Asian Studies at the School of Global Studies promotes interdisciplinary
research and teaching about East, South-East, and South Asia.
upon the research strengths of Göteborg University in social anthropology,
peace and development research, history, economic geography and linguistics,
a Centre for Asian Studies (CEAS) started in the early 1980s with research projects and education
on East and South-East Asia. Since 2001, South Asia is included in
the area of research.
Since 2005, Asia Studies is administered within
the framework of the School of Global Studies at Göteborg University
(SGSGU), an effort to coordinate global studies across disciplinary
and regional limitations.
Courses and conferences:
Asian studies programmes are organised on basic and intermediate level (120
credits and 2140 credits). The programmes include
teaching on South Asia.
For some years a 10
credits special course called ”South
Asia today” has been arranged,
involving a large number of the South Asia specialists at
Göteborg University, including Björn Hettne, Camilla
Orjuela, Gunilla Blomquist, Bent Jörgensen, Monica Erwér
and Jan Johansson.
In June 2003 CEAS was involved in planning for an International
Conference on Women and Politics in Asia, held at Halmstad University.
See the invitation to conference.
CEAS organized by the conference in collaboration with the School
of Social and Health Sciences, Halmstad University; the Nordic Institute
of Asian Studies (NIAS), Copenhagen; and the Centre for East and South-East
Asian Studies, Lund University. In
January 2003 a SASNET research planning grant
was given to Wil Burghoorn, CEAS (photo
to the right); and Kazuki Iwanaga, Halmstad
University, to enable researchers from South Asia to participate in the
conference, that was a great success with 100 participating researchers
from all over the World, most of them from Asia. Scientifically the conference
resulted in three books published in 2004, and the formation of an international
network of researchers within the field of women and politics in Asia.
In November 2004 a follow-up conference was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka,
a conference organised by the Institute of Human Development & Training,
Battaramulla, Sri Lanka, and focusing on various issues related to women
and politics in Asia. More
information on the Second International Conference on Women and Politics
CEAS was involved in organising the second Gendering
Asia Conference with the theme ”Agency and Power” held
in Iceland in September 2006. Naila Kabeer was
one of the invited key note speakers. More information can be found
on the web page www.nias.ku.dk/genderingasia.
The first Gendering Asia Conference was held in Kungälv, Sweden
in May 2005.
Ongoing Research Projects connected to South Asia:
With the inclusion of South Asia in 2000, CEAS’
geographical mandate was set to cover Asia east of Iran or Afghanistan. Most research
activities have still been consigned to East and South East Asia (including
Burma), even though individual researchers at CEAS has had extensive personal
networks with researchers and research environments also in India, Bangladesh
and Sri Lanka (see below).
Professor Wil Burghoorn has
work experience from Bangladesh since 1988. As a consultant she has studied
and evaluated the socio-cultural dimension of development projects aimed
at improving agricultural production through small scale water schemes
on flood control, drainage improvement and irrigation.
Several researchers specialised in Asian studies at Göteborg
University are affiliated to CEAS. Among them are:
Oslo Gothenburg School of Asia and African
The Centre for Asian Studies at Göteborg University
was for some time involved in a organized collaboration with the University
of Oslo, Norway (UiO). It was called OGSAA (Oslo Gothenburg School of
Asian and African Studies). On 27–28 May 2004 OGSAA organized a
workshop on ”Religion, Power and Politics
in Asia and Africa”, hosted by the Centre for Asian Studies
in Göteborg. The work-shop was open for scholars and graduate students
based at either University of Oslo, or Göteborg University. It included
one pabel on ”Political Dynamics in Islam and Hinduism”,
convened by Pamela Gwynne Price (UiO) and
Jörgen Hellman (GU); and one panel on
”Political and Religious Authority in Buddhist Asia”,
convened by Gustaaf Houtman and Per
Lundberg (UiO); and Koenraad Weelens
and Marcus Jacobus Teeuwen (GU). The key
note speaker were Professor William Pinch,
Wesleyan University, USA, who has written a well-received study, Peasants
and Monks in British India (Berkeley: University of California Press,
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