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.

One of the largest concentrations of faculty working on Southern Asia at any major research university, COSAS members are University of Chicago faculty members engaged in significant research, publication and teaching related to the study of South and Southeast Asia.

South Asia Seminar: Contemporary Bengali Feminist Poetry: Reading Gita Chattopadhyay

Lecture by Ballari Ray Chaudhuri, Assistant Professor, Department of Bengali, Gokhale Memorial Girl’s College, Calcutta. Please join us on April 15, 2021 at 6pm CST. Zoom link on the event page.

Upcoming Events

All COSAS events are open to the public.

Faculty Highlights

Chicago’s Southern Asia strength is built around the Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS), comprised of faculty across the University who share teaching and research interests in Southern Asia.

The focus of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS), which is supported through a University endowment, is to support and implement faculty and student academic and research projects that broadly encompass the study of South and Southeast Asia.

Faculty Highlight: Elena Bashir

Doan: How did you become interested in studying linguistics? Bashir: Ever since childhood I have loved thinking about language and words and their meanings. When I was an undergraduate at Berkeley, however, there was no such thing as routine advising for...
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Faculty Highlight: Marco Garrido

Doan: Congratulations on your most recent book, The Patchwork City: Class, Space, and Politics in Metro Manila. Can you give us a brief synopsis of your book? Garrido: The book is about the relationship between the urban poor and middle class as located in slums and...
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Faculty Highlight: Paul Staniland

We recently interviewed Associate Professor of Political Science and COSAS Member, Paul Staniland, on his forthcoming book and academic career.

As of 2020-2021, the Committee has sixty-seven members. COSAS members represent approximately eighteen degree-granting departments and programs across the university.

COSAS members are University of Chicago faculty members engaged in significant research, publication and teaching related to the study of South and Southeast Asia. This is one of the largest concentrations of faculty working on Southern Asia at any major research university.

Members meet regularly to plan and implement programming and academic programs to enhance the study of Southern Asia at the University.

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Member Achievement: Professor Martha Nussbaum

COSAS Member, Professor Martha Nussbaum, awarded 2021 Holberg Prize. Link to full article here.