SAHSA Business Meeting at Madison 2011

SAHSA members will have the opportunity to gather at the Annual South Asia Conferece in Madison, this Saturday, October 22nd, between 7-8 am  in Parlor Room 607 for a breakfast meeting. This is an open meeting at which breakfast will be available for those who have booked in advance (if you are still interested and would like to sign up please contact me immediately:  Please feel free to bring along colleagues who have not yet joined the organization.  The organization seeks to engage scholars from any discipline; no need to be a historian in order to join.
We have four items of business before us for the meeting: our goals and potential panels for the 2013 AHA in New Orleans,  the election for VP 2012-13 and Pres. 2013-14,  website development, and membership. If you have any concerns you would like to raise, please feel free to contact Michael Dodson and I so that we may work the subject into our meeting.

AHA 2013: "Lives, Places, Stories"

Prof. Sumit Guha is serving on the Program Committee for the 2013 AHA to be held in New Orleans, January 3-6, 2013.
The theme for the annual conference, 'Lives, Places, Stories,' may be addressed by proposals that addresses any one of the three concepts; you need not try to cover all three in one panel.  As you may see from the published 'Call for Proposals,' these terms are interpreted widely enought to accommodate a wide range of historical practice. (  Proposals may be South Asia specific or engage one or more of the themes from a comparative perspective.

Deserving proposals that do not seem to fit the conference theme are **still often accepted**, so do not let the theme for the conference discourage you from proposing a panel, roundtable, etc.

Acceptance for complete and organized proposals with diversity among participants is high.  Overall, about 2 out of 3 proposals have been accepted in recent years;  these rates are even higher in fields with fewer proposals e.g. Asian history.

Please feel free to contact Sumit Guha ( if you would like to discuss ideas or have questions about the process.

Nominations for SAHSA Vice-President 2012-13 and President 2013-14

Nominations are currently being accepted for the position of Vice-President of SAHSA for 2012-13.  The successful candidate will go on to lead the organization as its President in 2013-14.  Self-nominations are also welcome.  Please forward names of prospective candidates and any questions about the responsibilities of leadership to Lisa Trivedi (  Candidates will be asked to provide a Curriculum Vitae and a 250-word statement of their goals for the organization. 
Nominations will close on Sunday, October 23, 2011.  Elections will take place the week of October 26 to November 2, 2011.