British Association for South Asian Studies

GEC Network

About the GEC network


BASAS for graduates and early career researchers

  • Being part of the BASAS GEC community enables access to a large network of scholars.
  • BASAS offers bursaries to students participating in its annual conferences
  • A prize for best paper is awarded at the annual conference to graduates and early career researchers (see below for previous winners).
  • The GEC network organises specific workshops for early career scholars. Topics have included: reviewing papers, writing an academic CV, preparing academic articles for peer review, turning your thesis into a book, accessing resources within the British Library and writing research grant project proposals. These sessions offer an opportunity for early career scholars to take advice and ask questions in an open and friendly environment with peers and experienced scholars. We welcome your suggestions for the kinds of workshops you would like to have on offer.
  • Last year the GEC Network welcomed Dr Lotte Hoek (University of Edinburgh), to share the success story of her journey from thesis to book. Dr Hoek’s monograph, Cut-Pieces: Celluloid Obscenity and Popular Cinema in Bangladesh, was published in 2014 by Colombia University Press and was awarded the prestigious Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies (AAS).
  • Members of the GEC network can also sign up to a dedicated Facebook Group and as well as an email discussion list > a space for news of workshops, jobs and funding opportunities and discussion of research, fieldwork and career development - everything from the practical to the theoretical.



Contact us

Should you have any questions about the GEC network, or suggestions for how it might support early career academics more effectively, please get in touch with Diego and Ketan.

Dr Diego Maiorano is a research fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore. His research focuses on political and economic developments in South Asia. Diego tweets at at @diegoemme, and you can email him at

Dr Ketan Alder lectures in Religions and Theology at The University of Manchester and writes on Hindu nationalism. Ketan tweets at @AlderKetan, and you can email him at




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"BASAS GECN allowed me to explore ideas about inter disciplinary research through conversations with senior colleagues as well as Early Career researchers like me. It also invited me to share experiences as an academic about the requirements of working within this sector."

Dr Neelam Raina, University of Middlesex