2017 South Asian Studies Association Conference

Claremont McKenna College
Claremont, California ● March 24-26, 2017

South Asian Studies: Never More Relevant

South Asia is home to one quarter of the Earth’s population and one of the world’s fastest growing economies. A diverse and rich history with much of the world’s promise and yet many problems. There has never been a more important time to focus upon and assess South Asia and its place in the world.

  • South Asian Studies Association (SASA) conferences are dedicated to advancing understanding of the region’s diverse cultures, histories, issues and opportunities. Compelling presentations address the rich tapestry that is South Asia’s past, present, and future, and from across disciplines including history, sociocultural studies, political science and government, economics and business, philosophy, religious studies, the arts and more.
  • Presenters and participants from across the US and around the globe come to learn, share knowledge and experience, network with colleagues, and enjoy the traditionally relaxed and still stimulating environment. Includes cultural exchange performances, handicrafts, and South Asian publications.

Keynote Address by
Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok
Consul General of India

General Conference registration includes all Panel & Roundtable Presentations, Keynote Addresses, Networking Opportunities, two Luncheons, and the Saturday Evening Awards Banquet. FEES: General Conference for all days including Banquet: $125, Students and Retired Academicians: $75; 1-Day attendance (Sat or Sun, without Saturday evening Banquet): $69; Saturday evening Banquet only: $39.

2017 Program Committee

Vandana Asthana

Vandana Asthana
Eastern Washington University
Conference Chair

Purnima Bhatt

Purnima Bhatt
Hood College


Carol Davis
Franklin and Marshall College


The conference venue Claremont McKenna College (CMC) is centrally located, accessible by car, train or plane.  The closest airport is Ontario International Airport which is 10 miles from the CMC campus.  The Los Angeles International airport is about 54 miles that can be reached by private shuttle.  Domestic travelers within or outside of California are encouraged to use the Ontario Airport; the conference venue is only a 15-minute drive from the airport.

Hotel accommodation

The conference hotel is Double Tree by Hilton in Claremont.  We have reserved a block of rooms at a discounted price.  Please take advantage of lower rate by reserving your room in advance via this link. The price will substantially go higher after the cut-off date.

Other lodging options available though Hotels.com:

  • Super 8 Motel in Upland, CA
  • Motel 6 Claremont, CA
  • American Inn Pomona, CA
  • Stardust, 433 East Foothill Boulevard, Pomona, CA 91767 (no online booking available; Call 909-624-2896 to reserve room)


SASA makes a concerted effort to provide attendees with a positive, supportive networking environment.  To that end, General Conference registration includes all Panel & Roundtable Presentations, Keynote Addresses, Networking Opportunities, all coffee breaks, two Luncheons, and the Saturday Evening Awards Banquet.  Bottom line, after taking into account all that attendees receive, the total cost of participation in SASA 2017 is an extraordinary value.

2018 General Registration,
Student Registration,$75
Retired Registration, $75

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