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NLS Faculty Dr. Sushmita Pati’s Book Shortlisted for the 2024 BASAS Book Prize

February 21, 2024

We are pleased to share that NLSIU faculty member Dr. Sushmita Pati’s book (Properties of Rent: Community, Capital and Politics in Globalising Delhi) has been shortlisted for the 2024 BASAS Book Prize.

After a tough first round during which more than twenty books were considered, the BASAS Book Prize panel has announced the following as the shortlisted books for the 2024 BASAS Book Prize:

  • Holly Shaffer, Grafted Arts: Art Making and Taking in the Struggle for Western India, 1760-1910
  • Sushmita Pati, Properties of Rent: Community, Capital and Politics in Globalising Delhi
  • Olly Akkerman, A Neo-Fatimid Treasury of Books. Arabic Manuscripts among the Alawi Bohras of South Asia
  • Nikhil Menon, Planning Democracy: Modern India’s Quest for Development
  • Salma Siddique, Evacuee Cinema: Bombay and Lahore in Partition Transit (1940-1960)

These books will be read by the prize panel and a decision on the winner will be announced at the BASAS Annual Lecture 2024.

You can also watch Dr. Sushmita Pati’s interview and learn more about her book here. She is also the winner of the 2023 BISA IPEG book prize.

About The British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS)

BASAS supports advanced research in the humanities and social sciences of South Asia. It is one of the world’s leading learned societies for the study of South Asia. BASAS was established in 1986 and is now the largest UK interdisciplinary academic association for the study of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, and the South Asian diaspora. In 2007, BASAS merged with the Society for South Asian Studies, which had been formed in 1979 when the Society for Afghan Studies (founded in 1972) expanded its remit.