Reports from the SASNET contact journey to
The SASNET director Professor Staffan Lindberg, and deputy director/webmaster
Lars Eklund, have just completed a tour
to South Asia in order to link up the SASNET activities with universities
and research institutions in different countries of the region. They visited
the Maldives (Malé) 2627 February, Sri Lanka (Colombo and
Kandy) 28 February5 March, India (New Delhi, Varanasi, Hyderabad,
Kolkata and Shantiniketan) 619 March; and finally Bangladesh (Dhaka)
2022 March. Read their reports from the journey.
Apply for SASNET Planning Grants 2002 before
Applications are now welcome for the next round of SASNET planning
grants. Closing date for applications is 15 June, 2002. Please note that
there always has to be a Swedish partner in the project/programme for
the application to be eligible, and that the application must be made
by the Swedish partner. Full details are given on our web page: http://www.sasnet.lu.se/grantsinvite.html
Accommodation for Nordic
researchers in Delhi.
The Nordic Centre in India provides inexpensive lodging for Nordic
scholars and academic administrators while staying in Delhi. Please state
the dates for your stay, the purpose, and your institutional address.
Students are also admitted, but need recommendations from their respective
Bookings to be made through one of the current co-directors,
Anne Waldrop or Pamela Price
Project grants through
EU´s Asia-Link programme EU´s Asia-Link programme offers project grants to institutions,
networks, and postgraduate students, teaching staff and administrators
of higher education institutions, in order to foster cooperation in the
field of higher education between the European Union and South Asia. Maximum
project duration is 36 months, and the grants can be between 200 000 EUR
and 300 000 EUR. Deadline for applications in 2002: 24 May and 24 October.
Applications for Sida grants
before 22 April
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
Scholarships for Swedish students to study at Indian
The Indian government offers, through the Council
of Cultural Relations in New Delhi, scholarships for two Swedish students
every year to study at Indian universities. The applications for scholarships
is supposed to be handled by the Indian
Embassy in Stockholm. At present only one Swedish student is staying
in India on such a scholarship, studying at Jawaharlal Nehru University
in New Delhi.
Funds for research projects from the EU-India Think
The EU-India Think Tank programme is now gradually
developed into a full-fledged network. Next year it will have an annual
budget of 3 million Euros. In order to build momentum, the European Commission
will support projects on an ad hoc basis with a funding ranging from 20
000120 000 Euro. The projects should be in the four areas discussed
in Brussels Federalism and Decentralisation; Global Energy
Challenges; Global Security Challenges; and Governance and
Democratic Traditions. The projects should be oriented towards policy
advice and reforms, economic policy, etc. 75 p.c. will be funded by EC,
the rest by the participating instutions two institutions in two
different EU countries, and one institution in India. The funding is solely
intended for 24 months duration, and only for research projects
not curriculum development as in the larger Asia Link programme. More information from the web
page of the Delegation of the European Commission to India, Nepal
and Bhutan, which has an office in New Delhi.
Conferences and courses:
The sixth Göttingen International Ethnographic
The IWF Knowledge and Media (Institut
für den Wissenschaftlichen Film) arranges its sixth festival
for ethnographic films in Göttingen, Germany, 813 May, 2002.
More than 40 new ethnographic films out of which 12 are made
in South Asia will be presented, thus strenghtening international
communication within Visual Anthropology and, at the same time, building
a bridge between Cultural Anthropology and Folklore. Registration to
be made before 15 April.
Conference on Environmental History of Asia
An International Conference on the Environmental History of Asia
is arranged 25-28 September, 2002, at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New
Delhi, India. It will also be the first meeting of the new International
Environmental History Association. More information.
Hindi-Urdu course at Mussoorie An intensive Hindi-Urdu course for Scandinavian students is
arranged in Mussoorie, Uttaranchal, India, in MayJune 2002. Registration
will be closed on the 15 April. More information.
Summer course on India at Uppsala University India past and present(Indien nu och då) is the name
of a course arranged by the Dept of Asian and African Languages
at Uppsala University in the Summer 2002. It is a 5 credit course, starting
on 5 June.
Modern South Asian Studies at Heidelberg A European Summer School in Modern South Asian Studies is arranged
at the South
Asia Institute, Universität Heidelberg, Germany 819 July,
2002. Organisers: the Dept of Political Science, along with the
University of Edinburgh, the University of Oslo, Institut National des
Langues et Civilisations Orientales (Paris) and the European Institute
for Asian Studies (Brussels). Theme for the course: South Asia:
Governance, Ideology and Institutions.
Tamil language at Pondicherry A Tamil Language Summer School
is arranged in the Summer 2002 at the
French Institute in Pondicherry, India. More
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
Important lectures and workshops
Seminar on the development in Afghanistan
A full day seminar on Afghanistan yesterday, today
and tomorrow, is arranged by Skånes FN-distrikt at Eslöv,
Saturday 13 April, 2002, 9.0016.00. Lectures are held by Prof Bo
Utas, Dept of Asian and African Languages at Uppsala University,
Prof Göran Melander, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights
and Humanitarian Law at Lund University, Peter Hjukström from
Svenska Aghanistankommittén, and others. Venue: Medborgarhusets
restaurang, Södergatan 29. In order to take part in the seminar,
contact Knut Rang, 040-18 36 29, not later than 8 April.
Lecture on rhetoric in the developing countries Globalakademin in Stockholm
arranges a public lecture on Language, texts and trends in the developing
countries, on Wednesday 10 April,
1518. Dr. Stefan Helgesson from the Dept of Literature at
Uppsala University, will talk about rhetoric and different oratory traditions.
The African actress Lamine Dieng will also give her reflections on the
subject. Venue: Sida´s hörsal, Sveavägen 20. For participation
report to Globalakademin.
Workshop on South Asian Religions A workshop on South Asian Religionswill be held in
Norway in late Summer 2002. Selected participants will be asked to prepare
their presentations for later publication in a book. The intention is
that the workshop takes place in connection with the Norwegian conference
on Asian studies, NORASIA II, planned for August. More information from
Professor Knut A Jacobsen,
Dept of History of Religion, University of Bergen.
Working papers on South Asia available on the Internet
Cultural events in Scandinavia connected to South Asia
Inauguration ceremony for Urdu magazine in Sweden The Urdu Academy of Sweden inaugurates its new magazine, Zafia,
with a ceremony in Lund on Wednesday 10 April, at 19.00. Venue S:t Hans
församlingshem, Fäladstorget. Chief guests at the ceremony are
Jan Hjärpe, prof of Islamology at Lund University, and the SASNET
director, Prof Staffan Lindberg. After the inaguration and tea/coffee
there will be a mushaira recital of Urdu poetry. For more
information contact Mr Zubair
Warsi from Urdu Academy.
Gud har 99 namn now in Södertälje
Riksutställningar and SKS has produced an exhibition on Gud
har 99 namn, on tour through Sweden. 23 March 5 May,
2002, it is on display at Södertälje Konsthall. More
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.