The British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS) supports advanced research in the humanities and social sciences of South Asia. It is a registered charity (number 264591).
BASAS is one of the world's leading learned societies for the study of South Asia. BASAS was established in 1986 and is now the largest UK interdisciplinary academic association for the study of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, and the South Asian diaspora. In 2007, BASAS merged with the Society for South Asian Studies, which had been formed in 1979 when the Society for Afghan Studies (founded in 1972) expanded its remit.
BASAS organises an annual conference, workshops and lectures, held at different locations each year in the UK, and welcomes participants from all academic disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences. BASAS is particularly keen to promote the careers of graduate and early career researchers working on South Asia and organises workshops and conference panels with their needs in mind. BASAS also publishes the journal South Asian Studies, partners with the journal Contemporary South Asia and engages in advocacy work, for instance through its membership of UKCASA (UK Council for Area Studies Associations).
The Association is managed by an elected council of BASAS members. These include the following Association officers: Professor Patricia Jeffery (University of Edinburgh; BASAS Chairman), Dr Pritipuspa Mishra (University of Southampton; BASAS Secretary), and Nageela Yusuf (BASAS Treasurer).
Significant Documents (PDF)
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Annual Reports* (PDF)
*Annual Reports before 2004 are archived at the University of Cambridge and may be consulted by appointment.
Disclaimer: These files are provided for information only. The minutes and attendant papers signed by the Society's chairman and held in the Society's office constitute the only official record of Society activities.