The Cambridge South Asia Seminar


The programme for the Centre of South Asian Studies Seminar for the Easter Term is given below. We will be welcoming an exciting line up of scholars to debate some key themes in the field.

All seminars will take place in Room SG1, Alison Richard Building at 5pm (UK) unless stated otherwise.

Where possible, the content of the presentations will be made available on this page shortly after the seminar, as well as on the Centre’s podcast series ‘South Asia Conversations’, to which you can subscribe at your regular podcast supplier.

26th April

Decolonising the University: A View from India

Professor Amita Baviskar (Ashoka University)

Venue: Bateman Auditorium, Gonville and Caius College

Time: 6:30pm

Organised by the Consortium of the Global South


3rd May

Towards a Free Economy: Swatantra and Opposition Politics in Democratic India

Aditya Balasubramanian (Australian National University, Canberra)

Also available online: click here to register

FRIDAY 12th May

BASAS Annual Lecture 2023: ‘If you don’t stop that noise, I can’t talk to you’: Public Meetings and Mass Politics in Interwar India

Professor Kama Maclean (Heidelberg University)

Co-organised with BASAS

17 May

India’s authoritarianism in the time of Modi, and climate change

Nikita Sud (Oxford University)

24th May

Inventing the urban river: the case of the Cooum in Madras city

Aditya Ramesh (University of Manchester)

Please note time change: 5:30pm

Also available online: click here to register

31st May

Divorce and Democracy: Personal Law and the Making of Modern Indian Nation State

Saumya Saxena (University of Cambridge)

Also available online: click here to register

7th June

Jaipur Literature Festival in Cambridge 

In conversation with Namita Gokhale, Author of Paro: Dreams of Passion

Discussant: Michael Edwards

Also available online: click here to register

Please note the event has changed from previously advertised due to unforeseen circumstances.

14 June

South Asia Public Policy Annual Lecture : Saving Sri Lanka’s Giants

Dr Asha de Vos (Oceanswell, Sri Lanka)

Click here for more details

21 June

The Vulgarity of Caste: Dalits, Sexuality, and Humanity in Modern India

Shailaja Paik (University of Cincinnati)

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