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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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Staffan Lindberg, Lund University

We have been very sad to learn that Staffan Lindberg (1943-2019), of Lund University, died earlier this month.

Upcoming Events

Mar 21 Speaker: Sirupa Roy # University of Gottingen Lineages of Populism: Outsider Politics and the Long 1970s in India 16:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes) 6th floor staff room, Chrystal Macmillan Building

Mar 25 Introduced by: Kanchana N Ruwanpura # UoE Film Screening : Demons in Paradise by Jude Ratman 15:00 (2 hours and 30 minutes) Assembly Room, ECCI, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh

Mar 28 Speaker: Louise Tillin # Kings College London Avoiding a Race to the Bottom: The Origins of India’s Social Security Regime 16:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes) Violet Laidlaw Room, 6th floor, Chrystal Macmillan Building (previously called 6th floor staff room)

Latest Blog Posts

Democracy, Pluralism, and Constitutionalism in Southern Asia

The Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law (ECCL) and the Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS) successfully co-hosted a seminar on Democracy, Pluralism, and Constitutionalism in Southern Asia on 21st November 2017, in the Neil MacCormick Room, David Hume Tower.

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