Modern South Asian Studies seminar programme for Hilary term 2021

We are delighted to announce that the Modern South Asian Studies seminar series will continue online via Teams Event Live from Week 1 of Hilary term, running on Tuesdays 2.00-2.45pm (Weeks 1-7 of term, i.e.19 January-2 March inclusive).

In order to attend, please pre-register for a ticket (either for an individual event or for the entire series) via Eventbrite ( You then be sent a link to join the seminar by email ahead of each week's session.

Due to technical and other restrictions, unfortunately it will not be possible to hold a question and answer session with the speakers, and so each seminar is limited to a 45-minute presentation by the speaker(s).

We look forward to opening these events up to a worldwide audience and are pleased to confirm the coming term's programme as:

Week 1 (Tuesday 19 January, 2.00-2.45pm)
Robin Rinehart (Lafayette College)  
Kalki and the Mahdi: The Twenty-Four Avatars of the Dasam Granth


Week 2 (Tuesday 26 January, 2.00-2.45pm)
Edward Simpson (SOAS)
State Highway 31: A road trip through the heart of modern India 


Week 3 (Tuesday 2 February, 2.00-2.45pm)
Manan Ahmed (Columbia)
A Contrapuntal History of Hindustan


Week 4 (Tuesday 9 February, 2.00-2.45pm)
Nosheen Ali (NYU)
Delusional states: Love, Citizenship and Resistance in Gilgit-Baltistan


Week 5 (Tuesday 16 February, 2.00-2.45pm)
Linda Hess (Stanford)
Encountering Kabir: From Old Manuscripts to Living Oral Traditions


Week 6 (Tuesday 23 February, 2.00-2.45pm)
Ali Raza (Lahore University of Management Sciences)
Communist Internationalism and Decolonization in South Asia


Week 7 (Tuesday 2 March, 2.00-2.45pm)
Julie Vig (Toronto)
The Play of the Guru: Braj Historical Poetry in Early Modern Punjab

We look forward to seeing you (virtually) at one or more of these events!

The Modern South Asian Studies seminar is supported by the Ashmolean Museum, the Asian Studies Centre of St Antony’s College, the Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA), the Department of International Development, the Faculty of History and the Faculty of Oriental Studies. For enquiries please contact: