British Association for South Asian Studies

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15 January 2015

Asian Studies in Africa

Organised by A-ASIA in cooperation with the International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS), the conference will seek to assess the prospects for Asian Studies in Africa in a global context by addressing a number of theoretical and empirical questions that such an enterprise will raise:

  • How should Asian studies be framed in Africa?
  • Is Asian studies relevant for Africa?
  • What is the current state of capacity (institutional, intellectual, personnel, and so on) for Asian studies in Africa and can this be improved and how?
  • How does (and must it?)
  • Asian studies dovetail into the broader field of 'Area studies', as it has been developed mainly in Western institutions?
  • Are new narratives required for understanding the very visible contemporary presence of Asia in Africa and Africa in Asia?

Call for panels, roundtables and papers

We invite proposals for (institutional) panels, roundtables, papers and book presentations in the fields of Asian-African interactions studies.

Proposals should be submitted in English, French or Portugese by online submission form before 1 April 2014.

All panel, roundtable, and paper proposals should clearly outline the methodological approach(es) taken and whether they contribute to the theoretical and/or empirical objectives of the conference (for guidelines see the submission form).

The online submission forms and guidelines are available on the conference website.

Those whose proposals have been accepted will be notified by 1 June 2014. The working languages of the conference will be English, French and Portuguese, but all power point presentations must be in English.

Further information about registration fees, the venue, and logistics will be provided on the conference websiteonce the panels and papers have been accepted.


Please address all enquiries to: Ms Martina van den Haak at