Second Asian Studies Annual Conference

Venue: Chitwan, Nepal

Time: Feb. 1-2, 2020

In the beginning was nature!


Center for Advanced Studies in South Asia (CASSA) announces the 2ndAnnual Conference. The major theme of conference is related with Nature and Environment. The Center requests to send abstracts (500 words) in the following email address:


We invite papers to discourse the present state of nature around us.  On the one hand, the environmental crises are impending and looming everywhere, and on the other hand, global leaders declaring the crises as fake news. In this context of dangers to the earth in general and deliberated disavowal of the dangers, constant discourses about climate change are imminent, dissemination of knowledge about plights of nature is overarchingly necessary. Truths of nature are commonplaces: loss and degradation are everywhere. Hoodwinking to such crises in the guise of developmental narratives is inviting disasters.

Discourse as retroactivity is a preamble to action. CASSA has organized a meet on the edge of the forest of Chitwan, a vital forest reserve of Nepal. It will be an ideal place to engage in academic discourse on nature and environment. We invite critical discussions, paper presentations, and art and performances.  We are open to cutting edge critical discourse and deconstructive arguments.



Animals and Plants

Forests, Rivers, Mountains, Deserts

Climate Change and Natural Disaster



Endangered Species

Farmers and Fishermen

Ocean Studies

Health and Illness


Water Management

Environment and Cities

Ecological and Ethical Turns

Laws of Nature, Natural History, Natural Law

Ecological Literacy

Ecology, Imperialism, Postcolonialism

Literature and Ecology

South Asian art and Ecology

Women, Ecology, Agriculture

Memory and Ecology

Environmental Laws and Policies

Conservation and Indigeneity

Traditional Medicine in South Asia

Nature in Metaphysics

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Fee for the participants: SAARC Countries: $ 200, Non-SAARC: $ 300 (includes conference kit, lunch, and tea).

Please deposit the amount in the given account:                                                                                                             

Centre for Advanced Studies in South Asia Pvt. Ltd.      Account No. 20225240200443, Nepal SBI Bank Ltd., Patan Branch     

Swift Code: NSBINPKA               

We would be able to provide you with hotel information in Sauraha.  Those coming from India by train can take Raksaul or Gorakhpur (UP) routes to come to Nepal. Those who would like to fly to Kathmandu can take further flights to go to Chitwan. There are daily flight sfrom Kathmandu to Bharatpur, Chitwan. Since 2020 is the Tourism Year in Nepal and the advance hotel bookings are on, please contact us soon for further information.

Venue: Jungle Safari Lodge, Chitwan National Park, Sauraha (

If you want to stay in Jungle Safari Lodge, please call at 00977-9801444499 or email with the code ASAC2020.

Prof. Arun Gupto:

Prof. Sangita Rayamajhi:



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