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Centre for South Asian Studies



Welcome to the Centre for South Asian Studies Scotland at the University of Edinburgh.

Founded in 1988, CSAS is the central academic unit at the University of Edinburgh and indeed for much of Scotland dedicated to the study of South Asia. We bring together a group of highly reputable academic colleagues from across Anthropology, the College of Art, Engineering, Geography, History, Languages and Cultures, Law, Politics and International Relations, Religious Studies, Sociology, and the Vet School from within the University to provide a vibrant core of academics that have a keen interest and expertise on South Asia. We also have... Read rest of text

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Prospective applicants for the PhD/MScR in South Asian Studies: On-Line information session on 6 December, 4pm

Dear prospective applicants for the PhD/MScR in South Asian Studies. We are organizing an on-line information session for both programmes in collaboration with the Edinburgh

Upcoming Events

Jan 18 Speaker: Pankaj Pankaj # UoE Building Resilience to Disasters in South Asia 16:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes) 6th floor staff room, Chrystal Macmillan Building

Jan 19 Speaker: Adjitya Sardar # University of Warwick Authoritarian democracy: the ongoing shift in India 17:00 (2 hours) LG 10, David Hume Tower

Jan 25 Speaker: Delwar Hussain # UoE TBC 16:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes) 6th floor staff room, Chrystal Macmillan Building

Latest Blog Posts

IAPS Deputy Director Carole Spary represents the NEW South Asia Network at the Scottish Parliament’s Festival of Politics

IAPS Deputy Director and NEW South Asia Network co-founder, Dr Carole Spary, recently participated in a panel on gender equality in the Scottish Parliament.

The State of Democracy in India and Pakistan

The state of democracy in India and Pakistan. A critical reflection by Prof Katharine Adeney (University of Nottingham) and CSAS Co-Director Dr Wilfried Swenden on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of India and Pakistan

The Asylum Monologues

The so-called “European Refugee Crisis” has renewed a debate not on whether but on how much to control and limit immigration to Europe; in the process reducing the issue to one of numbers. But why do people cross borders and leave behind their home countries and loved ones?