ACSAA President Dr. Alka Patel’s New Book Launch (Hybrid Event): December 03, 2021, 6.30pm GMT

Please email Matty Bradley ( if you would like to attend, in person or via Zoom.

Book Summary:

This book charts the origins and rise of the Shansabānīs, a nomadic-pastoralist or transhumant group from modern central Afghanistan. As they adapted and mastered the mores of Perso-Islamic kingship, they created a transregional empire unseen in the region for almost a millennium, since the Kushanas of the early centuries CE.

The Shansabānīs’ imperialism of little more than a half-century belies their longue durée significance: they altered the geopolitical landscapes of eastern Khurasan through the Indo-Gangetic plains, reconnecting these regions in continuous flows of people, objects, and ideas that broadened the Persianate world and had consequences into the modern age of nation-states in Central and South Asia.

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2022 ACSAA Biennial Symposium

We are pleased to announce that the Twentieth Biennial Symposium of the American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA) will be co-hosted at the University of Georgia, Athens (April 7-8, 2022) and the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, Atlanta (April 9-10, 2022).


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, develop ideas in a collegial
environment, and participate in the ACSAA community.

In the first round, we invite proposals for panels that are either fully pre-formed or open that reflect original and/or new research in the history of South, Southeast Asian and Himalayan Art. All members are welcome to propose ideas for new panels, even if he or she presented a paper at ACSAA XIX. Individual paper submissions will be due in the second round in November 2021. All presenters and panel chairs must be ACSAA members in good

The Selection Committee would like to especially encourage submissions of panels that
focus on the history of Southeast Asian Art, as well as panels that engage the Visual
Cultures of Jainism in South Asia. In addition, we also encourage panel submissions that
attend to – or draw inspiration from – the scholarly legacy of Walter Spink, former
President and perennial advocate of ACSAA, who passed away in 2019.

Panel proposals should be in the format of a 250-word abstract clearly articulating the panel title and topic. Pre-formed panel proposals should include a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of (5) speakers with a 250-word abstract for each paper, along with a one-page
CV for the panel chair and each presenter. Each panel will have an allotted time of ninety
(90) minutes.

Submit all materials and inquiries to:
For updates please visit the Symposium website:
Panel Proposals due: September 1, 2021
Call for individual papers: September 15, 2021
Paper proposals due: November 15, 2021
Final Selection announcement: December 10, 2021

Selection Committee:
Nicolas Morrissey (Co-Chair), University of Georgia
Ellen Gough, (Co-Chair), Emory University
Kerry Lucinda Brown, Savannah College of Art and Design
David Efurd, Wofford College
Mary Beth Heston, College of Charleston

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ACSAA Symposium 2017

ACSAA Symposium 2017:  The American Council for Southern Asian Art will hold its eighteenth biennial meeting in the Boston/Cambridge, MA area at Harvard University and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from October 12-15, 2017.   For more information and to register for the symposium, please visit the symposium website:

Call for individual papers: January, 2017
Paper proposals due: March 15, 2017
Final Selection announcement: April 15, 2017

Click here for descriptions of the Four Open Call panels. Paper proposals due March 15 to chairs of each panel. Note: Unsuccessful submissions to open call panels will be considered for individual paper panels by the symposium selection committee.

We look forward to welcoming you all in Boston/Cambridge, MA!