12th International Indology Graduate Research Symposium (IIGRS)


Call for Papers

12th International Indology Graduate Research Symposium
Vienna, Austria July 22nd – 24th 2021

Call for Papers

The 12th International Indology Graduate Research Symposium (IIGRS 12) will be held in Vienna, Austria, from July 22nd to 24th 2021. It is funded and organised by the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde, ISTB) of the University of Vienna in collaboration with the Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (Institut für Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte Asiens, IKGA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

The conveners of the Symposium invite you to submit proposals for a presentation of approximately 20 minutes.

Submission of papers:

If you wish to present a paper please submit a 300-word abstract to iigrsuk@googlemail.com by 31st of January 2021. You will be notified about the outcome of your application in mid-February.

Content of abstract:

Abstracts should not exceed 300 words and should include:

1) Your name and institution

2) Indication of research degrees and positions held.

3) The title of your paper.

4) A broad indication of its subject area.

5) An outline of its contents.

Please send your abstract in an open document format (e.g. txt, odf, or docx) as well as in pdf format.

If you are unsure about whether your paper is suitable, don’t hesitate to contact us as soon as possible at iigrsuk@googlemail.com.


The subject matter of your paper may be any Indological topic, provided it is based on primary sources studied in the original language. This includes but is not limited to philological, text-historical, manuscriptological or literary studies. For more information see FAQ https://iigrs.wordpress.com/faq/.


If your abstract is accepted, you will be allotted a slot of no more than thirty minutes, around twenty minutes of which should be devoted to delivering your paper, and ten minutes for questions and  discussion.

We are fully aware of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and will adjust the form of the symposium as needed. Considering the importance of personal contacts and networking, we really hope not to be forced to host the 12th IIGRS conference in purely digital form, but to be able to provide a space for young scholars to gain experience in these matters.


After the successful presentation and with the authors’ consent the papers are expected to be published as a volume of the IIGRS Puṣpikā proceedings:

Puṣpikā: Tracing Ancient India Through Texts and Traditions: Contributions to Current Research in Indology.

Puṣpikā is a fully peer-reviewed series that intends to provide young scholars with a platform to share the results of their research on pre-modern South Asian cultures (see https://iigrs.wordpress.com/proceedings-puṣpika/).

Moreover, the volume shall be published according to the principles set by the Initiative for Fair Open Access Publishing in South Asian Studies (FOASAS, see https://foasas.org/). For general further information on IIGRS and archive material visit https://iigrs.wordpress.com/.

Organising committee: Vitus Angermeier, Christian Ferstl, Dominik A. Haas, Channa Li