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ACSAA Symposium XVII - October 15-17, 2015

We are pleased to announce that the American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA) will hold its 17th biennial meeting at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada, on October 15-17th, 2015.

ACSAA symposia occur in alternating years, and serve as opportunities to meet colleagues, reconnect with mentors and graduate school cohorts, and share one's current research with the field. From senior scholars to graduate students, ACSAA symposia are one of the primary ways ACSAA members gather and support one another, share ideas with a group of like-minded colleagues, and participate in the ACSAA community. 

Marking ACSAA's 50th anniversary,  the symposium will reflect upon the historiography of the discipline.

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We are pleased to announce:

The Opening Keynote B. N. Pandey Lecture will be given by Dr. Tapati Guha-Thakurta, Director of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences in Calcutta. 

The Closing Keynote Lecture will be given by Dr. Michael D. Willis, Principal Investigator, European Research Council Synergy Project.

The ACSAA Symposium XVII is organized by the Royal Ontario Museum, and co-presented with the Aga Khan Museum. The Opening Keynote is co-presented by The Centre for South Asian Studies at the Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. The Closing Keynote is co-presented with the University of Toronto Mellon Sawyer Seminar “Religious Materiality in the Indian Ocean World, 1300-1800.” Further support has been generously provided by the Ancient Echoes/Modern Voices South Asia Programs Fund, Royal Ontario Museum 

Generously supported by the Ancient Echoes / Modern Voices South Asian Programming Fund, Royal Ontario Museum. 


The American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the study and awareness of the art of South and Southeast Asia and the Himalayan regions. In addition to periodic symposia, usually held every two years, ACSAA pursues these goals through various projects, including its annual bulletin, bibliographies, a color slide project, a microfiche archive and outreach materials. Since its incorporation in 1967, ACSAA has grown from its original fifteen members to an organization of some three hundred individuals and institutions. ACSAA is formally affiliated with the College Art Association (CAA) and the Association of Asian Studies (AAS)


The Call for Papers is now closed.

Successful applications have been notified. Please find a detailed symposium schedule and registration within this website.

Selection Committee:

Deepali Dewan, Royal Ontario Museum (colonial and modern visual culture, photography studies)

Christoph Emmrich, University of Toronto (religious studies in Nepal, Burma, and Tamil worlds)

Sarah Fee, Royal Ontario Museum (textiles of the eastern hemisphere, Indian Ocean trade)

Lisa Golombek, Royal Ontario Museum (Islamic architecture and ceramics)

Katherine Hacker, University of British Columbia (contemporary art and visual practice)

Kajri Jain, University of Toronto (new media, visual studies, contemporary art)

Ali Kazimi, York University (film studies, diaspora studies)

Heather M.-L. Miller, University of Toronto (archaeology, anthropology, material culture studies)

Karin Ruehrdanz, Royal Ontario Museum (Islamic painting)

Emma Natalya Stein, PhD Candidate, Yale University (premodern South and Southeast Asian art and architecture)

ACSAA Symposium XVII is organized by Deepali Dewan ( with the assistance of graduate students Aruna Panday and Andrew Harris, and programming staff at the Royal Ontario Museum.