Centre for South Asian Civilizations

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Engaging our vibrant local community to broaden our global understanding.

U of T Mississauga created the multi-disciplinary Centre for South Asian Civilizations to address the need for greater engagement with and study of South Asia. Led by the Departments of Historical Studies, Language Studies and Political Science, the Centre educates students in history, religion, languages and cultures. It also emphasizes distinctive university-community partnerships and building robust student-faculty relationships with South Asian communities locally and overseas.

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Photo of Ajay RaoAjay Rao, Director of the Centre for South Asian Civilizations, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Historical Studies and the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. His areas of research include Sanskrit intellectual history, Sanskrit literature, and religion in South India. His first book, Re-figuring the Ramayana as Literature: A History of Reception in Premodern India focused on traditional hermeneutics and the pre-colonial prehistory of the modern emergence of this epic as a foundational religious text. He is currently engaged in collaborative research projects on the “Age of Vedanta” and “Sultanate Sanskrit”.