SAIACS Academic Consultation 2017

5th SAIACS Academic Consultation 2017 (SAC2017)

Theme –  “500 Years of the Reformation: Prospects for India”
Keynote Speaker – Prof. Allan Anderson (Univ. of Birmingham)


Dates: 28-30 August, 2017   
Venue: SAIACS, Bangalore

2017 marks 500 years since Luther wrote his 95 Theses against the sale of indulgences. That event is considered the symbolic beginning of what would eventually be called the Reformation, a global movement that impacted religious and secular society. To celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther and subsequent reformers, the fifth SAIACS Academic Consultation has as its theme “500 Years of the Reformation: Prospects for India” and it will be held from 28-30 August 2017 at SAIACS in Bangalore. The Consultation will include about 14-16 sessions, and in each session an original, well-researched paper will be presented by a specialist in the relevant field (whether by academician or practitioner). This will be followed by an open discussion. As is our tradition, the outcome of the consultation will be a book, consisting of the edited papers and published by SAIACS Press.

To address this year’s theme, SAIACS welcomes scholars and practitioners from around the globe to retrospect and propose prospects—to explore the current impact and possible future implications of the Reformation for Indian religious and secular society. We invite papers that will address the Indian and South Asian Church, with an emphasis on themes like the priority of scripture, the empowerment of the laity, anti-corruption movements, church and state relations and ecumenical debates. Recognizing also the impact of the Reformation on secular society, we invite papers that explore such implications as the printing press in the digital age, or even the need for reformation in arts and politics. In addition, we also invite papers from Hindu, Muslim and other religious traditions, to examine the contemporary and future impact of the Reformation across religious boundaries.

Selected paper presenters must present original, unpublished research that breaks new ground rather than repeat what previous studies have done. The paper must only be between 6,000 to 7,000 words long, including completed footnotes that are formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style.

We request proposals for papers (300-400 words) from any of the perspectives mentioned above. Proposals must be sent by e-mail to before 30 March 2017. The organizing committee will select the papers to be presented from the paper proposals by 15 April 2017. All paper presenters are expected to stay for the full duration of the conference.

There is a twofold remuneration: Rs 500/– on submission of completed soft copy of the presentation draft. Then, if the author makes necessary corrections and improvements to the paper, as recommended by the volume editors, then the author will be given 5 copies of the published book upon release. SAIACS will also reimburse the paper presenter’s travel within India by air (cheapest economy fare) or train (2 AC), and provide a comfortable AC-room in our conference centre. Paper presenters should arrive at SAIACS by Monday 28 August before 4.00 pm, and they can leave after the close of the final session at 6.00 pm on Wednesday, 30 August.

Further information and updates will be made available shortly on our website:

With kind regards,
Ian Payne (Principal SAIACS)

The purpose of the SAIACS Academic Consultation (SAC) is to stimulate, encourage and provide directions for academic and constructive thinking in South Asia with an intentional Christian witness perspective. The Consultation provides a platform for addressing critical, pertinent issues that have arisen in the changing context of India.