Center for South Asian Studies | University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa


Oct 3, 2016

The Center for South Asian Studies invites applications to bring scholars to UHM with an expertise in South Asian Studies or South Asia related topics as part of the Rama Watumull Collaborative Lecture Series. The award is aimed at supporting the interest in departments across the UHM campus in South Asia-related topics and perspectives. This year the center is exploring themes in South Asian literature, philosophy, and the arts. However, the call for proposals is open to all topics.

Our next committee meeting will be on the 17th of October, 2016  at which point we will consider the applications submitted till that point. If you are applying to bring a speaker this fall, contact the director Dr. Sai Bhatwadekar at

However, we will continue to accept applications after the deadline on a rolling basis to bring speakers in the Spring of 2016.

The Rama Watumull Collaborative Lecture Series awards will not exceed $1,500. This grant may be combined with other awards, if necessary.

The funds provided by the Center will cover reasonable costs of travel, lodging, and honorarium for invited speakers.  The responsibility for organizing and making arrangements for the visit and associated events, as well as for hosting the visiting scholar(s), will be that of the faculty/department receiving funds.


The invited speaker will:

–  Deliver a lecture on South Asia related research or material for a departmental colloquium series, and

–  Participate in a workshop with faculty and graduate students on the relationship between South Asia and/or South Asian Studies and the specific concerns of the discipline.

Departments and programs interested in making use of this opportunity should submit:

  1. the name of the prospective invitee
  2. a brief rationale for choosing the speaker and possibilities of co-sponsorship (include dates for the visit and topics proposed for the talk and workshop)
  3. a CV or other biographical information
  4. a budget.

We ask that you submit materials to Morsaline Mojid, CSAS Coordinator, via email ( by October 17, 2016.

Sep 28, 2016
IJBMC – Call for Paper

International Journal of Business Management and Commerce is an international peer-reviewed journal which accepts research articles, review papers, case studies, etc. in all fields of Business Management and Commerce. The core objective of IJBMC is to publish new knowledge and theories for the benefit of society from academics, researchers, professionals to industry practitioners. It also provides a venue for PhD scholars to submit on-going research and developments in these areas.

IJBMC publishes original papers, review papers, conceptual framework, analytical and simulation models, case studies, empirical research, technical notes, and book reviews. Special Issues devoted to important topics in Business Management and Commerce will occasionally be published.

The journal is published both in print and online versions. The journal publishes research papers in the fields of:

Business and Management:  business, management, human resource management, strategic management, e-business, services, information technology production & operations management, financial management and managerial economics, entrepreneurship development and so on. 

Banking and finance: economics, banking, accounting, commerce, human resources management, international business, finance, marketing, law, journalism and mass communication, corporate governance, cross-cultural studies, linguistics and so on. 

Social science and Humanities: Social Science, Humanities, Sociology, Social Welfare, Anthropology, Religious Studies, Public Administration, Psychology, Philosophy, hotel and tourism, development studies, population studies, international relations, Political Science, History, Education, Women Studies and so on. 

Send your manuscript to the editor at:

IJBMC is inviting papers for Vol. 1 No. 2 which is scheduled to be published on October 31, 2016.
Acceptance Notification will send within 5-7 days from the date of manuscript submission
 Last date of Submission October 05, 2016

ICAS 10 – Call for Proposals

ICAS 10 – Call for Proposals

The International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) is the largest international gathering in the field of Asian Studies. ICAS attracts participants from over 60 countries to engage in global dialogues on Asia that transcend boundaries between academic disciplines and geographic areas. Since 1997, ICAS has brought more than 20,000 academics together at nine conventions.

Join us in Chiang Mai, famous for its rich cultural heritage; conveniently located within a five-hour flight from all major Asian cities and easily accessible from all other continents. Thailand offers visa-free entry for nationals from 52 countries.

ICAS 10 Chang Mai

ICAS 10 will be held at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC) from 20-23 July 2017. It will be organized by the Regional Center for Social Change and Sustainable Development (RSCD), with support from the Faculty of Social Sciences of Chiang Mai University (CMU), one of the best universities in Southeast Asia. 1250-2000 Asia specialists and representatives of civil society are expected to attend.

Call for Proposals – deadline: 10 October 2016

The submission deadline for proposals of Individual Abstracts, Panels, Roundtables, Book presentations and PhD Dissertation presentations is 10 October 2016.

Proposals for ICAS 10 may involve topics from all Asian Studies disciplines in the broadest possible sense. Proposals could range from (but are not limited to)Land grabbing issues in Southeast Asia to Urbanization in East Asia; fromPost-colonial Elites in Southeast Asia to Transnational Marriage; from Chinese poetry to Security Challenges in the Asia Pacific; from Nature Conservation toThe Impact of Christianity on East Asia; from The Influence of (New) Media on Society to ASEAN Trade and Investment; from Reassessing the Impact of the Cold War on Asia to Cross-border Education; and from the Politics of Heritageto Financial Regimes in Asia.
When submitting a proposal you will be asked to specify the region and theme of your proposal.

Please note that all abstracts and presentations should be in English. Submission of proposals can be made using ICAS 10 registration forms.

For more information visit online

Sep 20, 2016
Join us Honolulu Museum of Art to kick off a month of Japanese cinema

This monthlong spotlight on Japanese film brings the best of old and new. In honor of the Japanese filmmaking Honolulu Art Museum will be showcasing the Samurai Trilogy starring the inimitable Toshiro Mifune. Anime, a unique Japanese export, gets a spotlight with a Satoshi Kon Tribute . However individual tastes may differ, this month will showcase the worldwide appeal of Japanese cinema.

See More Japanese Movies from October 1-27, 2016 at Doris Duke Theater. For more Info Visit the Website .

                                                                                                        Samurai Triology ( Oct 7- 11)
              Our Little Sister ( Oct 16, 18, 20 , 11)
         Satoshi Kon Tribute ( 23- 27)

Sep 14, 2016
Graduate Certificate Program in South Asian Studies

The Graduate Certificate Program in South Asian Studies, offered by the Asian Studies Program, affords a structured way for graduate and professional students to gain cutting-edge knowledge of South Asia, augment their major field of study, and enhance future employment opportunities. With a wide variety of courses crosscutting many disciplines, students can tailor the certificate program to meet their academic and career goals. For further information, please see the Asian Studies Website.



Sep 7, 2016
Job Advertisement for Assistant Professor

The Asian Studies Program, School of Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, seeks an Asianist to fill a 9-month, tenure-track, full-time assistant professorship (position number 0088773), to begin August 1, 2017, pending availability of funds. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The candidate must have a demonstrated expertise in South Asia or Japan/Okinawa, and the ability to teach interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate courses that cross area boundaries in Asia.

Duties and responsibilities include developing and teaching four Asian Studies courses per year, advising undergraduate and graduate students, maintaining an active agenda of scholarly research and publication; participating, as appropriate, in program-building and other service work for the University and academic community; and working collaboratively and collegially with diverse groups of students and faculty.

Minimum Qualifications: earned PhD (in hand at time of appointment) from a university of recognized standing in a humanities, social science or related interdisciplinary field with emphasis on South Asia or Japan/Okinawa. Research competence in a South Asian language or Japanese and evidence of active research agenda in Asia. Ability to develop and teach innovative inter-Asia courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Desirable Qualifications: we are particularly interested in candidates whose work addresses issues of concern in contemporary Asia, such as environmental issues, social and cultural movements, non-traditional security issues, or the arts.

Applications must be received no later than November 15, 2016. Electronic submission is preferred. Candidates for interviews will be notified by January 31, 2017.


To Apply Click Here



Aug 28, 2016
Workshop on Caste and Life Narratives

The Center for South Asian Studies (CSAS) is pleased to announce that a workshop on ‘Caste and Life Narrative’ is going to be held from Aug 31 to Sep 2, 2016. This is a special issue of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly. The workshop not only includes twelve thought-provoking paper sessions on caste and narratives but also has open discussions.

Guest Editors

S. Shankar
Department of English, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, USA and

Charu Gupta
Department of History, University of Delhi, India

Program Schedule:

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road, Room 4115

Thursday, September 1, 2016
Hawai‘i Imin Conference Center, 1777 East-West Road, Room 207

Friday, September 2, 2016
Center for Biographical Research, 1800 East-West Road, Room 325

CSAS is also proud to have the opportunity to co-organize the Thursday workshop. 

Download the Event Schedule

we look forward to your participation.

Aug 24, 2016
AIBS Fellowship Application
AIBS Call for Fellowship Applications NOW OPEN
Deadline for the application is Sunday, October 2, 2016
(For US Citizens conducting research involving Bangladesh)

The American Institute of Bangladesh Studies is currently accepting research fellowship applications for scholars interested in conducting research that involves Bangladesh in all academic disciplines. AIBS fellowships are supported by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. All fellowship travel is subject to State Department travel restrictions. Due to potential security concerns in Bangladesh, junior and pre-dissertation scholars must carry out research in a country other than Bangladesh or the US, subject to available funding. Senior scholars may propose travel to Bangladesh, but travel may be suspended or adjusted subject to the approval of AIBS and the current security situation in Bangladesh at the time of travel. Deadline for the application is Sunday, October 2, 2016 (11:59 CST).  Fellowships may begin as soon as December 15, 2016, but must be complete by September 30, 2019. Please go to the AIBS website at for additional information about fellowships and on-line application, click on the Fellowships tab.

Apr 4, 2016
South Asia Related Films at HIFF April 2-10

The 2016 HIFF (Hawaiian International Film Festival) Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani is right around the corner, April 2-10, 2016 at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18.

The UH Center for South Asian Studies is a Film Outreach Partner for HIFF

Check out the following films relating to South Asia which will be showcased:

ZUBAAN44776-Zubaan (2016)
Dilsher, born to a poor Punjabi family, ventures to the big city, seeking to find his true self. He soon runs up the ranks of a major corporation and becoming the adopted son of the CEO, much to the chagrin of the boss’ own spoiled son and conniving wife. He also connects with Amira, a tormented singer who reconnects him with music that he loved but once abandoned. Dilsher is faced with a difficult choice; to climb the corporate ladder or return to his musical roots?
Thursday, April 7     8:00 PM
Sunday, April 10      2:15 PM
The_Man_Who_Knew_Infinity_(film)THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY
Featuring terrific performances by SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE star Dev Patel and Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY tells the story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, the Indian mathematician whose contributions to number theory, continued fractions, and infinite series revolutionized the field. This sweeping historical film about high science and the tragic repercussions of racism amongst the ostensibly enlightened is a testament to the wonder and precariousness of genius — and the power of friendship to change the world.

Opening near the dawn of the twentieth century, the film follows Ramanujan (Patel) from his humble roots in Madras — where opportunities for someone of Ramanujan’s abilities are few — to Cambridge University, where the young prodigy’s visionary theories attract the attention of English mathematician G.H. Hardy (Irons). The chance to work in the same hallowed halls where Isaac Newton formulated the laws of motion and universal gravitation is a dream come true for Ramanujan, but also proves to be a sort of nightmare. His colleagues, unable to see beyond his dark skin and unfamiliar culture, harass and humiliate him, while Hardy insists that Ramanujan deliver countless proofs before being allowed to publish his work.
Sunday, April 3     12:30 PM
Sunday, April 10    12:00 PM

Mar 31, 2016
CSAS Spring Symposium: ‘Borders and Mobility’ (April 7-8, 2016)

bordersandmobility banner

All events are free and open to the public

Generously supported and funded by the GJ & Ellen Watumull Foundation and
The Dai Ho Chun Lecture Series

Click here for the flyer


Keynote Speakers:

Jason Cons, Thursday April 7th, 9:00-10:15am, Hamilton Library 401

  • Title: “Climatic Territories: Technologies of Resilience and Emplacement in the India-Bangladesh Borderlands”

Vazira Zamindar, Thursday April 7th, 1:30-2:45pm, Hamilton Library 401

  • Title: “Black Margins: The Minority in Question”

Kazim Ali, April 7th, 7:00-8:00pm, Kuykendall 410

  • Title: “Border-crossing and The Undocumented Divine: Genres, Genders, Geographies”

(This keynote is cosponsored and funded by the Dai Ho Chun Lecture Series)

Harsha Walia, April 8th, 9:00-10:15am, Hamilton Library 401

  • Title: “Mobilizing Against Borders: Alliances and Responsibilities”

Thursday April 7th

8:45am-9:00am – Welcome Remarks by Monica Ghosh, Hamilton Library 401

9:00am-10:15am – Keynote: Jason Cons, Hamilton Library 401

  • Introduction: Reece Jones, Associate Professor, UH Geography Department

10:30am-12:15pm – Panel: Negotiating Borderland Identity and Belonging, Hamilton Library 401

  • Chair: Ned Bertz, Associate Professor, UH History Department
  • Participants:

    • Md Azmeary Ferdoush, UH PhD Student, Geography
    • Title: Swapping Territories: Choosing Citizenship, Sovereignty and Belonging in the former Bangladesh- India Border Enclaves
    • Dharitri Narzary Chakravartty, Assistant Professor in History, School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi
    • Title: Notion of marginality and identity in the borderlands of lower Assam
    • M. Azizul Islam Rasel, Lecturer at the University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh
    • Title: Lushei People if the Borderland of Bangladesh and the Creation of Transnational Space
    • Nandita Sharma, Associate Professor, UH Sociology Department
    • Title: Postcolonial Partitions: The Social Production of “South Asians as “Settler Colonists” in “Decolonized” Myanmar (Burma)
    • Ananya Chakraborty, Research Scholar at the TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) in Mumbai (via skype)
    • Title: Renegotiating Boundaries: Exploring Lives of Undocumented Bangladeshi Women Workers in Maharashtra

1:30pm-2:45pm – Keynote: Vazira Zamindar, Hamilton Library 401

  • Introduction: Anna Stirr, Assistant Professor, UH Asian Studies Department

3:00pm-4:30pm – Panel: “The Impossibilities of Authenticity: Translating Practices of Bordering and Migration”, Hamilton Library 401

  • Chair: Sankaran Krishna, Professor, UH Political Science Department
  • Participants:
    • Sarah Jamal, PhD Candidate, Aberystwyth University, International Politics
    • Title: “White Stones, Grey Stones, Black Stones:  A South Asian in a Holy Land”
    • Akta Kaushal, PhD Student, Political Science, University Hawai’i at Mānoa
    • Title: Decolonial Intimacies: Exploring Indigenous and Diasporic Struggles & Alliances
    • Riddhi Shah, PhD Student, Political Science Program, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
    • Title: “Disordering History: Temporality and Public Sphere in Gunvantrai Acharya’s Dariyalal”
    • Tana Trivedi, Lecturer, Ahmedabad University
    • Title: Sudesh Mishra’s ‘Un-homely’ poetry: The case of Indians in Fiji [skype participant]
    • Daniel Majchrowicz, Assistant Professor of South Asian Literature and Culture, Northwestern University
    • Title: ‘A Spring Autumn of Leaves’: Urdu Travel Writing across the India-Pakistan border
  • Discussant: Rajiv Mohabir, PhD Student, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

5:30pm-7:00pm – Reception & Open-Mic (‘Vessels in Motion’), Hamilton Library 401

7:00pm-8:00pm – Kazim Ali Keynote & Dai Ho Chun Series Lecture, Hamilton Library 401

Friday April 8th

9-10:15am – Keynote: Harsha Walia, Hamilton Library 401

  • Introduction: Jesse Knutson, Professor, UH Indo-Pacific Languages & Literatures Department

1030-12:15pm – Panel: “Mobility and Migration in and beyond South Asia”, Hamilton Library 401

  • Chair: Jussi Laine, Executive Secretary and Treasurer, Association of Borderlands Studies, Researcher, University of Eastern Finland
  • Participants:
    • Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman, PhD Candidate, Social Sciences & Humanities,  IIT Guwahati
    • Title: Prospects of Pilgrimage Tourism Development across Eastern Himalayan borders: Local aspirations and perceptions to such development
    • James (Jimmy) Weir
    • Title: A Young Afghan’s Journey to Germany and  A Family’s History of Escaping Conflict
    • Andrea Wright, Visiting Scholar, Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley
    • Title: Contesting Borders with Localized Networks: Indians’ Strategies for Migration to the Persian Gulf
    • Marta Zorko (Asst. Prof. University of Zagreb, Croatia in Political Science) & Marijan Crnjak (Course Asst., University of Zagreb, Croatia in Political Science)
    • Title: Hardening of regional borders and changes in mobility from SA to EU

Other Events Happening at UH

Monday, April 4th, 2016:

Book Launch for Rajiv Mohabir’s The Taxidermist’s Cut

  • in Kuykendall 409 from 3-4:30pm

Friday April 8th, 2016:

University-wide lecture by Angela Y. Davis: “Freedom is a Constant Struggle”

  • at 7pm in the UH Mānoa’s Kennedy Theatre

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