British Association for South Asian Studies

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10 July 2013

Campaign for BASAS

Dear fellow members and colleagues,

Those of you who have been with the association for some time will have seen it evolve through some challenging situations in its 26 year history. Despite these challenges, we are amazed to see how much has been achieved with so few resources.

From a cluster of a few individuals to a thriving association:

These past few years the association has managed to secure publishing agreements which have allowed it to increase the publication of South Asian Studies to twice a year, and brought about a more formal arrangement allowing members to sign-up to receive Contemporary South Asia.

Also, we are pleased to have launched our video and audio podcasts so that members not present at our events, as well as other individuals interested in the work of the association, can listen to the recorded lectures and paper presentations at their convenience.

Of note too is our work in the areas of Language Training Grants (LTG.) Since 2005 the association has awarded a total of 45 language training grants amounting to £62, 431, which have been used to learn a wide array of languages such as Sanskrit, Tibetan, Mayalam, Hindi, Oriya, Urdu, Sylheti, Sinhala, Pali, and Dzongkha. Those taking part in these training programmes benefit deeply and a 2011 LTG winner commented that her language training “has been fundamental to [her] research as [she] was able to develop a good rapport with interview respondents from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds. This helped them to open up honestly and candidly, producing some really interesting stories and field- work data.”

In the past the association also held regular competitions awarding grants for workshops, conferences, and research projects.

It is unfortunate that at present we are no longer able to offer any such type of assistance to our members due to all grant support from the British Academy coming to an end.

In response to tough times: the Campaign for BASAS

There is hope however, as we believe association members, past and present, can make a huge difference by working with the association to establish an endowment fund that would allow us to continue to support scholars by offering a variety of grant competitions.

Today we begin our ‘Campaign for BASAS’ and by August 2014 we aim to have raised sufficient funds to continue this important work. We are thankful to Dr. Martin Menski for kick starting the campaign with a £1, 001 donation. This is an appeal to all who have been involved with, and benefited from, their affiliation with the association to make a small donation to help it continue its work to support the study and research of people and countries of South Asia.

The British Association for South Asian Studies is a UK registered charity (no.: 264591.)
 

With kind regards and very best wishes,
Ian Talbot, Chair
Kanchana Ruwanpura, Treasurer
and the rest of the BASAS Council
 

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