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BASAS Conference 2020

The Organising Committee for this year's BASAS Members' Conference, to be held between 1st and 3rd April at the University of Southampton, are delighted to advise that the registration portal for the conference is now open.

We regret the delay in opening the registration. This was caused by disruptions due the staff strike in the University of Southampton during late November and early December. 


The registration for the conference is a two step process. Only members of the association can register for the conference. Therefore, if you are not a current member of the association then please renew your membership by visiting the following page if you are unsure about your membership status then please contact the Assistant Secretary at

The next step is to register for the Conference by visiting the following page 

All overseas participants resident in South Asia are eligible for concessionary rate registration. The registration portal will also provide more details on other categories of attendees who would be eligible for concessionary rates. 




There is no early bird registration date.


Deadline for registration for Presenters-- 1st March 2020


Close of Registration 3rd April 2020


PLEASE NOTE: If you are presenting at the conference then you will have to register by 1st of March 2020. Failure to do so will mean that we cannot include your paper in the conference program.





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Untold Histories of Empire


'Untold Histories of Empire': The truths about empire that museums don't want to tell you- and why.

-Project runs in Liverpool from 14th to 23rd November

As part of the Being Human Festival, the Untold Histories project asks "what can objects reveal about the motivations behind and impact of Britain's conquest and colonisation of a quarter of the world's peoples - or that of similar acts by other European states?"

For more information about this multi faceted project, follow this link

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2019 BASAS Dissertation Prize

BASAS Master's Dissertation Prize 2019

The British Association for South Asian Studies is delighted to announce the 2019 BASAS prize for an outstanding master’s dissertation on a South Asia-related topic. We welcome submissions in any discipline of the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Judges will pay particular attention to the quality of research, understanding of the topic and field, originality, presentation, and methodological rigour.

Last year's prize was won by Leena Dahal (MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge), for her exceptional thesis on Madhesi rights activism and social media in Nepal.

Eligible dissertations will be on any topic relating to South Asia or its diaspora, must be no longer than 20,000 words, and submitted in fulfilment of an MA/MSc/MPhil degree undertaken at a UK institution during the academic year 2018-19.

The successful candidate will be awarded a prize of £150 and a one-year of membership to BASAS. The winning candidate will also receive a complimentary registration to the BASAS Annual Conference 2020. An edited version of the prize-winning dissertation will be considered for publication in one of the BASAS-affiliated journals, Contemporary South Asia or South Asian Studies (subjected to editorial consideration and peer review).

The deadline for applications is midnight on 1 December 2019. Please see attached call for submissions and application form for further details.


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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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