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SOAS South Asia Institute

Current MPhil and PhD students pursuing projects on South Asia

Rashed Al Mahnud Titumir
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(Working Title) Land Transactions and Capitalist Transitions in Rural Bangladesh

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Sameen Ali
Sameen A. Mohsin Ali

Politicisation of the Bureaucracy and Political Access in Pakistan


Alina Apostu
Alina Apostu

A sounded ethnography of an Anglican church in London

Jon Archer
Jon Archer

Information Structure in Muwé-ke, Nepal


Orzala Ashraf Nemat
Orzala Ashraf

The changing nature of local power dynamics and governance at the community level in Afghanistan

Helen Ashton
Helen Ashton

Listening to Indian Accented English in Film (1960-2013)



Sandhya Balasubrahmanyam
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Driving growth in post Liberalization India – the role of the state.

Hannah Bartos
Hannah Bartos (née Jenkin)

Organizing Transnational Yoga in the UK & India: Institutionalization, Globalization & Complexity.


Priyanka Basu
Priyanka Basu

‘Cockfight in Tune: Reading Nations, Communities and Performance in the “Bengali” Kobigaan’

Adam Benkato
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The Manichaean-Sogdian Parable Book. Text Edition and Literary Analysis.


Eva Bentcheva
Eva Bentcheva

Escaping the Na(rra)tive: Influences and framing of Asian iconography in performance art in Britain, 1960-90.

Julian Brown
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The Art of Ancient Champa: a twentieth century creation


Saleema F. Burney
Saleema Burney

Belief and Benevolence: A Case Study of Muslim Women Activists in London

Graham Burns
Graham Burns

Neti neti - the Search for the Ultimate Principle in the Vedic Upanisads


Georgie Carroll
Georgie Carroll

Repertoires of Water and Aquatic Fauna in Indian Literatures: an Ecocritical Approach.

Johann Chacko
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Redefining Pakistan: Mapping Deobandi institutional responses to nationalism and the nation-state from Zia to Musharraf.


Biswajit Chanda
Bizwat Chanda

Family Law Reform in Bangladesh: The Need for a Culture-Specific Legal System

Anais Da Fonseca
Anais Da Fonseca

Contemporary Lives of Cherial Paintings from Telangana, India: Continuity and Changes


Jacqueline Daukes
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Women in the Varkari Sampradaya

Jean-Philippe Dequen
Jean-Philippe deQuen

Inherent conflict within Muslim succession personal law in India


Tara Desjardins
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Studies on Mughal Glass.

Jamila Dorner
Jamila Dorner

Learning Bharatanatyam: Bodily, Sensory and Social Enskilment in South Indian Dance.


Ahmet Riza Emiroglu
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The Exploration of the Idea of Emanation through the Comparison between the Islamic and Indian Philosophies with Special Reference to Ibn Sīnā and Abhinavagupta.

Federico Filippi
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The Ontological Positions of the Buddha in the discourses of the Pali Nikayas.


Francesca Fuoli
Francesca Fuoli

Changing state-society relations in late nineteenth century Afghanistan: state-building and group identities reconsidered through the categories of British colonial knowledge


Timothy Green
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Issues of Identity for First-Generation Christians in Pakistan

Ambra Guarnieri
Ambra Guarnieri

Towards A Dialogical Writing Practice: Poetics and Strategies of Representation in Postcolonial Literature


Poonkulaly Gunaseelan
Poonkulaly Gunaseelan

‘Breaking taboos (?)’: Representations of rape in post 1970s Indian-English literature


Eleanor Halsall
Eleanor Halsall

The Indo-German beginnings of Bombay Talkies, 1925-1939

Zebunnisa Hamid
Zebunnisa Hamid

Pakistan’s New Emerging Cinema


Sruthi Herbert
Sruthi Herbert

Citizenship at the intersections: Caste, Gender, and Class in India

Mohammad Jahirul Hoque
Mohammad Hoque

Cultural, Political and Economic Mechanisms in the Concurrent Processes of Environmental Degradation and Decline of Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh (working title)


Sarajuddin Isar
Isar Sarajuddin

Taxation and state-building in Afghanistan, a political economy framework


Maddalena Italia
Maddalena Italia

The erotic untranslatable: the modern reception of Sanskrit love poetry in the West and in India

Zulkarin Jahangir
Zulkarin Jahangir

'Complexity' through mobile phone led 'networking'; exploring financial benefits of rural residents in Bangladesh



Prabhjap Singh Jutla
Prabhjap Singh Jutla

Hindutva and the Construction of Sikh Identity: A Political and Intellectual History, c. 1877-2004.

Neha Kagal
Neha Kagal

Broadly my thesis is looking at the impact of unionization of informal sector women workers in India on bargaining relations within the home, with a specific focus on masculinity.


Nina Kaysser
Nina Kaysser

(working title): Economic growth and Hindu-Muslim violence

Taha Kazi
Taha Kazi

Pious Entertainment - Changing Forms and Notions of Piety in Pakistan (Provisional).


Hanns Bjoern Kendel
Hanns Bjoern Kendel

The role of procedure in shaping outcomes - Anti-terrorism trials under Indian Law.

Adeeba Khan
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Democracy in the context of clientelism: the role of electoral laws in Bangladesh


Amina Khatun
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Muslim Women Mystics: Transnational Religious Education in ‘Sufism’ and the Production of Gendered Knowledge and Spaces in the UK


Preeti Khosla
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A Study of the Visual Language of the Indigenous Styles of Book Painting in North India during the Sultanate period (1414-1525 AD).

Heewon Kim
Kim Heewon

The UPA, Communalism and Post-Conflict Responses (2004-2009).


Amit Kisku
Amit Kumar Kisku

Santals, Forest, and State Relationships: Interplay of Ethnic Identity and Environmentality in Jungle Mahals, India (Working Title).

Sujith Koonan
Sujith Koonan

The Right to Sanitation in India: A Multi-faceted Right in Search of a Comprehensive Framework


Malgorzata Kruszewska
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Sarasvati – Indian goddess of articulation. A textual and fieldwork study.

Priya Kumar
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“Wireless Platforms and Borderless Grievance: An Analysis of Transnational Diaspora Linkages and Mobilization Outcomes” (Preliminary title)


Jennifer Loh
Jennifer Loh

Exploring the Construction of 'Political' Identity Among the Kinnars of Madhya Pradesh, India. 


Naina Manjrekar
Naina Manjrekar

Discontent and Decolonisation after World War II: The Case of the Royal Indian Navy Mutiny


David Mansfield
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Drug eradication and opium cultivation in Afghanistan

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Patrick Meehan
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Fortifying or fragmenting the Myanmar state? The political economy of the opium trade in Shan State, 1988-2014


Farah Mihlar
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Fundamentalisms amongst the Muslims of Sri Lanka.

Lorenza Monaco
Lorenza Monaco

Global Production and Industrial Restructuring in India: Capital Strategies and Labour Practices within a Booming Automotive Sector (working title)


Sruthi Muraleedharan
Sruthi Muraleedharan

Symbolic Encounters: Identarian Performativity and Political Subjectivity [Tentative]

Bhikkhu Nagasena
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The significance of the Sima (Buddhist Monastic Boundary) in Burmese Theravada: Authority and Practice


Tom Owen-Smith
Tom Owen-Smith

Predication and Participants in the Tamang of Indrawati Khola

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Aruna Pandey
Aruna Pandey

Institutional Models to Resolve Conflicts over Natural Resource Governance: Role of Community Enterprises and Solidarity Economy

Sayam Patthranuprawat
Sayam Patthranuprawat

SUB-STORIES IN THE MAHĀBHĀRATA: SIGNIFICANCE AND NARRATIVE FUNCTIONS


Samani Pratibha Pragya
Samani Pragya

Prekṣā Dhyāna: History and Practice

Marion Péchayre
Marion Péchayre

International non-governmental organisations, “humanitarian triage” and the politics of impartiality in conflict and natural disasters settings - Pakistan 2004-2012


Usman Qadir
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The Political Economy of Technology Acquisition in Pakistan: Policy and Constraints in the Automobile Industry

Fatima Rajina
Fatima Rajina

The ethno-religious identity of British Bangladeshi Muslims


Zara Ramsay
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Religion, Gender and Development: Women’s Empowerment in South India


Lucas Robinson
Lucas Robinson

New cities, new phones, new politics: accounting for political legitimacy among transnational Afghans and Somalis

Patricia Sauthoff
Patricia Sauthoff

Open Secrets and the Retention of Power in Kashmir Saivism


Michele Serafini
Michele Serafini

Playing at Football: Time, Pleasure and Identity Politics in Transnational Nepal.

Murali Shanmugavelan
Murali Shanmugavelan

Everyday communicative practices of an Arunthathiyar community in Tamil Nadu, India


Shalini Sharma
Shalini Sharma

Relationship between News Media and New Social Movements in India in an Age of Neoliberal Globalisation.

Chinmay Sharma
Chinmay Sharma

The Mahabharata re-constructed for Hindi and English publics: modernity and the 'national epic'


Farrah Sheikh
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The evolving relationship between religion and ethnicity among British Muslims

Mariyam Shiuna
Mariyam Shiuna

Working Title: Urban violence and disillusionment with democracy in the Maldives.


Federica Sona
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In the Shadow of uniformity: Islamic and Muslim marriages in contemporary Europe.


Emily Rose Stevenson
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The Postcolonial Consumption of Colonial Legacies: The Contemporary Social Life of Postcards from British India.

Jacquelyn P. Strey
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Queer Moments, Queer Imaginings: The everyday activism of queer women in India


Farooq Sulehria
Muhammad Farooq Sulehria

Media imperialism in the age of globalization. The case of India and Pakistan.

Krishna Prasad Upadhyaya
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‘Vulnerability and International Humanitarian Law: The Tharu Experience of Nepal’s Internal Armed Conflict (1996-2006)’


Misha Velthuis
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The impact of private voluntary standards on the degree and form of commodification in Indian agriculture.

Preet Kaur Virdi
Prit Kaur Virdi

Accessing justice when Families Breakdown: Divorcing South Asian women in Ontario, Canada


Vishal Vora
Vishal Vora

The legal implications of unregistered marriages in Britain amongst second generation South Asians

Bryony Whitmarsh
Bryony Whitmarsh

'The Narayanhiti Palace Museum: Memory, Power and National Identity'


Mikal Woldu
Mikal Woldu

Transnational ties and identity construction among Eritrean youth living in the diaspora.

Thomas van der Molen
Thomas van der Molen

Navigating Sovereignties: Social Navigation among Young Undocumented Tibetans in Nepal