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BASAS Conference 2022

BASAS will hold its annual conference at the University of Southampton from 31st March to 2nd April 2022. Due to current global conditions, we have decided to hold the conference online.

This year there is no specific theme for the conference – we invite proposals from across humanities, arts and social sciences for both panels and independent papers within the broadest reach of South Asian studies and including work on diasporas and the Indian Ocean world.

Call for Papers

Submission Guidelines

Submissions for inclusion in the conference will be in two stages with two deadlines. In the first instance we extend a call for panel proposals. Successful panel proposals will then be advertised on the conference website and prospective delegates may apply to be included in a panel or to submit an individual paper. We will also be seeking proposals for pre-formed panels at stage two.


Panel proposals: 15th September 2021

Paper proposals + pre-formed panels: 15th November 2021


Deadline 1: 15th September 2021: Panel Proposals

This first deadline is for Panel proposals (up to 250 words). Please include your name, affiliation and contact details. Proposed panels may be defined broadly to appeal to a wide variety of panellists across disciplines or they may be focused onto coalescing a discrete group of scholars.

Please note that at this stage we only require panel ideas which, upon acceptance, will be advertised on the conference website by 1st October. This will allow prospective panellists to apply to be included in the panel by the second deadline.


Deadline 2: 15th November 2021: Individual papers and pre-formed panels

This is the deadline for individual paper proposals for inclusion in a panel or as free-standing papers that will be placed in panels at the discretion of the conference organisers. At this stage, proposals for pre-formed panels are also invited.  

Individual Papers should include the title of the paper, abstract (100-150 words), name, affiliation and contact details for the presenter. Please also indicate if you would like to be included in one of the advertised panels. 

Pre-formed panels are to be accompanied by individual paper abstracts for each of the proposed panel members (100-150 words). The panel organiser(s) should also arrange for a chair (who can be a panellist). Panels will last for 90 minutes with no more than 3 papers of 20 minutes in each slot. It is advisable that proposals allow sufficient time for the presentation of papers as well as discussion. Please provide full contact details (mailing and emailing addresses) for your paper and/or for each member of your panel. Please note: Incomplete panel proposals will not be accepted. Panel organisers are expected to have confirmed speakers and a chair prior to submission.  

The conference organisers may seek to add additional individual papers to accepted panels in discussion with panel organisers. 

Please submit your panel and paper proposals via the Abstract Submission page on this website. The portal for the second deadline will go live on the 1st of October.


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Tenure-Track Position in Hindu Studies, Harvard Divinity School

Submission Deadline: 1st November 2021

Harvard Divinity School seeks to make a full-time, tenure-track appointment with the rank of assistant professor in Hindu Studies, within the context of the religions of South Asia; and/or Hindu traditions as a global or transnational religion; and/or diasporic Hindu traditions, including Hindu traditions in North America. The foci of applicants’ work may be in any region or time period; research languages, disciplinary and methodological engagements are also open. The search is thus open to a variety of approaches to the field, including the interpretation of texts and commentaries, ritual studies, philosophical and theological studies, the historical study of religion, ethnographic studies, representations of Hindu traditions in film and other media, in South Asia or the global diaspora.

The successful candidate will work closely with students in the Divinity School’s Masters programs, including its multi-religious Master of Divinity program, and be involved with doctoral programs in the Committee on the Study of Religion and related departments in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Teaching undergraduates in the Comparative Study of Religion and in related FAS departments is also assumed. The successful candidate will be familiar with forms of analysis that address race, gender, and social location.

Candidates must apply online at The application will include: cover letter; curriculum vitae; statement describing teaching philosophy and practices; research statement; statement describing efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past, current, and anticipated future contributions in these areas; and the names of three references whom the School will contact. Thereafter it will be the responsibility of the candidates to ensure that three references have been uploaded by the referees to their applications. The search committee will begin the review of completed applications on 15th September 2021, although applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Letters of nomination are also welcome and should be sent to Dean David N. Hempton at Applicants should address any questions regarding the position itself or the online application system to the HDS Faculty Search Office at

HDS is an equal opportunity, affirmative-action employer, and encourages applications and nominations of women and/or ethnic minority candidates, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, pregnancy and pregnancy related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Project Curator (South Asia), The British Museum

Submission Deadline: 10th September 2021

Fixed-Term (22 Months)
£30,995 per annum

The British Museum is seeking a Project Curator: South Asia to join the Asia department. The main purpose of this role is to curate, develop and make widely accessible the South Asia collection, in support of the Museum Operating Plan and all relevant Museum strategies. The scope of the South Asia collection is extensive, both across time and in material, and the incumbent will be expected to work broadly. However, there will be a primary focus in the area of Medieval and Modern South Asia.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

– To undertake, and raise money to support, research projects on these collections.

– To make the collection, and knowledge about it, publicly accessible via publication, digital, display, and broadcast.

– To work on up-grading the documentation of the collection.

– To support and improve the display of the collection in the Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China and South Asia and elsewhere both on- and off-site.
– To act as an advocate for the Museum.
– To contribute to general income generation for the Museum.
– To build the collection through acquisition via donation and purchase.
– To work as a team member with colleagues within and beyond the department, and do some departmental administrative work.
– To collaborate with other institutions or groups, and to develop or ensure good relations with relevant stakeholders.
– To assist in the general day-to-day running of the department.
– To have or develop a good understanding of museums and relevant best practice.
– To assist with enquiries from the public in person, in writing, by telephone and via e-mail.
– To change the focus of work as needed in line with museum priorities.
– To engage with colleagues in South Asia.
– Other duties as assigned.

Person Specification:

– Education: levels & subjects: degree in archaeology, art history, or South Asian studies, with special emphasis on India.
Other qualifications: knowledge of some South Asian and European languages.
– Specific technical/professional skills & experience: experience of research and publication; IT skills including all standard work processing skills and ability to quickly learn a museum database.
– Work experience: some experience of working with a collection.
– Specific managerial skills: some experience of management issues – people, projects, budgets.
– Specific interpersonal skills: open, effective communicator with good spoken and written English; ability to work as part of a team.
– Publications record: some publics in peer reviewed journals.

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BASAS Campaign

On 11th July, 2013, we launched our BASAS Campaign. We announced our intention to establish an endowment fund, and we pledged to use our expertise to ensure BASAS continues to support workshops, language training grants, and other initiatives to sustain the study and research of the countries and people of South Asia.

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