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

Call for Proposals


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.

We are accept applications on a rolling basis to bring speakers in the spring of 2015 and Fall of 2015.

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:

  • the name of the prospective invitee
  • 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.
  • a CV or other biographical information a budget.

We ask that you please submit materials to Akta Kaushal, the CSAS Coordinator by email (

2015 UHM CSAS Symposium Call for Papers: Decolonial Futures in South Asia and Beyond


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The Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa invites paper and panel proposals for its 32nd Annual Spring Symposium

View the flyer here.

April 15-17, 2015, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi


The material and existential conditions in contemporary South Asia and its diasporas necessitate a reckoning with forms of power which suppress or marginalize different manifestations of knowledge, subjectivity and social relations.  What sorts of political struggles, epistemological shifts and aesthetic sensibilities could help envision and realize decolonial futures in South Asia and its diasporas?  A new generation of scholars has begun to engage with political projects and intellectual traditions that have been subjugated or silenced within dominant national narratives. We invite papers which engage with the challenges decoloniality poses for postcolonial studies, research on South Asian migration, and/or scholarship on imperial formations, old or new. We welcome new forms of writing and storytelling that excavate silenced histories, lived experiences, and resistance politics and practices. Given our location in Hawai’i and the Pacific, topics of particular interest include oceanic connections, decolonial politics, environmental struggles and rights, and transnational networks.

Please send a 200-word abstract for an individual paper by email to If proposing an entire panel, please also include a paragraph-length rationale and a proposed title for the panel along with paper titles and abstracts.  

Please contact, if you have questions.

A limited amount of free lodging will be available to participants.

Our panels will be anchored by keynotes by:

biopic_muppidi_smHimadeep Muppidi, Political Science and International Studies at Vassar College, New York. He is the author of The Colonial Signs of International Relations (Oxford University Press, 2012) and, most recently, of Politics in Emotion: The Song of Telangana (Routledge, 2014).  

CMS_VBald_155Vivek Bald, Comparative Media Studies and Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A scholar, writer, activist and documentary filmmaker, he is the author of Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America (Harvard University Press, 2013), and co-editor, with Miabi Chatterji, Sujani Reddy, and Manu Vimalassery of The Sun Never Sets: South Asian Migrants in an Age of U.S. Power (NYU Press, 2013).  

bahadur-author-photo-6Gaiutra Bahadur, writer and journalist.  She is the author of Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture (University of Chicago Press, 2013).  In this work of creative non-fiction, she reconstructs the lives of indentured women, including of her own family, in early twentieth century Guyana, breathing life into lost and neglected stories that stretch across continents. As a journalist, she has covered the politics of global migration.

bertz_nedNed Bertz, History, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.  An Indian Ocean historian, Dr. Bertz examines mobility, place, and claims of belonging amidst emerging notions of nationhood in Diaspora and Nation in the Indian Ocean: Transnational Histories of Race and Urban Space in Tanzania (forthcoming from University of Hawaiʻi Press).



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