Call for participation: First Annual South Asia as Practice Conference

The Australia India Institute (Aii) is delighted to partner with the South Asian Studies Association of Australia (SASAA) to host the First Annual South Asia as Practice conference in Melbourne on 1-2 November 2018.

The aim of this annual conference is to support early career academics in their professional growth and to build communities of practice across the interdisciplinary space of Australian South Asian Studies.

In bringing together scholars of contemporary South Asia from across Australia, the conference will provide a platform for sharing innovative policy research and pedagogical approaches they employ to highlight the importance of this region for Australia and the world.

The conference will also bring non-academic experts to discuss the role of policy-oriented research for government, non-government, industry, and other advisory contexts across South Asian countries. They will join senior and early career scholars to reflect on critical and emerging areas of policy making, collaboration, practical engagement with public scholarship and teaching about South Asia. They will discuss ways of attracting Australian university students to learn more about South Asia by using the region as a frame to rethink global issues and challenges as well as those faced in Australia. They will set out ways to strengthen cross-disciplinary and cross-sector networks and build communities of practice that will maintain a flourishing environment for South Asian Studies in Australia.

If you are interested in participating in this conference, please complete the participant application form by 31 August 2018 and submit via email to or fill out and submit the application online here.

The conference planning committee will notify participants by 17 September 2018.

Registration will be free for early career researchers. Early career researchers are individuals who have received their doctoral degrees within the past 5 years, or PhD candidates who are in the final year of their doctoral candidature.

Ten grants of $500 each will be available for interstate early career participants to use towards their travel and accommodation in Melbourne.