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BASAS Annual Conference 2016

BASAS will hold its annual conference from 1:30 pm Wednesday, 6 April, to 12:30 pm Friday, 8 April 2016, at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge.

In 2016 BASAS will celebrate its 30th anniversary, while the University of Cambridge Centre of South Asian Studies, who will host the conference, will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Registration is now open, please visit:

Further details:

Funding: The conference organisers intend to offer a limited number of bursaries to outstanding delegates based at academic institutions in South Asia. Funding will cover travel expenses, accommodation for the duration of the conference, and visa costs. Those who wish to be considered for these bursaries should submit a full academic CV (including the names of two referees), in addition to their paper/panel proposals, by 31 October 2015. Further details regarding funding will be provided to successful applicants.

In addition, there will be a limited number of bursaries to the value of £50 available to students and unwaged participants. Those who wish to be considered for these bursaries should include a covering note in support of their request, detailing any additional institutional support for conference participation for which they may be eligible. This must be submitted by the deadline of 31 October 2015.

Registration is now open, please visit:

Registration deadline is 29 February 2016.

Registration fee (up to 29 February 2016): £150 – full; £90 – concession (student, retired, and unemployed only). Please note that the delegate rate includes a serviced three-course conference dinner with wine on 7 April, one lunch (on 7 April), two drinks receptions, and tea and coffee between sessions.

Advanced registration is strongly encouraged to ensure a place at the conference. Late registrations, after the 29 February 2016 deadline, will attract an additional charge, and places may not be guaranteed You must be a BASAS member in order to register for the conference. To become a member, visit .

Individuals who made their membership between 1st October 2015 and now should contact Dr Elisabeth Leake ( to obtain a code which permits them to register for the conference without having to pay the membership fee again.

BASAS paper prize for graduate students: An award of £250 will be made for the best paper presented at the Annual Conference. Entries should be no longer than 7000 words and submitted no later than 15 March 2016 to the conference organisers at A panel of judges comprising the conference organisers and council members will make the final decision based on the paper and the presentation. The winning paper may be considered for publication in one of BASAS' associated journals, Contemporary South Asia or South Asian Studies.

Visas: Delegates requiring visas must register to attend the conference before a visa letter can be issued from the conference organisers. If you require a visa please contact including a copy of your registration receipt, which should feature your name and address. Please also note your Nationality and your Passport Number. A personalised PDF Visa letter will be emailed to you promptly.

Accommodation: Bed and breakfast accommodation is available on site at the conference venue, Fitzwilliam College, for 6 and 7 April. Single bedrooms are available at £69.75 per night, while twin bedded rooms are available at £54 per person, per night. As the number of on-site rooms is limited, early registration for accommodation is encouraged. Additional accommodation information will be available on the conference website.

Conference organisers:
Professor Joya Chatterji, Dr. Bhaskar Vira, Dr. Elisabeth Leake, and Edward Anderson.
Contact e-mail:

6-8 April 2016
University of Cambridge