British Association for South Asian Studies




The British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS) supports advanced research in the humanities and social sciences of South Asia. It is a registered charity (number 264591).

BASAS is one of the world's leading learned societies for the study of South Asia. BASAS was established in 1986 and is now the largest UK interdisciplinary academic association for the study of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, and the South Asian diaspora. In 2007, BASAS merged with the Society for South Asian Studies, which had been formed in 1979 when the Society for Afghan Studies (founded in 1972) expanded its remit.

BASAS organises an annual conference, workshops and lectures, held at different locations each year in the UK, and welcomes participants from all academic disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences. BASAS is particularly keen to promote the careers of graduate and early career researchers working on South Asia and organises workshops and conference panels with their needs in mind. BASAS also publishes the journal South Asian Studies, partners with the journal Contemporary South Asia and engages in advocacy work, for instance through its membership of UKCASA (UK Council for Area Studies Associations).

The Association is managed by an elected council of BASAS members. These include the following Association officers: Professor Anindita Ghosh (University of Manchester; BASAS Chair), Dr Pritipuspa Mishra (University of Southampton; BASAS Secretary), and Professor Andrea Major (University of Leeds; BASAS Treasurer).


BASAS Policies and Key Documents (PDF)

Society Rules

Equality, Diversity, and Dignity Policy (associated Appendix)

Corporate Plan 2008


BASAS Council


Anindita Ghosh,


Priti Mishra,


Andrea Major,

Council members

Edward Anderson

Filippo Boni

Tom Chambers  

Angela Eyre                                                                  

Deana Heath 

Jeevan Sharma

Philippa Williams

Pratik Chakrabarti

Ketan Alder (Graduate and Early Career Network)

Deborah Sutton (South Asian Studies Editor)

John Zavos (Contemporary South Asia Editor) 



Annual Reports (PDF)


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2016       2017       2018       2019


2015       2014       2013       2012


2011       2010       2009       2008


2007       2006       2005       2004


Annual Reports before 2004 are archived at the University of Cambridge and may be consulted by appointment.

Minutes from Council Meetings, AGMs and EGMs are available in the Members' Area of the website.

Disclaimer: These files are provided for information only. The minutes and attendant papers signed by the Society's chairman and held in the Society's office constitute the only official record of Society activities.


Members meet at the 2010 BASAS Annual Conference
Members meet at the 2010 BASAS Annual Conference
Photo by BASAS

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Professor Frank Conlon, University of Washington