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 50 affiliated academics in twelve humanities and social science departments, plus a roughly equal number of 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 provides a home for the MA South Asian Area Studies and will develop a range of new courses in 2014. All of its 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.
The SSAI provides a home for 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.
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.
- Director: Professor Michael Hutt
- Deputy Director: Dr Navtej Purewal
- Newton Internation Fellow: Dr Mari Miyamoto
- Executive Officer: Ms Sana Shah
At present SOAS employs more than 50 South Asian specialists in the teaching staff. In addition to a department of South Asian Languages and Cultures, SOAS has South Asia specialists in the departments of Anthropology, Art and Archaeology, Development Studies, Economics, History, Law, Music, Religions and Politics.
- 10 Mar Bhaji on the Beach
- 12 Mar Challenges of Democracy in India
- 19 Mar The Politics of Desire: Reading Rituparno Ghosh as a Cultural Producer
Centre for the Study of Pakistan
The Centre draws on the range of academic research and teaching across the disciplines of SOAS, including Languages and Literature, the Study of Religions, History, Economics, Politics, International Relations, Music, Art and Media and Film Studies.