The South Asian Studies Program is the study of the culture, history, politics and literature of South Asia at Brandeis. We have a vibrant community of faculty in the humanities and social sciences, regularly host lectures by some of the most prominent public intellectuals and scholars of and South Asia, offer a minor for undergraduates who wish to focus their studies on South Asia and offers undergraduate and graduate fellowships. The minor allows students to take courses in a range of disciplines for a deeper study of the region.

Parmesh Shahani, founder of the Godrej India Culture Lab

CULTURAL EDUCATION: Parmesh Shahani, founder of the Godrej India Culture Lab, began his talk by sharing his experience coming out as gay. He went on to discuss the lab’s efforts to advocate for LGBT inclusion and cultural understanding.

Photo Credit: Noah Zeitlin

Parmesh Shahani examines LGBT themes in Indian culture

Parmesh Shahani talked about the Godrej India Culture Lab, which aims to foster diverse thinking.

Parmesh Shahani spoke about his work as founder and head of the award-winning Godrej India Culture Lab on April 11 in the Mandel Atrium. As the lab’s home page explains, it was established in 2011 “as a space for cross-pollination of ideas” to “challenge existing notions of culture and encourage dialogue and experimentation through innovative programming.” 


Namita talk poster with event details

February 11, 2019

2 p.m.
Brown 115

Namita Dharia is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Rhode Island School of Design

April 11, 2019

Parmesh Shahani
founder, Godrej India Culture Lab
author of Gay Bombay

Mandel G03

Please click here for Parmesh Shahani's talk poster

Group of SAS alumni
Alumni Meet Up

February 2, 2019

On Feb. 2, current and former SAS students met up to talk about life after Brandeis and what you can do with a minor in South Asian Studies. William Lodge ('13) spoke about applying the analytic skills he learned in humanities classes to his research at the Harvard Chan School of Public health. Naman Patel ('15) spoke about the impact his Brandeis education is having on his current studies towards a Masters degree at the Harvard Divinity School.

Spring 2019 Course Highlights

SAS 150B: Gender, Sexuality, and the Nation in Indian Film

Professor Harleen Singh
Block N 
T,Th 2:00 PM–3:20 PM 
Olin-Sang Amer Civ Ctr201

WMGS 135B: Postcolonial Feminisms

Professor Harleen Singh
Block P 
T,Th 3:30 PM–4:50 PM 
Olin-Sang Amer Civ Ctr201

ENG 152A: Indian Love Stories

Professor Ulka Anjaria

Block F 
M,W,Th 1:00 PM–1:50 PM 
Olin-Sang Amer Civ Ctr112