[INDOLOGY] WSC 2021: Special panel proposal deadline

McComas Taylor McComas.Taylor at anu.edu.au
Fri Jun 14 07:08:29 UTC 2019

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The deadline for proposing a Special Panel is fast approaching - all proposals must be submitted by 30 June.

The 18th World Sanskrit Conference will be held in Canberra, Australia’s capital city, from 18 to 22 January 2021.The World Sanskrit Conference is the premier international forum for professional researchers and educators of the Sanskrit language and its literatures, and of the history, religion and cultures of premodern South Asia.

The theme of WSC2021 is ‘Future Directions’.

We want to take this opportunity to look forward with strength and optimism to imagine together where Sanskrit studies might be headed in the decades to come. How will globalisation, information technology, new theoretical approaches and interdisciplinary interactions shape our work in future?

We envisage a conference that draws on the best of Australian culture and hospitality, a conference that is relaxed, informal, friendly and inclusive. It will be our pleasure to welcome you to Canberra, a city planned as the capital of Australia and designed to harmonise with its setting in the surrounding landscape. It is known as ‘the bush capital’–and, yes, kangaroos do hop down suburban streets.

General Information…
WSC2021 will be held on the campus of The Australian National University, in Canberra, Australia. The conference will feature 22 regular thematic sections, listed below. For each section, a set of invited convenors, specialists in the respective fields, will assist in maintaining a high scholarly standard for the conference. Convenors will select individual papers for presentation at WSC2021 and nominate session chairs. The convenors will also be in charge of selecting and editing papers for publication in the proceedings, details of which will be announced in future communications.

For up-to-date information and all important announcements, please visit www.wsc2021.com.au,<http://www.wsc2021.com.au/> where you can also join the official WSC2021 email list. Conference registration, paper submissions, accommodation information and payment of fees will all be conducted through this website portal.
Call for Papers and Special Panels…
WSC2021 invites individual papers to be presented in one of the 22 regular sections. We are also calling for proposals for special panels. Interested scholars are welcome to submit either an abstract for an individual paper to a regular section or to propose a special panel of four to six participants through the conference website at www.wsc2021.com.au. <http://www.wsc2021.com.au/> The deadline for panel proposals is 30 June 2019, and the deadline for individual paper abstracts is 31 March 2020. Successful panel proposals will be announced in the Second Circular. Scholars will be invited to submit abstracts to these special panels after that date.

Each paper will be allotted a time of 20 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. Papers may be delivered in English or Sanskrit. We encourage scholars who are presenting a paper in Sanskrit to provide a summary in English.
Key Dates and Deadlines…
Note that these dates are subject to change. For the latest information, visit our website: www.wsc2021.com.au<http://www.wsc2021.com.au/>

Individual speakers and titles of papers accepted for presentation at WSC 2021 will be announced through the conference website in late 2020.

Special panel proposal deadline

30 June 2019

Special panel notification

30 September 2019

Second circular and call for papers for special panels

31 October 2019

Third circular and registration opens

31 January 2020

Individual paper abstract deadline

31 March 2020

Notify presenters of paper acceptance

30 June 2020

Presenters confirm attendance

31 July 2020

Early bird registration closes

31 August 2020

Final registration for presenters

30 September 2020

Fourth circular

31 October 2020

Conference opens

18 January 2021

Conference excursions

20 January 2021

Conference ends

22 January 2021

All participants who plan to present a paper must pay their registration fee by 30 September 2020, or their paper will be cancelled. Last minute registration will be available only for non-presenting participants and guests.

Registration Fees…

⁠We will attempt to keep the registration fees as low as possible. Registration will open on 31 January 2020.

IASS Membership…
As agreed with the International Association for Sanskrit Studies, all WSC2021 registrations will include a three-year membership of IASS (www.sanskritassociation.org<http://www.sanskritassociation.org/>). You will have the option to opt out.
Regular Sections…

The 22 regular sections are listed below.

1. Veda
2. Linguistics
3. Vyākaraṇ
4. Epics
5. Purāṇas
6. Tantra Studies
7. Ritual Studies
8.  Poetry, Drama and Aesthetics
9.  Scientific Literature
10.  Buddhist Studies
11.  Jaina Studies
12.  Vaiṣṇavism and Śaivism

13. Religious Studies
14. Philosophy
15.  History, Art and Architecture, Epigraphy
16.  Sanskrit and Regional Languages (including Southeast Asia)
17. Sanskrit Pedagogy
18. Modern Sanskrit Writings
19. Computational Sanskrit and Digital Humanities
20. Manuscriptology
21. Law and Society
22. Yoga and Āyurveda

Travel and Visa Arrangements…
We urge participants to make their travel arrangements as early as possible to minimise costs. In addition, participants should familiarise themselves with any visa requirements that they might have for entering Australia.

The Organising Committee cannot offer personal assistance or advice on how to secure the appropriate Australian visa, since the process differs widely from country to country. For more information and guidance, please consult the Australian Government’s official website (https://w<http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visi)>ww.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visi) <http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visi)> and contact your local Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate for specific instructions as early as possible. The time required for securing a visa can be unpredictable and may be as long as several months.

As soon as your abstract has been accepted, we will be able to provide a letter of confirmation to help you secure your visa or travel funds.

After you register, we will send the Australian government your details to facilitate visa applications. For this purpose, participants will need to supply country of passport, passport number, full name (as in their passport), date of birth, gender, current country of residence, and contact details (i.e., email, telephone, address) when registering.

Sorry, No Travel Grants…
Travel to Australia is expensive, particularly for scholars coming from South or Southeast Asia, and we are making every effort to keep costs down. However, we regret the WSC cannot offer travel assistance. Participants should seek travel assistance, grants or bursaries from their home institutions or from governmental or international granting agencies.
Student Prize…
In the spirit of the conference theme, ‘Future Directions’, and spurred by our shared desire to encourage and support emerging scholars in whose hands the future lies, we will be awarding a prize for the most outstanding presentation by a currently enrolled Masters or PhD student. We will be inviting section convenors to nominate suitable candidates.
Canberra offers a wide range of accommodation, both on- and off-campus. Participants will be able to book their own accommodation closer to the conference. The next circular will present a list of suggestions.
Poets’ Forum and Scholars’ Debate…

As at previous conferences, we will be hosting a Poets’ Forum (Kavi-samavāya) and a Scholars’ Debate

(Śāstra-cacār). Further details will be provided at a later date.

Excursions and Entertainment…
We are keen to showcase the best that Canberra and Australia have to offer, and we are planning an exciting program of entertainment and excursions. Details to follow.

Local Organising Committee…
Mark Allon, University of Sydney Greg Bailey, La Trobe University

Adam Bowles, University of Queensland Barbara Nelson, ANU

McComas Taylor, ANU (Chair)

WSC2021 Secretariat…

Kaigi Conferencing and Events

Level 1, The Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600, Australia

Email: sanskrit at kaigi.com.au

Phone: +61 2 6198 3218

Website: www.wsc2021.com.au<http://wsc.ubcsanskrit.ca/>

International Steering Committee…

Jayandra Soni                               Secretary General, IASS

Georges Pinault                            Treasurer, IASS

Donald R. Davis                            University of Texas at Austin

James Hegarty                              Cardiff University

Kengo Harimoto                            Mahidol University

Joanna Jurewicz                            University of Warsaw

Shonaleeka Kaul                           Jawaharlal Nehru University

Amarjiva Lochan                           University of Delhi

Clemency Montelle                       University of Canterbury

Wendy Phillips Rodríguez            Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Adheesh Sathaye                         University of British Columbia

Ye Shaoyong                                Peking University

About our Logo…
The WSC2021 logo includes a globe on the left which represents the universal nature of our conference and is inspired by our motto, Vasudhaiva kuṭumbakam ‘The whole world is our family’. The central element is based on the famous Aśoka-cakra. The wheel is significant for the major Indian spiritual traditions, and is also the national symbol of India itself. The third element is drawn from an Indigenous artistic tradition from Central Australia and represents four people sharing companionship around a fire.

With these three elements the logo expresses our aspiration for the World Sanskrit Conference: that scholars from all over the world will come together to learn from one another and share their love for this precious language.

The WSC2021 logo was designed by Fiona Edge of Edge Design in Canberra. Its creation was sponsored by the Sanskrit scholars of Australia.

Finally, Contact Us…
All enquiries: sanskrit at kaigi.com.au Website: www.wsc2021.com.au<http://wsc.ubcsanskrit.ca/>

Kind regards,

WSC2021 Secretariat
Kaigi Conferencing and Events
Level 1, The Realm, 18 National Circuit
Barton ACT 2600

Email: sanskrit at kaigi.com.au
Phone: +61 2 6198 3218
Website: www.wsc2021.com.au<http://www.wsc2021.com.au/>

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