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Welcome to the homepage of the 20th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies (ECMSAS), which was held in Manchester from 8-11 July 2008.

The ECMSAS is the largest gathering of South Asia oriented researchers in Europe, covering all fields from the humanities and social sciences to technology, natural sciences and medicine.

The conference is held every two years under the aegis of the European Association of South Asian Studies (EASAS), a professional, non-profit organisation of scholars engaged in research and teaching concerning South Asia with regard to all periods and fields of study. The objectives of EASAS are to support and promote South Asian Studies in all countries of Europe.

Please visit the panels page to view a list of panels held at the conference. 

Images of ECMSAS 08 are now available.  Please click here to view

The conference was hosted by the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures at the University of Manchester, drawing on the vibrant South Asian Studies programmes in Humanities and Social Sciences at the University, including our dedicated MA in South Asian Studies.

For general enquiries about the conference, please e-mail us at ecmsas@manchester.ac.uk or contact Alexandra Toye, Conference Administrator, School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK.  Tel: +44 161 275 8951.


Many thanks to all the delegates who attended the conference at Manchester.

  • Manchester, the nineteenth century 'cottonopolis', is a city whose industrial development is intimately bound up with colonial history in South Asia.
  • From the Peterloo massacre and the presence of Marx and Engels in the city to today, Manchester has been strongly associated with radical political activism and thought
  • Manchester's successive waves of migrants and recent reconstruction make it a vibrant place to be.
  • Modern Manchester is the party capital of Britain, yet surrounded by beautiful countryside and only an hour by train from the Cumbrian Lake District and the Peak District National Park
  • Manchester is home to theatres, pubs, clubs, new museums, curry houses and gigs, not to mention churches, temples, mosques, gurdwaras and other places of worship.
  • Manchester is now a major international city with direct airport access to America, Australasia and Asia.