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PhD Fellowship

PhD Fellowship in Indian Ocean World and Middle Eastern Environmental History, Iowa State University

Deadline: 15 December 2018

Iowa State University’s PhD program in Rural, Agricultural, Technological and Environmental (RATE) History invites applications for a 6-year, fully-funded PhD fellowship in Indian Ocean World and Middle Eastern Environmental History. Iowa State University is a partner with McGill University’s Indian Ocean World Centre and an international team of nearly two dozen universities and centers across the globe. Our partnership project, “Appraising Risk, Past and Present: Interrogating Historical Data to Enhance Understanding of Environmental Crises in the Indian Ocean World,” has been awarded a 2.5 million-dollar (Canadian) partnership grant by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Historians, anthropologists, and social and environmental scientists will examine the social, economic, and political impacts of natural disasters across the world’s most populous and unstable macro-region, stretching from East Africa, Arabia, and the Persian Gulf to India, Southeast Asia, and China. By examining past and present patterns of natural hazards from epidemic disease, monsoon failure, and drought to tsunamis, volcanic activity, and global climate change, this project seeks to better understand how the societies of the Indian Ocean world have adapted to environmental risk across time.

In support of this project and the partnership’s Middle East team, Iowa State University seeks a PhD student in Environmental History with one or more of the following research interests and skills:

Geographical Foci: Late Ottoman Empire, the Modern Middle East, the Arabian Peninsula, the Persian Gulf, South Asia, and/or trans-regional projects connecting the Middle East with other regions in the Western Indian Ocean, including East Africa and South Asia

Time Period: 18thto Late 20thcenturies
Language Skills: We are especially interested in receiving applications from students with native fluency or advanced competencies in Turkish/Ottoman Turkish, Arabic, Persian, and/or South Asian languages. However, we also welcome research interests based on English and European colonial archival sources.

The accepted student will be expected to work closely with Dr. Michael Christopher Low, Assistant Professor and Partnership Coordinator. In addition to the normal requirements of the PhD program, the accepted student will be expected to assist with Iowa State’s contributions to the McGill-SSHRC partnership project. Dr. Low will serve as this student’s primary advisor and oversee his or her work in support of the partnership. For a description of Low’s research and teaching interests, please see:

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150 years of Gandhi

150 years of Gandhi, will it bring peace, justice and non-violence to the world?, (Paris and Le Havre)

13 to 15 March 2019
Submission deadline: 31 January 2019

Paris and Le Havre, March 13-15, 2019

The conference is open to individual and group paper presentations. Those willing to present their papers are invited to submit their proposals following the GUIDELINES FOR PRESENTER CANDIDATES. The conference call for papers lasts from November 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019. The selected proposals will be communicated to their authors between December 2018 and February 2019.

It is to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi that the questions of world order based on peace, justice and non-violence are chosen to be the main subject of presentation and discussion of the third edition of The Rise of Asia Conference Series. It encourages the participation of scholars from a wide range of scientific disciplines (area studies, cultural studies, ecology, economics, geography, history, humanities, languages, management, political and social sciences…) and practitioners from diverse professional fields (business, civil society, education, enterprise, government, management, parliament, public policy, social and solidarity movements…), based in diverse geographical areas (Africa, North and South America, Australia, Asia, Europe, Pacific…).

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BASAS Conference 2019

BASAS Annual Conference 2019

3 - 5 April 2019, Durham University

The British Association of South Asian Studies (BASAS) will hold its annual conference 3 - 5 April 2019, at Durham University. We are pleased to confirm that Alpa Shah (LSE) has kindly agreed to give the keynote lecture.

The dedicated Conference webpage can be accessed at with the  registration portal open early in the New Year. Watch this space !


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BASAS Campaign

On 11th July, 2013, we launched our BASAS Campaign. We announced our intention to establish an endowment fund, and we pledged to use our expertise to ensure BASAS continues to support workshops, language training grants, and other initiatives to sustain the study and research of the countries and people of South Asia.

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