At Uppsala University, the traditional study of Indian philology
dates back to at least the 18th century. There were two aspects of Indian
philology, to which, after a certain prelude, a professorship was devoted
in 1892. The core of it was Sanskrit, certainly in the comparative, linguistic
and historical perspective, but already the first holders of the chair
also found it essential to include the study of Indian cultural history.
Until 1 January 2004 Uppsala University had a separate Department of Asian
and African Languages, but it was then integrated into the Department
of Linguistics and Philology, and became one of its sections.
The section for Asian and African Languages and Cultures consists of
a large number of diverse subjects, including Swahili, Assyriology and
Two of the sub-sections are dealing with education and research
connected to South Asia, one of them being South
Asian Languages and Cultures –
with study programmes in Hindi, Indology (including Sanskrit),
Indo-European Philology , besides arranging short orientation
courses in topics such as ”Indian Religions,
Culture and History”; ”Indian
Languages and Literature”; ”Introduction
and ”Introduction to Indic Philosophical
Traditions” (more information below). In collaboration
with other departments at Uppsala University, a Masters Programme for
South Asian Studies was organised during the years 2002–04.
The department currently offers a full candidate programme in Hindi and
participation in the Orientalistic Programme with specialisation on
Hindi. Hindi is tought in the medium of English, exams can be taken in
Swedish or English.
in Uppsala tries to understand and explain changing
patterns of literary reflexivity and identity
constructions in the context of colonial and
postcolonial knowledge discourses. It actively
contributes to recent efforts to strengthen the
interdisciplinary South Asia Forum at Uppsala
University, the collaboration with academic
partners at several Indian universities, the Swedish
South Asian Studies Network (SASNET) and the
European Association of South Asian Studies
In 2006, an interdisciplinary seminar group was formed among researchers
and PhD candidates at Uppsala University that are involved in South Asia
related research. The seminar group includes several people from the
Dept. of Linguistics and Philology, but also from other
departments, such as History, Cultural Anthropology,
and History of Religions. On 8 May 2011, the group organised a Rabindranath Tagore 150th birth anniversary event in Uppsala. More information below.
Several people are engaged in research in the department. An
Indology study programme is organised up to D-level. A new 60
credits A-level course starts every Fall, and includes a 15 credits
course in Introduction to Sanskrit, 30 credits Sanskrit, 7.5 credits Cultural history of India, and 7.5 credits on Modern History of South Asia. More
Besides being part of the study programmes, 5 or 10 credits orientation courses
are also offered every semester in topics such as ”Indian
Religions, Culture and History”; ”Indian
Languages and Literature”; ”Introduction
to Sanskrit”; and ”Introduction to Indic
Summer courses are also held every year. For example, in the Summer 2006 a 5 credits course
on ”Religious expressions in Indian culture” was
arranged, a course consisting of seminars, lectures and films, studying religions
and culture in India of today, focusing on Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam.
The late Professor William Smith (1942-2009), Professor of South Asian
Literatures and Cultures in Uppsala 2004-2009 had a research
focus on the Ramayana traditions in New Indo-Aryan Languages
in Eastern India. His latest research during 2007-2009, however,
was mainly concerned with Mahabharata traditions in Bengal
and adjacent regions. Unfortunately, his untimely death
prevented him from getting the book
published himself. A posthumous
publication is planned in collaboration
with Dr. Mirja Juntunen.
Before he took up the position as Professor of South Asian languages and
cultures at Uppsala University in October 2004, he worked
at the Section
for Indology, Department of Oriental Languages, Stockholm University.
His work was appreciated worldwide. His untimely death was a loss for indological and South Asian studies.
Professor Heinz Werner Wessler, currently a guest professor at the Dept. of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University, wrote an obituary for SASNET. Read his text.
William Smith was a scholar teaching in Hindi, Bengali and Cultural history
since many years. He defended his doctoral dissertation titled ”The
Myth of Manasa. A Study in the Popular Hinduism of Medieval Bengal” at
Stockholm University in 1976. It was later published as a book titled ”The
One-Eyed Goddess: A Study of the Manasa Mangal” (read
a 1982 review of this book by Tarapada Mukherjee in the Bulletin of
the School of Oriental and African Studies).
the years he has spent long time in India, especially in Kolkata, West
Bengal, and over the years he has written lots of learned, but still
popular, articles in magazines such as Orientaliska
Studier, and Sydasien. His
research interests are in the fields of Bengali, Hindi, Sanskrit,
and Indian medieval literature and drama.
In the publication series Stockholm Studies in Indian Languages
and Culture he published two books, Ramayana
Traditions in Eastern India (Assam, Bengal, Orissain 1988
and Patterns in North Indian Hagiography
in 2000. In January 2003 a volume called Maithili
Studies was published as no 4 in the publication series.
The book, edited by William Smith while still being a Professor at
Stockholm University, consists of papers presented at the Stockholm
Conference on Maithili Language and Literature, arranged at the Dept.
of Oriental Languages, Stockholm University, in August 1996.
In a separate publication series William Smith published a Bengali
Reference Grammar in 1997, as the first in the Stockholm Oriental
In recent years, Prof. Smith worked on two research projects:
– Tunnel of Love.
The Erotic Origins of the Kalika Mangal. A project on the Kalika Mangal or the Vidya Sundar, as it is also known. It is certainly the oddest theme in Bengali mangal literature. Mangal poems are religious epics otherwise based on regional myths which tell the story of how deities such as the Snake Goddess Manasa or the Sun God Dharma spread their cults among mortals.
– The Popular Mahabharatas of Eastern India. The Mahabharata, the great Indian epic, took its present form around the year 400. Composed in Sanskrit, it is said to be the longest poem in world literature. Since Sanskrit could only be comprehended by the educated, new versions of the epic began to appear in the spoken languages of eastern India around a thousand years later. These include the Oriya Mahabharata of Sarala Dasa (1475), the Bengali Mahabharatas of Kashiram Das (17th century) and Kabi Sanjay (early 16th century), and the Assamese Mahabharata of Rama Sarasvati (mid-16th century). Though these works are classified by literary historians as translation literature, they are, in fact, essentially new works which reflect the many changes which had taken place in Indian society since the original epic first appeared.
The research for this project was supported by research grants from särskilda fakultetsresursen för forskning vid humanistiska fakuteten vid Stockholms Universitet 1999-2001.
Gren-Eklund (photo to the right) has been involved
in a large number of research projects through the years within the fields
of Indian Philosophy (especially logics, language philosophy and grammar),
the diffusion of Indian cultural traditions in South East Asia, Indo-European,
Indic and Burmese language structures, and Indian cultural phenomena
in general. She defended her doctoral dissertation titled ”A
Study of Nominal Sentences in the Oldest Upanisads” in
1978, and was Professor at the department till 2003 when she retired.
Later she has worked on the tradition
of Sanskrit poetics and on contact between languages and language families
in the Indian subcontinent in ancient times. She has also participated in
a research work on Munda languages, within the framework of a project
hosted by the Division
for Linguistics and Computer Lingustics, and in cooperation with
Institute of Indian Languages, CIIL, Mysore, India. The project was
called ”Digital documentation of Indian minority languages”.
The research project eventually led up to an extensive web based
documentation on Indian languages, and a web site has been
For more than 10 years Gunilla Gren Eklund has edited the magazine Orientalia
Suecana. It is an International journal of Indological, Iranian, Semitic
and Turkic Studies, published from Uppsala since 1952. The journal is
published with aid of grants from the Swedish Research Council. More
information on Orientalia Suecana. More
information on Prof. Gren-Eklund’s research (as a pdf-file)
Besides Gunilla Gren-Eklund was actively involved in the creation of the
Nordic Centre in India. In August 2001
she was for example given a SASNET planning grant for a project on ”Planning of meetings and courses for students
at the Nordic Centre in New Delhi”.
A comprehensive report on Studying Indian Languages was also prepared
by Gunilla Gren Eklund and Stig Toft Madsen, Lecturer, International
Development Studies at Roskilde University, Denmark, based on experiences
from two journeys to USA and India in 2001 (the latter financed by the
planning grant). The
report is available as a pdf-file. This work has been instrumental
in setting up the Nordic Centre in India, and arranging summer courses
in Hyderabad from 2003 and onwards.
Between 1999 and 2006, Prof. Gren Eklund collaborated in a research project
run by the Department
of Oriental Languages at Stockholm University (but with shared responsibility
by several universities in Sweden). As part of a major comparative research
project on ”Literature and Literary
History in Global Contexts” Gren Eklund was
a member of the Working group 1, focusing on ”Notions
of Literature Across Cultures”. The
project was funded by the Swedish Research Council.
In late 2006, the project finally materialised in a set of four volumes being
published by Walter de Gruyter in Berlin & New York. In Volume No. 1, Gunilla
Gren Eklund has written an article titled ”Traditional Indian learning – text,
language and poetics”. More
In June 2008, a volume with Prof. Gren-Eklund’s selected papers and lectures was published as a festschrift in celebration of her 70th birthday. The book was edited by Dr. Anna-Pya Sjödin, and distributed through Uppsala University’s publication series Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis: South Asian Studies volume 2. It contains the most important papers and articles that Prof. Gren-Eklund has written, but also three hitherto unpublished lectures. The content varies from Indian language tradition in Burma, via Indian hermeneutics and Sanskrit poetics, to articles concerned with Indian philosophy and religion.
The volume was launched at a half-day seminar at Uppsala University, organised on 2 June 2008. Prof. Eivind Kahrs from Cambridge University held a lecture in honour of Prof. Gren-Eklund. His presentation was titled ”Why Sanskrit? Some reflections on the notion of karma”.
PhD Candidate Peter
Larsson (photo to the right) is working on a dissertation
projct called ”Using Cultural Heritage
in a Political Discourse”, where he studies the dravidian
nationalistic organisations in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. These
organisations use their cultural heritage (especially the Tamil language)
in their struggle for preserving Tamil as the official language in
the state, against their opponents, i e the Congress Party. He also
studies how ”the other
side” responds to this by propagating the ”Indian” cultural
heritage. Peter Larsson’s research material mainly consists of
newspapers, pamphlets, speeches and books, and the period of the study
is the time of the violent language campaigns around 1965.
Being a student of Sanskrit and modern Tamil Peter Larsson was unofficially
responsible and the only teacher in the Tamil courses (on A and B level)
at the department between 2002 and the autumn of 2004. The Tamil language
courses are however now ”resting” because of lack of students
and no lecturer or Professor with sufficient competence available.
Peter Larsson has also given several lectures in the department’s
summer courses and courses in Indian Cultural History. He participated
(without paper) in the World Sanskrit Conference in Torino in 2000 and
in Helsinki 2003. He was also teaching Tamil in the courses previously
organised by the department up to D-level.
Currently no such courses are given. More
information about the Tamil courses.
Sjödin (photo to the left) defended her
doctoral dissertation titled "The Happening
of Tradition. Vallabha on Anumana in Nyayalilavati” on
Saturday 12 January 2007. The research project deals with the philosophical
development of the Nyaya/Navya-nyaya school of Hinduism. It includes
a translation and analysis of the Anumana section of Vallabha's Nyayalilavati,
a medieval Sanskrit text on deduction. It is a study in philology as
well as in history of ideas, using hermeneutic theories of interpretation.
research interest also includes the formation of Indian post-colonial
Em. Gunilla Gren-Eklund has been her supervisor.
At the dissertation, the faculty opponent was Professor
Purushottama Bilimoria, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australien.
Anna-Pya Sjödin also teaches Philosophy at the School of Culture and Communication at Södertörn University College in
Huddinge, courses on Buddhism, Materialism and Hinduism.
On 22 October 2007, the Swedish Research Council decided to give SEK 3.3 million as a three-year grant to Anna-Pya Sjödin,for a post-doc project titled ”The little girl who knew her brother would be coming home: cognition and knowledge in Nyaya-Vaisesika” during the period 2008–10. More information about the Research Council grants within the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences
In 2006, Anna-Pya Sjödin published an article entitled ”The happening of tradition: Vallabha on anumana in Nyayalilavati” in South Asian Studies 1 (Uppsala: ACTA), and in 2009 she has contributed with an article titled “Postcolonial Understandings of Indian Epistemes: Towards a Diversity of Interpretational Stances in Indology” in a volume entitled Postcolonial Challenges to the Study of Religions, edited by W. Pfändnter & D. Thurfjell.
PhD candidate Jonas
Tiljander is working on his dissertation project Studies
of the purvaranga ceremony in Natyasastra. The project is
however currently dormant.
• PhD candidate Urban
Lindqvist is working on a project in Comparative Indo-European
Philology. The title of his dissertation project is ”Traditional
formulaic language and metrics in Rigveda”. The project is
however currently dormant.
Earlier South Asia related research at the department
In 1982, Dr. Ruth Walldén defended her doctoral dissertation titled ”Studies in Dravidian phonology and vocabulary”. The dissertation was published in the series Studia Indoeuropaea Upsaliensia. Dr. Walldén first came to India/Tamil Nadu in the 1950s, where she worked at the Swedish Mission Hospital in Tiruputtur. After returning to Sweden she taught Tamil at Uppsala University for many years. Ruth Walldén passed away in November 2008 at an age of 91 years.
is taught at the department up to D-level. The teachers are Heinz Werner Wessler,
Christiane Schaefer, Peter Larson and Mirja
Since the Fall 2009, Dr. Heinz Werner Wessler (photo) is in charge of the advanced Hindi courses. Dr. Wessler has otherwise, since 2002, been affiliated to the Division of Indology, Institut für Orient- und Asienwissenschaften, University of Bonn, Germany, where he was in charge of both Hindi and Urdu, as well as modern Indian literature, history of Indian religions, and modern Indian history. Besides his academic qualifications, Dr. Wessler has also been working as a free-lance journalist and as General editor of the quarterly German language magazine SÜDASIEN, published by Südasienbüro e.V. in Bonn.
Dr. Wessler defended his doctoral thesis in 1993 at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. It was entited ”Zeit und Geschichte im Vishnupurana” (Time and History in the Vishnu Purana).
He is now working on Contemporary Dalit
Literature in Hindi. The former “untouchables” of India have
started to utter the Dalit voice in
several Indian languages
including Hindi in recent
decades and to discover genuine
Dalit perspectives on the history
of cultural and literary history.
Several translations and articles
have already been published. A monographic publication is
planned for 2012. At the same time, the edition of a volume with
about 10 research papers is planned in collaboration with Eddy
Rodriguez (University of Mumbai) on “Dalit voices beyond
On Monday 6 December 2010, Heinz Werner Wessler held a SASNET lecture on ”The Liberating Force of Hindi and ‘Goddess English‘. Language Policies and Identity Politics in India” at Lund University. More information, including an abstract.
On 7–8 March 2011, Heinz Werner was the keynote
speaker at a conference on ”The international Form of Hindi
Literature” (Hindi sahitya ka antarrastriy svarup) at the
University of Mumbai, India. More than 700 academics, mostly
readers, lecturers and professors for Hindi from universities and
colleges all over India participated in the event that was
organised by the Department of Hindi, University of Mumbai. More information.
Tilak Raj Chopra and Heinz Werner
Wessler are working on a
project on Sikh literature in Old
Panjabi and Braj. A selection from
the holy scriptures of the Sikhs in
German translation with extensive
commentary will be published soon (“Verlag der
In 2010, the department had a post-doc position for Hindi and
modern Indian studies. The position was taken by Dr. Alessandra Consolaro, lecturer from Turino university (Italy). She has
written on modern Hindi literature and linguistics, and gender studies, and is currently working on a project on ”New writing in the
Hindi literary field”. She also teaches modern politics and society in
India. More information.
Together with Heinz
Werner Wessler, she is preparing a special section of the journal
Orientalia Suecana issue of 2011 on ”Dissent, opposition and
minority in contemporary literature and film from South Asia
and the South Asian Diaspora”, going back to a panel during the
21. European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies in
Bonn (Germany) in July 2010.
Dr. Mirja Juntunen is
also connected to the Section for Indology, Department
of Oriental Languages,
Stockholm University, where she defended her doctoral dissertation in
2004 (more information on Mirja’s
research). She was in charge of an Internet
based 10 credits course that Uppsala University ran for a few years.
The latest course ”Hindi
på Internet" was introduced
From September 2006 Dr. Juntunen was appointed
as Substitute Director on 50 % basis for the Nordic Centre in India consortium,
NCI, its secretariat based at Uppsala University till 2009 (but now moved to Kuopio, Finland). More information.
The department has an agreement with Karlstad University
to offer 10 credits courses in Hindi Language studies for Swedish students
participating in Karlstad University’s India Programme in Varanasi, India.
This programme runs every year in the Fall semester, and the students
study Hindi simultaneously with studies in History of Religion or Cultural
Geography. It started in 2006 when a group of eight students from Karlstad enjoyed these
lessons, held in an outdoor courtyard in Varanasi, and attained 10 extra
university credits. The basic Hindi studies were of great benefit in
everyday situations on the streets, in the bazaar and during field work
studies. More information
about Karlstad University’s India Programme.
A study programme is organised with courses, which are carried out
up to D-level. A new 20 credits A-level course started in the Fall 2007
(A B-level course is run during the Spring 2008, more
Schaefer is working as a research assistant in Comparative
Indo-European Philology. Besides teaching she is working on a research
project regarding the Vedic Sanskrit language.
Over the autumnal term 2010, the department is having a vicar for Sanskrit and
Indo-European language studies: Dr. Leonid Kulikov, replaces Christiane Schaefer this term, is a
senior researcher from Leiden university (Holland). His specialisation
is in Vedic and classical Sanskrit, syntactic and morphological
typology, historical linguistics and diachronic typology and the
Maldives (language, history, culture). More information on his personal web page.
Masters Programme for South Asian Studies
The Section for Asian and African Languages and Cultures was a
driving force in creating the interdisciplinary South Asian studies masters
programme at Uppsala University. Already in the Fall 2001 Professsor Gunilla
Gren-Eklund (who retired in 2003) was involved with setting up
of a 80 credits South Asian Studies course
with a multidisciplinary approach, as a co-operation project between the
departments of the Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences at Uppsala
In the Fall 2002 this course was developed into a full 60 credits Masters
Programme, and from the Fall 2003 a further developed multidisciplinary
Masters programme in South Asian Studies was run at the university.
The Degree of Master of South Asian Studies (Magisterexamen i sydasienkunskap)
offered students an interdisciplinary framework for the study of peoples
and nations in the South Asian continent. The programme brought together
scholars from the humanities, social sciences and language faculties
to give a broad introduction to the region’s multifaceted societies
and histories and an opportunity to focus closely on one specific area
of study. The aim was to provide integrated, interdisciplinary analyses
of South Asian social and political processes and the ability to communicate
in one of the regional languages.
Since 2008, the department runs a new three-year 180 ECTS B.A. programme in Oriental Studies (Orientalistikprogrammet), focusing on the Middle East, North Africa, Central and South Asia. Half the time is devoted to language studies, and the rest to studies of political, religious, economic, and literary conditions in obth the past and present. The programme is divided into four branches, where the language to study is Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Hindi respectively.
During the second year, one semester should be spent at a language institute in the region of studies, and during the third year, special courses in language and literature, political science, and economics will be given. More information about the programme.
Schaefer is in charge of the Oriental Studies Programme with Hindi studies.
Seminar series are held every semester. In the Fall 2006, a series included a lecture
on 18 October by Prof. Andreas Nehring, Dept. of Theology of Christian
Mission and Religious Studies at University of Erlangen-Nürnberg,
Roaring of the Tiger: Western Encounters with Hindu Spirituality – Dialogue
or Exploitation”. Dr. Rajsekhar Basu from the Department of History,
University of Calcutta, lectured on 16 November about ”Reinterpreting
Dalit Movements in India”; and Dr. Stuart
Blackburn from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of
London, lectured on 18 December about “Folklore
and Oral Traditions in India: the Case of Tibeto-Burman Oral Traditions
in Arunachal Pradesh”.
Fall 2007, Prof. Robert Eric Frykenberg from University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, and Prof. Mahesh Rangarajan, Delhi University, India, lectured. Read the full programme (as a pdf-file).
The Spring 2008 series starts with a
lecture with Dr. Thomas Blom Hansen, University of Amsterdam. He talked about ”The India that Does Not Shine:
India’s Muslims and new economies of fear”, on Monday 17 March 2008. Prof. Blom Hansen is an internationally acclaimed scholar with major work on religious and political violence in urban India. His main theoretical interests relate the anthropology of politics, the postcolonial state and sovereignty. More recently he has done research on religious revival and the everyday meanings of freedom and belonging in post-apartheid South Africa. His publications include ”The Saffron Wave. Democracy and Hindu nationalism in Modern India” (Princeton 1999); ”Wages of Violence. Naming and identity in postcolonial Bombay” (Princeton 2001), and two co-edited volumes with Finn Stepputat, ”States of Imagination. Ethnographic Explorations of the Postcolonial State” (Duke 2001) and ”Sovereign Bodies. Citizens, Migrants and States in the postcolonial world” (Princeton 2005). Dr. Mirja Juntunen lectured on ”Language Activism among the Kurmi Community in Jharkhand, West-Bengal and Orissa”, on Tuesday 1 April 2008. During the recent years the Kurmi community in West-Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa has intensified their activities for (re)constructing a tribal identity in order to strengthen their economic, political, social and legal status in the society. The main instrument, and argument, in this attempt is the Kurmali language, which according to the Kurmis, is a Dravidian language. However, Kurmali seems to be one of those Indo-Aryan languages which involves Dravidian, Munda and Tibeto-Burman substrata. The ultimate aim of the language activities seems to be that of establishing a status of indigenous people and to be included in the list of ‘scheduled tribes’. The lecture was part of a seminar series organised by the Forum for Advanced Studies in Arts, Languages and Theology (SALT) at Uppsala University in collaboration with the South Asia Seminar.
Programme for the South Asia Seminar in the English Park Campus, autumn 2008 Tuesday 16 September 2008, 10-12, room 16-0043
”Litteratur och globalisering. Ett sätt att tolka skönlitteratur” (Literature and Globalisation. One way of interpreting Fiction)
with Prof. Margareta Petersson, Dept. of Comparative Literature, Växjö University. About the relation between theory and practice, based on her book ”Globaliseringens ansikten: Den indo-engelska romanen”, published in 2008.
The book deals with Indian authors writing in English, a tradition since 150 years. The problems regarding authentic or hybrid status of cultures, and the importance of one’s own cultural concepts for the way you interpret lierary works. The book focuses on texts by Raja Rao, Anita Desai, Salman Rushdie, M.G. Vassanji, Amitav Ghosh and Arundhati Roy. Friday 26 September 2008, 10:15–12:00, room 1-1042
Heike Moser, Universität Tübingen, Seminar für Indologie, taledk about ”The concept of 'invented tradition' and Kutiyattam, the traditional Sanskrit-theatre of South India – a case study”. Kuttiyattam is the only surviving traditional Sanskrit theatre on the whole of the Indian subcontinent. Down to the 1950’s it was exclusively performed in prosperous temples in Kerala as a kind of ritual theatre. Only Brahmins and nobles were allowed to watch a performance. Nowadays pupils from other castes, even foreigners, are allowed to learn and perform Kuttiyattam. Being a foreigner and becoming a Kuttiyattam actress made Heike Moser not only a part of the tradition but also a symbol of transcultural flow in a globalised world. Since the late 1990s this flow is mirrored again and again: Experimental theatre groups in Asia as well as in the West work with performing techniques of Kuttiyattam, traditional actors, actresses and musicians include new ideas and patterns in their performances.
This development and its reception illustrate perfectly the problems of the concept of “invented tradition” and related terms. Thursday 2 October 2008, 13:15–15:00, room 1-1060
Dr. Gunnel Cederlöf, Dept. of History, Uppsala University, talked about ”Landscapes and the Law: the social process of making law". It is a lecture and seminar at the crossroads of environmental, colonial, and legal history, based on her recently published book ”Landscapes and the Law” (Permanent Black). She will examine the role of law in consolidating early colonial rule in South India from the perspective of people’s access to nature in forests and hill tracts.
The seminar was organised in collaboration with the Historical Seminar.
Thursday 23 April 2009, 13.15–15.00
Dr. Rohan D'Souza, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi, India, lectured on ”Social engineering, environment and nationalism: On big dams in India”. Rohan D'Souza is a faculty member of Centre for Study of Science
Policy, School of Social Science at JNU. His
work focuses on some of the major debates in India's environmental
history and particularly the interrelation of flood control,
ownership, and production, and their implication for river and delta
ecologies. Among his publications are ”Drowned and Dammed Colonial
Capitalism and Flood Control in Eastern India” (OUP 2006). Venue: Dept. of History, Room 1-1060, Thunbergsvägen 3 A (Campus Engelska parken), Uppsala. More information, and links to two texts by d’Souza that can be downloaded.
Monday 27 April 2009, 14.15–16.00
Dipesh Chakrabarty, Professor of History, South Asian Languages, and Civilizations at Chicago University, USA, lectured in Uppsala on ”Between globalization and global warming: Some thoughts on human history”. Prof. Chakrabarty is also
a Faculty Fellow of the Chicago Center for
Contemporary Theory, holds a visiting position at the Research School
of Humanities at the Australian National University, and an Honorary
Professorial Fellowship with the School of Historical Studies at the
University of Melbourne, Australia. He is a founding member of the
editorial collective of Subaltern Studies, a co-editor of Critical
Inquiry, and a founding editor of Postcolonial Studies. He has also
served on the editorial boards of the American Historical Review and
Public Culture. Chakrabarty's books include: Rethinking Working-Class History: Bengal
1890-1940 (Princeton: 1989, 2000); and Provincializing Europe:
Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (Princeton, 2000;
second edn. forthcoming in 2007). Venue: Dept. of History, Room 1-1062, Thunbergsvägen 3 A (Campus Engelska parken), Uppsala. More information, and link to a short text by Chakrabarty that can be downloaded.
On Sunday 8 May 2011, 16–19, a Rabindranath Tagore 150 years anniversary celebration was held in Uppsala. It was organized by the Uppsala University Seminar for South Asian Studies, and a programme was prepared by Dr. Heinz Werner Wessler, Dept. of Linguistics and Philology. He also held a speech on Tagore’s life and work. Dr. Ferdinando Sardella, History of Religions, Faculty of Theology, then lectured on Tagore and Religion.
Trio Creation, with Jonas Landahl, Suranjana Ghosh and Iti Malo from Uppsala, participated with a cultural programme based on Tagore songs, performed on Tablas and Sitar.
A range of beautiful Tagore songs (Rabindrasangheet) were also sung and played by Bubu Munshi Eklund from Lund on Harmonium.
The event, that drew an audience of more than 100 people, was also attended by the Ambassadors from both Bangladesh and India, Mr. Gousal Azam Sarker and Mr. Ashok Sajjanhar respectively, who both gave inspired presentations.
Venue: Ihresalen, Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3 H. SASNET’s deputy director, Lars Eklund, also participated in the seminar. See his photos from the event.
Heinz Werner Wessler, Anju Saxena, Gunnel Cederlöf and Christiane Schaefer with Lars Eklund from SASNET.
The following day, on Monday 9 May 2011, a meeting was organised by researchers involved in Uppsala University’s Seminar for South Asian Studies, with Lars Eklund from SASNET.
Heinz Werner Wessler, Christiane Schaefer, and Anju Saxena, all from the Dept. of Linguistics
and Philology, and Gunnel Cederlöf from the Dept. of History, presented among other things their current plans to form a more formalised Forum for South Asian Studies at the university. They also informed about discussions being held with the Embassy of India and ICCR to establish an ICCR professorship at Uppsala University along the same lines that Lund University has since 2010.
Lars Eklund stressed SASNET’s continued commitment to support such South Asia oriented intiatives at all Swedish universities, in spite of the fact that SASNET since 2010 is only funded by Lund University. Collaborative efforts in the field of establishing masters programmes in South Asian Studies is one specific field where SASNET could play a key role.