Third Annual Conference on South Asia

The Ireland India Institute is pleased to announce its Third Conference on South Asia, which will be held on the 24-26 April 2019 in All Hallows Campus, Dublin City University. Our keynote speakers for this year are Prof. Charu Gupta from University of Delhi and Prof. Jonathan Spencer, from Edinburgh University.

Charu Gupta is an Associate Professor at the University of Delhi, India. She has been widely admired for her work on gender and sexuality in nineteenth-century India and has been visiting faculty at Yale University, University of Washinton and SOAS, University of London among others. In 2016, she published her recent work titled The Gender of Caste: Representing Dalits in Print.

Professor Spencer is the Regius Professor of South Asian Language, Culture and Society at the University of Edinburgh. He has carried out fieldwork in Sri Lanka since the early 1980s, concentrating at first on rural change and local politics, but writing more recently on ethnic conflict, political violence and political non-violence. His current research looks at the fraught boundary between the religious and the political in Sri Lanka and elsewhere, the history of dissent in Sri Lanka, and the consequences of forced dislocation for poor communities in cities in Sri Lanka and Pakistan.


The themes of discussion for this year’s conference are:

  • Contemporary Nationalisms in South Asia
  • Electoral Transformations in South Asia: Forging New Hegemonies?
  • Framing identities in South Asia
  • The Politics of Environmental policies
  • Interpreting the past, predicting the future: Literature and film in South Asia
  • Interrogating Colonial Relationships
  • The politics of cyberspace



Please find the detailed conference program here.