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Conferences and symposia 2013-14

STIMW - The Sanskrit Tradition in the Modern World

STIMW banner 'The ancient bards have walked in a newer step - RG Veda 9, 23, 2

The 31st Annual STIMW Symposium

Friday, 23 May 2014, 11am - 5pm
The University of Manchester

The programme has now been finalised for this year's Symposium and can be downloaded below. STIMW papers are presented by leading scholars in the field as well as by research students. They are sent to participants in advance, so that they can be read and discussed in detail. They are available to those who cannot attend for a small charge.

For further information about STIMW, please contact:

Dr Jacqueline Suthren Hirst 
Religions and Theology, Samuel Alexander, 
The University of Manchester,
Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL

For instructions to contributors, please scroll down this page.

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Previous STIMW programmes

STIMW - instructions for contributors

Full papers

  • Papers are precirculated so that participants can read them before the seminar to ensure the best possible use of discussion time. Papers are therefore not read out at the seminar itself. Each full paper will be allocated 40 minutes of discussion time. The paper will be briefly introduced by the person chairing the session, who will then raise questions to the paper-giver, before opening the discussion.
  • Papers should be no longer than 20 pp, A4, including notes and references, and should be presented in a font size no smaller than Times New Roman 12 point. (Papers will be reduced for photocopying).
  • To facilitate discussion for those short of reading time, paper-givers should provide a one page abstract of the key argument of the paper, along with their paper. Please include your email address for further feedback.

Research reports

  • These give postgraduate students and others at the beginning of a research project the opportunity to offer a briefer report in order to gain feedback on its direction and approach.
  • Research Reports, also precirculated, will be allocated 15 minutes of discussion time. In this case, the chair will introduce the report presenter who will then briefly summarise his or her own research together with the questions the presenter would like the audience to comment on. The chair will then open the discussion to all present.
  • Research Reports should be no longer than 8 pp, A4, and should be presented in a font size no smaller than Times New Roman 12 point.
  • To facilitate discussion, report presenters should provide a one page abstract of the main lines of their research and the key questions they would like addressed. Please include your email address for further feedback.


  • The chair of each main session will be responsible for introducing the paper-giver and paper in no more than 5 minutes, in initiating a discussion with the paper-giver (15 mins max) and in ensuring there is ample time for discussion from the floor (at least 20 mins)
  • In the case of Research Reports, the chair's job is to introduce the candidate and to ensure that all comments from the floor are heard where possible.
  • Since the programme is packed, it is vital that chairs time-keep efficiently.

Deadlines for submission

Further information relating to upcoming conferences and symposia will be posted here when it becomes available.

Previous conferences and symposia

The 30th Annual STIMW Symposium - The University of Manchester - Friday, 31 May 2013

A Theology and Religious Studies Discipline Workshop - The University of Manchester - Tuesday, 22 May 2012

A Theology and Religious Studies Discipline Workshop to share experience and discuss potential for the development of 'outward looking' learning and assessment strategies in Theology and Religious Studies. For more information, please see the link below: