Welcome to the SOAS South Asia Institute
The SOAS South Asia Institute (SSAI) represents the largest multi-disciplinary community of scholars working on South Asia of any university in Europe. It promotes research and teaching on the region through the work of more than 60 affiliated academics in thirteen humanities and social science departments, plus nearly a hundred research students. While many of its members’ research and teaching activities are related primarily to India, the SSAI also provides a home for the Centre of Pakistan Studies, and for scholars whose work focuses on Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bhutan.
The SSAI hosts research fellows from India and Pakistan who come to SOAS each year, sponsored by the Charles Wallace Trust. It has begun to reach out to universities and research institutes in South Asia with the aim of fostering mutually beneficial collaboration in both teaching and research. It also aims to strengthen its links with SOAS alumni, particularly in South Asia, and to secure philanthropic funding to enhance the SSAI's reach and impact and ensure the future sustainability of its more specialised scholarship. It aims to make the expertise of its members more widely available to the wider world by engaging with governments, businesses, NGOs the charity sector, the media, and beyond. Taking full advantage of the wide range of regional expertise at SOAS, the SOAS South Asia Institute also aims to initiate world-leading research on the political, economical, social, and cultural connections between South Asia and other parts of Asia, as well as Africa and the Middle East.
The SSAI maintains a busy programme of talks, seminars, workshops, book launches and film screenings, most of which are held on weekday evenings and are open to the general public. In due course it will also offer specialist briefings, short courses and bespoke training opportunities. The Director of the SSAI would be happy to hear from you if you would like to know more about the Institute’s activities and plans, or wish to contribute to them in any way.
A SOAS Centenary Exhibition: The Everlasting Flame, Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination
Dr. Najma Heptulla, Hon'ble Minister for Minority Affairs released the publication, The Zoroastrian Flame, at the inauguration of the exhibition of Everlasting Flame, Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination on 19 March 2016 at the National Museum, New Delhi. SOAS Director, Baroness Valerie Amos, can be seen on the left of the minister in the above photograph of the launch.
The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in history and imagination, produced by SOAS, University of London, will be at the National Museum in New Delhi from 19 March to 31 May 2016. This exhibition is taking place in collaboration with the British Library and UNESCO Parzor.
Rahman Chitrakar pictures on display
The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Smt. Mamata Banerjee, kindly donated two pictures to the SOAS South Asia Institute during her visit in July 2015. The pictures, painted in the Kalighat style by Rahman Chitrakar, are now displayed on the fourth floor of the Brunei Gallery.
The Chief Minister was accompanied on her visit to London by a delegation which included state ministers, prominent members of the West Bengal business community, and the Vice Chancellor of Presidency University, Professor Anuradha Lohia.
MA Intensive South Asian Studies
The SSAI has developed a new Masters programme in Intensive South Asian Studies, which it offers for the first time in 2014.
This two-year programme offers comprehensive language-based training across a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. All of the SSAI's teaching programmes will provide students with valuable skills that are rarely available elsewhere. These include interdisciplinary understandings of South Asian society that are theoretically sophisticated and based on deep empirical foundations and advanced proficiency in languages such as Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Sanskrit and Urdu.
Recent publications by the members of the SSAI.