This conference aims to explore the diversity of Muslim cultures prevalent in the Indian Ocean region where, historically, Muslims have interacted for centuries with each other and with other peoples and cultures. Islam not only provided the scaffolding that facilitated cultural exchanges but was also the pivot for transforming local societies. The conference seeks to bring together experts from different disciplines and backgrounds including archaeologists, historians, sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, and scholars of related disciplines to explore various facets of this diversity. This conference marks a reconnaissance of the Indian Ocean not as a periphery but as a centre for the study of Muslim cultures.
Dates: Monday 20th August to Monday 27th August 2018
The Women in Conflict 1325 Fellowship is a conflict resolution programme that aims to promote the principles of the UN Security Council resolutions 1325 which reaffirms the role of women in conflict resolutions and peace building. The Fellowship seeks to enhance the the role and participation of females from conflict affected regions in formal and informal peace-making and building negotiations and processes through workshops and training on mediation, reconciliation, sustainable conflict resolution whilst at the same time creating a safe space in which fellows can share experiences and engage in cross-culture dialogue.
The focus of our August 2018 fellowship is South Asia, and will be taking place from August 20th - 27th.
‘Border Thinking’ Gender in South Asia Edited by Nazia Hussein and Saba Hussain Special issue for Third World Thematics: A third world quarterly journal
In South Asia we are at a critical juncture in the post-colonial history where countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are participating in the hegemonic global capitalist order of production and consumption, whilst also grappling with the rise of fundamentalism(s) on questions of national and group identity, models of development or integration into global capitalism. We see various political and socio-economic forces claiming legitimacy and even superiority of their epistemic traditions. What all fundamentalisms share (including the Eurocentric one) is the premise that there is only a single epistemic tradition from which to achieve Truth and Universality. It is in this context of multiple-fundamentalism(s) around relations of economic and cultural (re)production in South Asia that we situate the need for ‘Border thinking’.
On 11th July, 2013, we launched our BASAS Campaign. We announced our intention to establish an endowment fund, and we pledged to use our expertise to ensure BASAS continues to support workshops, language training grants, and other initiatives to sustain the study and research of the countries and people of South Asia.
With an ever increasing membership we are aware that it is not always possible for everyone to join us, we are therefore adding to the association’s website, on an ongoing basis, audio podcasts from our Annul Lectures, and Annual Conferences.