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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.

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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:
Satgin Hamrah

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.


We at the Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies at Tufts University mourn the passing of Asma Jahangir, the fearless vakil for women's, minority, and democratic rights in Pakistan, and the matchless icon of human rights the world over. In Democracy Now, Ayesha Jalal pays tribute to her dear departed friend, who will remain an inspiration to all those who value freedom.

Upcoming Events

February 13, 2019
Large Cabbages and Fine Blue Indigo:Debating Free Trade and Empire in Calcutta (1829)
Rosinka Chaudhuri
5:30pm -7:30pm | Cabot 703

March 6, 2019
A People's Constitution: The Everyday Life of Law in the Indian Republic
Rohit De
5:30pm -7:30pm | Cabot 703

April 3, 2019
Homes of Capital: Merchants and Itinerant Belonging across Indian Ocean Gujarat
Ketaki Pant
5:30pm -7:30pm | Cabot 703

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