Latest News from SASAA

  • First ‘SASAA Book Prize
    A biennial prize of AUD$ 1,000 will be awarded for the first time to an original, scholarly book authored or co-authored by SASAA members with a copyright date of 2018 or 2019, that make substantive contributions to South Asian Studies.
    >> For more details, please visit the News section.
  • Free SASAA Membership for Postgraduate Research Students and Unsalaried Early Career Researchers
    We now offer a free annual membership to current PhD or Research Master candidates and unsalaried ECRs (5 years post-PhD) based in Australia.
    >> SASAA Membership form is available in the SASAA Membership section.
  • Special Offer for NEW MEMBERS
    If you are joining the Association for the first time, we will extend your membership until the end of 2019 [15-month subscription].
    >> SASAA Membership form is available in the SASAA Membership section.

    Annual membership (standard AUD $95 & concession AUD $60) comes with hard copies of ‘South Asia‘ journal (current 4 issues and soon to be 6 issues) and FREE unlimited on-line access to all current and back issues via the Taylor & Francis website (



Message from the President

Dear SASAA Member,

The South Asian Studies Association of Australia (SASAA) appreciates your support as a member and your personal contribution to South Asian studies. In 2017, key events and initiatives included:

  • The first conference supported by the SASAA event funding scheme:  Encounters Within and Across South Asia (UNSW, 13‐14 July 2017).
  • The appointment of an executive officer to provide SASAA with additional support for our various activities and to improve the frequency and content of our communication with members, inclusive of the development of a regular newsletter.
  • The Executive will seek to launch a membership campaign in 2018 and give consideration to the development of a new SASAA prize and an event funding on an annual rather than a biennial basis.
  • The 2018 Biennial ASAA conference has attracted a record number of submissions, including near 100 South Asia related accepted paper presentations. SASAA will support a South Asia Keynote lecture at the conference and a pre-conference thematic workshop.
  • South Asia has had great success over the last year in terms of the impact and quality of published articles and international recognition of the journal.

It is vital for the future of South Asian studies that we continue to retain and renew our membership. I do hope that you will renew your membership for the forthcoming year (1st January – 31st December 2018). Download a membership form here and return with payment to the Treasurer:  Dr N Tikky Wattanapenpaiboon. Please also encourage your colleagues to join and become part of our community of South Asian scholarship.

With best wishes for the New Year,

Dr Michael Gillan
President, South Asian Studies Association of Australia
20th December 2017