British academy

Why South Asia? The Relevance of South Asian Studies Conference

On 17 May 2013 the British Academy held a conference to assess the wider relevance and value of South Asian Studies today. It looked beyond the South Asian Studies 'community' in the UK to examine what on-going interest in the South Asia region means to a wider constituency of 'users' - in government and NGOs, in research institutions, publishing and the media.

It also explored the relevance of the concept of South Asia to the social sciences and to issues of policy and engagement in the UK, and asked what can be learned from the experience of the study of South Asia elsewhere in Europe and in South Asia itself.