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 a number of honorary fellows and associated staff that are linked with our Centre from across Scotland and nothern Britain. The Centre has also established a reputation and ranks as one of the four leading centres for South Asian Studies in the UK and Europe more broadly.
We bring together South Asian expertise across the University to create a lively environment supporting the interdisciplinary study of the subcontinent as a whole. The Centre also 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 successfully promotes and supports interdisciplinary research with (for example) exclusive grants, or a share of grants, totalling approximately £7.5 million (€9.6 million) in the academic years 2006-10. We also produce a variety of publications all of which can be found through the relevant web-pages.
The Centre administers both junior and senior visiting Fellowships and is committed to fostering formal links and exchange programmes with other Universities such as the University of Colombo, or Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Members of the centre have also personal and research links with staff at JNU, Jamia Milia and Delhi University, Burdwan, Lahore, Calcutta and Chennai for instance. The Centre has particularly strong links with South Asianists working elsewhere in Scotland and with centres of Asian Studies in continental Europe.
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History of South Asian Studies
The recent history of the teaching and study of South Asian topics is linked to the Centre for South Asian Studies, which was established in 1988 as a sub-unit of what was then the Department of Sanskrit.
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