ISAS organizes several conferences and symposia throughout the year. Some are interdisciplinary with a regional focus on South Asia, while others are thematic, focusing on a particular topic like Indian democracy or economic policy in Bangladesh.

ThemeConference TitleDate
Cross-regionalCelebrating the Life and Legacy of Professor Gerald Berreman
October 14, 2016
Sewing Power: Labor Rights in the Garment Industry in South AsiaApril 4, 2016
Rethinking Religion, Ethics, and Political Economy in India and Sri Lanka: Critical perspectives from JapanFebruary 16, 2016
Annual South Asia Conference 
Economic Governance Index of South & Southeast AsiaLocal Government Performance & Economic Reform Strategies in South & Southeast AsiaMarch 26, 2008
Economic Policy in BangladeshEmerging Bangladesh: Opportunites and Challenges for Bangladesh's FutureNovember 12, 2009
Graduate Student WorkshopsUrban WASH: Paradigms for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for the 21st Century South Asian CityApril 25, 2012
Violence & Social Creativity
Workshop led by Dr. Ashis Nandy
A Conversation with Ashis Nandy (Mike Levien, Ph.D Candidate in Sociology)
March 7, 2009
Cities and Citizenship: Interrogating Urbanism in Contemporary South AsiaFebruary 14, 2008
Indian DemocracyIndia under ModiMarch 11-12, 2016
Justice & the LawSeptember 26-27, 2008
Governance & EmpowermentMay 24-25, 2007
PakistanFixing Pakistan's Education: Innovative Solutions for a Major ChallengeFebruary 7, 2014
ReligionA Tale for All Seasons: The Rāmāyaṇa from Antiquity to Modernity in South Asia
November 18, 2016
Swami Vivekananda: Celebrating his 150th birth anniversaryApril 19, 2014
The Study of Jainism: A Symposium in honor of Prof. Padmanabh Jaini's 90th BirthdayOctober 26, 2013
Sanskrit & the Epics: New Directions in the Study of the Epics of South and Southeast AsiaOctober 26 - 27, 2012
Islam Today: New Media and Youth Culture in the Middle East, South Asia and Southeast Asia Fall 2009 - Spring 2010
Hunood wa Musalman: Religion in Mughal IndiaOctober 3-5, 2008
South Asian ArtCollecting South Asia, Archiving South AsiaFebruary 18, 2014
South Asia by the Bay Graduate Student ConferenceIndian Ocean Topographies, Contemporary Worlds, and Situated PracticesApril 22-23, 2016 (held at UC Davis)
Precarious Exchange: Materiality, Network, and Value in South Asia in the WorldMay 8-9, 2015 (held at UC Berkeley)
Feminist Interventions: On Gender & South AsiaMay 2- 3, 2014 (held at UC Santa Cruz)
Tense Times: Intimacies, Enemies, and Strangers in South AsiaMay 17-18, 2013 (held at Stanford University)
South Asia by the Bay: The 1st South Asia by the Bay Graduate Student ConferenceMay 9-11, 2012 (held at Stanford University)
South Asian LiteratureAgyeya (1911-1987) in his Time and Ours: Literary formations in mid-twentieth Century IndiaFebruary 11 - 13, 2011
Tamil StudiesThe Annual Tamil Conference 
The 21st Century Indian City
A series on Urbanization in India
Towns, Metros, and the Indian EconomyMarch 26-27, 2013
Working Towards Being Slum Free?April 27-28, 2012
Developing an Agenda for Urbanization in IndiaMarch 23-25, 2011
Technology & NepalUS-Nepal Conference on Technology DevelopmentJuly 12-13, 2008
Young Scholars Research ConferenceFourth Annual Young Scholars Research SymposiumApril 30, 2019
Third Annual Young Scholars Research SymposiumMay 1, 2018
Second Annual Young Scholars Research SymposiumMay 2, 2017
Inaugaural Young Scholars Research SymposiumApril 21, 2016