The South Asia Conference of the Pacific Northwest has been sponsored by the University of British Columbia and the University of Washington since the mid 1960’s. The conference, popularly known as SACPAN was created in the aim of fostering strong intellectual discourse and connections between South Asia scholars in the Pacific Northwest. South Asia Conference of the Pacific Northwest (SACPAN) is held annually on a Saturday in February/early March. The location of SACPAN alternates between Seattle (at UW), Vancouver (at UBC and/or SFU), and since 2015, Portland (at UO).

SACPAN attracts students from other regional universities such as Simon Fraser University (SFU) and University of Victoria, in addition to UBC and UW.

SACPAN 2018 will be held at UBC from March 2-3, 2018.

Please visit this page in February 2018 for the conference schedule.


Past SACPAN programs:


  • 2017 (at UW-Seattle) “The Intellectual Chimera of South Asia: Interdisciplinary Questions about Area Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences”.


  • 2016 (at UO-Portland) “The Age of Intolerance in South Asia: Contextualizing Extremism in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan”


  • 2015 (at UBC) “Works in Progress”