SANGH (South Asia Network Ghent)
The interdisciplinary research group South Asia Network Ghent, in short SANGH (Sanskrit/Hindi meaning “community”), aims to offer a platform where UGent researchers working on South Asia meet and interact. The members of Sangh focus on varied aspects of South Asian society and culture, ranging from its rich literary history (Literary studies), to its diverse religious traditions (Religious studies), its numerous languages (Linguistics), its rapid developments in cinema (Media) and performing arts (Art History), etc. Their studies address both historical and contemporary issues, as well as local and transnational perspectives. They do so employing diverse research methods and theoretical backgrounds current in the Humanities and Social Sciences. A special research interest of the group is Jainism and its cultural heritage. All Sangh members are committed to the highest academic standard by engaging with sources in South Asian languages (especially Sanskrit and Hindi), be it in communication with people during field work, texts, or other media.
More details can be found on the research portal of the faculty.
- Nilgiri Archaeological Project: Culture and environment in the upland forests of South India from Antiquity to Early Modernity (2021-2026)
- Archaeological explorations and investigations in the Gangetic Plains and neighbouring regions (2021-2025)
- Excavations at Bodhgaya, the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment: the Mahabodhi temple, Taradih monastery and Bakraur stupa (2021-2024)
- Nalanda in the history of philosophy: An investigation of the textual and material sources (2022-2025)
- Remember Africa? The effects of twice-migration on the religious and cultural lives of British ‘East African’ Jains (2019-2023)
- When the king does philosophy. The Vedantic writings of Jasvant Singh of Mārvāḍ (1626–1678) (2022-2025)
- Evangelists and epigones. Sanskrit adaptations of Mahābhārata by Jains in 13th-century Gujarāt (2021-2023)
- The acquisition of the Hindi case system by foreign language learners (2017-2022)
- Jaina Studies
- Ghent Centre for Buddhist Studies (GCBS)
- The Nilgiri Archaeological Project
- South Indian Kali Studies