Graduate South Asia Conference

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Graduate South Asia Conference

October 4, 5, and 6, 2023

Register (free) at this link

Stay tuned for the conference program

Zoom Links for Conference

Day 1 - Wednesday, October 4th 2023
Day 2 – Thursday, October 5th 2023
Day 3 – Friday, October 6th 2023


Call for Abstracts (Closed)

The Canada India Research Centre for Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) invites PhD students engaged in research related to India, South Asia, Indian and/or South Asian diasporas to submit paper abstracts and panel proposals for this multidisciplinary virtual conference.

The three-day conference is intended to showcase cutting-edge research being undertaken in diverse fields in any/all areas of the research focus. It aims to increase awareness about such research, facilitate networking, and foster impactful research.

The conference will be structured around panels and keynote lectures. There will be virtual space for informal interactions.  


Important Dates:

10 July 2023 Abstract submission deadline
10 August 2023 Announcement of selected papers/panels
10–31 August 2023 Registration for paper presenters
4, 5, and 6 October 2023 Graduate Student South Asia Conference


Conference Format


This conference will be delivered virtually over the course of three days, synchronously in Eastern (ET) and Indian (IST) time zones. Information regarding the schedule, themes and length of each session will be provided after accepted papers/sessions have been confirmed. There is no fee to participate in this conference.

There will be keynote lectures focused on health, natural sciences and engineering, and social sciences and humanities. The remainder of the conference will be organized around panel sessions. Each panel will comprise 4 or 5 presentations and discussion. A chair will moderate each panel.

Volunteer Opportunities

CIRCLE is looking for volunteers to moderate sessions during the conference. If you're interested, please contact us at

Abstract submission

You can submit an abstract for an individual presentation or a proposal for a panel using this online submission form.

Eligibility to submit paper abstracts or panel proposals:

  • PhD students from any program in the fields of health, natural sciences and engineering, social sciences, arts, and humanities.
  • The PhD research should relate to India, south Asia, or Indian or South Asian diasporas.

We welcome especially PhD students from South Asian universities to participate.

Individual abstract submissions

  • Paper abstract (100 words)
  • 5–6 keywords
  • Short bio (up to 80 words)

For individual abstract submissions, the organizers will create panels based on the submissions received.

Panel submissions

A panel should have 3 or 4 presentations and a chair. The panel organizer could be the chair or a presenter but cannot be both. Ideally, the panel should consist of presenters who are from different countries and different disciplines. Panel organizers should coordinate the required information into a single panel submission.

  • Panel title and abstract (100 words)
  • 5–6 panel keywords (up to two can be geographical)
  • Individual presentation titles and paper abstracts for each presenter (100 words each)
  • Short bios for each presenter (up to 80 words each)


Inquiries can be sent to