SACPAN 2019 will be held at the University of Washington in Seattle from February 8th to 9th. The conference is free and open to the public.


FEBRUARY 8-9, 2019


The South Asia Center in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington invites paper proposals for the annual South Asia Conference of the Pacific Northwest (SACPAN), a long-running collaborative venture sponsored by South Asia specialists at the University of Washington, the University of British Columbia, the University of Oregon, and other institutions in the region. We welcome scholars from across the disciplines with research interests in South Asia at universities and colleges in the Pacific Northwest.

If you are faculty or a graduate student working on research related to South Asia across all time periods and disciplinary approaches, we welcome your proposal. Students of color, LGBTQ* students, indigenous students, students with disabilities, and students from other underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.

In keeping with recent SACPAN tradition, we will follow a “10/10” format: ten minutes for presentation and ten minutes for questions and discussion. This gives each presenter a chance to advance a core idea, receive an equal amount of time for feedback, and maximize participation. It also allows us to ensure that each individual paper gets feedback. Given the format, we particularly welcome proposals on work in progress and from early career graduate students that would benefit from substantive feedback.

The conference will take place on Friday and Saturday, February 8 and 9, 2019. Meals will be provided during the days of the conference, with one conference dinner.

Please send a short abstract (150 words) and a bio (100 words) to the SACPAN Planning Committee ( with the subject line “SACPAN Proposal” by 11:59pm PT on December 2, 2018. For non-UW faculty, please include details of your affiliation along with a CV if you wish to be considered for a travel grant. Limited support for graduate students is available. For non-UW graduate students, please indicate in your application if you wish to be considered for support. We will send notification of acceptances by December 15.

Past SACPAN programs:
  • 2018 (at UBC)
  • 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”