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 ConferenceThird Annual Young Scholars Research SymposiumMay 1, 2018
Second Annual Young Scholars Research SymposiumMay 2, 2017
Inaugaural Young Scholars Research SymposiumApril 21, 2016