To foster academic collegiality and research in these disconnected times, SASAA began the Digital Seminar Series in 2020. In addition to bringing together members of SASAA across far-flung states, the Series provides a platform to air emerging research, and to foster a collaborative spirit among South Asianists. The seminar series has been well received and has provided a platform for members of SASAA/ECR’s/PhD students to share emerging research on South Asian studies.


SASAA Keynote – ASAA Conference 2022

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Farah Ahmed from the University of Melbourne will be the SASAA keynote speaker at the upcoming ASAA Conference in Monash University from 5-8 July 2022. An abstract of her upcoming talk is attached:

Secularism as Fraternity 

Fraternity rarely plays a central role in accounts of the Indian Constitution. This might be because the term might be thought to have little practical legal effect as the law is often thought unsuitable for promoting fraternity. Fraternity is also thought to sit uneasily with liberal commitments, so its relationship with constitutional values such as liberty has always been uncertain.

I will argue that, contrary to these assumptions, fraternity has played and continues to play an under-appreciated role in constitutional law, especially in the Indian legal understanding of secularism. Through an exploration of the Constituent Assembly Debates and constitutional cases, I will argue that Indian secularism is best understood as aiming to create and maintain fraternity between citizens with different religious commitments.

For more info on the conference see:


  • December 2, 2021 – SASAA Seminar Series – Ashish Singh (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow): Patterns of change & continuity of authority & accountability formats throughout the main stages of state-building in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
  • November 11, 2021 – SASAA-MSASG-AII 2021 State-wide PhD conference: Emerging themes in South Asian Studies: Confluences and Contradictions. Location: Australia India Institute + Online
  • November 4, 2021 – SASAA Seminar Series – Tanvir Uddin (University of Sydney): Legitimising labels: Can Islamic microfinance be promoted for development as an ethical microfinance model in Bangladesh & Indonesia?
    September 15, 2021 – SASAA – MAI Event – Jaideep Hardikar (National Centre for South Asian Studies, Monash University) and Marika Vicziany (MAI/SOPHIS, Faculty of Arts, Monash University): COVID-19 in India: Part II -The Villages
  • August 31, 2021 – SASAA-MAI Event – Gidi Ifergan (SOPHIS/MAI, Faculty of Arts, Monash University): The Psychology of the Yogas.
  • August 19, 2021 – SASAA – MSASG Event – Supriya Singh (Hon. Prof. Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT): Domestic Economic Abuse: The Violence of Money
  • August 4, 2021 – SASAA in collaboration with MAI (Monash Asia Institute) – D. Parthasarathy (IITB-Monash Research Academy, Mumbai) and Marika Vicziany (MAI): COVID 19 in India.
  • July 28, 2021 – SASAA in collaboration with MSASG (Melbourne South Asia Studies Group) – Shazra Abbas (Melbourne School of Population and Global Health): Understanding factors influencing health outcomes of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR- TB) patients attending a dedicated healthcare model in Pakistan.
  • July 3, 2020 – Monika Barthwal-Datta (University of New South Wales): Decolonising Emancipation: Lessons for Critical Security Studies from South Asia’
  • August 7, 2020 – Shafi Mostafa (University of New England): Islamist Militancy in Bangladesh: A Pyramid Root Cause Model
  • September 4, 2020 – Annabel Dulhunty (University of New South Wales): Caste, Class and Women’s Empowerment: Intersections of Power in West Bengal’s Microcredit Programs
  • November 13, 2020 – Keshab Giri (University of Sydney): Experiences of Female Ex-Combatants in the Maoist Insurgency in Nepal: Endless Battles and Resistance
  • February 5, 2021 – Jasvir Kaur Nachatar Singh and Sabrina Gupta (LaTrobe University): Employability of South Asian international students and graduates in Australia during COVID-19
  • March 2, 2021 – Nazia Hussain (University of Adelaide): Illicit Dance Performances in Transgressive Territories: Mujra in the Pakistani B-circuit Cinema
  • April 16, 2021 – Stuti Bhatnagar (University of New South Wales): India’s Pakistan Policy: How Think Tanks are shaping Foreign Relations
  • May 7, 2021- Siddharth Narrain (University of New South Wales): Law, Combustible Publics, and Incitement to Violence in Colonial India
  • June 4, 2021 – Matt Barlow (University of Adelaide): Infrastructures of disposability: encountering waste-to-energy in urban South India
  • July 2, 2021 – Kanchana Dodan Godage (Open University of Sri Lanka) and Catherine West (Deakin University): Populism in action: stories from the pandemic in Sri Lanka