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The Queen Mary South Asia Forum (SAF) was initiated in 2018 by a group of scholars in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and is designed to pursue three primary aims:

  1. To provide a forum for South Asia scholars working within QMUL to meet and interact with potential interlocutors and collaborators in other Schools across the institution;
  2. To promote QMUL as a centre for South Asian studies, showcasing the innovative nature and interdisciplinary focus of research and teaching in this field within the institution;
  3. To facilitate collaborations between QMUL staff and external scholars, research organisations and international universities, whether in the form of conferences, seminars, scholarly exchanges, guest fellowships or joint research.

SAF understands the category of ‘South Asia’ in an expansive sense and not simply as a defined geographical area. Its programme of research, debate and critical scholarship is located within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, but SAF and its affiliates connect broadly to other Faculties in the University as well as the activities of the QM International Office.



SAF Co-Directors for 2023-24:

Amitabh Rai, Chris Moffat and Layli Uddin.

SAF Advisory Board:

Ananya Mishra, Ashvin Devasundaram, Philippa Williams, Shital Pravinchandra

SAF Postgrad Reps: 

Srikrupa Vedal, Tanroop Sandhu