South Asia and Development Study group
This study group is informed by the study of South Asia, and is dedicated to exploring themes and issues in development which cut across disciplines.
The study group’s participants are involved with examining how shifts in power emerge alongside development practices, how these shape patterns of contention, and the consequences of these dynamics for themes including religion, environment, inequalities, everyday life, gender, sexualities, and democratic participation and conflict resolution.
The group is a joint venture between the DSA and the British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS), and will bring together academics and representatives from cultural bodies and civil society organisations, and has the following aims:
- Develop a network of individuals across DSA and BASAS with mutual interests able to support one another’s research on South Asia and development;
- Identify specific scholarly themes to shape and co-develop research programmes; and
- Build new connections to inform future scholarly collaborations.
We have two initial ideas going forward. The first activity is a webinar series, and the second is a graduate and early career workshop, where we can explore these ideas further. Our first activity will also help to outline some core themes of the group, identify possible members for inclusion, and develop the group’s agenda including our web presence.
First Activity: Prospective Webinar Titles (March-End of May):
Session 1: Identifying Research Focuses
Identifying the group participants’ main themes, approaches, and sites of work.
Session 2: Outlining Sites
Sharing approaches on sites of development in South Asia.
Session 3: Investigating Development
Exploring different ways of investigating historical, contemporary, and future development practices in South Asia.
Session 4: Future Collaboration
Identifying further means to develop the study group and pursue scholarly collaboration on South Asia and development
Second Activity: Day Conference/Workshop (End of May):
The webinar series leads into our second activity, and this is a joint one-day conference at the University of Birmingham, with the additional support of the Asia Research Group, where we can explore some of these ideas further. The programme could include three sessions: fieldwork, publishing/presenting, and a keynote around a core theme.
As the study group moves forward, we shall also plan a presence at future DSA conferences.
It is important to say that our approach is guided by collaboration, and we would really like those who work in similar areas to be involved in developing this study group and activities with us, and as a first step in this process, to consider participating in one of the webinars.
This study group is convened by academics at the University of Manchester, Birmingham University, National University of Singapore, University of Oxford and the London School of Economics, and involves an interdisciplinary team from religious studies, history, and the politics of development.
Dr Ketan Alder: ketan.alder(at)manchester.ac.uk
Dr Filippo Boni: f.boni(at)bham.ac.uk
Dr Diego Maiorano: dmaiorano(at)nus.edu.sg
Dr Nandini Gooptu: nandini.gooptu(at)qeh.ox.ac.uk
Prof Naila Kabeer: n.kabeer(at)lse.ac.uk