CfP: Annual Allchin Symposium on South Asia Archaeology (Ancient India and Iran Trust)

Date of event:   18/11/2022 − 18/11/2022

Title: Annual Allchin Symposium on South Asia Archaeology
Format: Hybrid (in person and over Zoom)
Symposium duration: 3 December 2022
Deadline: 18 November 2022
Institution: Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge, UK


The 8th Annual Allchin Symposium on South Asian Archaeology will take place on Saturday 3 December 2022. This will be a hybrid event, which will be held in person at the Ancient India and Iran Trust and online via Zoom. The primary focus of the event will be on the archaeology and art history of South Asia, though we will naturally be interested in papers that seek to put South Asia into a broader geographical context.

The Call for Papers is open until Friday 18 November 2022. As mentioned in the Call for Papers, all abstract submissions and correspondence should be emailed to All other enquiries should be addressed to the same email.

The Annual Allchin Symposium on South Asian Archaeology was established to commemorate the work of Raymond and Bridget Allchin, and the outstanding contribution that they made to development of South Asian studies in the United Kingdom.

The United Kingdom is currently home to the largest community of scholars working on South Asia outside of South Asia itself. Yet, until recently, there has been no regular forum to meet, exchange ideas and share research. The Annual Allchin Symposium provides an opportunity to bring together UK-based scholars working in South Asian Archaeology, and also those researching South Asian History and the History of Art and Architecture, including established lecturers as well as post-doctoral researchers and PhD students. It creates a much-needed forum for the presentation and discussion of current research as well as methodological and theoretical concerns that affect research in South Asia. Discussions will strengthen existing research, foster new ideas and promote synergies between different areas, periods and subjects of study. This symposium creates the opportunity to bring together scholars and students as a community that can explore the full range of the many and varied needs and questions relevant to the study of ancient South Asia.

Traditionally the event has been relatively informal with the aim of providing a welcoming atmosphere where new, developing, and more senior researchers can present research that is at various stages of completion and interact with scholars that have a range of specialities under the broad banner of South Asian Archaeology, History and the History of Art and Architecture. We limit the number of speakers to ensure that we are able to highlight the broad range of possible topics, and speakers are given 20 minutes to present, and then there is time for questions. There are also opportunities for broader discussion by attendees.

For more information, please visit the website here.

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Image: Massed group of Gandhara Buddha and Boddhisattva images collected at Loriyan Tangai (Peshawar District), Photo by: Alexander E. Caddy, 1896 © The British Library Board, Photo 1003/(1042)