Call for papers

Call for Papers: In Dialogue With Borders: Critical Conversations on Violence, Citizenship, and Sovereignty in Modern “South Asia”

Brown University Graduate School in Partnership with South Asian Studies

April 3-4th 2015

Providence, Rhode Island

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 7th  2015

Borders are often imagined as static lines on maps that do not change. However, recent scholarship on South Asia has problematized this conception of borders as static objects and unquestioned boundaries. Building on this body of scholarship, Brown University is hosting a year-long series in 2014-2015 titled “In Dialogue With Borders: Critical Conversations on Violence, Citizenship, and Sovereignty in Modern ‘South Asia,’” which will engage with the dynamic and evolving conceptions of borders on the subcontinent.

As part of our year-long series, the graduate student organizing committee is pleased to welcome abstract submissions for our spring colloquium, which will take place April 3rd and 4th 2015 at Brown University. We welcome submissions from graduate students interested in issues related to modern South Asia, across disciplines and at all stages of graduate study, to present their latest work to a critical and supportive audience of students and faculty. Presenters will also have opportunities to receive feedback from the specially invited faculty at our graduate student workshop as well as from invited faculty participants as discussants on panels. Confirmed invited faculty participants include Bodhisattva Kar, Ajantha Subramanian, Sudipta Kaviraj and Jatin Dua, among others. In lieu of a traditional keynote address we are organizing a keynote roundtable discussion related to our colloquium theme, between our invited faculty and participants

We welcome submissions from a range of perspectives on borders and modern South Asia. Our conference has emerged from an interest in the three broad themes related to borders (violence, citizenship, and sovereignty) and submissions are encouraged to engage with (but are not limited to):

  •  Violence, communal, epistemic or gender-based
  • Interstate warfare and militarism
  • Genocide and ethnic cleansing
  • Social movements
  • Interactions between regions and languages
  • Movement into and out of South Asia, of people, commodities, texts
  • Diasporas in South Asia, and South Asian diasporas
  • Regionalism and globalization
  • Critical cartography
  • Ecology and environment

Students interested in presenting should submit a 350-word abstract and a 250-word bio (as a Word or PDF attachment) to borderdialogues2015@gmail.com by February 7th 2015. Notifications will be sent out by Mid-February. For other inquiries please contact us at borderdialogues2015@gmail.com. Some funds are available for travel reimbursement available on a case-by-case basis. Please make a brief request in your bio. For additional information about the colloquium please visit our wordpress site borderdialogues.wordpress.com. We hope to see you in Providence in April.

Sincerely,

The Organizing Team

Announcing a colloquium

Borders are often imagined as static lines on maps that don’t change. However, recent scholarship on South Asia has problematized this conception of borders as static objects and unquestioned boundaries. Building on this body of scholarship, Brown University is hosting a year long colloquium in 2014-2015 titled “In Dialogue With Borders: Critical Conversations on Violence, Citizenship, and Sovereignty in Modern ‘South Asia,’” which will engage with the dynamic and evolving conceptions of borders on the subcontinent.

Through two graduate student workshops, one in the fall semester and another in spring, as well as a two-day conference featuring invited faculty and graduate student presentations in Spring 2015, this colloquium seeks to open up important discussions about contemporary forms of “border making” in South Asia and the forms of violence, citizenship, and sovereignty that produce these boundaries. Ultimately we aim to push our understanding of modern South Asia as well as the broader methodological boundaries that constitute South Asian Studies.