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In recent decades patronage has been all but absent from the menu of South Asianists' interests. Recent observations of corrupt 'clientelistic' politics in South Asia, however, remind us of a need for a better understanding of what, if anything, may be meant by 'patronage', and the place of the phenomenon in local political and social life in the region. The Colloquium brings together a multi-disciplinary group of researchers, who will interrogate the history and sociology of patronage in South Asia. The proceedings will be intimate: no more than 20 authors and commentators will discuss pre-circulated papers over the course of two days.