SASNET board meeting on 24 January
The SASNET board will hold its second meeting in Lund on Thursday 24 January,
2002, 13.0017.00. Venue: Department of Sociology, Paradisgatan 5,
House G, Conference Room 1, third floor.
Decisions on Planning grants
The same day, 24 January, 2002, the reference group for the second distribution
of SASNET Planing grants will meet in the morning and make their decisions.
The workshop on global networking The final discussion round at the last day of
SASNET´s workshop on global networking in August, 2001, a discussion
which summed up the whole workshop, is now transcribed and available on
the SASNET gateway. Go straight to it.
Next SASNET Open House seminar will
be held at Lund University on Monday 4 February 2002, 14.0016.00,
with Mr Shahid A Kamal, Pakistan ambassador to Sweden, as invited
guest. Mr Kamal will lead a seminar on Possible themes for PakistanSweden
co-operation in the fields of research and education, at the
Dept of Sociology, Paradisgatan 5, House G, conference room 1. An introduction
about higher education and research in Sweden that might be of relevance
to future research co-operation, is given by SASNET director Staffan
A public lecture by Mr Shahid A Kamal,
on The conflict in Afghanistan, and the PakistanIndia relations,
is arranged in Lund the same day (Monday 4 February), in collaboration
with the Lund
Association of Foreign Affairs. The lecture starts at 19.30. Venue:
Edens hörsal, Statsvetenskapliga institutionen, Paradisgatan 5. More
SASNET symposium for PhD candidates and
SASNET is planning for a symposium for Swedish PhD students and post-docs
dealing with South Asian studies, to be held in October, 2002, most probably
in Göteborg. A group consisting of PhD candidates from different
disciplines in Lund are making preparatory work for the symposium along
with the SASNET root node, but PhD candidates and post-docs from all Swedish
universities are invited to take part in the work. More
Masters Program in South Asian Studies
at Öresund University
Discussions are progressing between representatives of the Universities
in Lund, Copenhagen and Roskilde on how to realize a common Masters programme
on South Asian studies in which SASNET is involved through the
so called Ørsa project. A meeting was held
at the Asian Institute in Copenhagen on 11 December, in which the participants
concluded that the efforts shall continue, not the least to ensure that
the intended programme gets standardised valid on both sides of
Palme Linnaeus International Exchange Programme
New applications for the Palme Linnaeus programme
(the Swedish exchange programme for teachers and students at undergraduate
and master's level of higher education, which at strengthening co-operation
between institutions of higher education in Sweden and developing countries)
for the contract period 1 July, 2002 30 June, 2003, have to be
delivered to the International Office or equivalent authority at the local
Swedish university not later than 1 February, 2002. More
information from The International Programme Office for Education
and Training, which decides upon the grants.
NIAS Travel Grants 2002
NIAS, Nordic Institute for Asian Studies, in Copenhagen announces the
possibility to apply for Travel grants to Asia in 2002. A maximum of 15
000 DKK is available per project, which should be in one of the following
three forms: Conference scholarship; Networking scholarship; or Fieldwork
scholarship. Last date for application is 31 January, 2002.
NIAS invites externally funded researchers
NIAS also offers a chance for externally funded researchers, who should
be scholars on contemporary Asia, to apply for a paid sabbatical leave
to base themselves at NIAS in Copenhagen, where excellent research facilities
Environmentalist Anil Agarwal passes away
Anil Agarwal, Chairperson of the New Delhi based Centre for Science and
away in Dehradun on 2 January after a prolonged illness. He was the Editor
of Down To Earth, India's
premier science and environment magazine. More
information on CSE:s web page.
Call for Contributions for book on South
Asians in Diaspora
Professor Knut A Jacobsen,
Dept of Religion, University of Bergen, Norway, & Professor P
Kumar, editors of a proposed book on South Asians in the Diaspora:
Histories and Religious Traditions, to be published by E
J Brill Academic Publishers in 2003, wish to invite interested scholars
of South Asian studies to contribute to the book. Scholars can be from
any of the disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences in general
and or specialists of South Asian religions. The focus of the articles
can be historical, sociological, anthropological and other relevant methodological
treatments of South Asian communities (Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs,
Parsees, Christians and Muslims), their traditions, practices, etc, in
their adopted countries. The total length of the article should be approximately
between 5 000 and 7 000 words. Last date to submit the article to the
editors is 31 August 2002.
Contributors to Encyclopedia of Modern Asia
wanted Berkshire Reference Works in England is still seeking scholarsand other experts who can write articles on a number of topics for
Encyclopedia of Modern Asia. The Encyclopedia focuses on social history
and cultural and economic issues, as well as ethnicity, women's issues,
and current topics such as communications technology and the environment.
The are 3,000 entries, in six volumes. Each article will be signed and
will include a bibliography for further reading. The encyclopedia will
be published by the U S publisher Scribner's in 2003. Those interested
in contributing should send a message with information about research
and interest, along with a paragraph about position and publications,
to June Kim.
Conferences, courses and important lectures:
Tamil Language Summer School at Pondicherry
A Tamil Language Summer School will again be organised this year, from
15 July to 26 August, 2002, in the Department of Social Sciences at the
the French Institute of Pondicherry, India. More
information at SASNET home page.
Seventh International Metropolis Conference The Seventh International Metropolis Conference will take place at
Oslo on 913 September, 2002. The theme for the conference will be:
Togetherness in Difference: Citizenship and Belonging. The
conference is organised by IMER
(International Migration and Ethnic Relations) programme at Bergen University.
information on the Metropolis Norway 2002 home page.
Bodies and Voices in Copenhagen
The Triennial Conference of the European
Association for Commonwealth Literature and Languages Studies (EACLALS),
will be held at the Humanities Faculty of the University of Copenhagen
on 21-27 March 2002. The conference has the theme Bodies and Voices
and will will focus on the body and voice cultures of the post-colonial
world, including South Asia. A main feature of the conference will be
a Writers' Festival held at a number of unique venues throughout the city
Brittish Association for South Asian
Studies invites for its annual conference
at Lancaster, U K, on 1517 April 2002. More
information (as a pdf-file)
The 8th Himalayan Languages Symposium
will take place at the University of Berne in Switzerland, 19-22 September,
2002. The symposium will be hosted by the Institute of Linguistics, Section
of Comparative Linguistics, and its director, Prof. Roland Bielmeier.
The symposium brings together scholars working on languages and language
communities of the greater Himalayan region, i e north-western and north-eastern
India, Nepal, Bhutan and the Tibetan plateau; northern Burma and Sichuan;
and Nuristan, Baltistan and the Burushaski-speaking area in the west.
Abstracts for presentations from all fields of linguistics are invited.
Asger Christensen on Afghanistan
The Danish anthropologist Asger Christensen, who has worked for many years
in Afghanistan and Pakistan for the Danish Committee for Aid to Afghan
Refugees (DACAAR), wrote already in 1994 a report on the prospects for
reconstruction of Afghanistan. One part of this report deals with the
ethnic diversity of the country, and is republished in the latest issue
of NIAS-nytt, no 4/2001. Read the article, Afghanistan
can the fragments be put together again?.
Göran Djurfeldt on feeding the World
The sociologist Göran Djurfeldt, at Lund University, has written
a book in Swedish, Mera Mat Att brödföda en
befolkning on the uneven distribution of food, and what measures
ought to be taken in order to ensure enough food for a growing World population
in the future. More information
on the book from the publishers, Arkiv.
Additions to the Library guide
ELDIS the Gateway jointly
funded by Danida (Danish International Development Assistance) and Sida
(Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), and hosted by
the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK. A site that offers
an easy route to the latest information on international development and
Queen Elisabeth House, at the
University of Oxford's centre for Development Studies. It offers
access to all their Catalogued Working papers back to 1997.
The Centre for Geopolitical Drug studies
in Paris, which publishes regular reports on the drugs situation in countries
around the World. Information available for Afghanistan; India; and Nepal.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org Web site:
http://www.sasnet.lu.se Our office is manned weekdays 9-17, and open to visitors.