Call for Proposals : Undergraduate Conference on South Asia 2024

The sixth annual Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia hosted by the University at Buffalo, SUNY will be held on April 5 – 6, 2024.

The conference invites papers on the theme “South Asia in Story,” which may be interpreted broadly in its social and artistic senses. By focusing on South Asian narratives, the organizers hope that participants can offer new perspectives on both global and local issues. 

Deadline to submit: January 22, 2024. 

Who can submit proposals:

Undergraduate participants from all disciplines who are studying South Asia preferably but not necessarily working on any topic relating to the theme. Possible topics of discussion include: 

Depictions of South Asia in Story

Origin Myths

Diaspora in Art and Media

Expressions of Religious Identity

Gender Expressions


Narratives of Health, Illness, and Disability 

Political Expression 

Names and Identity

Burdens of Representation 




Submitting Proposals

Proposals, including 250-word abstracts and the contact information of a faculty supervisor, must be submitted via the online submissions portal by Monday, January 22, 2024.

Also keep in mind: 

When submitting abstracts, applicants must affirm that they will be enrolled as undergraduate students at the time of the conference. Those in graduate programs or not currently enrolled in an undergraduate program will not be permitted to present. The organizers reserve the right to confirm student status with their advisor and home institution.

Scholarships, and benefits

A travel scholarship of USD 300 is available for a limited number of presenters; accepted participants who attend in person will also be provided with individual hotel accommodations. The University at Buffalo cannot provide any additional assistance or guidance to international applicants seeking entry into the United States (e.g Visa fees). 

Past Conferences and Papers

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