Indic_redrawnIndia at the Crossroads

SASA Tenth Anniversary Conference

    New Delhi, March 18-20, 2016




in collaboration withand assistance from
Host Institution

Host Institution

Logistical Support

Logistical Support

East-West Center

East-West Center

RSUH South Asian Studies Program

RSUH South Asian
Studies Program

From its beginnings over two millennia ago all the way to the present day Indic societies have proven to be innovative in all fields of human endeavor – theology, mathematics, philosophy, literature, economics, etc. Today its impact can be found everywhere, not just in well-established Indic cultural zones. The South Asian diaspora is transforming and improving societies in worldwide.

The unifying theme of SASA’s 2016 conference in New Delhi is “India at the Crossroads.” Fresh, original research on all aspects of this dynamic culture all across its varied history are welcomed. We particularly encourage research:

  • On contemporary public policy issues, particularly although not exclusively, those related to the environment, education and infrastructure development.
  • Examining the dynamic and accelerating rate of change and economic growth in the new, revitalized India and its impact, both regional and global.

Dr. Chandrika Kaul and the editors of Exemplar: The Journal of South Asian Studies encourage participants to submit their papers for consideration by the journal. Please visit the Exemplar author guidelines page for further details. To receive careful Journal consideration, please submit by the end of February 2016.

The editorial team at SASA Books is in discussion with several program area coordinators and expects to publish (a least) a three volume series coordinated with the conference. These will not be proceedings but will include selected conference papers plus others commissioned to ensure scholarly coherence and completeness.

Program Committee

  • Joe Pellegrino (Georgia Southern University), chair
  • Vandana Asthana (Eastern Washington University), co-chair and political science, strategic studies
  • A. C. Shukla (Environmental Studies Center, Kanpur), environmental studies
  • Alexander Stolyarov (Russian State University for the Humanities), Indology and Open Pages III affiliated conference
  • Bradley Clough (University of Montana), religious studies
  • Chandrika Kaul (University of St. Andrews), history
  • David Blundell (National Chengchi University, Taipei), anthropology
  • Gunjan Bagla, (Amritt Ventures), business and economics
  • Hussain Shaheed Soherwordi (University of Peshawar), Pakistan, identity politics
  • James Manor (University of London), electoral politics
  • Purnima Bhatt (Hood College), sociology, gender studies
  • Roger Long (Eastern Michigan University), Mogul and Muslim studies


TERI, our host. An outgrowth of the Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI), later renamed The Energy and Resources Institute (also TERI), and the TERI School of Advanced Studies, TERI University was deemed a university by the UGC in 1999. A widely recognized global leader in the field of sustainable development, TERI offers innovative masters and doctoral programs through its departments of energy and environment, bioresources and biotechnology, biotechnology, regional water studies, policy studies, business sustainability, and regulatory and policy research. TERI University moved to its permanent campus in 2008. It is located only 6 km from the Indira Gandhi International Airport and just 4 km from JNU.

Photos of the TERI University Campus
Ampi LunchMeeting Room Hall full strength1
Ampi - Open SpaceClassroom 1

Recent publications of SASA Board members:

  • Vandana Asthana. Water Security in IndiaBloomsbury Academic.
  • David Blundell.   “Struggling Identities: Vanniyaletto (Vedda) of Sri Lanka.” Biological and Cultural Diversity of Man and the Development Consequence in Asia. Ranjana Ray and S. B. Chakrabarti (Indian Statistical Institute, Anthropological Survey of India), eds. Kolkata: Asiatic Society.
  • Bradley Clough. Early Indian and Theravada Buddhism: Soteriological Controversy and Diversity. Cambria Press.
  • Cathleen Cummings. Decoding a Hindu Temple.  SASA Books.
  • Chandrika Kaul. Communications, Media and the Imperial Experience.  Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Joe Pellegrino, editor.  Open Pages in South Asian Studies.  SASA Books.
  • Nalini Rao.  Sindhu-Sarasvati Civilization: New PerspectivesD.K. Printworld.
  • Deepak Shimkhada.  Arjun Confronts Bullies at School.  Create Space.
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