Planning Grants 2001and
2002 The decisions concerning the second round of
SASNET planning and networking grants for the year 2001 were delivered
on 24 January 2002. Four projects, three for research and one for education,
received grants. See the full list of the projects
which were given SASNET grants in the two rounds of 2001. Applications are now welcome for the next round of SASNET planning
grants. Closing date for applications is 15 June, 2002. More
SASNET symposium for Swedish PhD students and post-docs A symposium for PhD students and post-docs dealing with South Asian
studies will be arranged 2527 October 2002 at Marstrands Varmbadhus,
north of 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
Contact journey to South Asia The SASNET director Professor Staffan Lindberg, and deputy director/webmaster
Lars Eklund, are going on a tour, from 25 February to 23 March, to South
Asia in order to link up the SASNET activities with universities and research
institutions in different countries of the region. The two will visit
the Maldives (Male), Sri Lanka (Colombo and Peradeniya), India (New Delhi,
Varanasi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Shantiniketan) and Bangladesh (Dhaka).
Board meeting SASNET´s second board meeting took place in Lund on 24 January,
2002. The minutes are available as a pdf-file.
Afghanistan additional country for SASNET
to work with Among the most important decisions at the board meeting was that SASNET
onwards shall include Afghanistan among the countries it works with. As
universities are reopened in Aghanistan it wil be an ambition for SASNET
to establish contacts with these.
Information on Afghanistan has been added to the SASNET gateway, with
a presentation page giving basic facts on the
country, as well as useful links on many other pages at the gateway.
SASNET director Staffan Lindberg; Lecturer M Hassan from F G
Degree College, Skardu, Pakistan (at present guest researcher at RUC,
Denmark); Pakistan ambassador Mr Shahid A Kamal; and SASNET webmaster
Lars Eklund. Photo: Britta
Seminar with the
Pakistani ambassador A second SASNET Open House seminar
was held at Lund University on Monday
4 February 2002 with Mr Shahid A Kamal, Pakistan ambassador to
Sweden as invited guest. Mr Kamal led a seminar on Possible themes
for PakistanSweden co-operation in the fields of research and education,
at the Dept of Sociology. The ambassador, who is an experienced
diplomat serving the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more than
20 years, working in the Prime Ministers Office, the United Nations, the
Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), and at Pakistani diplomatic
Missions in Paris, New York and Washington before he came to Sweden in
2001, also held a public lecture in the evening, on the issue of The
conflict in Afghanistan, and the PakistanIndia relations,
an arrangement in collaboration with the Lund Association of Foreign Affairs.
Asian Studies at the University of Oslo
The Faculty of Arts at the University of Oslo offers a variety of programmes
in Asian Studies. Of the subjects offered the following have relevance
to South Asia: Hindi; South Asia Area Studies; Sanskrit; Tibetan Studies;
Urdu; and, Asian religions.
Application deadlines are March 1st and April 15th, 2002, depending on
which category the applicant belongs to. Information about admission
to Oslo University for Non-Scandinavian applicants; respectively admission
for Scandinavian applicants.
Network for scholars
on Bangladesh The European Network for Bangladesh
(ENBS), based at the Dept
of Economics & International Development, University of Bath,
UK, is about to compile a new edition of the Directory of Network Members.
Anybody wishing to register or renew membership with the Network is requested
to do that.
Sida grants for
development research Sidas u-landsforskningsråd (Sida's Developing Country Research
Council) announces grants for research with relevance to aid and development
issues. Individual researchers or groups of researchers working at universities,
colleges and other Swedish research institutions are eligible to apply
for a grant. Swedish citizens working at the Scandinavian Institute for
Asian Studies (Nordiska Asieninstitutet, NIAS) in Copenhagen may also
apply. Closing date for applications is 22 April, 2002. More
NIAS' Nordic Contact Scholarships In order to make NIAS' library and other resources accessible to Nordic
and Baltic researchers and students contact scholarships are given. A
scholarship covers inexpensive travel to and from Copenhagen and accommodation
in a NIAS room at Nordisk Kollegium, with full board for a period of two
weeks. Applications are assessed three times per year. Monday 8 April
2002 is the closing date for applications for scholarships during the
period May-June and August-September 2002.
Nordic Guest Fellowships NIAS also offers Nordic Guest Fellowshipsfor senior researchers,
graduate and postgraduate students based in the Nordic and the Baltic
countries. It offers an opportunity to work at NIAS as an associated fellow
during one calendar month. Monday 8 April 2002 is the closing date for
applications for fellowships during the period August-December 2002.
Grants from the
The Crafoord Foundation, which on a non-profit basis aims to strengthen
Swedish academic tuition and research at doctoral level and above, announces
grants for for the year 2002. The applications will be examined by an
academic council and thereafter by the Grants Committee of the Foundation,
whereafter the Board of the Foundation makes its decision at the end of
May. Last year the Foundation, with office in Lund, distributed grants
for 25 million kronor. Closing date for applications are 14 February 2002.
New publication on research cooperation SAMBANDis a brand new publication in Swedish, by Forskningsförlaget
on behalf of Sida/SAREC. The idea is to present ongoing research co-operation
between Sweden and the developing countries, and engage more young Swedish
researchers to take part in such research. In the first issue of SAMBAND,
which is going to be a yearly publication, focus is put on Asia, and it
includes an interview with Sten Widmalm from the Dept
of Political Science at Uppsala University, on Everyday corruption
in India. To get hold of SAMBAND make a request by mail to Santa
Nockrash at SAREC.
MFS students wanted
for research project at SLU Mikaela Ståhl Högberg,
at Dept of Animal Nutrition and Management,
at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, is working on
a thesis concerning dairy farmers in northern India. Mikaela has room
for two MFS students within the research project, to be carried out during
Book on Gender and
property law in Pakistan Dr Rubya Mehdi, assistant professor at Carsten
Niebuhr Instituteof Near Eastern studies at Copenhagen University,
has published a book on Gender and Property Law in Pakistan
Resources and Discources, at DJØF Publishing. More
Financing for Development.
Globalakademin, connected to Sida, arranged a seminar with this theme
on 13 February, 2002 in Stockholm. The seminar could be seen as a preparation
for the International conference on Financing for Development, which will
be held in Monterey, Mexico 1822 March. More
information on this conference, arranged by the United Nations and
the World Bank.
Debate on the destruction of the Bamiyan
statues The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities at Skeppsholmen, Stockholm
arranges a panel debate on the Iconoclasm of our time in relation
to our common World hertitage, focused on the destruction of
the Buddha statues at Bamiyan, Afghanistan, in March 2001. The programme,
which is part of a series of lectures on Iconoclasm in Asia, is held on
Saturday 9 March, 2002, 1315. Invited guests for the debate are
Peter Hjukström, Gun Kessle, Tomas Löfström, Sven-Olov
Wallenstein, Farid Abbaszadegan and Jan Svanberg. Tickets are sold for
100 kronor, students get 50 % reduction.
Lecture on Sacred sounds of India The Canadian Singer and anthropologist Rosanne Trottier holds
a lecture, with musical examples, on Sacred sound as practised
in Indian and other musical traditions, at Auditorium 1, Sophus
Bugge, Oslo University, on 13 March, 10.15-12.00. More
David White lectures on Bhairava David White, Associate professor in Religious studies at the University
of California, Santa Barbara, holds a guest lecture at Copenhagen
University, on Elective Affinities between South Asian Gods and
their Human Devotees? The Case of Bhairava, on Friday 22 March,
2002, 12-14. Venue: Asien-instituttet, Leifsgade 33, room 607. Dr White
is a specialist on Indian religions. He has written extensively on Hindu
Tantrism and Alchemy in India.
Courses and conferences:
A PhD researcher training course at Bornholm the Graduate School of International
Development Studies at Roskilde University, Denmark, arranges a PhD
researcher training course with the theme Twilight Institutions
and Local Politics in Developing Societies 2427 September
2002. The course is held atHotel Romantik (photo) in Allinge,
at the island of Bornholm. More information.
Anthropological conference in Copenhagen The 7th Biennial Conference of the European Association of Social
Anthropologists (EASA) is held in Copenhagen, Denmark, 14-17 August, 2002.
The theme for the conference is Engaging the World: Theoretical,
methodological and political challenges for a 21st century anthropology.
The conference is hosted by the Institute
for Anthropology at Copenhagen University.
Summer school in spoken Sanskrit at Heidelberg The Department of Classical Indology at the South
Asia Institute, Universität Heidelberg, offers a unique opportunity
to participate in a spoken Sanskrit course in the summer 2002, under the
tutelage of Sadananda Das, a Sanskrit native speaker. More
Development research conference in Ljubljana The 10th General Conference of EADI (European Association of Development
Research and Training Institutes) arranges a conference on EU Enlargement
in a Changing World Challenges for Development Co-operation in
the 21st Century 19 - 21 September, 2002, in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The programme, along with its themes and sessions, is published on the
AAS annual conference in Washington The annual conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS)
will be held in Washington, DC, United States, 47 April 2002. There
will be approximately 19 panels focusing on South Asia. More
information on the AAS website.
grants decided upon The Swedish Research Council decided in the middle of November upon
research grants for 20022004. Lists of the
applications which were given grants in different disciplines.
Network on HIV issues
in India The research network SAATHII (Solidarity against the HIV Infection
in India) tries to bring together govenmental and non- governmental organizations,
within and outside of India, working on HIV issues. SAATHII now prepares
a website, still under construction, though.
on international health issues The Health & Development
Networks(HDN) is a non-profit organisation who manages and
moderates electronic discussion forums on international health issues,
on behalf of the Swiss organisation Fondation
du Present. Among the several e-mail discussion forums that are going
on the SEA-AIDS Forum
is focused on HIV/AIDS in the Asia-Pacific region, and Shohojogi-AIDS
is a national forum on the AIDS situation in Bangladesh.
New educational courses, connected to South
Asia, at Swedish folk high schools
Färnebo Folk High School, at Österfärnebo
in Gästrikland, arranges a 10 months course on Global
Meeting for Justice, in co-operation with Attac and Den Resande
Skolan, including a tour to India and a visit to the World Social Forum
conference in the Spring 2003. The course starts in August, 2002.
Ljungskile Folk High school, offers a World course
on Justice, Peace and Environment, including a three weeks tour to north
India. Next course starts 14 August, 2002. Last date for application:
3 May. More information.
Biskops-Arnö Folk High school offers a 36 weeks course on
Ecology and Global Solidarity, including a two months
stay in South India. Next course starts on 26 August, 2002. Last date
for application: 17 April. More
information on the school´s web page.
Useful web site for Swedish teachers and
The web site internationalisering.com
offers an extensive collection of Internet resources on the Third world,
especially useful for Swedish teachers and school children. The site is
constructed by the regional representatives of Sida (Swedish International
Development Cooperation Agency) in western Sweden, and GR Utbildning (a
company run by the Göteborg Region Association of Local Authorities).
Cultural Events in Sweden connected to South Asia
Programmes on India at Swedish Radio
A series of six programmes produced by Vetenskapsredaktionen, on
issues as varied as Bollywood films, Indian languages and the Kashmir
conflict, are sent between 11 and 17 February, 2002. More
information (in Swedish only).
The Olof Palme Memorial Fund to Fazle Hasan Abed The Olof Palme Memorial Fund for International Understanding and Common
Security decided to give the Olof Palme prize for the year 2001 to Mr
Fazle Hasan Abed. Abed got the award for his work through the organisation
BRAC (Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee)
to eradicate poverty and strengthen the poor, and especially the women,
of Bangladesh. More
Many South Asian films at the Göteborg
Film Festival Göteborg Film Festival 2002, from 25 January to 3 February,
showed several films connected to South Asia. More
God has 99 names now in Kristianstad Riksutställningar and SKS has produced an exhibition on Gud
har 99 namn, on tour through Sweden. From 27 January in Kristianstad.
New and updated items on SASNET web site
More Swedish departments where research
on South Asia is going on: Added to the list of research environments at Swedish universities,
presented by SASNET. The full list now includes around 40 departments.
Go to the presentation page.
New useful links added to the Gateway´s
News and Info page include: SAARC South
Asian Association for Regional Cooperation; Attac´s site on World
Social Forum at Porto Allegre; and WWW Virtual Library Afghanistan.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org Web site:
http://www.sasnet.lu.se Our office is manned weekdays 9-17, and open to visitors.