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Professor or Associate Professor in South Asian History, Durham University

Deadline: 6 December 2019

Durham University is looking for two scholars of exceptional ability to join our internationally-renowned Department of History, taking up two newly-created posts in the history of South Asia: a professor/associate professor and an assistant professor.

We are making a major investment in South Asian history to expand and enrich that community, and we welcome applications from exceptional scholars in any chronological or thematic area of South Asian history that complements the research strengths of the Department. We are particularly keen to hear from candidates with expertise in one or more South Asian languages. More details about the respective posts can be found at


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Messengers of Hindu Nationalism

Messengers of Hindu Nationalism

How the RSS Reshaped India

Venue: Vera Anstey Room, Main Building, LSE

Date/Time: Monday, 23 September, 6.00pm

Speaker: Walter K Andersen is Former Senior Adjunct Professor, South Asian Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

Discussants: James Chiriyankandath is Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, London & Ananya Vajpeyi is Associate Professor, CSDS and Visiting Fellow 2019-20, CRASSH, Cambridge University.

Chair: Mukulika Banerjee (@MukulikaB) is Director of the South Asia Centre, and Associate Professor in Anthropology at LSE.

This event is free and open to all but Registration is essential.

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Print Unbound

'Print Unbound: the making/unmaking of newspapers and periodicals in South Asia'.

Conference Host: Royal Asiatic Society, London

Conference dates: 10 January 2020

Submission Deadline: 10th October 2019

Newspapers have played a key role in shaping the pubic sphere, contesting power, disseminating and challenging ideologies – making and breaking not only the news but also individual fortunes, collective consciousness, and contemporary prejudices. Their history is particularly effective in combining questions of language, labour, and infrastructure, testing and pushing the boundaries not only of available technologies but also of regulatory regimes dictating the rights and liberties of the press. Often driven by a peculiar mix of idealism and commercial acumen, newspapers have been documents of the most urgent concerns of the day – constituting, famously, the first draft of history. Yet the myriad processes behind the realisation of these most ubiquitous of printed artefacts across the world have remained largely unexplored. How has the ‘news’ been made? How has information been recognised and communicated, passed from one hand to another, from one medium to another – for eye-witness accounts and verbal reports to turn into shorthand notes, for journalistic dispatches to become bold headlines and striking images on the frontpage? This conference aims to bring together fresh research perspectives on newspapers and periodicals in the many languages and scripts of Asia. We are particularly interested in the history of the wide variety of processes of making/unmaking involved in journalistic domains across South/Southeast Asia, East Asia, and the Middle East.

We invite papers that examine the development of the newspaper and periodical press in its full breadth, across temporal and geographical boundaries. How did a particular newspaper or a related group of periodicals come into being, how were such ventures practically conducted, how did they sustain and proliferate, for what variety of reasons and circumstances did they find favour, decline, or collapse? Possible areas of interest include but are not limited to regional, national, trasnational periodical press, as well as short-lived special-interest productions or irregular wartime newspapers, their associated professional and political networks, technologies of communication and production involved in journalistic persuits, as well as the organisation of labour, the dynamics of distribution and consumption etc. The conference also welcomes papers that deal with any other aspects related to newspapers and their history, particularly in relation to the theme of making/unmaking, broadly interpreted.

We invite proposals for papers of 20-minute duration. Please send an abstract (300 words) and short bio (150 words) to

Conference venue: Lecture Hall, Royal Asiatic Society
Venue address: 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD
Conference convener: Dr Vaibhav Singh, University of Reading
Email enquiries:

Registration fees (£20 early-booking, £30 regular) apply to speakers and attendees of this conference. We are unable to cover costs involved in travel and accommodation, however, early career researchers presenting at the conference will be reimbursed for economy travel (within UK only). Tea/coffee and lunch will be provided during the conference.

Please register before 31 December 2019 as places are limited:

Authors of all selected proposals will be invited to publish extended versions of their papers in a peer-reviewed journal issue of Contextual Alternate. Submission guidelines for the journal can be found here:

Contact Email:

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