India at the Crossroads

SASA Eleventh Anniversary Conference

    Claremont McKenna College, March 17-19, 2017

Claremont, California


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.

2017 Program Committee
Vandana Asthana

Vandana Asthana
Eastern Washington University
Conference Chair

Purnima Bhatt

Purnima Bhatt
Hood College


Carol Davis
Franklin and Marshall College

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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