The University of Chicago is one of the leading centers for the study of Southern Asia. Countries in South Asia in which we have scholarly expertise include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka; in Southeast Asia, we are present in Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tibet (as an autonomous region), and Vietnam.
“Envisioning South Asia: Texts, Scholarship, Legacies” will be one of the key events during the academic year 2015-2016 marking two important landmarks in South Asian studies at the University of Chicago: the 50th anniversary of the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations (SALC), and the 60th anniversary of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS). These celebrations also coincide with the commemoration of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the University of Chicago. The exhibition in Special Collections will provide an opportunity to explore the influential role of University of Chicago scholars in shaping South Asian studies. It will also be an occasion for displaying significant early books and manuscripts on South Asia, as well as papers from University faculty members including A. K. Ramanujan, original research materials and publications, and examples from collections in contemporary popular culture.