Skip to Content

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

China India: Comparisons, Connections, Convergence

March 26 - 28, 2020
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina


Keynote speakers: 

The emergent field of China India studies approaches the study of Asia in an integrated fashion, allowing scholars to exceed limits imposed by national boundaries.  Engaging recent debates over world literature, global cinema, transnational history, the history and future of area studies programs, and cross-cultural anthropology, scholars engaged in China India studies examine connections and convergences between the two spaces. This conference, hosted by the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, features speeches and papers that put China and India into conversation. Our keynote speakers include Engseng Ho (Duke University), Haun Saussy, (U of Chicago), and Tansen Sen (NYU Shanghai). Featuring papers from various disciplines, including but not limited to comparative literature, film studies, anthropology, religious studies, history, and political science, this conference considers a variety of topics:

  • Methods in China India studies
  • Gender in China and India
  • Cultural convergence
  • Circulating narratives
  • Islam in China and India
  • Premodern connections and comparisons
  • Borders and borderlands
  • China, India, and their neighbors
  • Diaspora
  • Asian Studies in Asia 

 Conference Directors:
Krista Van Fleit
Alexander Beecroft
Jie Guo
Eli Jelly-Shapiro
Gregory Patterson

Call for papers

Registration Coming Soon


Graduate Columbia
1609 Pendleton St. 
Columbia, SC 29201
Tele: 803-779-7779

We have a special group rate. Please go here to make a reservation at the conference rate

Columbia Airport Information
Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE):
Ground Transportation:

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.