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BASAS 2018/19 Masters Dissertation Prize- Winner Announced

 We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2018/19 BASAS Master's Dissertation Prize is Rachael Lindsay (School of Global and Area Studies, University of Oxford).


Rachael's thesis - 'Agency in a quake in time - an ethnographic study of jokes about the future amongst Pakistani migrant youth' - was written for the MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies at the University of Oxford (2018-19). This outstanding dissertation focused on the lives of young Pakistani men in a refugee shelter in Greece and explored how their use of humour 'might challenge the slow, structural violence which places these young men on the margins of society in terms of work, space, and temporality'. Rachael's project was selected by the judges for its highly original and compelling argument, a sophisticated and ambitious blend of fieldwork and theory, and for providing an illuminating and timely insight into the lives of South Asian migrants in Europe.

We received an exceptional standard and diversity of dissertations from a wide range of institutions and disciplines. This serves as a testament to the current strength of postgraduate research in South Asian studies. We would like to thank all the candidates who submitted their work for consideration and showed great patience during the judging process. We encourage current master's students working on South Asia-related topics to consider applying for next year's BASAS Master's Dissertation Prize.