South Asian Anthropology


South Asian Anthropology

This group is dedicated to all who are interested in South Asia.

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Recommended ethnographies of South Asia 5 Replies

Started by Laurahead. Last reply by Suneel Kumar May 9, 2013.

Syllabus and Reading List for Anthropology of South Asia 4 Replies

Started by Suneel Kumar. Last reply by Suneel Kumar Jun 30, 2012.

Cultural vilation in Central India 1 Reply

Started by Arnab Sen. Last reply by Piers Locke Mar 21, 2010.

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Comment by Arnab Sen on July 19, 2011 at 9:19am

Hi all

I am interested in space and territoriality in the context of indigenous homelands in India or South East Asia. Any suggestions on possible institutional affiliation / funding?

Comment by Dr Nasir Uddin on March 4, 2011 at 9:16pm

Call for Paper


Special Issue: Anthropology in South Asia

Journal: Man in India

Volume 91, Issue 3


The countries of South Asia –alphabetically Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka - are externally identical but internally diverse. South Asia is a distinct region for its history of decolonisation, diversity of cultural landscape, variety of languages used, composition of multi-ethnic settings, uniqueness of festivals and rituals and the dynamics of socio-political entity. There has notable homogeneity as well as remarkable heterogeneity of between and among the people of South Asian societies. The countries of South Asia are closely link to the global flows of people, goods and ideas that has created space for cultural exchange. Societies in South Asia have been suffering for decades from the dialectics between colonial domination and post-colonial negotiation, traditional beliefs and leaning to modernity, religious orthodoxies and notions of secularism, conventional cultural settings and post-modern ideologies. The tension between old and new, tradition and modern, internal values and external influence, local wisdom and global doctrine make the societies in South Asian countries dynamic in its social organisations and cultural practices. Over the decades for having its distinct regional features, South Asian societies and countries have drawn attention of scholars across disciplines from across the world for doing research on history, society, culture, religion, ecology, politics and economics. Researches undertaken by scholars from within and beyond the region have produced distinctive scholarship on South Asia to where anthropologists largely contributed. In fact, huge numbers of ethnographies on South Asian societies produced by South Asian anthropologists and anthropologists on South Asia contributed substantially to the formation of anthropological scholarship in the world in one hand. It on the other hand significantly contributed to shape an image of South Asian societies by comprehensive understanding of its social system and cultural practice. However, what actually “Anthropology of South Asia” means is still blurred and undefined within and beyond academia. Though definitional boundary indeed confines the potentiality of building scholarship, Man in India intends to draw a conceptual territory of “Anthropology of South Asia” in its special issue on Anthropology in South Asia.


Scholars across disciplines within and beyond South Asian origin working on South Asian societies are invited to contribute to the special issue of Man in India on Anthropology in South Asia with their ethnographic research findings. Submissions of original research articles are encouraged while analytical and theoretical articles are also acceptable in specific case depending on substance and strength of the article. Deadline of submission is sharply June 15, 2011. Only electronic submission is encouraged. Send your article directly to the guest editor of this special issue, Dr Nasir Uddin, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Chittagong, email:


Comment by Chelsea L. Booth on August 31, 2010 at 12:58am
I will be presenting Wednesday, November 17th in a session titled "Borderlands Politics, Policy, and the Discourse of Border Activism." My paper, "Fighting to be Indian: Citizenship, belonging, and activism in the Nepali Language Movement," will be (I think) at 7:00 pm. Hope to see some of you there.
Comment by Chelsea L. Booth on August 31, 2010 at 12:58am
Hello all!

In preparation for the 2010 AAA meeting in New Orleans, I wanted to share the website for the meeting program and abstracts:

They will be updating the website with the full program listing soon. Feel free to share the times/locations of your papers so those of us who are available can listen.
Comment by Philippe Ramirez on May 10, 2010 at 9:50am
@Michael Heneise
Shillong is a must. You have to visit 4 places there: North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Indian Council for Social Science Research, Anthropological Survey of India, and the library of Sacred Hearth College. Don't hesitate to contact me.
Comment by Ghulam Sarwar on May 10, 2010 at 12:36am
hello everybody

i am reading afghan anthropology and specific asubject is Pashton/Taliban anthropology
Comment by Luke Alexander Heslop on November 23, 2009 at 4:40pm
Hello, very glad to be in the OAC south-asia-sub-sect. My Phd research focuses on the complex moral attitudes the state has toward movement in Sri Lanka. But I also like to write about market related development initiatives and corporate social responsibility. Looking forward to seeing how this all works (general statement for both the OAC and life).
Comment by Sasikumar V.K. on November 1, 2009 at 8:05am
Dear Mr. David Kideckel,

I will be in Kannur as part of my field work soon. I am interested to meet you and talk to you if you are not busy in November or December...My Delhi No. 9868722319 and Kerala No. 9447412995.

With best regards,

Comment by David Kideckel on October 29, 2009 at 12:05am
Hello all. Great site. Very excited to be here. Have begun work in India (Political Performance in Kerala....working in Thiruvananthapuram and Kannur) after decades in Eastern Europe. Actually, many parallels to postsocialist politics as well! Hope to see some folks at AAA in Philadelphia at session on Axes of Dispossession—Conflict, Identity and the Neoliberal Economy in South Asia...Sunday morning...ugh!
Comment by Ashca on October 8, 2009 at 6:27am
Just a thought, in case it helps - have you made contact at IIT-Guwahati? The IITs tend to be well-funded and generally have better resources than other universities/colleges. The Humanities and Social Sciences faculty seems to include a number of lit scholars:

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