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Annual Conference on South Asia

Annual Conference on South Asia

January 25, 2024

2024 Call for Proposals

Dear ACSA Community,

We hope the start of 2024 finds you all safe and well. 

The UW-Madison Center for South Asia is grateful for your continued support of the Annual Conference on South Asia. We are pleased to report that 2023 brought us closer to pre-pandemic registrations! We continue to listen and adjust to feedback we receive from attendees each year in creating a safe, inclusive space for all, and we greatly appreciate the solidarity and support we have received over the last few years!

We remain committed to exploring different approaches that enhance participation and inclusion for those who cannot travel to Madison. While we continue with plans for a predominantly in-person conference, session organizers will receive additional information in their acceptance letters on how to increase session access for virtual attendees. Links to these sessions will be made available to all registered attendees, and international scholars attending virtually will receive a significantly reduced registration fee.  

The submission portal for the 52nd Annual Conference on South Asia will open on Thursday, February 1, 2024, for all proposal types. The theme for this year's conference is Democracy and Authoritarianism. We invite proposals related to all countries of South Asia across a diverse range of disciplines. The 52nd ACSA is scheduled to meet in-person, October 30-November 2, 2024 (Wed-Sat), at the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club in Madison, Wisconsin.

Submission Deadlines (by 11:59 PM CST) 

• Symposium proposals: Friday, March 1, 2024 

• Panel, round table, and single paper proposals: Friday, April 5, 2024 

• Film proposals: Friday, April 5, 2024. Please email the Conference Coordinator with submission materials.

Participants will see some minor changes to the registration and submission forms again in 2024. Please review the Submission Guidelines before completing the submission process.

We strongly encourage panel submissions to demonstrate diverse gender representation and a balance of scholars across career stages. Please note conference policies barring multiple submissions, as well as the limitations on the number of panels within which each individual may appear. Presenters - including all symposium speakers - must register to participate in the conference.

Updates for 2024

Apart from the submissions we receive, we invite participants to propose special lunchtime round table topics to ensure that conversations adjacent to South Asian Studies are included on Conference programming. We encourage interested participants to submit these proposals under the Round Table category. Please note that these are not expected to be scholarly discussions, but rather structured conversations around timely and important topics relevant to the field. Example topics include current regional crises, professional development topics, or teaching South Asia. Please contact the Conference Coordinator with questions.

2024 Policy on Virtual Participation - continued from 2023 

Organizers recognize that public health conditions and other factors will create circumstances in which some scholars will not be able to attend this year's conference in Madison. Participants submitting in-person panels may allow for one (1) planned virtual presentation as part of their proposal. Arrangements for virtual (Zoom) or pre-recorded presentations must be coordinated by the session organizer/chair and are subject to the approval of conference organizers. Conference refund policies do apply. All refund requests must be received by September 15, 2024. 

If you would like to help increase ACSA access for conference participants who lack institutional support, please donate here.

We look forward to welcoming you to Madison in October. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions!

Andrea Fowler, Conference Coordinator

Feel free to contact our Conference Coordinator Andrea Fowler or our Conference Assistant Risham Parmar at [email protected] with any questions.

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