SALA Conference: Envisioning Black & South Asian Solidarity: History, Culture, Praxis

22nd Annual South Asian Literary Association Conference,

Apr. 1-2, 2023; Executive Committee meeting on Mar. 31, 2023

Hosted by San Antonio College

1819 N. Main Avenue, San Antonio, TX  78212

(and online by request)

In the annual meeting of SALA in 2023, we take the call for collective action and coalition-building between South Asians and Black peoples. Despite socio-economic and cultural differences in historical and geographical locations, literatures, and material cultures produced by minority authors, we must acknowledge that they are a product of a sense of marginality with their specific variations, a certain sense of loss or nostalgia, anxieties of historical and cultural dislocations, and storytelling techniques aimed at recovery of lost cultural forms are common to them. Historically, B. R. Ambedkar, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Martin Luther King, Jr., have in past learnt from the political movements of liberation going on at the same time in America, India, and elsewhere. Black leaders and writers have always questioned the set of assumptions on which white mainstream literary tradition is based. All these literatures have commonalities in terms of both content and form to give voice to the marginalized people in the process of centering themselves.

Themes may include, but are not limited to:

  • Afro-Asian studies, including historical, literary, and political work
  • Critical Race Theories, South Asian postcolonial studies, and/or Asian American Studies
  • Dalit Studies and “Race and Caste” debates
  • Gandhi/MLK or Ambedkar/DuBois?:  Interrogating Solidarity
  • Comparative Racialization: Whiteness/Blackness/Brownness
  • Black feminism, Dalit feminism, and Third World feminism.
  • Black Lives Matter and South Asian progressive movements
  • Black Internationalism, Militant Nationalism in South Asia, and Communism
  • Capitalism, Slavery, and Colonialism
  • Pan-Africanism and Asians diasporas in Africa
  • Race, Caste, and Class in the Caribbean
  • Black/Asian Representation in Film, Comics, Literature, Politics

You are invited to submit individual paper proposals of no more than 250 words or panel proposals that you pre-arrange with and among your colleagues of no more than 1000 words.

Please submit your abstract to us no later than Jan. 15, 2023, via the portal on the South Asian Literary Association’s webpage:

Be sure to let us know if you need to participate online. We will do our best to accommodate requests.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Conference Co-Chairs:

Dr. Priya Jha
Dr. Pranav Jani
Dr. Ayesha Irfan

Important Deadlines:

Jan. 15: submission deadline

Feb. 5: decision notification

Mar. 1: participants must be members of the South Asian Literary Association to be on the program

Mar. 15: participants must register for the conference to avail of the early registration rate