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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

China India: Comparisons, Connections, Convergence

The China-India Conference, previously scheduled for March 26 - 28, 2020 has been canceled to mitigate the possible spread of the COVID-19.


We will update this space when it is rescheduled.


The emergent field of China India studies approaches the study of Asia in an integrated fashion, allowing scholars to exceed limits imposed by national boundaries.  Engaging recent debates over world literature, global cinema, transnational history, the history and future of area studies programs, and cross-cultural anthropology, scholars engaged in China India studies examine connections and convergences between the two spaces. This conference, hosted by the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, features speeches and papers that put China and India into conversation. Our keynote speakers include Engseng Ho (Duke University), Haun Saussy, (U of Chicago), and Tansen Sen (NYU Shanghai). Featuring papers from various disciplines, including but not limited to comparative literature, film studies, anthropology, religious studies, history, and political science, this conference considers a variety of topics:

  • Methods in China India studies
  • Gender in China and India
  • Cultural convergence
  • Circulating narratives
  • Islam in China and India
  • Premodern connections and comparisons
  • Borders and borderlands
  • China, India, and their neighbors
  • Diaspora
  • Asian Studies in Asia 

 Conference Directors:
Krista Van Fleit
Alexander Beecroft
Jie Guo
Eli Jelly-Shapiro
Gregory Patterson

Call for papers

This conference has been canceled.

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