South Asian Studies Association's (SASA)
Sixth Annual Conference

April 13-15, 2012
Claremont Graduate University
Claremont, California, USA

held in association with
Claremont Lincoln University and
The Claremont Colleges Library


Conference Abstracts

South Asian Studies Association invites you to join us for our sixth annual conference, at the Claremont Graduate University, April 13-15, 2012.

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About the Conference
The conference strives to advance the understanding of South Asia's history, cultures, societies, politics, issues and opportunities in a professional environment unique for SASA's warm collegiality. We welcome papers from all academic disciplines and all periods of time that address the rich tapestry that is South Asia's past, present and future.

We encourage you to join us for a stimulating and intellectually refreshing confluence of scholars from across the world. SASA enjoys a solid reputation as the place to network in the most congenial, relaxed atmosphere to be found in academia. Just by attending this conference, you will be sending a strong signal that South Asian Studies programs need to figure prominently in university life across the globe.

Keynote Speaker
The Keynote Speaker for SASA VI will be Ambassador Shri N. Parthasarathi, Consul General of India.

Shri N Parthasarathi graduated as a Mechanical Engineer in 1974 from Mysore University and served as an Executive Engineer with a major PSU in India until 1980. During this period, he also earned an MBA in International Marketing and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Industrial Management from Bangalore University.

Mr. Parthasarathi joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1981 and has served as a diplomat in countries throughout the world, including in Belgium, Senegal, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, and Syria. He has also served in different capacities in the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs) in New Delhi.

From September 2005 to September 2008 he was Ambassador of India to the Republic of South Korea. From October 2008 to September 2011 he served as Ambassador of India to the Republic of Senegal. He was also concurrently accredited as Ambassador of India to the Republic of Mali, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, the Republic of Guinea-Bissau and the Republic of Cape Verde, as well as High Commissioner of India to the Republic of The Gambia.

Submission Information
SASA accepts paper and panel submissions online. Please click through to this address:

The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2012. The program chair, Dr. Muthusami Kumaran, will respond to submissions via email within three weeks.

Registration Information
Presenters are required to register for the conference within two weeks of acceptance or be automatically dropped from the program. Payment for registration will be processed by mail or online through PayPal. If a presenter must cancel the registration before March 15, a 50% refund of the registration fees will be made. There will be no refunds after March 15.

Your registration includes admission to our Welcome Reception, The Tagore Exhibit, four coffee breaks, two catered lunches, the SASA Annual Awards Banquet, the Claremont Lincoln Plenary Sessions, and the Claremont Lincoln Reception.

Registration Fees:
All Active Academics & Practitioners - $195 USD
Retired Academics & Graduate Students - $115 USD

Registration via Paypal:
You may register via PayPal using the links below, or register by mail using the linked form.
All Active Academics & Practitioners - $195 USD
Retired Academics & Graduate Students - $115 USD

Registration via US mail:
If you wish to register via mail, please print out and complete this form, then mail it, along with your check, to the address at the bottom of the form.

About our Hosts
Our conference is hosted by a number of areas within the Claremont University Consortium.

Conference Partners
Claremont Graduate University
The Indic Foundation
The Pacific Basin Institute, Pomona College

Academic Groups
Groups sharing compatible interests are encouraged to co-locate with us. Send an email to to initiate a dialog.

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel - Claremont
555 W. Foothill Boulevard, Claremont, CA 91711, United States
Tel: 1-909-626-92411     Fax: 1-909-624-0756

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel - Claremont is an excellent hotel located adjacent to Claremont Graduate University and the conference facilities.

The conference room rate is 99 USD per night. In order to get this rate, please use this link and make your reservations before April 1, 2012. After April 1 the regular rate applies, which is 139 USD.

Ground and Air Transportation
The Claremont University Consortium is located about 10 miles from the Ontario Airport (ONT). The Consortium is about 50 miles east of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Extensive travel information from either airport can be found at this site.

Call for papers posted September 15, 2011
Submissions accepted October 1, 2011
Submissions closed March 15, 2012
Registration opens October 15, 2012
Registration closes March 31, 2012
Conference begins April 13, 2012
Conference ends April 15, 2012

If you'd like to advertise in the Conference Program or reserve a display table at the conference, please contact The deadline for camera-ready copy is February 15, 2012.

Technical Support
Contact: Dr. Joe Pellegrino, at