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NACIRA Conference 2018

NACIRA Conference 2018: Unlocking Resources for Asian Arts: Museums, Libraries and Galleries

3 December 2018

Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7LP

Please find attached the programme for the 2018 Annual Conference and AGM of the National Committee for Information Resources on Asia (NACIRA) which will take place on Monday, 3 December 2018 at Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP

The Conference will bring together librarians, curators, archivists, researchers, students and others with an interest in resources for the study of Asian arts. Speakers from leading UK museums and libraries will introduce physical and digital resources and discuss issues of accessibility, interpretation and sustainability.

The registration fee for the conference, which includes lunch, is £35.00. For further information see the attached flyer or the NACIRA website:


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Rice University

Associate or Full Professor of Transnational South Asian Studies, Rice University, Texas

Deadline: 01 December 2018

Position: Associate or Full Professor holding the endowed T.T. and W.F. Chao Professorship of Transnational South Asian Studies, in the T.T. and W.F. Chao Center for Asian Studies (CCAS) at Rice University, located in Houston, Texas. Salary commensurate with qualifications. Appointment begins July 1, 2019.

Responsibilities: Participate as integral and active member of CCAS in teaching, research, journal publication, mentoring, and various collaborative activities; serve as Chair of CCAS’s Asian Studies Graduate Affairs Committee for its new MA; serve as CCAS Director at some point after the initial appointment.

Qualifications: Geographic specialization in South Asia and transnational South Asia; demonstrated interest and expertise in transnational circulations (movement of peoples, products, ideas, values, beliefs, images, technologies, etc. within and/or beyond Asia); research proficiency in one or more South Asian languages. Ph.D. in anthropology, history, religion, or sociology or related interdisciplinary field. Tenure will be held in the relevant department in Rice’s School of Humanities or School of Social Sciences.

The application process is entirely web-based:

Submit a letter of application, CV, names of three references, a writing sample, and evidence of teaching excellence by December 1, 2018. Further publications may be requested at a later date. Questions may be directed to Prof. Elora Shehabuddin, Search Committee Chair (

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BASAS Conference 2019 update

BASAS Annual Conference 2019

3 - 5 April 2019, Durham University

The British Association of South Asian Studies (BASAS) will hold its annual conference 3 - 5 April 2019, at Durham University. We are pleased to confirm that Alpa Shah (LSE) has kindly agreed to give the keynote lecture.

The dedicated Conference webpage can be accessed at with the registration portal open early in the New Year. Watch this space !

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QM South Asia Forum

1 November 2018

Speaker, Gyan Prakash, Dayton-Stockton Professor of History, Princeton University.

Lecture Abstract: On the night of June 25, 1975, Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency in India, suspending constitutional rights and rounding up her political opponents in midnight raids across the country. In the twenty-one harrowing months that followed, her regime unleashed a brutal campaign of coercion and intimidation, arresting and torturing people by the tens of thousands, razing slums, and imposing compulsory sterilization on the poor. In spite of this searing experience, the Emergency has received little historical study. Stripping away the comfortable myth that this authoritarian turn was a momentary episode brought on entirely by Indira's crisis of power, this paper argues that the political crisis was long in the making and was a turning point in the history of India’s democracy. It focuses on the stories of the imprisonment of leaders to illustrate how this moment raised searching questions about the meanings of public and personal freedom.

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