Modern South Asian Studies seminar to go online in Michaelmas term 2020

We are delighted to announce that the Modern South Asian Studies seminar series will resume from Week 1 of Michaelmas term, running on Tuesdays 2.00-2.45pm (Weeks 1-7 of term, i.e.13 October-24 November inclusive).

For Michaelmas term and Hilary term at least the seminars will be delivered online via Teams Event Live.

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 13 October, 2.00-2.45pm)
Nayanika Mathur (CSASP/OSGA, Oxford) and Rosalind (Polly) O’Hanlon (Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford)
Global histories of hierarchy?  Reflections from India on caste, race and the Black Lives Matter movement


Week 2 (Tuesday 20 October, 2.00-2.45pm)
Dilip Menon (Witwatersrand)
Pandemic as event: thinking modern Indian society through a crisis


Week 3 (Tuesday 27 October, 2.00-2.45pm)
Philip Lutgendorf (Iowa)
“Chai – why?” The making of the Indian “national drink”


Week 4 (Tuesday 3 November, 2.00-2.45pm)
Happymon Jacob (JNU)
Domestic audience costs and foreign policy making in India: recent shifts in the BJP's strategy


Week 5 (Tuesday 10 November, 2.00-2.45pm)
Cynthia Talbot (University of Texas at Austin)
Rajput loyalties in the Mughal age


Week 6 (Tuesday 17 November, 2.00-2.45pm)
John E Cort (Denison)
Domestic devotion: Jain wooden house shrines from Gujarat in American museum collections


Week 7 (Tuesday 24 November, 2.00-2.45pm)
Sara Ansari (Royal Holloway)
"Jeko Khere So Khaye" (He who tills has the right to eat):  'development' and the politics of agrarian reform in late 1940s and early 1950s in Sindh

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: