call for papers CSAS graduate symposium 2021. All details in text in the post below.

CSAS Graduate Symposium 2021 
April 22-23, 2021
14:00 – 18:00 EST
Venue: Virtual/Zoom


The Center for South Asian Studies (CSAS) at the University of Toronto hosts the first CSAS Graduate Symposium in April 2021.

CSAS Graduate Symposium 2021 is an initiative to bring together researchers from across disciplines who work in/with South Asia while also re-thinking and engaging with “South Asia” as a category.

The Symposium welcomes papers from across disciplines, from both early and advanced graduate students at the University of Toronto, who engage with the region and ideas of South Asia. The Symposium aims to provide an accessible and friendly platform to research scholars to discuss their projects, research ideas, and papers. The Symposium seeks to facilitate an informal and fluid discussion where students are encouraged to present ongoing work to spark conversations, seek feedback, and brainstorm ideas with fellow graduate students and faculty.

We invite projects that engage with South Asia in a broad sense, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Maldives, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Myanmar or Burma, India, and transnational diasporic spaces. Papers may engage, but need not limit themselves to, any of the following themes:

  • Pluralism and State
  • Mapping – Space and People
  • Migration, Transnationalism and Diaspora
  • Language and Linguistic Identity
  • Tradition and Cosmopolitanism
  • Regionalism, Trans-regionalism
  • Majorities, Minorities, and Sectarian Identities
  • Nationalism, Borderlands, and Citizenship
  • Rural and Urban Development
  • Intersubjectivity and the Divine
  • Poetics and Subversion
  • Multivocality and Location
  • Race, Gender and Class
  • Labor and Employment
  • Literacy and Education
  • Trade and Globalization
  • Visual and Performing Arts

The event will be held on April 22-23, 2021, in Toronto via Zoom. Questions can be directed to or

Proposals should include a title, a 300-word abstract (with keywords), institutional affiliation, and contact information such as as full name, email ID and department. Please submit proposals to by January 31, 2021.

We welcome proposals in the following formats:  individual papers, a panel, group presentations, roundtable discussion,  posters, and art-based performances.

We are happy to inform you that all papers presented at the CSAS Graduate Symposium 2021 will be reviewed and considered to be published as indexed Symposium Proceedings through the Re:Locations Journal (, an interdisciplinary, graduate peer-reviewed journal at the University of Toronto. The presenters will be expected to submit their papers 1-2 weeks after the conclusion of the Symposium.

The keynote speaker for the CSAS Graduate Symposium 2021 is Dr. Manan Ahmed, Associate Professor at Columbia University. He is a historian of South Asia and the coastal western Indian Ocean world from 1000-1800 CE and the author of the acclaimed monograph, A Book of Conquest: Chachnama and Muslim Originss in South Asia (Harvard University Press, 2016).

Deadline: January 31, 2021