The Study of Southern Asia at the University of Chicago

The University of Chicago is one of the leading centers for the study of Southern Asia. Countries in which we have scholarly expertise include in South Asia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka; and in Southeast Asia, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tibet (as an autonomous region), and Vietnam.

Upcoming Events

World Beyond the Headlines- Upper Caste Racism: The Marked and Unmarked Across the Globe

03/31/2015 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

In an essay written twenty years ago, Gyanendra Pandey spoke of “upper caste racism” as a central feature of the politics of the Hindu upper castes and classes. In this presentation, Prof. Pandey will extend that proposition, and suggest that all racism is upper caste racism.

Workshop by Bertie Kibreah & Khalada Sultana Milon on Bangla folk music

04/06/2015 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Presented by the South Asian Sound Interventions initiative and the Department of Music. This event is free and open to the public.

New Directions in Global History: Rethinking Scale & Temporality

04/09/2015 - 8:30am to 6:00pm

While historians have traditionally been less explicit than other social scientists in their use of theory, we have witnessed in the past half year an unprecedentedly polemicized debate within the profession over the direction, methodology, and theoretical orientation future history-writing must

Nehru and Modern India

04/10/2015 - 10:30am to 6:00pm

Workshop led by Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History and South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Event is free and open to the public.

Debate on the Dais: Female Fakirs and Sufi Style in Bangladesh

04/16/2015 - 4:30pm

The Boyati community in Bangladesh are a repository of melodies and poetic forms, traditionally engaging in a dialectical musical battle where they represent different positionalities at live shrine performances.

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