[INDOLOGY] Size of Indology (& South Asian Studies) as a field

Olivelle, J P jpo at austin.utexas.edu
Fri Jun 25 16:58:23 UTC 2021


One place to start in the US would be the South Asia sections of AOS and AAS, and RISA in AAR. That will not be complete or comprehensive, but will give some idea of the people working in the field. 


> On Jun 25, 2021, at 11:35 AM, Andrew Ollett via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
> Dear list members,
> Dominik's recent question made me think that I should ask this list about something I've been wondering about for a long time. How large is the field of Indology? How large is South Asian studies? How does it compare to other "area studies" formations?
> We have no large-scale professional association that keeps track of faculty and student positions, PhDs produced, etc., and I'm not aware of any professional association that even keeps a record of this information. I have no knowledge of anyone doing any field-wide surveys (such as the MLA does on a regular basis). One might make an approximation by looking at the membership counts of EASAS, BASAS, IASS, or even this email list, but that will involve a lot of over- and under-counting. One could also count papers given at recent conferences (ECSAS, Madison, WSC) but that is not the same as having a list of programs and positions. The publications of some relevant journals and book series might also be a good proxy, but I'm not very confident that I would manage to get a good sample.
> The question is complicated by the fact that many people who work on South Asia are or identify as anthropologists, social scientists, historians, political scientists, scholars of religion, etc., and it's hard to draw boundaries in a sensible way. 
> But if anyone has any suggestions for answering this question, or any useful *quantitative* data (we all have anecdotes and lōkavārttā), I would very much appreciate it. (But by responding you would risk being thanked by me at some point in the future!)
> Andrew
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