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South Asia and the Coronavirus outbreak

South Asia and the Coronavirus outbreak

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The Coronavirus Disease Outbreak-2019 (COVID-19) has had a far-ranging global impact. In South Asia where most countries have applied a strict lockdown, it has affected all aspects of life across communities. This issue welcomes all perspectives on this topic through articles grounded in original first-hand empirical research—be it on the basis of (online) texts or actual fieldwork—that fall under social science or humanities research and that consider the social, economic, cultural and/or political impact of this unprecedented crisis on South Asian societies.

Titles and short abstracts (150 words maximum, describing the main arguments of the article) are to be sent to chiefed@samaj.eu by 15 October 2020. Drafts of the selected proposals (6,000 to 8,000 words) will be due by the 3rd of January 2021 for an online publication in the autumn 2021.


The South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal (SAMAJ) is a double-blind, peer-reviewed journal devoted to research in the social sciences and humanities on South Asia. It specializes in the publication of comparative thematic issues as well as individual research articles, review essays, and book reviews. Committed to disseminating rigorous scientific research to the widest possible audience, SAMAJ is fully and freely accessible online. SAMAJ receives institutional support from the Centre d’Etudes de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud (CEIAS) and has a partnership with the European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS) since 2011.