September 21, 2017

University of Nottingham, UK

Keynote speaker: Andrew Whitehead,
Honorary Professor Institute for Asia and Pacific Studies, Senior Research Fellow King’s India Institute, and former Editor of BBC World Service News.

The Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies and the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies at the University of Nottingham invites paper submissions for a one-day multidisciplinary conference, India@70, to be held on September 21, 2017 at UoN’s University Park campus. Marking the 70th anniversary of India’s independence, the conference seeks to engage with the events of 1947 in their historic moment and the multiple afterlives of Indian independence as a concept in fields ranging from history and politics to literature, film, music, and performance studies. We are especially interested in submissions that conceive of India’s independence beyond national boundaries and contexts, or explore the globalized connections of 1947 and its aftermath across disciplinary, geopolitical and linguistic landscapes.

Examples of possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • India’s emergence as a global power
  • India’s diaspora
  • Narratives of decolonization
  • Foreign Policy and Indian Non-alignment
  • Historiographies of Independence
  • Kashmir
  • Political Economy
  • Regional nationalisms
  • Literature
  • Film
  • Performance Studies and Theatre
  • Music
  • Visual culture

250-word abstracts and a one-page CV should be submitted to and by 1 July, 2017.

There will be no conference registration fees. Limited assistance is available to support the presenter’s travel and accommodation expenses.