ACSAA symposia occur in alternating years, hosted by academic institutions and museums, and often in conjunction with major exhibitions. They serve as opportunities to meet colleagues, re-connect with mentors and graduate school cohorts, and share one’s current research with the field. Symposia are one of the primary ways ACSAA members gather and support one another; we encourage you to attend, present papers, and participate fully in the ACSAA community.

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).


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.

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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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