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22 May 2021

MA Dissertation Prize 2020-21: Winner Announced

This year, we received submissions from a wide range of institutions, and on a vast variety of topics underlining the fantastic postgraduate research being carried out in South Asian Studies at the moment.

The judging process was a challenge: partly due to the excellent standard of all submissions, but also due to the considerable strain caused by the pandemic. In the end we had six finalists: Srimati Ghosal, Abraham Akhter Murad, Neha Moharir, Sara Perlangeli, Pritam Singh, and the winner. It was a tough call but ultimately, we had a result!

The winner of the BASAS Master’s Dissertation Prize 2020-21 is Anubha Rana (MA in South Asian Studies, SOAS), whose dissertation explored print culture and censorship in South Asian politics.

Anubha’s thesis was written under the supervision of Professor Francesca Orsini. The 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 resistance, violence, speech and silence in post-Partition South Asia.