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Critical South Asia Group

The Critical South Asia Group at Warwick brings together staff and research students whose scholarly work focuses on South Asia. The group draws upon the wide-ranging inter-disciplinary backgrounds and academic expertise that we bring together as a collective. In particular, we seek to interrogate the ways in which 'South Asia' itself is constituted as an 'area' of study within dominant disciplines, and we strive to bring a 'critical' perspective to issues of culture and languages, historiography, political economy, law, social inequality (with a particular focus on gender, caste, ethnicity, religion) and borders and boundaries. We also endeavour to cross the lines between academic research and social action.

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The Critical South Asia Group is convened by Rashmi Varma, University of Warwick English and Comparative Literary Studies

Webinar Series

The Critical South Asia group hosts a monthly webinar covering topics of interest in conversation with scholars, journalists, policy-makers, and others. Interested in tuning in? Subscribe to our newsletter and check our News and Events page for the latest updates and see below for details. You can watch the first installment (Spring 2020) entitled 'COVID-19 and South Asia' on our YouTube Channel.

Joins us this fall:

Thursday October 29, 14-15h: "Meritocracy and Democracy: The Social Life of Caste in India" with Prof. Ajantha Subramanian (Dept of Anthropology, Harvard University). Register here.

Thursday November 12, 14-15h: "Rethinking Child Marriage in Contemporary India Education, Work and the Reproduction of Compulsory Marriage" with Mary E. John (Centre for Women's Development Studies). Register here.