Distinguished research and graduate study of modern and contemporary South Asia

From Governor Generals to Freedom Fighters to Rhodes Scholars and everything in between, Oxford University has a rich history of engaging with the states and societies of South Asia, and with scholars and peoples from across the region. 

From 2008 to 2017 Oxford has run the multi-disciplinary MSc in Contemporary India. It was the first such degree in the world and included India-focused courses in Anthropology, Political Economy, Human Development, International Relations, Environment, Politics and Research Methods.

From 2017 onwards, scholars from across Oxford will be collaborating to launch two new degrees to further develop India/South Asia related teaching and research. Together the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies and the Faculty of Oriental Studies will be offering a 12-month MSc in Modern South Asian Studies and a 21-month MPhil in Modern South Asian StudiesThe deadline for applications in the January round is Friday 20th January 2017. (Applications will also be accepted in the March round but the majority of scholarships require a January application.)

Students on each of these courses will have the opportunity to choose either the Contemporary India stream, or the Modern South Asia stream. Teaching will encompass scholars from both the Humanities and Social Science Divisions. The programmes will also host a number of distinguished research projects, organise seminars, and provide a base for visiting scholars.

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South Asia Seminar: Directive Principles and the Expressive Accommodation of Ideological Dissenters in the Indian Constitution

Tuesday, 17 January, 2017 -
14:00 to 15:30
The Fellows' Dining Room, Hilda Besse Building, St Antony's

This presentation will argue, using India as a case study, that constitutional directives can be a useful tool for the expressive accommodation of ideological dissenters who would otherwise lose out in constitutio

Tarunabh Khaitan

South Asia Seminar: Britain's Anglo-Indians:The Invisibility of Assimilation

Tuesday, 24 January, 2017 -
14:00 to 15:30
The Fellows' Dining Room, Hilda Besse Building, St Antony's

Despite the fact that India’s Anglo-Indians migrated en masse following Independence in 1947 and have spent almost 70 years as a settler-community, they remain relatively unknown in the United Kingdom and rarely counted among South Asia’s diaspora.

Rochelle Almeida