The Politics of South Asia group aims to promote the study of politics in and of South Asia. It provides a forum for scholars of South Asia both within the field of politics and related disciplines to discuss current research and explore and develop future research.

The specialist group is a support network for scholars working on the countries of South Asia. We encourage the study of the political, social and economic dynamics within the region by building links between scholars and by supporting people in collaborating on research ideas and projects. To this end, we have a Quarterly Newsletter, where members share their latest projects, publications and public engagement activities, as a way to foster and promote dialogue between members on themes of common interest. We are also committed to promoting the work of Early Career Researchers in our group. For this, we have a space in the Newsletter dedicated to ECR members, where they can showcase their work and research interests, and we have one ECR representative in the group’s executive committee.

The Politics of South Asia Specialist Group hosts a variety of events and activities throughout the year. In 2023/24 we have organised a series of book talks dedicated to recently published volumes and we have hosted an online panel analysing the 2024 elections in Pakistan. You can find the link to the event here: Pakistan Election 2024.mp4

Make sure you check out our twitter handle @PSA_South_Asia for updates about our activities and research outputs from our members. To be signed up to the group’s email list, please contact the group co-convenors, Dr Filippo Boni ( and Dr Sameen Mohsin Ali (

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Dr Filippo Boni

Role: Co-Convenor
Institution: The Open University


Dr Sameen A. Mohsin Ali

Role:  Co-Convenor

Institution: University of Birmingham


Dr Andrew Wyatt

Role: Treasurer

Institution: University of Bristol


Dr Nikita Sud

Role: Board Member

Institution: University of Oxford


Tusharika Deka

Role: Early Career and Communication Officer

Institution: University of Nottingham

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The Politics of South Asia Specialist Group teamed up with the AHRC funded project "Re-imagining citizenship: The politics of India’s amended citizenship laws", led by Dr Indrajit Roy, to organise a one day conference on "Re-imagining citizenship in South Asia". The recording of the 5 sessions, including the kyenote speech by Prof Faisal Devji from the University of Oxford and a special panel on Afghanistan, are available at this link:
For the first talk in our series, Dr Kanchana Ruwanpura (Professor of Development Geography, University of Gothenburg) was in conversation with Tansy E. Hoskins, discussing Garments without Guilt? Global Labour Justice and Ethical Codes in Sri Lankan Apparels (CUP 2022). Tansy Hoskins is the author of The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion (Pluto Press, 2021). You can listen to their conversation here: In the UK, you can purchase Garments without Guilt here: In South Asia, you can purchase the book at a regional price To recommend to university libraries or purchase a digital version, please follow this link:
For the second talk in the series, we were joined by Dr Diotima Chattoraj (Research Fellow, Nanyang Technological University) talking to us about her book, Displacement among Sri Lankan Tamil Migrants: The Diasporic Search for Home in the Aftermath of War. You can listen to Dr Chattoraj speak about the book here: Chattoraj Displacement: You can purchase the book here
And for the third talk in our series, Dr Avishek Ray (National Institute of Technology Silchar) spoke about his book, "The Vagabond in the South Asian Imagination: Resilience, Agency and Representation". You can listen to the talk here: You can purchase the book here: