Distinguished research and graduate study of contemporary India

From Governor Generals to Freedom Fighters to Rhodes Scholars and everything in between Oxford University has a rich history of engaging with South Asia, with South Asianists and South Asians.

In 2008 Oxford created the multi-disciplinary MSc in Contemporary India. It was the first such degree in the world and now offers India-focused courses in Anthropology, Political Economy, Human Development, International Relations, Environment, Politics and Research Methods.  

South Asian Studies more broadly hosts a number of distinguished research projects, organises seminars, and provides a base for visiting scholars.

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Associate Professorship in Social Science Research Methods in the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies and the School of Geography and the Environment in association with Green Templeton College

Grade 36S: from £45,066 per annum

 We are seeking to appoint a permanent Associate Professor in Social Science Research Methods, to be held in the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS) and School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE), in association with a Non-Tutorial Fellowship at Green Templeton College under arrangements described in the further particulars.


Caste in South Asia and its Diasporas

Monday, 4 July, 2016 - 10:00 to 18:00
Anthropology Department, 64 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PN

This one-day international conference explores the contemporary manifestations of caste in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh, and their diasporas in the UK. Caste, although a pan-South Asian phenomenon, manifests itself in divergent ways in these countries.

Tariq Rahman (BNU)
Annapurna Waughray (MMU)
Meena Dhanda (UW)
Shapan Adnan (Dhaka)
Thanges Paramsothy (UEL)
Barbara Harriss-White (Oxford)
Uma Pradhan (Oxford)
Matthew McCartney (Oxford)
Muhammad Jan (Oxford)
Clarinda Still (Oxford)
George Kunnath (Oxford)

South Asia in 1966 (part of the Wolfson College 50th anniversary celebrations)

Saturday, 9 July, 2016 - 09:30 to 12:30
Wolfson College

Presentations will include:

Matthew McCartney: South Asia's early economic capabilities

Barbara Harriss-White: The Green Revolution

Kate Sullivan: Reforming the Indian Foreign Service (tbc)

Indrajit Roy: The rise and rise of Indira Gandhi

Matthew McCartney
Barbara Harriss-White
Kate Sullivan
Indrajit Roy
George Kunnath