South Asia Global Forum


Established in 2016, the University of Victoria’s South Asia Global Forum promotes academic research, teaching and public engagement with South Asia and multi-faceted South Asian diasporic populations as a link to globally situated questions and conversations.

The forum sponsors a regular lecture series, an annual mini-conference and occasional events of academic interest, such as book launches, film screenings and roundtable discussions about issues of pressing contemporary concern. Additionally, the forum serves as an informational clearinghouse for faculty, students and UVic community members interested in South Asia and related topics in Victoria, BC.

Associated faculty include scholars who centre South Asia and/or South Asian diasporas within their research questions and agendas. Spread across the many units of the university, the forum features faculty who specialize in art history and visual culture, business, gender studies, history, law, and political science. 

The forum encourages wide-ranging approaches to the region and its peoples through comparative engagement with themes that connect South Asia with ongoing studies of globalization, such as postcolonial democracy, indigeneity, migration and border politics, sustainability, labour movements, student protests, land rights and resource extraction, cultural flows in and out of South Asia, religion and nationalism, literary activism, cinema, legal pluralism and transnational regulation, trade and economic issues in the region, art and the public sphere, and the contested terrain of history in public culture.

Associated UVic Faculty

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute

The University of Victoria is a member of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, which provides students and faculty with funding opportunities for various academic activities related to bridging India and Canada. All interested applications should contact 

Visiting Shastri Scholars


Tiasa Basu Roy


Tiasa's dissertation deals with the Christianisation of the Saoras of Ganjam district (Orissa, India): Contributions of the Canadian Baptist Mission 1870-1970. The main focus of this project is to trace the history of conversion movement among the tribal group (First Nation people, a term used by the Candian missionaries) 'Saoras' who reside in the frontier zones of the Ganjam district. With the advent of the Canadian Baptist missionaries like John Glendinning, Dr West, Amos Sutton and others in the region, Christianity takes a ground in the heathen land, bringing a new life to these people. This research will also try to show the various methods used by the missionaries to evangelise, the response of the Saoras and their neighbouring communities like the Panos, Paidis and Bissoyis, and most importantly, the conflicts and contradictions among the non-converts and mainly the Hindu Mahasabha who try to push away the missionaries from India, socially ostracize the Christian converts fearing a growing majority of the Christian community.


Past SAGF Events

Film screening and discussion: “The World Before Her”

4 November 2019
Sikata Banerjee (UVic Gender Studies) and Jyoti Ahlawat (Post Doc, UVic Gender Studies)

Amma’s Daughters - A memoir

10 January 2019
Meenal Shrivastava (Athabasca University)
in conversation with Sikata Banerjee (UVic Gender Studies)

South Asia Global Forum reception

20 September 2018
with a presentation by Supriya Routh (UVic Law)

Academic Freedom and its Discontents in India

28 February 2017
Niraja Gopal Jayal (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

Invisibility of Women and Failure of Social Policy

21 February 2017
Meenal Shrivastava (Athabasaca University)

Related Events

Unmooring the Komagata Maru: Charting Colonial Trajectories [Book Launch]

10 October 2019
Rita Dhamoon (UVic Political Science) and Davina Bhandar (Athabasca University)

Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and revocation of Kashmir’s autonomy

3 October 2019
Reeta Tremblay (UVic Political Science) and Zhera Abrar (UVic Law)

Learning to ‘see’ today’s caste

18 April 2019
Ramesh Bairy (Indian Institute of Technology)

A Theory of Imperialism

29 March 2019
Prabhat Patnaik (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Jutta Gutberlet (UVic Geography), and William Carrol (UVic Sociology)

Growth and Poverty Under Neo-liberalism

28 March 2019
Prabhat Patnaik (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

The Collection of Indian paintings at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France

6 March 2019
Dhir Sarangi (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

Inhabitations of Violence: The Local and the Global Political Economy of Urban Delhi

CAPI Research Seminar Series
4 July 2018
Sushmita Pati (Azim Premji University)

Green Consumption: The role of Life Events and Communities of Trust

CAPI Research Seminar Series
4 July 2018
Sunayana Ganguly (Azim Premji University)

Right to Good Governance in India: Towards a Model of Citizen Centric Accountability

CAPI Research Seminar Series
12 October 2017
Yashomati Ghosh (National Law School of India University)

Forest and Wildfire Management in Nepal

14 March 2017
Ivan G. Somlai (Director, Ethnobureaucratica)

Related Publications

Religion and Politics in Jammu and Kashmir

co-edited by Reeta Tremblay
Routledge, 2020

Amartya Sen and Law

co-edited by Victor V. Ramraj and Supriya Routh
Routledge, 2019

Unmooring the Komagata Maru: Charting Colonial Trajectories

co-edited by Rita Dhamoon (UVic Political Science) et al.
UBC Press, 2019