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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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Upcoming Events

Sep 24 Speaker: Dr Tilak Biswakarma # Tribhuwan University in Nepal Local Elite Families and the Transformation of Caste from Dalit to non-Dalit: A Case Study of Inter-Caste Married Couples in a Madheshi Community in Nepal 15:30 (1 hour and 30 minutes) Practice Suite, Chrystal Macmillan Building, Room 1.12

Oct 18 Speaker: Chris Moffat # Queen Mary University London History in Pakistan and the Will to Architecture 16:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes) 6th floor staff room, Chrystal Macmillan Building

Nov 05 Speaker: Sunil Khilnani # India Institute, King's College London Inaugural Arthur Berriedale Keith Lecture in Commonwealth Constitutionalism 17:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes) Playfair Library, Old College, South Bridge

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