South Asian Learning Sciences Research Collective

SALSRC is an affinity group for South Asian-identifying scholars to engage in conversation and action around the role of learning sciences research with, by, and for South Asian people. SALSRC explicitly foregrounds equity-oriented and decolonial perspectives to educational research. Its three core goals are to: (1) Support South Asian Scholars in the learning sciences and related fields; (2) Facilitate collaboration around LS Research in South Asian Contexts, and; (3) Advance heterogeneous South Asian Ways of Knowing and Learning. 

(We use the term “South Asia” as used by the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation to refer to current-day Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Given the complex histories of this region and the movement of people across time, we welcome participants who identify with the term “South Asian” either within or outside of these enumerated national boundaries.)

South Asian Learning Sciences Research Collective Mission Statement

Despite the name, we certainly welcome participation by folks regardless of how they position themselves relative to the learning sciences, although we are an educational-research focused group.

Our core efforts right now are mostly a monthly reading group/support group conducted on Zoom, an anti-Caste reading group, and a newer effort funded by the International Society of the Learning Sciences to better understand the nuanced and unique aspects of equity-oriented educational work in specifically Indian contexts (described here, in collaboration with Vishesh Kumar at Wisconsin Madison, Gayithri Jayathirtha at UPenn, and Dr. Deborah Dutta at Institute for Rural Management Anand).

If you’d like to get involved, please reach out to connect! We have a google group/email list, Facebook group, and Slack workspace, and participation is welcome on any or all of them.