The EUIndia Think Tank Seminar took place in Brussels, Belgium,
on 1516 October, 2001, with representatives from a large number
of Universities and Research institutions in Europe and India. More
information on the seminar, in which SASNET was represented by its
director Staffan Lindberg. The second Swedish representative at
the seminar was Dr Hanumantha Rao, Dept
of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Luleå University
Reminder! SASNET invites applications for networking
grants for planning, as well as continued activities in inter- or
intra-disciplinary research and/or education programmes. Last date for
applications is November 15, 2001. The allocation of grants will be decided
by the end of January, 2002.
Research papers presented at the symposium
and workshop on Managing Common Resources
What is the solution?, partly arranged by SASNET,
on 10-11 September, 2001, at Lund University, are now
available on SASNET web site.
Dr Suman Khanna Aggarwal, professor
of philosophy at Delhi University, holds a SASNET lecture at Lund University,
Wednesday 24 October, 15.1516.30, on Terrorism a Gandhian
Perspective. Venue: Conference room, International Secretariat,
Gamla Kirurgen, 2nd floor, Sandgatan 3. Dr Aggarwal is a peace researcher,
who has worked with Gandhian philosophy and theories for a long time.
She is presently on a Swedish tour, where she has also conducted a workshop
at Padrigu, Göteborg University.
Eldrid Mageli, at
the Institute of History at Oslo University,
defends her doctoral thesis on NGO Activism in Calcutta 19731997.
Exploring Unnayan, on 3 November, 2001. Faculty opponent: Prof David
Gilmartin, North Carolina State University, USA. More
Anna Lindberg, at
the Dept of History, Lund University, defended her doctoral thesis on
Experience and Identity: A Historical Account of Class, Caste and
Gender among the Cashew Workers of Kerala, 19302000, on 13
October, 2001. Faculty opponent was Umadevi Sambasivan, Professor,
Department of Economics at Kerala University, India. Abstract
Viveka Persson at the Dept
of Women's and Children's Health, at Uppsala University, defended
her doctoral thesis: Vitamin A intake, status and improvement using
the dietary approach, Studies of vulnerable groups in three Asian countries
on Monday 8 October, 2001. Abstract.
Axel Kristian Strøm, Dept
of Social Anthropology at Oslo University, defended his doctoral thesis
on Continuity, Adaptation and Innovation: Tibetan Monastic Colleges
in India, on October 3, 2001. Faculty opponent was Charles Ramble,
Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford University. More
at the Dept of History of Religion, at Lund
University, defended her doctoral thesis on September 28, 2001. The title
of the thesis is Not Just Any Water. Hinduism, Ecology and the Ganges
Water Controversy. Faculty opponent was Prof Alan Babb, Amherst
College, Massachusets. Abstract.
Community News and conferences:
The Nordic Centre in New Delhi will
be inaugurated on 19 November, 2001. The application to open the centre
is still lying with the Indian Ministry of Human Resources Development,
but it is expected that the ministry will clear the application in a short
while from now.
In case you are present in New Delhi on 19 November you are welcome to
take part in a small inauguration function, after informing either Mr
Stig Toft Madsen or Mr PN
NASA, Nordic Association for South Asian Studies, held a successful
conference on Waters of Hope, at Fleischer´s Hotel,
Voss, Norway 2022 September, 2001.
The American Social
Science Research Council offers funding opportunities for research
and training on The underlying causes and conditions of conflict
and insecurity, to researchers anywhere in the World, through
its Global Security and Co-operation Program as well as through its South
Asia/Bangladesh Program. More
for Pacific Asia Studies (CPAS) at Stockholm University, arranges
a lecture on Challenges ahead: Global Environmental Change and Human
Security. A Seminar on Central Asia and International Security,
on wednesday 24 October, 13.00 17.00. The lecturers are Ashok
Swain, Dept of Peace and Conflict research,
Uppsala University, Prof Gennady Chufrin, SIPRI, and Prof Kai
Wegerich, SOAS. Venue: Institute of Oriental Languages, Kräftriket
Professor David Gilmartin, North Carolina
State University, USA, holds a lecture on The Struggle for a Muslim
Community: the Making of Pakistan, at the University of Oslo, Blindern,
on 1 November 14.15. Venue: Aud. 2, Georg Sverdrups hus. Gilmartin is
an outstanding scholar of colonial Pakistan, and the author of numerous
articles and has edited a volume on the idea of community in medieval
South Asian Islam. In 1988 he published the book Empire
and Islam: Punjab and the Making of Pakistan and is this year
completing a book on Blood and Water: Irrigation and Colonialism
in the Indus Basin, as a research fellow at the National Humanities
Center in North Carolina.
Events in Oslo. Several seminars connected
with South Asia takes place regularly at Oslo University. More information
to be found at Asianettverket.
The Norwegian Association for Development
Research (NFU) will hold its 2001 conference on Diversity in
Development Universal and Local Discourses in Tromsø
1314 November, 2001. More
The Indian Society For Development Research and
Action, SDRA, organises a Seminar on Human Migration, on 1011
November, 2001, at Udaipur in Rajasthan. The Seminar covers aspects such
as the historical evolution of migration and immigration processes and
the impact of migration on people at origin and destination. For more
information contact Prof Ravindranath
The 5th International Congress on Traditional Asian Medicine is scheduled
to be held from August 18 to 24, 2002 at Martin-Luther-Universität
in Halle in Germany. More details.
The 12th World Sanskrit Conference will
be arranged in Helsinki, Finland, 1419 July, 2003. The conference
is organized by the International
Association of Sanskrit Studies, and the Department of Indology, Institute
for Asian and African Studies, University of Helsinki.
New and updated items on SASNET web site
The searchable register for individual Swedish researchers connected
to research on South Asia is now working properly. Go
The register needs updating, though, and we kindly request the researchers
to check the information given on themselves, and send
a mail with corrections and/or additional information to the SASNET
webmaster. This is so far the procedure to follow in order to make changes
in the register.
In case you are not at all represented in
the register, it is now extremely easy to make a new entry, by simply
filling in the form available on Internet. Go
to New entry and follow the instructions.
The presentation of Swedish Research institutions
and departments where research on South Asia is going on, gradually
becomes more and more exhaustive. Still some important Swedish research
environments are missing, but in the last month the following new entries
have been made to the list (see also the full
Scholars at Chr Michelsen Institute in Bergen
are active in writing articles for Norwegian newspapers on the current
war situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We offer a link to the articles
available on Internet.
Country facts. The information on the
individual countries is updated as things are happening. On the Bangladesh
page you now find the final results from the elections to Jatiya Sangsad
in October, 2001.
SASNET organisation: The page giving details
on SASNET board and staff is given a new
design. There you can meet us!
Staffan Lindberg Lars
SASNET/ Swedish South Asian Studies Network
SASNET is a national network
for research, education, and information about South Asia, based at
Lund University. The aim is to encourage and promote an open and dynamic
networking process, in which Swedish researchers co-operate with researchers
in South Asia and globally.
The network is open to all sciences. Priority is given to co-operation
between disciplines and across faculties, as well as institutions in
the Nordic countries and in South Asia. The basic idea is that South
Asian studies will be most fruitfully pursued in co-operation between
researchers, working in different institutions with a solid base in
their mother disciplines.
The network is financed by Sida (Swedish
International Development Cooperation Agency) and by Lund
Postal address: SASNET Swedish South Asian Studies Network,
Lund University, P O Box 117, S-221 00 Lund Visiting address: Gamla Kirurgen, Sandgatan 3, first floor,
room no. 230 Phone: + 46 46 222 73 40 Fax: + 46 46 222 96 65 E-mail:email@example.com Web site:
http://www.sasnet.lu.se Our office is manned weekdays 9-17, and open to visitors.