Friends of South Asia's
Second Annual Literary Evening

Theme for 2005: War and Terrorism
When: Saturday April 16, 2005
Where: Room 104, Gates Computer Science Bldg.,
Stanford University

Submissions Due By: April 1st, 2005
See details below
The Theme
 It seems today that the events of 9/11 are being primarily memorialized as acts of terrorism. However, for those of us who live in the U.S. and have roots in South Asia, our grief, our anger, and our fear, as well as our intellectual reactions to 9/11 are complicated by the history of conflict in our communities and countries of origin, as well as our own status and experiences as ethnic and religious minorities in this society. This event is an attempt to grapple with these multi-layered responses to the experiences of war and terrorism. In particular, we are interested in submissions that unpack South Asian responses to war and terrorism against the background of our shared history of colonialism, the struggle for Independence, the insurgencies and the internal strife; as well as the ongoing regimes of security unleashed by the US Dept. of Homeland Security such as special registration and the PATRIOT Act, as well as those in South Asia, such as the (now-repealed) POTA (Prevention of Terrorism Act).

We welcome your meditations on how the various labels that have been thrust upon South Asians  - informers, mutineers, terrorists, insurgents, resident aliens, illegal immigrants, ad infinitum - shape our responses to contemporary discussions about war and terrorism. We also seek to understand the role that such labels play when used by the
state, the media, and dominant opinions to selectively frame whole communities as threats to national security, to a nation, or to any other ethnic or religious community.
  • A variety of genres and formats - fiction and non-fiction - are welcome; poetry, short-stories, essays, etc. Submissions in all South Asian languages (and English) are welcome.
  • Please submit your own work or excerpts from the work of other writers that you would like to present at the Literary Evening. In either case, the work should address the theme outlined above.
  • We will select a limited number of works from all the submissions that we receive, and the authors of the selected works will be invited to present their work at the Literary Evening.
  • Authors of selected works that are not in English will be invited to submit, if they are so inclined, English language synopses or translations of their material. These will be compiled and distributed to the audience to help the enjoyment and appreciation of the works by those who do not understand the language used.
  • Submissions due by: April 1st, 2005
  • E-mail submissions and questions to