IVS Undergraduate Research Conference

The Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture

The First Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

20th April 2024

Call for Papers

The Liberal Arts Programme at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture is hosting its first Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference on 20th April 2024. The conference aims to foster a culture of intellectual exchange and research-led inquiry among undergraduate students across universities in Karachi. We invite research papers from the disciplines of art history and visual culture, film and media studies, history, anthropology, sociology, literature, urban studies, and development studies. The committee would be interested in papers that undertake strong secondary and/or primary research grounded in theoretical perspectives. 

Eligibility: Students who are currently enrolled at a university or graduated in the year 2023.  

Only papers written for courses in the third/fourth/fifth year of university, including the Final Research Paper or thesis will be considered for selection. 

If you would like to participate in the conference, please submit:

  1. The research paper on which you will base your presentation. The paper should include a cover page stating your name, year of study, name of institution, name of department, name of the course for which the paper was initially written, and an email address (which you regularly check). Please refer to the attached cover page template.

  2. The name and email address of the faculty member to whom the paper was initially submitted. 

  3. The Deadline for Submissions is 4pm, February 20, 2024. Papers should be submitted as pdf documents via the

The PDF should be titled as such: [AUTHOR’S NAME]_[GRADUATING YEAR]

Example: FARHEEN RASHID_2025

Format Guidelines:

  • All papers should be double-spaced and typed in 12-point Times New Roman with clear citations using any one Citation Style Guide (e.g. MLA, APA, Chicago Manual of Style) and a separate Bibliography.

  • All images should appear at the end of the document and be appropriately numbered, and labeled.

    Please use the Undergraduate Research Conference Cover Page Template when submitting your paper.


Deadline to Submit Papers Feb 20, 2024

Review and Selection of Papers Feb 20 - Mar 14, 2024

Announcement of Selected Participants Mar 15, 2024

(Please note: only successful participants will be notified)

Deadline to Submit Presentations Apr 15, 2024

Conference Date Third Weekend of April 2024 

Queries can be directed to [email protected]. We look forward to your participation.