Call for Papers: 20th Conference of the International Association for Ladakh Studies (IALS)

UPDATE 21/04/2023: The conference had to be postponed to 5th – 8th of October 2023!

UPDATE 15/02/2023: The deadline for the submission of abstracts has been extended to 25th February 2023!


The 20th Conference of the International Association for Ladakh Studies (IALS) will be held in Heidelberg at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany, between 5th and 8th of October 2023.

The main theme of the conference is “Ladakh’s Future: New Directions and Challenges”. Sub-themes for different panels shall be decided after the acceptance of abstracts.

The concept note of the main theme can be found here.

We invite abstracts for papers for the conference. The abstracts should be between 250 to 350 words and include the title of your paper, your affiliation and a short bio note. The conference is also open to abstracts for short films on the same theme.

The last date for submission of abstracts is 25th February 2023. The final decision on the abstracts will be communicated by 15th April 2023.

Please send your queries and abstracts to:

Members of IALS will get a discount on the registration fees. For membership fees and related queries, please contact Lauren Smyth, Membership Secretary, IALS (

Please ensure that your membership is updated; if not, you can also pay for it at the conference.

The Conference Registration Fees for presenting a paper are:

Participants (South Asian): € 180

Participants (Non-South Asian): € 200

Participants (Non IALS-member): € 240

Students (South Asian): € 100

Students (Non-South Asian): € 120

Lunch, refreshments, sightseeing and conference dinner are included in the conference fee.

Furthermore, if there are members who are able to sponsor the conference fee or accommodation for young research students attending the conference – thereby ensuring the participation of deserving candidates – please get in touch with the organizing committee ( by 15th April 2023. That will ensure that such facilities are provided to deserving candidates well in time.