British Association for South Asian Studies


South Asian Studies

Scope and approach

South Asian Studies is the internationally refereed journal of the British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS).


South Asian Studies was founded in 1985 and is the journal of the British Association of South Asian Studies (BASAS). The journal, published twice a year, is being re-launched in 2016.

The journal publishes high-quality, original research in the arts and humanities of South Asia and from across the South Asian Diaspora. The journal's remit encompasses a broad range of time periods, from the ancient to the contemporary, and welcomes submissions that explore the historical, visual, and literary cultures of South Asia. The journal invites original analysis of unfamiliar corpuses of textual and visual materials, landscapes, architectures, and artefacts. The methodological remit of South Asian Studies encompasses historical, archaeological, art historical, literary, musicological, cinematic, heritage, and media studies. The geographical focus of the journal is that of BASAS: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, and the South Asian Diaspora.

South Asian Studies takes a generous approach to illustrations, which are not seen as mere adjuncts to text. It especially welcomes submissions with original drawings and photographs, and aspires to a high quality of design and layout.

Submissions are double-blind peer-reviewed in order to ensure the highest standards of original scholarship. The journal welcomes submissions from early-career and established scholars and proposals for themed special collections.

Peer Review Statement

All submitted manuscripts are subject to initial appraisal by the Editor and, if found suitable for further consideration, peer review by independent anonymous expert referees. All peer review is double-blind.

Manuscripts for consideration should be sent to Deborah Sutton at: