New Editors of the Routledge/ASAA South Asia Book Series

SASAA and ASAA are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Bina Fernandez (University of Melbourne) and Dr Rahul Gairola (Murdoch University) as the new joint editors of the Routledge ASAA South Asia Book Series. Bina and Rahul aim to build on the excellent work done by Prof Duncan Mcduie-Ra, who served as the previous editor of the series. The Routledge ASAA South Asia Book Series publishes outstanding research on the countries and peoples of South Asia across a wide range of disciplines including history, politics and political economy, anthropology, geography, literature, sociology and the fields of cultural studies, communication studies and gender studies.


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.


  • July 28, 2021 (4-5 pm AEDT)- SASAA in collaboration with MSASG (Melbourne South Asia Studies Group) present a talk by Shazra Abbas (Melbourne School of Population and Global Health) on Understanding factors influencing health outcomes of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR- TB) patients attending a dedicated healthcare model in Pakistan.

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  • August 4, 2021 (5-6.30 pm AEDT) – SASAA in collaboration with MAI (Monash Asia Institute) present a seminar on COVID 19 in India. The speaker are:

Professor D. Parthasarathy, IITB-Monash Research Academy, Mumbai, India
Professor Emerita Marika Vicziany, MAI, Faculty of Arts, Monash University

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  • 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