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Sociology doctoral students, with the support of the Department of Sociology and Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford, organized  a two-day conference on South Asia in Transition 2011 held on November 25 – 26 2011. The conference went well. Thanks to all the presenters and participants who came from countries far and near. We express profound gratitude to the discussants of ten panels for their valuable feedback for the authors. Our gratitude also goes to Dr Tak Wing Chan, Head, Department of Sociology and Dr Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) for their generous support. We are grateful to our volunteers, our staff at Sociology, Manor Road Building, and Cater master. We are indebted to Dr Nandini Gooptu, Professor Barbara Harriss-White and Professor Judith Heyer for their undeterred moral support. Last but not the least, thanks to our advisers, Dr Michael Biggs and Professor Anthony Heath for the enthusiasm and support without which this conference would have been impossible. Thanks you all.

The South Asian subcontinent has experienced profound social, political, economic and cultural transformations in the past two decades. This conference seeks to explore and capture these changes through a wide range of analytical perspectives. For the purposes of this conference South Asia is taken to encompass India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Maldives.

South Asia as a whole is increasingly gaining attention in contemporary social science research and this conference will create an opportunity for debate and discussion on contemporary research as well as initiating new collaborative research on South Asia. We hope that the proposed conference can be a major step in establishing relationships among early career researchers working on South Asia.

What:                                     Conference on South Asia in Transition

When:                                    25-26 November 2011

Where:                                   Department of Sociology, University of Oxford

For details  please refer to Schedule.

Attendance is free, but registration is mandatory


Conference Convenors

Sumeet Mhaskar, Samina Luthfa and Irum Shehreen Ali


    Professor Anthony Heath and Dr Michael Biggs

     Photo Credit: Claire Hudgins Eidson


2 thoughts on “Home”

  1. Dear Sir/Madam,

    From the conference website I came to know that, very good research papers are presented in the conference.

    As I am working in the area of social exclusion in education, need to see some of the papers presented in the conference.

    Is all these papers are available online?

    Kindly inform me.

    Will you please inform me how I will come to know the events organized by oxford university and OPHI.

    Is there any e-mail subscription.

    Kindly let me know.

    Thanking you,

    Sincerely yours,


    • Thank you for your interest in our conference. We do not have a plan at the moment to make any of the papers available on line due to the fact that papers are still Work in Progress. For future conferences Call for Papers will be circulated in due course.


      Best wishes,


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