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Centre for India and South Asia Research (CISAR)


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The Centre for India and South Asia Research (CISAR) is a research facility at The University of British Columbia (UBC). CISAR brings together faculty, research associates, and graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in the cultures, historical evolution and contemporary developmental challenges of the subcontinent. CISAR is part of the Institute of Asian Research and is located in the C.K. Choi Building, 1855 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2.

CISAR's multi-faceted mandate includes:

  • The development of inter-disciplinary research on South Asia
  • The dissemination of research findings through seminars, lectures, conferences and publications
  • The promotion of interaction between the university and members of South Asian communities in Vancouver and British Columbia.

CISAR creates links between UBC specialists on India and South Asia and those situated elsewhere in Canada and abroad.

Director Reports on India Research Trip (Jan-Feb 2015)

Professor Mandakranta Bose of CISAR was in India in January and February 2015 on a research trip. During this time, she was invited to give keynote speeches at International Conferences organized by the Sanskrit departments in Calcutta and Jadavpur Universities. She was also invited to give lectures in the History Department in Visvabharti University, Santiniketan, and in Benares Hindu University at their Intercultural Studies Centre and the university has invited to spend a term there as incumbent of the prestigious Malavya Chair. She was also invited to speak at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in Delhi and to speak at a Ramayana Conference there in November 2015. On the research front, Dr. Bose is simultaneously working on four projects and has signed contracts with OUP, UK to write a volume on the history of Hindu goddesses, and with a Delhi publisher for a pictorial representation of the eastern Indian tradition of the Ramayana.

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