Seventh Annual South Asia Conference 2024


Please note: The call for applications is now closed. Successful candidates please register here by 10th March,  2024.

The Ireland India Institute is pleased to announce that its seventh annual South Asia Conference will take place
at Dublin City University, 24-26 April 2024.

The call for papers for the 2024 conference is now closed. Successful applicants must register for the conference by 10th March . Please note a registration fee of €15 applies to students and €30 to faculty and independent researchers. Full papers should be submitted by 31st March 2024  for circulation(See the Guidelines here).

Doctoral researchers and early-career researchers are encouraged to apply. We also encourage papers from underrepresented groups including from Dalit, Queer and other subaltern perspectives.

Against the background of continued economic problems in some states and democratic backsliding across the region in 2023, South Asia remains culturally dynamic. This is expressed in the diverse range of voices engaging in critiquing, analysing and celebrating South Asia, expressed through multiple forms. 2024 will see India, Pakistan and Bangladesh going to polls. The results will be crucial to democracy, civil liberties, and economic development in these countries. Given the growing importance of the region these elections will determine what type of voice and role South Asia will play in the future, on an increasingly fragmented and confrontational international stage.

In this pivotal year, we invite academics, scholars, and practitioners to discuss and deliberate on the path to South Asia in 2024 and the potential futures of South Asia. Papers may be presented on any of the following themes, broadly defined:

  • Voices from South Asia: literature, film, the performing arts, and media
  • Gender Studies – interdisciplinary, intersectional, and interactional developments
  • Internal politics: democracy, elections and political parties in South Asia
  • International relations – South Asia’s external politics
  • History and historiographies of South Asia
  • Economic prosperity, equity, and sustainability in South Asia
  • Emerging methodologies and non-Western paradigms
  • Climate resilience and climate justice in South Asia
  • Culture, tradition, and religion – South Asian lived experiences

How to submit an abstract

Abstracts should be no shorter than 150 words and no longer than 300 words.
Abstracts should include a title and 3 keywords.
Abstracts need to address one of the conference themes.
It is essential that you select one of the conference themes under which your abstract will be considered.
Individuals can only submit one abstract.
Panel abstracts must be submitted as individual abstracts separately. Use the panel title as the title for the individual abstracts but include separate sub titles. Include a list of all panel presenters with each abstract.