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About

South Asia Centre

The LSE South Asia Centre leads LSE’s global engagement with the region — Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan — here, and in South Asia.

We curate platforms to exchange ideas, foster discussions, create knowledge resources, provide research opportunities, and impact policy and public thought.

The Centre is the leading hub for South Asia in the United Kingdom, curating platforms to exchange ideas, foster discussions, create knowledge resources, provide research opportunities, and impact policy and public thought. We embolden critical thinking about issues confronting the region, translate the global relevance of South Asian complexities through interdisciplinary, comparative, perspectival and contextual prisms of analyses, and underline the importance and relevance of South Asia beyond its geographical boundaries, as the world lives through the Covid-19 pandemic and the attendant civilisational turn.

'Since the establishment of the South Asia Centre in 2015, much has altered around the globe. Greater interactions across countries have been accompanied by movements toward isolationism. The digitalisation of economies has unleashed issues of liberty, wealth disparities as well as possibilities to “leapfrog” the West. The Z-generation and “woke” individuals now “educate” the rest of us.  South Asian nations are part of these shifts and are seeing their destinies evolve alongside other specificities that themselves shape the world in different ways. The South Asia Centre will explore these, and other changes in the making.'

Alnoor Bhimani, Director

 

 

Image: Tod Hanson, ‘Spectra’ (2019). A specially commissioned mural to mark the 125th anniversary of LSE, it is an ‘infographic’ adaptation of Charles Booth’s Victorian Poverty Map (in LSE’s Archives) in the familiar pie-chart format, with the original names and colours removed. Its elliptical form is intentionally distorted — from certain vantage points it appears three-dimensional, sinking into or rising from the building wall. The red square in the centre approximates 'LSE Square' where the mural is displayed. Image courtesy Nilanjan Sarkar, LSE South Asia Centre.