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Established in 1989, The Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies at Tufts University has served as New England's focal point for scholars of and scholarship on the South Asian subcontinent and the Indian Ocean rim. Faculty research, training of doctoral students and undergraduate instruction through relevant departments form the three tiers of the Center's scholarly and pedagogical structure.

Finding Us

Center for South Asian and
Indian Ocean Studies
Department of History
East Hall
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Tel: 617.627.2133
Fax: 617.627.3479

Director: Professor Ayesha Jalal
Graduate Student Assistant:
Neelum Sohail

East Hall


With an emphasis on history, culture, literature, religion, politics, economics and diplomacy, The Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies is committed to promoting interdisciplinary approaches to the study of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka , Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives, which together make up the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.

The Center fosters comparisons and links across the Indian Ocean which connect the people of South Asia with those of Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Its lecture/seminar series and international conferences have included virtually every major figure in the field of South Asian studies, including Amartya Sen, Ranajit Guha, Gayatri Spivak, C.A.Bayly, Romila Thapur, Amitav Ghosh, David Washbrook, Sara Suleri Goodyear, Partha Chatterjee and many others.

Message of Condolence:

We at the Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Professor Christopher Alan Bayly. Professor Bayly was one of the greatest historians of the modern times -- a foundational figure in the study of South Asian History, Indian Ocean Studies, and Global History. Most of all, Professor Bayly was a friend and a mentor, and he shall be most dearly missed even as his contributions continue to live on.

— Ayesha Jalal, Sugata Bose, Kris Manjapra
(April 20, 2015)

Upcoming Events

December 1, 2015
Anand P. Vaidya
Lecturer on Anthropology, Harvard University
"The Water, Forest, and Land Belong to Us: People, Property, and Things in an Indian Forest"
5:30-7:30 pm

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