24 Feb 2018

Francesca Merritt

I write to share the sad news that Francesca Merritt, our former IALS Treasurer, passed away on 17 February. She had been struggling with illness for a number of years, and it seems that her health further deteriorated in the last two months. She is survived by her daughter and son, Fiona and Richard.

Francesca had been involved with the IALS since 1989 when she provided accommodation for Ladakhi participants who had come to the UK for the 4th IALS conference in Bristol. She had remained closely associated with the association ever since, and served as Treasurer and Membership Secretary from 1997 to 2009. The last conference she attended was in Heidelberg in 2013, as seen in this picture. We will all remember her with gratitude for her warmth, hospitality and practical assistance over so many years.

I'll write a longer note of appreciation for Stawa and Ladakh Studies. Meanwhile, please do share any photographs or personal reminiscences that I might include.

John Bray

22 Jan 2018

Paper Call: 'Images of India' International Workshop, March 2018 at JNU

Please find webpage and paper call for what promises to be a very exciting and instructive workshop examining the various ways that India is represented visually, and the way that images influence people's perceptions of what and who India is culturally and politically.

'Images of India' will be held at Jawaharlal Nehru University at Delhi from 19th to 21st March 2018. It is being hosted by the student association Association des Jeunes Etudes Indiennes (AJEI), in collaboration with the French institutions University of Strasbourg, CNRS, and SAGE. 

The workshop is an excellent forum for some of our early career scholars to present their work, and students are particularly encouraged to apply. The deadline for the paper call is Saturday, 10th February 2018.

For further information, please contact Salome Deboos: deboos@unistra.fr