South Asian Studies

Professor Nayanika Mathur

Associate Professor in the Anthropology of South Asia

Nayanika Mathur is an Anthropologist of South Asia with wide-ranging research and teaching interests in the anthropology of politics, development, environment, law, human-animal studies, and research methods. I was educated at the Universities of Delhi (B.A. and M.A.) and Cambridge (MPhil and PhD). I have held postdoctoral research fellowships awarded by the Leverhulme Trust and the British Academy at Cambridge’s Centre for the Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH).

Dr Tara van Dijk

Marie Curie Research Fellow

Born in the United States, she received her bachelors degree in Sociology, with minors in Women’s Studies and American Literature, from Southern Oregon University.  She then worked abroad (South Korea, China, and Palestine) before settling in Holland and obtaining both her Master’s and Doctorate (2014) in Human Geography, from the University of Amsterdam.

Modern South Asian Studies Seminar: The Political Economy of Business-State Deals in Indian States

Tuesday, 28 November, 2017 -
14:00 to 15:30
The Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum

India has historically performed badly in the World Bank’s Doing Business Indicators and a key objective of the current Indian government is about improving de jure rules around investment decisions so as to facilitate economic growth.

Speaker(s): 
Kunal Sen (Manchester University)

Modern South Asian Studies Seminar: The British High Commission in Pakistan 1947-65

Tuesday, 21 November, 2017 -
14:00 to 15:30
The Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum

The paper examines the roles of three influential heads of the British High Commission in Pakistan’s early post-independence history, Sir Gilbert Laithwaite (1951-4), Sir Alexander Symon (1954-61) and Sir Morrice James (1961-5).

Speaker(s): 
Ian Talbot (Southampton University)

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