The 19th Conference of the International Association for Ladakh Studies

Conference Update 24/08/2019:
Update Conference Programme & Contact and Transportation Information

Please find attached the final schedule of the IALS 2019 Conference, including several changes and additions to the previous draft: IALS Conference Programme

We also uploaded contacts and local transportation offers. Especially the hired bus going from Leh to the conference location and back every day might be of interest. Please find more details here: Contacts and Transportation

Conference Update 05/08/2019:
Conference Programme

IALS is pleased to present the programme for the upcoming 2019 conference. The program can be access here: IALS Conference 2019 Programme

We are looking forward to an interesting conference!

Conference Update 24/06/2019:
Accommodation at CIBS, Sponsors, Travel Funds

CIBS has agreed to allow IALS to use its guest house to host conference participants. This means we have ten double-sharing rooms available on campus. The organizing committee feels that this should be offered on a first-come first-served basis to students attending the conference from outside Leh. If there are such candidates who require accommodation in Leh, they are advised to get in touch with the organizing committee before 15 July. If there are rooms still available, then it can be offered to others.

Furthermore, if there are members who are willing to sponsor the fee or accommodation for students attending the conference, please get in touch with the organizing committee by 15 July. This will ensure that any such offers are allotted to deserving candidates.

We have not been able to raise funds to cover the travel costs to and from Ladakh. However, all conference-related travel to and from the venue and field trips will be covered by the conference fees.



The 19thConference of the International Association for Ladakh Studies will be held in Leh at the Central Institute for Buddhist Studies, from the evening of 31 August to 4 September, 2019.

The main theme of the conference is “Negotiating Change in the Trans-Himalayas”. However, the Conference Organizing Committee has decided not to keep any sub-themes to encourage a wider participation from researchers.

We invite abstracts for papers for the conference. The abstracts should be between 250 to 350 words.
The last date for submission is 28 February, 2019. 
The final decision on the abstracts will be communicated by 31 March, 2019.
Please send your queries and abstracts to:

The conference is open only to members of IALS.
Please ensure that your membership is updated and if not, you can pay it on the spot at the conference.
For all membership related queries, please get in touch with our Membership Secretary Andrea Butcher:

Conference Registration Fees:
Participants (South Asian): INR 2000
Participants (Non-South Asian): USD 70
Students (South Asian) : INR 1000*   
Students (Non-South Asian) : USD 50*
*Fee waiver on first-come first-served basis for deserving students. 

Local transportation, lunch, refreshments, sightseeing and conference dinner is included in the conference fee.