The study of South Asia in the History Department, albeit a small field, draws on considerable thematic and comparative strengths from other fields and from across the university through the vibrant Brown India Initiative and the South Asian Studies program. Drawing upon a critical engagement with the politics of knowledge and the very making of geographic and political categories that we think with, our focus remains primarily in modern and contemporary history. Some themes of interest have included empire and borderlands, nationalism and minorities, violence, displacement and refugees, as well as Muslim intellectual thought and postcolonial theory. In addition, the annual South Asia Graduate Student Colloquium has served to foster transnational and interdisciplinary conversations and build wider scholarly networks for graduate students working on South Asia.

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