South Asian Studies: Call for Editors

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Call for Editors

South Asian Studies


12 November 2021

About the Role

The British Association for South Asian Studies, a world-leading learned society for the study of South Asia and Routledge, Taylor & Francis, a leading publisher in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, invite applications for the Editorship of the peer-reviewed journal South Asian Studies.

Routledge are seeking a new editor (or editorial team) with an academic background in South Asian Studies, complimentary to the nature of the research published in the journal, and the passion which will be required to drive it forward into the next phase of its history. The new editor(s) will be given a wide remit by the Association and Publisher to reshape the journal’s aims and scope as they see fit in collaboration with the editorial board. Applications from individuals or a team of individuals are equally welcome, and individuals need not be based at the same institution.

The successful candidate(s) will guide the development of the journal according to their vision, taking on responsibility for editorial oversight and decision-making on submissions. They will have authority to accept articles following successful peer review and will ensure that reviewers and authors adhere to the Journal’s and Publisher’s Code of Publishing Ethics.

This is a rewarding and fulfilling opportunity where you will be able to build your own networks, promote the research that you are passionate about, and be recognized as a leading figure within the academic community. It will also allow you to play an important role in creating an audience for important work being done in the region covered by the journal. The Editor of South Asian Studies will be supported in his or her activities by the Association and Publisher and an annual contribution will be made towards editorial expenses.

Specific responsibilities include:
• Soliciting, receiving and processing new contributions to the journal through the peer review process and ensuring that all reviewers and authors uphold the journal’s and publishers’ code of publishing ethics.
• Proactively identifying strategies to enhance and maintain the quality and reputation of the journal, particularly with relation to the quality and timeliness of the published research.
• Working with BASAS, Taylor & Francis, Associate Editors and the Editorial Board to develop the editorial strategy and direction of the journal and to act as ambassador for the journal.
• Commissioning special issues and assigning topical Guest Editors.
• Reviewing and expanding the Editorial Board and pool of reviewers as necessary, in terms of size, subject specialisms and geographical representation.
• Organising at least one Editorial Board meeting annually, also attended by Taylor & Francis.
• Serving as an ex-officio member of the BASAS Council, including attendance at Council meetings and in-person attendance at the BASAS annual conference.

The appointment is for three years, renewable for a further three-year term, subject to mutual agreement between BASAS, Taylor & Francis and the Editor(s). It is envisaged that the successful candidate(s) will officially start on 6 December 2021 and will benefit from a one to two month handover period with the current Editor.

Candidate Qualifications:

Applicants should have recognised expertise and an established record of scholarship in South Asian Studies and be actively involved with networks within the field. Key qualities sought for the position of Editor(s) include energy, enthusiasm, managerial skills to oversee the editorial cycle, and the ability to meet deadlines and work effectively with a major subject Association and commercial publisher. Applicants should ideally have clear employer or institutional support for this activity for the duration of the three-year appointment, and if possible general office support.

Submitting Your Application

Interested candidates are requested to email a letter of interest, a full C.V., including a list of published papers, and a statement of editorial intent, to the BASAS Assistant Secretary ([email protected]) and Mr. Laurence Goodchild, Portfolio Manager, Asian Studies, Taylor & Francis, ([email protected]). Statements of editorial intent should be no longer than 2 pages, and should cover:

• Where you believe the field of South Asian Studies is going, and the journal’s place within it
• How you would work in partnership with the editorial board
• How you would maintain and increase the quality of submissions
• How you would work with authors
• How you see the role of BASAS and the journal mutually reinforcing one another

All applications will be treated as strictly confidential. BASAS and Taylor & Francis will judge each application on its merits without regard to the race, religion, nationality, gender identity, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the candidate.

Interviews will be held in the week commencing 29 November 2021.

The outgoing Editor of the journal, Dr Deborah Sutton is happy to discuss the duties and responsibilities of the post informally and can be contacted at [email protected]

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South Asian Studies publishes high-quality, original research in the arts and humanities of South Asia and from across the South Asian Diaspora. The journal's remit encompasses a broad range of time periods, from the ancient to the contemporary, and welcomes submissions that explore the historical, visual, and literary cultures of South Asia. The journal invites original analysis of unfamiliar corpuses of textual and visual materials, landscapes, architectures, and artefacts. The methodological remit of South Asian Studies encompasses historical, archaeological, art historical, literary, musicological, cinematic, heritage, and media studies. The geographical focus of the journal is that of BASAS: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, and the South Asian Diaspora.

The journal publishes twice a year, featuring English-language research articles, as well as scholarly site reports, and an extensive section containing reviews on recently published books relating to South Asian areas and themes. For more information on the journal please visit: (