Amrute Book Wins Diana Forsythe Prize

UW Associate Professor Sareeta Amrute was awarded the Diana Forsythe Prize by the American Anthropological Association for her book Encoding Race, Encoding Class: Indian IT Workers in Berlin (Duke University Press, 2016). The Diana Forsythe Prize was created in 1998 to celebrate the best book or series of published articles in the spirit of Diana Forsythe’s feminist anthropological research on work, science, and/or technology, including biomedicine.

As one review said “The expressiveness of Amrute’s prose allows what are admittedly complex ideas to become engaging and accessible. This, combined with the strength of her description and the evident timeliness of her subject matter, make Encoding Race, Encoding Class a remarkably flexible text for teaching.”

Please join us in congratulating Professor Amrute. She will be honored at the AAA Annual Meeting in Washington DC on Dec. 1st, 2017.

By |September 27th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Amrute Book Wins Diana Forsythe Prize

From KPK to Seattle

From Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to Seattle

by Shariq Khan

The South Asia Center at the University of Washington is delighted to be hosting two scholars from Pakistan, Zeb Khan and Syed Wasif Azim, who are visiting for a 6-month period. I had the chance to sit down with Zeb and Wasif on the 28th of September to learn more about them and their research. Here is a snapshot of their work, their background, and their experiences at the University of Washington…

Shariq: Hi Wasif and Zeb! Thank you for taking the time to speak to us! Can you tell us a little about yourself and your careers?

Wasif: Absolutely. So I’m Syed Wasif Azim, and I came to Seattle in mid-July. I’m a PhD student at the University of Peshawar in Pakistan.

Shariq: Lovely! Are you from Peshawar?

Wasif: I’m from Charsadda, which is a town close to Peshawar.

Shariq: What is your research on?

Wasif: My phD proposal is ‘Ethnicity, Conflict and Identity: The Sense Of Belonging among the Pakhtuns of Swat, Pakistan’

Shariq: Very nice. And what about you Zeb? When did you arrive from Pakistan and what is your research on?

Zeb: I got here later than Zeb, in the middle of September. I’m a PhD student at the National University of Science and Technology, in Islamabad. I study at the Center for International Peace and Stability at NUST, and my research proposal is ‘Conflict, Governance and Prospects for Peace in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan: Drawing Lessons from the Insurgency in Nepal.’

Shariq: Great. Did you know each other before coming to Seattle?

Zeb, Wasif: No.

Shariq: Best friends now?

Wasif: Almost.

Shariq: Is this your first time in the US?

Zeb: Yes, first time for both of us.

Shariq: What program are you coming through?

Wasif: […]

By |September 6th, 2017|News|Comments Off on From KPK to Seattle

Why did Sri Lanka seek Chinese investments in ports?

South Asian Studies Graduate Student and Jackson School of International Studies Alumna, Thilini Kahandawaarachchi, recently wrote and published an opinion piece based on her thesis at the Jackson School. To read Thilini’s article on the Chinese investments in ports click here!

By |August 10th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Why did Sri Lanka seek Chinese investments in ports?

The 30-year itch in India-China ties – Oped by Deep Pal

The Jackson School of International Studies Ph.D. Student (2015 Cohort) recently published an oped on about the current India-China-Bhutan tri-junction issue.

To read Deep’s oped click here!

By |April 3rd, 2017|News|Comments Off on The 30-year itch in India-China ties – Oped by Deep Pal

Khullar Awarded Cohn Book Prize

Sonal Khullar, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Washington, receives the Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize at the annual conference of the Association for Asian Studies. The award was presented to her by AAS Past President Professor Mrinalini Sinha.

Professor Khullar’s book Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930-1990 (University of California Press, 2015) was recognized by the AAS committee as an outstanding work in its field.

“Beautifully written, compellingly argued, Khullar’s book not only offers a major contribution to the study of Indian modernism, it also advances our methodological understanding of modern art at large. A vital addition to an exciting body of emerging art-historical scholarship that promises to fundamentally transform received ideas on modernism in the coming years.”—Iftikhar Dadi, Cornell University

“Provocatively argued, this book is a must-read for art students, critics, and all those who are interested in modern Indian art, as well as all concerned with global modernism.”—Partha Mitter, University of Sussex

The Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize each year honors outstanding and innovative scholarship across discipline and country of specialization for a first single-authored monograph on South Asia, published during the preceding year.

By |April 3rd, 2017|Faculty Publications, News|Comments Off on Khullar Awarded Cohn Book Prize

The terrifying geography of nuclear and radiological insecurity in South Asia

Read the whole article by Hannah E. Haegland  and Reema Verma on the website of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists here. Hannah is a South Asia MA alum (class of 2015), now working at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC.

By |February 1st, 2017|News|Comments Off on The terrifying geography of nuclear and radiological insecurity in South Asia

Khullar’s Book Wins Cohn Prize

UW Art History Professor and South Asia Faculty mWorldly Affiliationsember Sonal Khullar‘s book Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930-1990 (California, 2015), was just awarded the Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize, given annually by the South Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies. Congratulations to Professor Khullar.

By |January 20th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Khullar’s Book Wins Cohn Prize

Support the South Asia Center 

The South Asia Center deepens engagement of students and the greater community with South Asia by providing access to rigorous academic courses, musical and cultural gatherings, and programming on current affairs featuring distinguished speakers and guests. This is all made possible through the generosity of community support.

We ask you to help support the activities of the Center with a tax-deductible gift. A donation to the Friends of South Asia Fund helps us to bring visitors to campus and expand our programming to wider sections of our community. A gift to the South Asia Students Fund or another of our student fellowships allows us to support our students as they prepare  to join the next generation of scholars and professionals.

We’re excited to share highlights from 2016 with you:

Highline Schools Teachers pic

The South Asia Center hosted two teacher workshops on The Ramayana and Other Tales, helping 20 K-12 school teachers enrich their curriculums and bring a unique experience into the classroom.


The Seattle South Asian Film Festival came to life on campus with a symposium and film screenings. It featured screenings of documentaries and feature films, as well as discussions among film makers, professors and the public.


We continued to provide academiFLyer for Study Abroad Fairc excellence through new courses on environmental issues in Nepal, the history and philosophy of yoga, and the challenges facing South Asian cities. Students and faculty engaged with scholars and experts on South Asia from universities around the world.



By |December 21st, 2016|News|Comments Off on Support the South Asia Center 

UW Prof Helps Pakistani Farmers Manage Water

Faisal Hossain, UW associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is helping farmers in Pakistan learn how to use NASA satellite data to better manage water supplies. Hossain said “Satellites up in space looking at how much water we have underground, in rivers or in the atmosphere are providing routine observations that can help policymakers and on-the-ground managers make informed decisions. From offering improved flood forecasting to indicating areas where groundwater resources are threatened, freely available satellite data can be an invaluable resource, particularly in dev
eloping countries.”

By |December 20th, 2016|News|Comments Off on UW Prof Helps Pakistani Farmers Manage Water

Register for Winter 2017 Classes Now

We have a full slate of great South Asia courses ready for your for winter quarter 2017. Registration is now open. See your options here:

We have literature, history, anthropology and more.

By |November 16th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Register for Winter 2017 Classes Now