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BASAS Annual Conference 2017

19-21 April 2017


The BASAS annual conferences seeks to bring together the latest scholarship in the field of South Asian studies in Britain and abroad.

BASAS 2017 will be hosted by the University of Nottingham’s Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies (IAPS) and Nottingham Trent University’s Postcolonial Studies Centre.

This year's keynote speaker will be feminist historian, publisher and writer, Urvashi Butalia.

For full details of BASAS 2017




CALL FOR PAPERS is now closed.

We invite proposals for both panels and independent papers from all humanities, arts, and social science disciplines, covering research on the breadth of South Asia and its diaspora. As always we welcome bold, innovative, and interdisciplinary approaches.


REGISTRATION is now open.

Registration opens: 30 January 2017

Registration closes: 15 March 2017

Registration fee (up to 15 March 2017): £150 waged (teaching and research staff on salaries); £90 unwaged (students, unemployed, pensioners, academics on hourly paid or sessional contracts). Please note that the delegate rate includes a conference dinner on 20 April, one lunch (on 20 April), a drinks reception, and tea and coffee between sessions.

Advanced registration is strongly encouraged to ensure a place at the conference. Late registrations, after the 15 March deadline, will attract an additional charge, and places may not be guaranteed.

You must be a BASAS member in order to register for the conference. To become a member, visit

The membership verification code required at registration is available in the Members' Area of this website.

Visas: Delegates requiring visas must register to attend the conference before a visa letter can be issued from the conference organisers. If you require a visa please contact including a copy of your registration receipt, which should feature your name and address. Please also note your Nationality and your Passport Number. A personalised PDF Visa letter will be emailed to you promptly.




An award of £250 will be made for the best paper presented at the Annual Conference. Entries should be no longer than 7000 words and submitted no later than 15 March 2017 to the conference organisers at A panel of judges comprising the conference organisers and council members will make the final decision. The winning paper may be considered for publication in one of BASAS's associated journals, Contemporary South Asia or South Asian Studies.


Conference organisers:
Professor Katharine Adeney, Dr Onni Gust, Dr Kathryn Lum, Dr Diego Maiorano, Dr Humaira Saeed, Dr Nicole Thiara

Conference contact:

19-21 April 2016
Urvashi Butalia will be the keynote speaker at BASAS 2017