Punjab Research Group

CFP: South Asia and the West: Entwined, Entangled and Engaged

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on December 28, 2009

Los Angeles, CA, April 10-11, 2010

Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the two shall meet,

Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat;

But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,

When two strong men stand face to face, tho’ they come from the ends of the earth.

The popular mind tends to focus on the differences between South Asia and the West, yet throughout history there has been constant interchange, with each side learning from and impacting the other. In 2010 SASA wishes to examine the intertwined nature of East and West, beginning with Alexander the Great’s conquests in Northwest India and continuing through the first use of a decimal zero in the Lokavibhâga, Columbus’ search for a sea route to the Indies, Thoreau’s impact on Gandhi/Gandhi’s on M.L. King, and concluding with today’s bidirectional globalization and the explosive South Asian diaspora.

We particularly invite papers which explore cultural and religious interchanges, entertainment cross-fertilization, economic globalization, and the diaspora experience. Regardless of the theme, however, we welcome papers from all academic disciplines and all periods of time that address the rich tapestry that is South Asia’s past, present and future.

Further details: http://www.sasia2.org/index.html

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