British Association for South Asian Studies

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BASAS Statement on Bhima-Koregaon Case

BASAS wishes to condemn the arbitrary and unwarranted arrest and harassment of academics, lawyers, writers and poets in the Bhima-Koregaon case. Whilst none should be above the law, due process - which has always been a cornerstone of the Indian judiciary – has been bypassed in these cases. We are concerned about the attempts to muzzle dissent in the world’s largest democracy and we stand in solidarity with those who have consistently and courageously spoken up for the rights of the marginalised.

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Event: Muslim Cultures in the Indian Ocean: Diversity and Pluralism, Past and Present

12 to 14 September 2018, Aga Khan Centre, London

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.

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Job: Open Rank in History

Open Rank in History, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi

Deadline: 31st December 2018

The Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts at the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, Pakistan invites applications for a full-time faculty position in History. Candidates with a PhD and with a strong grounding in modern/early modern world history will be preferred. The appointment will be made at Assistant, Associate or Full Professor rank based upon the candidate’s degree, record of research and publications, and previous teaching experience.


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Event: LSE Bangladesh Summit 2018

LSE Bangladesh Summit 2018

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 9.30am-5pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building (NAB), LSE
The South Asia Centre and the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Centre for Bangladesh Studies at the University of California-Berkeley is hosting the first-ever LSE Bangladesh Summit.

Opening Remarks: Dr Kasia Paprocki

Kasia Paprocki (@Kasiapaprocki) is Assistant Professor in Environment at the Department of Geography and Environment, LSE. 

Civil Society and the State

Moderator: Dr Mukulika Banerjee

Panelists: Professor David Lewis, Ms Sara Hossain and Professor Joseph Devine

Minority Rights

Moderator: Professor Katy Gardner

Panelists: Professor Shelley Feldman, Dr Delwar Hussain and one speaker on Sexual Minorities

The Idea of Bangladesh

Moderator: Dr Sanchita Saxena

Panelists: Dr Meghna Guhathakurta, Dr Shahpar Selim, and Dr Kieran Mitton

Plenary Lecture: Parallel Narratives of Nationhood: Gender, Islam and Civil Society in Bangladesh by Professor Naila Kabeer

Naila Kabeer (@N_Kabeer) is Professor of Gender and Development at LSE. 

Monday, 5 June 2018

09:30 - 17:00

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building (NAB), LSE

Registration is essential. Tickets will be available from 2 May.

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