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BASAS Call for Research Group Applications 2017



Please direct any enquiries about potential future RGs to




BASAS are looking to re-energize BASAS research groups and develop them as high profile networking spaces that reflect the innovative South Asia research of our members.

We expect the research groups to be active, online spaces that provide an opportunity for mentoring, expertise sharing and networking among scholars of all ranks. They should be productive and open forums with a healthy balance of junior and senior scholars – places for developing projects, testing ideas, sharing fieldwork knowledge and developing workshops, conferences and collaborative research.

As funding bodies are increasingly expecting research projects to include networking and impact, these groups will support scholars as they respond to these new agendas across the sector, as well as providing safe spaces to explore creative, new research and methodological approaches.

Each research group will need to sustain a consistent online presence, either as a group blog and/or via a JISCmail discussion list. BASAS will maintain individual group pages (with links to the blog and/orJISCmail page), support networking and development of workshops or other initiatives. The BASAS conferences will feature research group melas where the groups will be able to promote their work and reach out to potential new members.

Please submit an abstract to by 30 June 2017.

Your 250 word abstract should outline the scope of the research group and include 5-10 names of participants, naming the group co-ordinator(s).