Oxford’s School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS) boasts the largest community of Area Studies scholars anywhere. We have research and teaching programmes dedicated to the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, South Asia, China, Israel, Japan, Russia and Eastern Europe. The School offers nine Master's degrees and welcomes students from all around the globe.
 
Upon completion of their degrees, our superbly trained UK, EU and overseas graduates go on to transform the world. Many pursue doctorate studies and teaching careers, thus preserving crucial intellectual capital further into the future. Other graduates take up high profile posts in international agencies, global NGOs, international governments, the diplomatic service of various countries, the military, media and journalism, business consultancy, banking, and law.
 
In the UK’s 2014 nationwide survey of student satisfaction across the higher education sector, three of Oxford’s five Area Studies taught master's programmes achieved satisfaction levels between 96 and 100%, well above both national and university averages. Oxford’s Area Studies department is consistently ranked amongst the top echelon and a recent ranking by QS University Rankings placed us first in the world.  To read more about the School and its importance in the University and beyond, please click here.

 

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Miles Larmer participates in the History Faculty's debate on colonialism, Rhodes Must fall and the teaching of African history

Oxford and Colonialism

More than 100 students and staff from the History Faculty, including the African Studies Centre's Dr Miles Larmer, met on 14 June to debate Oxford’s historical relationship with colonialism and its impact on the lived experience of students today.

Events

Caste in South Asia and its Diasporas

Monday, 4 July, 2016 - 10:00 to 18:00
Anthropology Department, 64 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PN

This one-day international conference explores the contemporary manifestations of caste in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh, and their diasporas in the UK. Caste, although a pan-South Asian phenomenon, manifests itself in divergent ways in these countries.

Speaker(s): 
Tariq Rahman (BNU)
Annapurna Waughray (MMU)
Meena Dhanda (UW)
Shapan Adnan (Dhaka)
Thanges Paramsothy (UEL)
Barbara Harriss-White (Oxford)
Uma Pradhan (Oxford)
Matthew McCartney (Oxford)
Muhammad Jan (Oxford)
Clarinda Still (Oxford)
George Kunnath (Oxford)

South Asia in 1966 (part of the Wolfson College 50th anniversary celebrations)

Saturday, 9 July, 2016 - 09:30 to 12:30
Wolfson College

Presentations will include:

Matthew McCartney: South Asia's early economic capabilities

Barbara Harriss-White: The Green Revolution

Kate Sullivan: Reforming the Indian Foreign Service (tbc)

Indrajit Roy: The rise and rise of Indira Gandhi

Speaker(s): 
Matthew McCartney
Barbara Harriss-White
Kate Sullivan
Indrajit Roy
George Kunnath