South Asia: Borders, Connections and Transgressions

The White Rose South Asia Network presents its Fifth Annual Conference on the theme of ‘Borders, Connections, and Transgressions’. This one-day event will bring together postgraduate students from across the arts, humanities, and social sciences to consider various aspects of South Asia . We encourage submissions from research students at any stage of their degrees across a variety of disciplines. 

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr Mahvish Ahmad, Assistant Professor in Human Rights & Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

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The event will conclude with a workshop for PGRs titled ‘Writing South Asia: Publishing Your Research’, led by Dr Radha Kapuria (History, University of Sheffield) and author of  Music in Colonial Punjab: Courtesans, Bards, and Connoisseurs, due to be published by Oxford University Press in 2022. The workshop will be open to attend for anyone participating in the conference. 

This year’s event follows highly successful events at the University of Sheffield in 2018 and the University of York in 2019, White Rose Consortium partner universities. The inaugural conference, Futures Past: South Asia Now and Then, took the form of a one-day workshop held at the University of Leeds on 22 May 2017. The second event, South Asian Studies: Voices Through History took the form of an interdisciplinary two-day conference at Sheffield on 11-12 June 2018. The third event, South Asia: Exclusion, Dialogue, Exchange took place at York on 23 May 2019. All were funded by the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities. We seek to bring together researchers – PGR, PhD, and early career – from across the South Asia White Rose Research Network and beyond to stimulate exciting new discussions.


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University of York; University of Leeds; University of Sheffield; 

Arts and Humanities Research Council; White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities.

For detailed information about this year’s event (to take place on 1 July 2022), please see the ‘CfP’ tab.