The deadline for the submission of Panel Proposals has been extended. The Call for Panels will be open until 15 June, 2022

ECSAS 2023 - Turin 26-29 July

The ECSAS has met regularly since 1968, and has provided an important opportunity to discuss current research and scholarship on topics relating to South Asia within the humanities and social sciences. The ECSAS conferences now operate under the auspices of the European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS), a charitable, academic association engaged in the support of research and teaching concerning South Asia with regard to all periods and fields of study.

The 27th ECSAS will take place in Turin, Italy, from 26 to 29 July 2023.

The conference is organized and hosted by the University of Turin – Department of Humanities, Department of Culture, Politics and Societies, Department of Law, Department of Foreign Languages, and Interdepartimental Centre “Istituto di Studi sull’Asia” (ISA). Turin is the cradle of the Italian Indological Studies that had a beginning in 1852, when a chair in Sanskrit Studies was established at the University, but fertile ground had already been laid by the tradition of teaching about the Near East, established at the University the year after its foundation in 1405. In the second part of the 20th century, the study of South Asia was renewed, combining social science-based methods and findings with those of classical Indology. South Asian Studies in Italy cover today a wide range of disciplines and interests, and extends across several institutions.

Thinking of the future, the motto of the Turin ECSAS conference will be “Building Sustainable Research Networks”. This conference encourages the creation of research communities that promote connectedness between people, deepen the capacity for supportive collegiality, and support researchers of all levels.


Convenor Alessandra Consolaro
(University of Turin, Dept of Humanities)
Co-Convenor Tommaso Bobbio
(University of Turin, Dept of Cultures, Politics and Societies)

Organising Committee
Chiara Correndo (University of Turin)
Veronica Ghirardi (University of Turin)
Esterino Adami (University of Turin)
Gianni Pellegrini (University of Turin)
Domenico Francavilla (University of Turin)
Marzia Casolari (University of Turin)

Conference Organisation
University of Turin

Academic Committee
Esterino Adami (University of Turin)
Matilde Adduci (SOAS, London)
Daniela Bevilacqua (SOAS, London)  
Tommaso Bobbio (University of Turin, Dept of Cultures)
Marzia Casolari (University of Turin)
Pinuccia Caracchi (University of Turin) Honorary
Raffaele Caterina (University of Turin) Honorary
Carmelina Concilio (University of Turin) Honorary
Alessandra Consolaro (University of Turin)
Chiara Correndo (University of Turin)
Domenico Francavilla (University of Turin)
Martin Fuchs (University of Erfurt, EASAS Vice-President)
Veronica Ghirardi (University of Turin)
Matteo Milani (University of Turin) Honorary
Luca Ozzano (University of Turin) Honorary
Gianni Pellegrini (University of Turin)
Alberto Pelissero (University of Turin) Honorary
Donato Pirovano (University of Turin) Honorary
Francesco Ramella (University of Turin) Honorary
Danuta Stasik (University of Warsaw, EASAS President) 
Michelguglielmo Torri (University of Turin) Honorary

Important dates

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Call for papers  15 nov 2022   15 Jan 2023
Early registration 15 Feb 2023  15 May 2023   
Standard registration 16 May 2023  3 July 2023 
Late registration 4 July 2023 27 July 2023

Starting on the 5th of July, cancellations fees are 50% of the amount you have paid.   Participants can present only one paper during the 27th ECSAS conference. Each participant can chair one panel, or be a discussant in one panel.   All the panels accepted for the ECSAS2023 are open to paper proposals through the website. EASAS encourages young researchers to submit paper proposals.

Timing of presentations

Each panel slot will be 90 minutes long, accommodating optimally three and a maximum of four presenters; each panel may only extend over a maximum of 3 slots, i.e. at most 12 presenters.

Call for panels

The 27th European Conference on South Asian Studies (ECSAS) will take place at the University of Turin, Italy, from 26 to 29 July 2023. On behalf of the European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS) and the Academic and Organising Committees we cordially invite you to submit panel proposals.
Thinking of the future, the motto of the Turin ECSAS conference is “Building Sustainable Research Networks”. We particularly welcome panels aiming to build creative and productive research groups and promoting trans-, inter- or multidisciplinary approaches. We encourage the creation of research communities that promote connectedness between people, deepen the capacity for supportive collegiality, and support researchers of all levels.

The panel submission is open from 15 February until 15 May, 2022. Please go to the conference website:
All panel proposals must include the title of the panel, the name(s), affiliation(s) and the EASAS membership number of the convener(s), a contact e-mail, and a short and long abstract of the panel topic. Innovative elements of the panel should be particularly highlighted. Names of tentative paper contributors may be included (optional).
The short abstract must not exceed 300 characters, long abstracts must not exceed 1700 characters and should be text only. Please keep in mind that all panel proposals (and subsequent papers) must be in English.
EASAS membership required. Please note that all panel conveners must be EASAS members in good standing with the payment of membership fees at the time of submission (Join here:
At least one of the conveners must be based at a European institution.

Due to time constraint within such a conference, colleagues are allowed to convene no more than one panel and present only one paper during the conference. This does not prevent potential participants from making several proposals, but in the case of multiple acceptances the convener and/or panelist will be asked to choose only one.

All panels must have an open call. ECSAS requires all accepted panels to be open to paper proposals through the website: proposed panels cannot be 'closed' to further papers from the outset.
All panel submissions will be evaluated by the conference's Academic Committee. Panel proposers will be notified of the outcome by July 2022.
If you have any general queries, please do not hesitate to contact:

Click here to submit you panel proposal

The abstracts of those panel proposals which have been selected will be published on the conference website in Autumn 2022.
The Call for Papers will be open 15 November 2022 to 15 January 2023 - detailed info will be advertised on the EASAS website. EASAS members can then submit paper proposals to the selected panels.
For the panels accepted by the Academic Committee, it is the responsibility of the panel convener(s) to:

  • review the proposed papers in line with the conference guidelines and deadlines
  • notify the Organising Committee of the acceptance or rejection of papers in a timely manner
  • provide adequate feedback to be forwarded to authors
  • plan the arrangement of papers and chairs in their panel in collaboration with the Organising Committee. No panel may run for more than four sessions of 90 minutes.
While it is recognized that the content of each panel depends on the papers selected and their overall quality, the Academic Committee asks all panel chairs to give due consideration to gender balance and diversity in their panel sessions.
Please note that in the case of similar or overlapping panel submissions, the Academic Committee may ask panel conveners to collaborate in leading consolidated panels to ensure the overall coherence of the conference.

We look forward to seeing you in Turin in 2023!

Alessandra Consolaro and Tommaso Bobbio (Conveners)
Danuta Stasik (EASAS President)