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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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CSAS co-director Dr Talat Ahmed invited to speak at Jaipur Literary Festival

Dr Talat Ahmed will be speaking on a panel on Gandhi - Gandhi in our Times - Dr Talat Ahmed, Makarand R. Paranjape and Ramesh

Upcoming Events

Apr 30 Hosted by: Hugo Gorringe # UoE; Hosted by: Talat Ahmed # UoE; Speaker: Zarin Ahmad # Centre de Sciences Humaines, Delhi CANCELLED - CSAS staff and PhD Work-in-Progress day and Singhvi Lecture 09:00 (11 hours) Violet Laidlaw Room, 6th Floor, Chrystal Macmillan Building

May 22 Hosted by: Hugo Gorringe # UoE; Hosted by: Talat Ahmed # UoE CANCELLED - AMBEDKAR LECTURE (AS PART OF ANNUAL CSAS STAFF – PhD STUDENT WORKSHOP) 09:00 (9 hours) Violet Laidlaw room, 6th floor, Chrystal Macmillan Building

Latest Blog Posts

Open Letter Expressing Solidarity with Anti-CAA Protests

In recent weeks we have watched with unease and alarm as policy changes have threatened the secular ethos of the constitution, police have deployed excessive force in Universities and prominent

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The first in a series of events that the CTLA project are involved in this year, A Battle for the Soul – Hidden Voices from India’s Past presents narrative snapshots

Student Protests, Policing, and Academia: A Fine Balance?

By Kanchana N. Ruwanpura “Actually speaking, madam, there is nothing I can do. Sometimes the law works just like a lemon-and-spoon race.  The eviction has to take place. You can appeal