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About Us

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

Founded in 1988, CSAS is the central academic unit in Scotland dedicated to the study of South Asia. With 22 full-time associated staff in Edinburgh, four honorary fellows, and 13 more staff affiliated across Scotland and northern Britain, the Centre is also one of the four leading centres for South Asian Studies in the UK.

We bring together South Asian expertise across the University to create a lively environment supporting the interdisciplinary study of the subcontinent as a whole. Outwith the University, the Centre seeks to relate South Asian Studies to the wider community, through links with the Scottish Parliament, NGO's and major educational and cultural organisations in South Asia and Scotland.

The Centre advises students taking undergraduate degrees relating to South Asia and offers its own introductory undergraduate area studies course - South Asian Studies 2. At postgraduate level, we organise reading groups and offer an interdisciplinary MSc by research in South Asian Studies which can be taken on its own or as a stepping stone to later MPhil or PhD research. In addition, each year we hold a conference and workshops and run a regular seminar programme involving a wide variety of distinguished guest and resident speakers - including postgraduates.

The Centre successfully promotes and supports interdisciplinary research with (for example) exclusive grants, or a share of grants, totalling approximately £5 million (€5.5 million) in the academic years 2006-10. We also produce a variety of publications.

The Centre administers both junior and senior visiting Fellowships and is committed to fostering links and exchange programmes with other Universities. These have included a formal link with the University of Colombo (1995-1998). Members of the centre have also personal and research links with staff in the Universities of Delhi (JNU, Jamia Milia and Delhi University itself), Lahore, Calcutta and Chennai. The Centre has particularly strong links with South Asianists working elsewhere in Scotland (notably, the Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde, St. Andrews, Aberdeen, and Stirling) and with centres of Asian Studies on the continent of Europe.

These pages provide information about teaching and research in CSAS, as well as details of CSAS Staff and students who are either enrolled in courses at the Centre or are attending Centre seminars and workshops.

To find out more about the history of South Asian Studies at Edinburgh see the history of our centre. You may also find information on current research projects and some of the resources available for research in Edinburgh elsewhere on this website.

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