Apply for SASNET
Planning Grants 2002 before 15 June
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
Invitations for the PhD students/post-docs
symposium coming soon
SASNET arranges a symposium for Swedish PhD students and post-docs dealing
with South Asian studies, 2527 October 2002, at Marstrands Varmbadhus,
north of Göteborg. Invitations for the symposium will be sent out
before the Summer. More information
New research programme introduced: Swedish
Research Links Sida and the Swedish Research Council now introduces a completely
new research programme: Swedish Research Links, with the aim to stimulate
cooperation between researchers in Sweden and those in developing countries.
The programme is oriented towards a/ Developing countries with relatively
strong resources e g in Asia; and b/ Countries where more general cooperation
on development assistance is coming to an end. Closing date for applications:
3 June 2002. More information.
Travel insurances for foreign visitors to
Sweden Tranås resebyrå offers Travel insurances for foreign visitors
to Sweden at very advantageous rates (35 SEK/day). Tranås resebyrå
is a Swedish travel agency specialised in selling tickets for non-commercial
customers. A prerequisite is that the visitor is related to aid or other
non-commercial actvivities, e g academic such.
Dissertation on drinking water and sanitation
in Philippines and Bangladesh Therése Hindman Persson, Dept for Economics
at Lund University, defended her doctoral thesis on Economic
Analyses of Drinking Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries,
primarily based on research in Philippines and Bangladesh, on 13 April
2002. Faculty opponent was Dr. Andrew McKay, University of Nottingham,
Dissertation on Vaishnava Mendicant Renouncers
Kristin Hansen at the Dept of
Social Anthropology, Oslo University, defended her doctoral thesis
on Seeds in Motion Thoughts, Feelings and the Significance
of Social Ties as Invoked by a Family of Vaishnava Mendicant Renouncers
in Bengal, on Friday 3 May, 2002. Faculty opponents were Prof.
Ann Grodzins Gold, from Syracuse University, New York; and Prof.
Harald Thambs-Lyche, Université de Picardie Jules Verne,
Amiens, France. More
The Swallows, BangladeshIndia section,
advertises two positions
for work in Bangladesh and India respectively. The first one is dealing
with environment and social mobilisation in the Sundarbans region; the
other with sustainable agriculture in Tamil Nadu. Last date for applications
1 June, 2002. More
information on the organisation´s web site (in Swedish only).
A new Centre for Global Gender Studies will
at the Dept of Peace and Development Research,
PADRIGU, in Göteborg, on Tuesday 14 May, 15.00. Professor Gita Sen
from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, in honorray
guest and will give a lecture on Globalisation, Power and Agency.
All interested are welcome. More information given by Monica
Decisions on Palme Linnaeus grants
250 applications for Palme-Linnaeus grants have been delivered
for the coming contract period 1 July 200230 June 2003. Decisions
will be given by the Swedish International Programme Office for Education
and Training in the middle of May. More
Information on how to apply for research
The Swedish council for working life and social research, established
in 2001 through a merger of the Swedish Council for Social Research and
the Swedish Council for Work Life Research, has a web page presenting
how to apply for research grants. Go
Conferences and courses
Colloquium on Cartographic Representations
in Varanasi, at Heidelberg
The South Asia Institute at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, organises
an International Academic Colloquium on Visualized Space: Constructions
of Locality and Cartographic Representations in Varanasi, on
2225 May 2002. Scholars from all over the World specialised on the
holy Hindu pilgrimage city will take part in the conference, which will
be accompanied by an exhibition of historical maps in the Völkerkundemuseum.More
Vedic Workshop at Leiden University The Third International Vedic Workshop, The Vedas: Texts,
Language and Ritual, is organised 29 May 2 June, 2002,
at Leiden, the Netherlands. The workshop is jointly organized by the Leiden
University's Kern Institute
of Indology, the Dept of Comparative Linguistics, and the International
Institute of Asian Studies, IIAS. More
Oriental Studies Colloquium on the Vakatakas,
at Groningen The Institute of Indian Studies, at the University of Groningen, the
Netherlands, organises an Oriental Studies Colloquium on the Vakatakas,
68 June, 2002. The Vakatakas was a dynasty ruling over of a great
part of the northern Deccan plateau in the 4th and 5th centuries A.D.,
and who emerged as one of India's major patrons of religion and art.
Conference on Communication and Development,
at Varanasi An International Conference on Communication and Development in the
21st Centuryis arranged at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi,
India, on 79 January 2003. The conference is organised by the Dept
of Extension Education at the Institute of Agricultural Sciences;
in collaboration with the Indian Society of Extension Education,
New Delhi, the Global Communication Research Association at Macquarie
University, Australia, and the Center for South Asian Studies at
Gifu Womens University, Japan. More information
(as a pdf-file).
Important lectures and workshops
Lecture by Gunnel Cederlöf at Uppsala
The South Asia seminar series at Uppsala University continues on Friday
17 May, 14.1516, when the historian Gunnel Cederlöf lectures
on Conflicts over Forestland in the British Colonial Conquest of
India. Venue: Språkvetenskapligt Centrum, SVC, Villavägen
4, room 16/0054.
Globalization and Global Social Movements,
at Lund University
A Conference/workshop on Globalization and Global Social Movements
is arranged at Lund University on 29 May, 2002. Venue: Akademiska föreningen,
Sandgatan 2, and the Dept of Sociology. The conference is organised by
the Seminar for Emancipatory Sociology, and the Seminar for Development
Vandana Shiva lectures in Göteborg Vandana Shiva from the Research Foundation for Science, Technology
and Ecology, India, and Samir Amin from Thirld World Forum, based in
Senegal, holds a seminar at Göteborg University, on Saturday 25
May, 2002, 12.00. The theme for the discussion will be: The
Diversity, and Common Development can Cultures co-operate on Global
Justice. Venue: Universitetets aula, Vasaparken. The seminar
is organised by Museion.
Report by the Swedish parliamentary commission
GLOBKOM is a Swedish parliamentary commission investigating how the Swedish
policy for global economic, social and ecologically sustainable development
should be further developed in an approach based on solidarity. The commission
is to make proposals as to how policy should be formulated in important
areas on the basis of the overall objective of combating poverty and the
new conditions created by globalisation. The commission recently presented
its final report. Read
the full report.
Danish web site on Hinduism An ambitious website on Hinduism, mainly in south India, has been
created by a team of scholars connected to the University of Aarhus, Denmark.
The anthropologist Lars Kjærholm is the driving force behind the
enterprise, which will be expanded gradually. Go
South Asia Research networks
Network for economic research institutes
in the South Asian region South Asia Network of Economic
research Institutes (SANEI) is a regional initiative aimed to establish
strong research interlinkages among diverse economic research institutes
in the South Asian region. SANEI has a membership of 48 research institutes,
11 from Bangladesh, 22 from India, 3 from Nepal, 7 from Pakistan and 5
from Sri Lanka. The head office is in New Delhi. SANEI in turn is part
of the Global Development Network
(GDN) a collaborative initiative of development institutions globally,
based in Washington, USA.
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.
South Asia related courses at Göteborg
CEAS (Centre for Asian
Studies), previously named GESEAS, runs a programme on basic and
intermediate level (120 credits and 2140 credits) in Asian
studies, which includes teaching on South Asia. The Dept. of Peace and
Development Research, PADRIGU, runs a programme on Development and
International Co-operation Studies (formerly called U-landskunskap),
up to C-level (including field work in India. Information
on the courses. Museion
offers a 20 credits course on World history of Everyday life.
A new course starts in the autumn 2002/spring 2003. More
information. Museion also starts a new 80 credits Masters programme
in International Museum Studies in September; in partnership with the
National Museum of World Cultures. More
Masters programme on Water resources at
A Masters programme in Water Resources and Livelihood Security
is organised at the Dept of Water and Environmental
Studies the coming academic year, September 2002 September
2003, i e altogether 50 weeks of study. The programme is open for students
from Sweden and from abroad. More
information about the programme.
South Asian Studies courses continue at
A South Asian Studies course with a multidisciplinary approach started
in the Fall 2001 at the Dept of Asian and African Languages. It is a co-operation
project between the departments of the Domain of Humanities and Social
Sciences at Uppsala University. A new course starts in September 2002.
Last date for application was 15 April. More information.
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 nearly 50 departments.
Go to the presentation page.
Several new useful links to Academic institutions
around the World, connected to research on South Asia, have been added
to our site. Go to the Links page.
Several new useful links to International
organisations and development agencies
working with South Asia have also been added. Go
to the page.
The page on South Asian Books distributors
now includes links to Manohar Book Services, Sage Publications India and
South Asia Books in Missourie. Go to the page.
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.