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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.

Upcoming Events

September 20, 2016
Professor Kris Manjapra
Associate Professor of History and Interim Director, Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, Tufts University
"Troubling the Waters: Plantations and Industrial Agriculture across the Indian Ocean and Caribbean Sea, 1838-1948"
Cabot 702

October 3, 2016
Peter Sutoris
PhD candidate and Gates Scholar at the Education Faculty of Cambridge University
"Visions of Development: Films Division of India and the Imagination of Progress, 1948-75"
CHAT (48 Professors Row)

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