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Please join us as we celebrate 50 years of the

South Asia Conference of the Pacific Northwest

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The South Asia Center at the University of Washington invites participation in the annual South Asia Conference of the Pacific Northwest (SACPAN), a long-running collaborative venture between South Asia specialists at the University of Washington, the University of British Columbia, the University of Oregon, and other universities and colleges in the area.

The theme of this year’s conference is “The Intellectual Chimera of South Asia: Interdisciplinary Questions about Area Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences.” While the submission deadline for formal presentations is past, we welcome scholars or graduate student in the humanities or social sciences  working on research related to premodern, early modern, or contemporary South Asia, to attend the conference and participate.

We will follow a “10/10” format: ten minutes for presentation and ten minutes for questions and discussion the audience. We have used this format successfully in the past and, though it does not allow for extended papers, it gives each presenter a chance to advance a core idea, receive an equal amount of time for feedback, and maximize participation.

We will begin with an all-conference dinner on Friday, February 10 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of SACPAN, as the first meeting took place in December 1966. The conference runs 9 am-6 pm on Saturday, February 11. Lunch and light refreshments are provided on Saturday.

This conference is sponsored by the South Asia National Resource Center of the University of Washington, the Centre for India and South Asia Research at the University of British Columbia, and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Oregon. The organizers also  thank the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington for its generous support.