South Asia Group

Detail from an illustration to a Ragmala series: Shankara Ragaputra of Megha Raga, sub-imperial Mughal, North India, c. 1610-20.
Detail from an illustration to a Ragmala series: "Shankara Ragaputra of Megha Raga," sub-imperial Mughal, North India, c. 1610-20.


South Asia Map

A coalition of Liu Institute fellows with South Asia research interests formed the South Asia Group in 2017. The group has become instrumental in guiding the Liu Institute’s growth and focus in this important region.

The South Asia Group reflects our efforts to expand scholarship, connections, and student experiences focused on this area and its people. Spearheaded by Amitava Dutt, Susan Ostermann, and Nikhil Menon, the group is interdisciplinary and open to all faculty and students with an interest in South Asia. Guided by the interests of its members, the South Asia Group hosts a variety of South Asia-related programs throughout the year, including regular seminars, panel discussions, and lecture series, all of which are supported by the Liu Institute. The group also works closely with the Notre Dame Global Center in Mumbai, India, to develop links with local universities and colleges.


Overall, the South Asia Group’s coordinated, faculty-led effort advances the Liu Institute’s strategy to expand its South Asian focus and strengthens its general efforts to promote Asia.

Fall 2022 Events

Fall Semester Kickoff
Join the South Asia Group for chai and samosa to kick off the new semester!
Wednesday, September 14, 12:30 p.m.
2148 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

"Completing Partition: Lahore and the Aftermath of the Babri Mosque Demolition"
Lecture by Yaqoob Bangash '04
Bangash, a Fulbright fellow at the Mittal Institute at Harvard University, will discuss his research on the emergence of Pakistan as a post-colonial state. 
Tuesday, October 25, 12:30 p.m.
1050 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Student Presentations
Graduate students affiliated with the Liu Institute's South Asia Group will present research related to South Asia.
Thursday, November 9, 12:30 p.m.
2148 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

"Housing as Welfare: How Subsidized Homeownership Generates Social Mobility through Wealth, Voice, and Dignity in India"
Lecture by Tanu Kumar, Claremont Graduate University
Kumar will discuss how subsidized homeownership for the poor shapes the lives of Indian citizens.
Thursday, December 1, 12:30 p.m.
1030 Jenkins Nanovic Halls


Interested in learning Hindi, Bengali, Urdu or other less commonly taught languages important to South Asian studies? 

Find out more information on the CSLC Less Commonly Taught Languages site at


Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies
2150 Jenkins Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556 USA

Phone: 574-631-3222

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