Call for Proposals

Below is our CfP for the conference in July 2022.

Please fill this Google Form which includes space for an abstract of 250-300 words, a short 100-word biography, and indication of funding requirements.

Any questions can be sent to Parshati Dutta at

Deadline for proposal submissions: 15 May 2022.

5th Annual White Rose South Asia Conference

1 July 2022, University of Sheffield

We will accept both academic paper presentations (20 minutes long) or non-traditional interactive and/or multimedia presentations involving visual art, audio-video tools, poetry, cinema, posters, audience participation, etc. Themes may include, but are not restricted to:

● The nation state and national boundaries

● Law, development and governance

● Political movements, democracy, and authoritarianism

● Pre-colonial, colonial and postcolonial histories

● Cartography and geography

● War, migration, mobility, partition, diaspora

● Normativity, liminality, and transgressions

● Bodies, gender, and sexuality

● Marginalised and Othered communities

● Caste and race

● Trade routes and shared infrastructures

● Culinary cultures and food histories

● Urban and architectural planning

● Environment and ecology

● Human and animal interfaces

● Religion and secularism

● Cultural studies

● Media and technology

● Performing art including music, theatre, dance

● Genealogy, kinship, marriage

● Literatures and translation

● Art history and interpretation

● Heritage conservation, management and curation

● Medical humanities and Science & Technology Studies

● Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary methodologies

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.

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.

Limited travel funding may be available for those presenting papers, particularly for scholars travelling from further afield. Details regarding this will be announced in due course.