New Zealand South Asia Centre - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Welcome to the New Zealand South Asia Centre

The New Zealand South Asia Centre (NZSAC) at the University of Canterbury is designed to promote recognition and understanding of South Asian societies and cultures in New Zealand. NZSAC fosters cooperation with academic and other institutions in this country and abroad. It brings together scholars and students, politicians and entrepreneurs and provides a platform for collaborative research, education and consultancy.

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Studies Programme

South Asia Studies Programme

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Visiting Scholars for NZSAC

Dr Meena Menon speaking on expert in social justice and contemporary issues into the Dalit experience in contemporary India, Thursday 17 March, 2016.

Dr. Jyoti Atwal, Assistant Professor, Modern Indian History,  Centre for Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Specialist  in untouchability, Dalit Communities, and marginalised communities in India.  Keynote speaker at NZSAC annual Symposium.


CALL for PAPERS: New Zealand South Asia Centre/Macmillan Brown Centre University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. [Read more]

PhD Scholarship in the History of Mathematical Sciences in India [Read more]

Call for Proposals: RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS at Chennai Mathematical Institute, India during the CMI History of Mathematics Season (17 November to 14 December 2014) [Read more]


The Tharu, The Tarai and the history of the Nepali hattisar. European Bulletin of Himalayan Research 38, 59-80.

The Ethnography of Captive Elephant Management in Nepal: A Synopsis. Gajah 34.

Interview with Sumuditha Suraweera

BBC radio 3 show about music in Sri Lanka (Worlds Routes: Sri Lanka) with an interview with Sumuditha Suraweera, who graduated with a PHD in Ethnomusicology from the School of Music last year.

Cross cultural India/New Zealand research project

NZSAC members are involved in a cross cultural India/New Zealand research project which explores alternative management ideas. Dr Buckingham's recent sabbatical leave in India to work on this project, among others, was partly supported by a visiting fellowship provided by the Indian Centre for Cultural Relations (Government of India, Ministry of External Affairs) [more (pdf)]

South Asian countries


Flag of Bangladesh Bangladesh
Flag of Bhutan Bhutan
Flag of India India
Flag of Maledives Maldives
Flag of Nepal Nepal
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
Flag ofSri LankaSri Lanka