality

3:30-3:45pmCoffee Break

3:45-5:00pmBook discussion

5:00-5:30pmThanks and closing remarks

Mutations of Sovereignty: Perspectives on Sanjib Baruah’s In the Name of the Nation

Mutations of Sovereignty: Perspectives on Sanjib Baruah’s In the Name of the Nation

Session: Symposium – Full Day
Venue: Virtual

Organizer – Amit R. Baishya (University of Oklahoma)


Schedule

8:30-8:45amWelcome and Introductory Remarks

8:45-10:15amPanel 1 The Nation-Form and Its Margins

10:15-10:30am Tea/Coffee break

10:30-11:45pm Panel 2 Antinomies of Citizenship; Matters of Migration

11:45-1:30pmLunch

1:30-3:00pmPanel 3 Resource Frontiers

3:00-3:30pm – Panel 4 Sovereignty and its Mutations

3:30-3:45pm Coffee Break

3:45-4:30pm – Panel 4 Sovereignty and its Mutations (continued)

4:30-5:30pmResponse by Sanjib Baruah and concluding discussion

Print, Representation, and Formation of Bhakti in the Long 19th Century

Print, Representation, and Formation of Bhakti in the Long 19th Century

Session: Symposium – Full Day
Venue: Virtual

Organizer – Jon Keune (Michigan State)


Schedule

8:30-8:45amWelcome, Thematic Introduction

8:45-10:15amFormations

10:15-10:30am Coffee Break

10:30-12:15pm Debates

12:15-1:45pmLunch

1:45-3:30pmBoundary Crossings

3:00-3:30pm – Panel 4 Sovereignty and its Mutations

3:30-3:45pm Coffee Break

3:45-5:00pm – Technologies

5:00-5:30pmReflections & Discussion

World History in Urdu

World History in Urdu

Session: Symposium – Full Day
Venue: Virtual

Organizer – Walter Hakala (University at Buffalo)


Schedule

8:30-8:45amWelcome and Introductory Remarks

8:45-10:15amPanel One

10:15-10:30am Coffee Break

10:30-12:15pm Panel Two

12:15-1:45pmLunch

1:45-3:30pmPanel Three

3:30-3:45pm – Coffee Break

3:45-5:30pm Roundtable Discussion

New Directions in the Study of the Vernacular Millennium

New Directions in the Study of the Vernacular Millennium

Session: Symposium – Full Day
Venue: Virtual

Organizer – Ilanit Loewy Shacham (Tel Aviv University)


Schedule

8:30-9:00amAll Conference Coffee/Tea

9:00-9:15amOpening Remarks

10:15-10:30am All Conference Break

10:30-12:00pm Session 2: Exchanges Across Vernaculars

12:00-2:00pmLunch

2:00-3:30pmReligious Identities and Literary Production

3:30-3:45pmAll Conference Break

3:45-4:45pm Vernacular Millennium across South and Southeast Asia

4:45-5:30pmConcluding Discussion and Next Steps 

South Asia In Motion: mobility | movement | bodies

South Asia In Motion: mobility | movement | bodies

Session: Symposium – Full Day
Venue: Virtual

Organizer – Daniel Dillon (University of Texas at Austin)


Schedule

8:30-10:15amIntroductory Session

10:15-10:30am All Conference Break

10:30-12:15pm Panel Theme: Senses in Motion

12:15-1:45pmLunch

1:45-3:30pmPanel Theme: Borders in Motion

3:30-3:45pmAll Conference Break

3:45-5:00pm Panel Theme: (Re)Production in Motion

5:00-5:30pmClosing Session

The Ideal Home: Design, Housing, and Market Capital in Modern South Asia

The Ideal Home: Design, Housing, and Market Capital in Modern South Asia

Session: Symposium – Full Day
Venue: Virtual

Organizer – Llerena Guiu Searle (University of Rochester)


Schedule

8:30-8:45amOpening Remarks

8:45-10:15amSession 1: Transnational Exchanges, Localizing Practices

10:15-10:30am Break

10:30-12:15pm Session 2: Design through Practice: Workers, Labor, and Design in situ

12:15-1:45pmLunch

1:45-3:30pmSession 3: Designing Cosmopolitan Home Life

3:30-3:45pmBreak

3:45-5:30pm Roundtable discussion of themes

Seals and Sealings of South Asia: Indus to Early Historic Period

Seals and Sealings of South Asia: Indus to Early Historic Period

Session: Symposium – Full Day
Venue: Virtual

Organizer – Jonathan Mark Kenoyer (University of Wisconsin – Madison)


Schedule

8:40-9:00amSpeaker 1: The Power of Multiples? Form, Function, and Iconography of the Small Molded Artifacts of the Indus Civilization (Ameri, Marta)

9:00-9:20amSpeaker 2: There and Back Again: Deconstructing the Indus-related seals found beyond the Harappan world (Frenez, Dennys)

9:20-9:40amSpeaker 3: Inscribed Seals from Gujarat: New Insights into Carving Styles, Production Techniques, Chronology and Regional Variation in the Indus Civilization (Jamison, Gregg)

9:40-10:00amSpeaker 4: Seals and Inscribed objects from Gandi Umar Khan, Gomal Plain, Pakistan (Jan, Zakurullah)

10:00-10:20amSpeaker 5: Changes and Continuities in Seal Carving Techniques: Function and Artistry of the Indus and Indo-Gangetic Traditions (Kenoyer, J. Mark)

10:20-10:40amBreak

10:40-11:00amSpeaker 6: The Chronology of Indus Seal Production in the Ghaggar Basin: Microscopic and Experimental Analyses (Konosukawa, A.)

11:00-11:20amSpeaker 7: Observations on the manufacture and raw material provenience of Indus Civilization seals (Law, Randall)

11:20-11:40amSpeaker 8: Hard Stone Seal Carving Technology: Comparing Mycenaean and Indo-Greek Techniques (Ludvik, Geoffrey)

11:40-12:00pmSpeaker 9: Lakhan-Jo-Daro Seals, Sealing, and inscribed objects (Mallah, Qasid)

12:00-1:20pmLunch

1:20-1:40pm –  Speaker 10: Harappan Seals and Sealings from Bagasra and Shikarpur: Preliminary Observations (Pottentavida, A.)

1:40-2:00pmSpeaker 11: Inscribed Materials from the Harappan Site of Karanpura, Rajasthan (Prabhakar, V. N.)

2:00-2:20pmSpeaker 12: Seals from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan: Indus to Early Historic Period (Samad, Abdul)

2:20-2:40pmSpeaker 13: Bactro-Margiana Seals and Indus Motifs: A Unique Seal from Pakistan (Shakirullah)

2:40-3:00pmBreak

3:00-3:20pmSpeaker 14: Seals of the Indus Valley Civilization: A contextual approach to script (Zaid, Sareeta)

3:20-3:50pmEND

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 dedicated 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 26 deadline for these submission types. All Symposium speakers must register for the conference by June 30. Registration refunds are offered through September 15 should your proposals not be accepted.

The Annual Conference on South Asia’s Symposia (formerly known as PreConference) offers half and full-day time slots during which presenters and participants can actively discuss more complex topics that would not be suitable to our shorter 105-minute panel format.

Half Day Symposia run from either 8:30am – 12:15pm or 1:45 – 5:30pm.
Full Day Symposia run from 8:30am – 5:30pm.

Your Symposium schedule must work with 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 your Symposium participants must register and submit payment upon your Symposium being accepted.

Please see our Conference Deadlines page for detailed information on important cutoff dates.

Submit Your Proposal Here!