BASAS Annual Conference 2021

About the conference

The University of Edinburgh will host the BASAS annual conference between Tuesday, 20th of April and Friday, 23rd April 2021. The conference will be held online in light of ongoing uncertainties and disruptions caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Panel and paper submissions for the 2021 conference are now accepted.

As with the 2020 conference at the University of Southampton, which had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, there is no specific theme for the conference – we invite proposals from across humanities, arts and social sciences for both panels and independent papers within the broadest reach of South Asian studies, and including work on diasporas and the Indian Ocean world. We will automatically consider all abstracts passed on to us by the organising committee for the Southampton conference.

Submission Guidelines

Panel proposals (150-200 word abstract)

We welcome proposals for panels dedicated to particular topics. Panels will last for 90 minutes with 3-4 papers in each. It is advisable that proposals allow sufficient time for the presentation of papers as well as discussion (panels with 4 papers have 15 minutes per paper, panels with 3 have 20).

If you have a panel idea for which you would like to recruit panellists then please email: with a panel abstract and your email address, and we will advertise your call for panellists on the conference website for you. You will be responsible for constituting the panel.

Panel proposals should include:

  • Title of session
  • Name, affiliation and contact details for session convenors as well as abstracts outlining scope of session (150-200 words)
  • Panel proposals are to be accompanied by individual paper abstracts for each of the proposed panel members (100-150 words).
  • Please note: Incomplete panel proposals will not be accepted. Panel organisers are expected to have confirmed speakers and chair prior to submitting.
  • The conference organisers may seek to add additional individual papers to accepted papers, in discussion with panel organisers.

Individual Paper proposals

Paper proposals should include:

  • Title of paper
  • Abstract (100-150 words)
  • Name, affiliation and contact details for presenter.

Deadline for submission of abstracts

Please submit your panel and paper proposals to the conference organisers at by the deadline of 30th November 2020.

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