Call for Papers | 2023 CSASA-ACESA Congress Annual Meeting

Proposal Submission Deadline: March 6, 2023

The Canadian South Asian Studies Association/Association canadienne d’études sud-asiatiques (CSASA-ACESA) is a scholarly association affiliated with the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

CSASA-ACESA will host its second Annual Meeting on May 27–28, 2023, at the Federation’s Annual Congress, Canada’s largest academic gathering (May 27–June 2, 2023) at York University, Toronto.

The format will encompass hybrid panels/roundtables that are simultaneously in-person and virtual; proposers should indicate their preferred format (in person or virtual) in their submissions. Please save the date and forward this announcement widely.

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Individual, Panel, and Roundtable Proposals: Study of South Asia offers an invaluable lens to engage with complex issues in our globalized world in historical and contemporary terms. We invite colleagues to submit individual paper proposals, fully formed panels, and roundtable submissions on topics related to the languages, literatures, politics, histories, philosophies, religions, and peoples of South Asia. Individual proposals, panels, and roundtables that represent a diversity of views are especially solicited. Researchers at all stages, including those working on MAs and PhDs, are encouraged to apply. Proposals and papers may be in English or French.

Theme: Echoing the 2023 Congress theme “Reckoning and Re-imaginings”, which expands upon the “lessons of contemporary social justice initiatives, especially Black Lives Matter, Idle No More, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls,” CSASA-ACESA seeks submissions that apply the theme of “reckonings and re-imaginings” in the context of South Asia and diasporic South Asian communities and emerging social justice movements. We are particularly interested in scholarship that critically engages with discourses on decoloniality, anti-casteism, and climate justice and reckons with the colonial legacies of South Asian Studies as a field. In this vein, we also welcome submissions concerned with post- and decolonial literatures and cultural products, particularly as they question power structures and reimagine social justice; submissions centering the voices and narratives of those who have been historically excluded from knowledge production; and submissions grappling with issues of environmental racism in the context of South Asian communities globally. CSASA-ACESA also strongly encourages submissions dealing with these topics in relation to premodern South Asian histories, literatures, and material cultures.

Follow this link for more details on the 2023 Federation’s theme here:

For questions about Congress 2023, contact the members of the organizing committee: