South Asia Conference of the Pacific Northwest (SACPAN) 2016, UO-Portland

February 5, 2016toFebruary 6, 2016


SACPAN-PosterThe University of Oregon will host the South Asia Conference of the Pacific Northwest (SACPAN) on February 5-6, 2016 at the UO White Stag Building in Portland, Oregon.

Conference Registration

Click here to begin conference registration. Please note that while there is no registration fee for the conference, each person planning to attend must complete a registration form to help us with planning for the event.

Following on the successes of previous SACPAN meetings, we invite faculty and graduate students from UW, UBC, UO, Portland State University, Oregon State University, Reed College, Lewis and Clark and area institutions to informally outline on-going, evolving, and new research on South Asia and its diasporas. We have two types of presentation formats; individual presenters and organized panels. Each presenter will get 15 minutes to present their research. Organized panels will be in a roundtable format that leaves more time for discussion of critical issues.

  • Each session will have 15 minutes dedicated to comments from the audience
  • For organized panels, panel chairs may include a discussant as part of the panel
  • Individual paper presenters will be grouped thematically
  • Each session will run for 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • We encourage lively collegial critique and feedback


The conference hotel is Hotel Modera in downtown 
Portland. To make a reservation, please call the Hotel directly at 877.484.1084 or reserve online at Low-cost accommodations are also available at University Place in downtown Portland. Please contact their main office at (503) 221-0140. 

Press Release
South Asia Conference of the Pacific Northwest 2016

Forum Location
The University of Oregon White Stag Building is located at 70 NW Couch Street in the Old Town Chinatown Historic District. The entire conference will take place in this building. Check-in will begin at 3:30pm outside of room 142/144.

Direction to the White Stag

By Car
There is metered street parking near White Stag, but you’ll be more likely to find space in the nearby Smart Park lot, located at NW Naito Parkway and Davis (entrance at 33 NW Davis). Once parked, walk South on NW 1st, until you get to NW Couch Street. I would suggest not leaving valuables in the car. The White Stag entrance is on NW Couch, between NW 1st and Naito Parkway.

By MAX Light Rail or Trimet Bus
If you are taking the MAX Light Rail, use the red or blue line and exit at Old Town/Chinatown on the NW First and Davis streets. You can find exact MAX and Bus schedules here:

By Amtrak/Greyhound
The White Stag Building is about a 10 minute walk from Portland’s Union Station. Just walk South on NW 6th Avenue to NW Couch Street. Turn left (heading East). The White Stag entrance is on NW Couch, between NW 1st and Naito Parkway. If you don’t want to walk with luggage, it will be a very short taxi ride.

By Airplane
You can use public transportation to reach the White Stage and the Hotel Modera from the Portland Airport. It’s also an easy taxi ride. For more information on public transportation options, you can find schedules here:

Hotel Information
The NWCP Participants will be staying at the Hotel Modera, located at 515 SW Clay Street (phone: 877.484.1084). Your room may not be available from early check in, but if you’d like to leave your car and/or luggage at the hotel before the event, they can hold it for you.

If you decide to go to the hotel early, they can give you directions by bus or light rail to the White Stag, as there are several options. It’s about 1 mile from the hotel and easily accessible by public transportation. You can also find out more info here:

The walk from Hotel Modera to the White Stag is about 20-25 minutes through downtown or along the water front. Here is a google map to help with directions:

Meal Information
SACPAN will provide as appetizer buffet during the reception on Friday, February 5th, light breakfast (8:00am) and lunch on Saturday February 6th (12pm).

A/V for Presentations
The presentation rooms will have a laptop, screens, and projector available. Since presentations are buried to accommodate the many panelists on each panel, there may not be much time for showing slides or video. However, if you’d like to show slides, please email them to me by Monday February 1st. I will then load them all onto one laptop so we have quick and smooth transitions between speakers. You can also bring your own personal laptop or thumb drive for your presentation.

 This event is cosponsored by the University of Oregon, the University of Washington, and the University of British Columbia.  For more information, please call Jonathon Campbell at 541-346-5068 or