SASNET Advanced Search Engine now working
An advanced search function has been created for SASNET by Netlab at Lund
University. It provides for a full text search not only to our own web
site, but also to all the pages we link up to, in two steps (at present
that means more than 15 000 web pages). Therefore our engine is most useful
for searching material specifically connected to South Asia. It is found
Apply for SASNET
Planning Grants 2002 before 15 June
The interest to apply for SASNET planning grants this time is high. Several
applications have already reached us. Closing date for applications is
15 June, 2002. Full details are given on our web page: http://www.sasnet.lu.se/grantsinvite.html
SASNET invites Swedish PhD students and
post-docs engaged in research related to South Asia for a symposium,
on 2527 October 2002, at Marstrands Varmbadhus, north of Göteborg.
The symposium will discuss the situation of PhD students in South Asian
Studies or South Asia relevant studies (recruitment, fieldwork, supervision,
finishing, post-doc situation), and some experienced supervisors and PhD
students will present their views. Teachers and supervisors are kindly
requested to spread information about the symposium on to their students,
and encourage them to participate. Last date for application: Monday 16
September. Full details on the symposium.
Plans for a Masters Course in South Asian
Studies at Lund University
A Masters Course in South Asian Studies is currently planned by teachers
and researchers at Lund University. The work is carried out in a working
group, assisted by the SASNET root node at Lund. The course may commence
in September 2003. More information from Jan
Magnusson, PhD, Dept. of Social Work,
who is in charge of the preliminary planning process.
Visit by representative from the University
Grants Commission of India
Dr Tilak R Kem, Additional Secretary at the University
Grants Commission of India, visited SASNET and Lund University
on Tuesday 4 June, 2002. Dr Kem, previously connected to the Indira
Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, had come to Sweden
as an invited guest to Högskolan Kristianstad,
in his capacity of being an expert on distance education. During his visit
to Lund, along with Mr Arvid Gisby, Högskolan Kristianstad, SASNET
arranged for a fruitful meeting with Lennart Badersten, Head of the Office
for Continuing and Distance Education at Lund University, and discussions
took place on possible Indo-Swedish cooperation in this field. A proposal
was made to arrange a workshop in India later this year.
Indian Ambassador visited SASNET and Lund
SASNET hosted the Indian ambassador Ms Chitra Narayanan and the Counsellor
Mr Sachdeva when they visited Lund University on 21 May, 2002. Read
the report from the visit.
The history of SASNET presented
A short history of how SASNET was created is now available. Here the planning
process and the persons without whom SASNET would not have materialised
are presented. Read the history report.
SASNET office closed in July
Summertime is here, and the SASNET root node staff need some vacation.
The office will be closed during the period 8 July4 August.
Professorship in South Asian Languages and
Cultures at Uppsala University
Applications are now invited for a full professorship in South Asian Languages
and Cultures at the Department of Asian and African
Languages, Uppsala university, as Professor Gunilla Gren-Eklund
is going to retire. Last date for applications: 2 August, 2002. More
New Catalogue on Swedish Resource persons
for lectures and seminars Global Competece is a Sida financed Swedish searchable competence
catalogue on the Internet, giving information about resource persons with
knowledge about international politics, international relations, and other
subjects related to the Global World, available for lectures and seminars.
The catalogue is extremely useful for schools and conference organisers.
Swedish scholars and researchers on South Asia are invited to report themselves
to the catalogue.
Report on Studying Indian Languages in India
and America Professor Gunilla Gren-Eklund, Dept for African
and Asian Languages at Uppsala University; and Stig Toft Madsen,
Lecturer, International Development Studies
at Roskilde University, Denmark, has written a comprehensive report on
Indian language studies. The report is based on experiences from two journeys,
one of them a tour visiting educational institutions in Mussorie, Delhi,
Hyderabad, Mysore, and Baroda in India, in November 2001; and the second
a tour to institutions in the U.S. in June 2001. The
report is available here, as a pdf-file.
3 800 applications for research grants from
Swedish Research Council
The Swedish Research Council has received 3 800 applications for research
grants before the final date in May. The applications regard research
projects starting in 2003, and totally 2.400 Million SEK will be distributed
for Swedish basic research in all the disciplines. Decisions are taken
in November. More
information (in Swedish only).
Decisions on Linnaeus-Palme International
Exchange Programmes for 20022003
The Swedish International Programme Office for Education and Training
decided upon the applications for Linnaeus-Palme International Exchange
Programmes, for the period 20022003, in the end of May, 2002. A
total amount of 18.4 Million Swedish Kronor were distributed to 146 different
projects, out of which 18 relate to South Asia. SASNET
presents a list of these.
Plans for International Research network
connected to the Third World Forum
The Scientific council of the Think tank Agora, based at Stockholm, calls
for a meeting on Swedish participation in an International Research network
connected to the Third World Forum, one of the initiators to the World
Social Forum at Porto Alegre. The meeting will be held on Wednesday
12 June, at 18.00, at Agora´s office, Drottningatan 83, Stockholm.
More information through Ursula Berge, Agora.
Research projects on South Asia religions
presented in Uppsala
A Presentation of Ongoing South Asia related projects at the Dept
of History of Religions at Uppsala University was given on Monday
3 June. Three research projects performed in collaboration with several
European researchers and university departments were presented. More
Doctoral thesis on Educated Elite People
in New Delhi
Anne Waldrop, at the Department of Social Anthropology,
University of Oslo, (and co-director of the Nordic Centre in New Delhi
as well), will defend her doctoral thesis on A Room with One´s
Own. Educated Elite People in New Delhi and Relations of Class
on Friday 21 June, 2002, at 10.15. Faculty opponents: Prof. Patricia Jeffery,
University of Edinburgh, and Prof. Bruce
Kapferer, University of Bergen. Venue: Auditorium
2, Georg Sverdrups hus (Universitetsbiblioteket). The thesis concerns
the educated elite in New Delhi, with particular reference to the way
they sustain their privileged class position.
Conferences and courses
An International Symposium on Kautilya's
ancient work Arthashastra will be held at the Oriental Research Institute,
Mysore, India 1316 June, 2002. The Symposium is being held to commemorate
the centennary of the first-ever discovery of the complete manuscript
of the Arthashatra by the Institute. Neelambar
Hatti from Dept of Economic History,
Lund University will be the convenor for the English-speaking participants
and their papers, which to a great extent will relate to Kautilya's political,
social and economic thoughts and their relevance today.
A conference on Poverty Reduction
and Sustainable Development: Research and Policy Challenges
is organised by the Norwegian Trust Fund for Environmentally
and Socially Sustainable Development (NTFESSD),
on Tuesday 18 June, 08.3016.30, at the University Library in Oslo
(Auditorium 2, Georg Sverdrups Hus).
The 8th International interdisciplinary
congress on Women, with the theme Gendered Worlds: Gains
and Challenges is organised 2326 July, 2002, by the Dept.
of Women and Gender Studies, at Makerere University in Kampala,
The 5th International Congress on Traditional
Asian Medicine is held 1824 August, 2002, at Martin-Luther-Universität
in Halle in Germany. More details.
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.
A Workshop on Common-pool Resources
and Institutions takes place in Mysore, India, 2729 August,
2002. The Workshop is organized by Lund University, and the Centre
for Advanced Research in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (CARIKS)
at Mysore. More information from Alia
Ahmad, Dept. of Economics, or Neelambar
Hatti, Dept. of Economic History, both
at Lund University.
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. More
information on Metropolis Norway 2002.
17th European Conference on Modern South
Asian Studies , a highlight for European South Asia researchers takes
place at Heidelberg, Germany, on 914 September, 2002. The full list
of panels can be seen on the
conference home page, and abstracts of some papers are available.
The 10th General Conference of European
Association of Development Research and Training Institutes, EADI,
with the theme EU Enlargement in a Changing World Challenges
for Development Co-operation in the 21st Century is arranged
1921 September, 2002, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The programme, along
with its themes and sessions, is published on the EADI website.
The 8th Himalayan Languages Symposium
will take place at the University of Berne in Switzerland, 1922
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.
A PhD researcher training course with the
theme Twilight Institutions and Local Politics in Developing Societies
is offered 2427 September 2002. The course is organised by the Graduate
School of International Development Studies at Roskilde University,
Denmark. Venue: Hotel Romantik at Bornholm. More
The Second World Conference on Music and
Censorship is organised by Freemuse Freedom of Music Expression
at Copenhagen, 2829 September, 2002. A full session on 29 September
is dedicated to the issue of Afghanistan, with several invited musicians
from Afghanistan. A parallel session on The future of Afghan
music will be held within the premises on the first day of the
conference. In another session named The Logic Behind Music Censorship
PhD Jonas Otterbäck, from the Dept of International
Migration and Ethnic Relations, Malmö University, will lecture
on Music as a useless activity. Music and Sinful Living: Music
and Passion; Music and Cultural Imperialism. The logic behind conservative
interpretations of music in Islam. Venue for the conference:
World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe, Scherfigsvej 8,
Copenhagen. More information.
A Symposium on Central Asia, including Afghanistan,
will be arranged by the Dept. of Near Eastern Studies,
at Carsten Niebuhr Institute,
University of Copenhagen, in the second week of October 2002.
A two days undergraduate conference on South
Asian Studies is arranged by the Committee on
the Enhancement of South Asian Studies at Loyola University, Chicago,
USA, 2627 October, 2002, at the University's Lake Shore Campus.
Undergraduates, recent college graduates, and first year graduate students
are invited to submit abstracts of about 250 words to the Committee for
consideration. For further information contact Prof Vincent Mahler in
the Dept of Political Science, Loyola University.
The Second South Asia Water Forum is
arranged by the Global Water Partnership South Asia,
at Islamabad, Pakistan, 1719 December, 2002.
A Classical Tamil Winter School is organised
by the Centre of the Ecole Française d'Extrême-Orient
(EFEO) in Pondicherry, India, 20 January15 February, 2003, with
the collaboration of Eva Wilden, Hamburg University. The participants
will get a basic knowledge of modern Tamil or another Dravidian language.
A global conference on Mountain Ecotourism
will be held at at Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Nepal, on 2426 May, 2003.
The conference is arranged by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife
Conservation of Nepal, in collaboration with Bridges-PRTD (Projects
in Rational Tourism Development), and the Laboratory
of Geoecology, Hokkaido University, Japan.
Important lectures and workshops
A special Seminar on the India-Pakistan
Tensions: Root Causes and Consequences is organised at The Center
for Pacific Asia Studies, CPAS, Stockholm University, on Wednesday
12 June, 14.0016.00. The seminar is led by Ass Prof. Ishtiaq Ahmed
from the Dept of Political Science, Stockholm
University, and Mr. Ravinder Pal Singh, Senior Research Fellow at CPAS.
Venue: Aulan, Stockholm University, Kräftriket 4, 2F (top floor).
For more information contact CPAS.
Professor Annette Wilke from Münster
University, Germany, held a seminar on The Taming of Wild
Goddesses in Hinduism, at Uppsala University on 4 June. She
was invited by the Dept of History of Religions.
Anne Kristine Waldrop, Dept of Social Anthropology,
University of Oslo, holds a lecture on Dalit politics, Anthropology
and changing meanings of Caste, on Thursday 20 June, 16.15.
This lecture is a part of her dissertation the following day. Venue: Auditorium
2, Georg Sverdrups hus (Universitetsbiblioteket).
Dr Ananta Kumar Giri from Madras Institute
of Development Studies holds a lecture on The Vision and
Experiments of Integral Education in Contemporary India, at
Lund University, Monday 19 August, 2002, 14-16, Venue: Department
of Education, Allhelgona kyrkogata 14, room 221.
A workshop on South Asian Religions is organised
by NoFSA at the University of Oslo, Norway, on Saturday 24 August,
2002, 10.0017.00. Selected participants will be asked to prepare
their presentations for later publication in a book, with the title South
Asian religions and religious life (in Norwegian only). More
information from the editor of the book, Prof. Knut
A Jacobsen, Dept of History of Religion,
University of Bergen.
South Asia Research networks
A South Asia Research Network on Gender
Law and Governance is going to be launched during the Fall 2002. More
information from Shaheen Ali,
Professor of Law at University of Warwick, UK (former Minister of Health
News on courses and education
New Course on South
Asia Religions at Uppsala University
A 20 credits course on Religions in South Asia is arranged
during the Fall 2002, at the Dept of Theology; History
of Religions, Uppsala University.
South Asian studies course at Uppsala University
A second South Asian Studies course with a multidisciplinary approach
commences at Uppsala University in September 2002, 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. More information.
Internet based course in Hindi at Uppsala
The Dept of Asian and African Languages also
introduces a new course in the Fall 2002. It is a special 10 credits Internet
based course in Hindi, led by Mirja Juntunen.
Courses in Development Studies at Lund University
The Dept of Social and Economic Geography
at Lund University offers every year courses on Development Studies (U-landskunskap),
up to C-level.
Cultural Events in Sweden connected to South Asia
The Re:Orient Music Festival in Stockholm
1316 June offers a few Indian artists in their programme at
Södra Teatern. Baul Bishwa, Hindu sufi musician from West Bengal
with group appears on the stage on Saturday 15 June, 19.00; and the Indo-Brittish
Bhangra group Saqi appears at Kägelbanan same day at 20.30.
More information from the Re:Orient
The group Twice a Man from Göteborg has released an India inspired
cd Agricultural Beauty in collaboration with the
expatriate Swedish writer Zac O´Yeah and his wife, Indian poet Anjum
Hasan, both living in Bangalore. More information.
The 18th Göteborg International Book
and Library Fair on 1922 September, 2002 has few South Asia
highlights this year, even though Homi K Bhabha, Professor of English
Literature and Cultural Theory, at the University of Chicago is coming
and will hold two seminars. Information on the
South Asia related activities.
New and updated items on SASNET web site
The page on South Asia related books distributors
has grown. Some more quality books distributors have been added, including
NIAS Press connected to the Nordic Institute for
Asian Studies at Copenhagen. Go for the page.
A page on New
books connected to South Asia research has been added to the site.
It does not provide a comprehensive list, though, but only gives some
recommendations by ourselves or by other reliable sources, e g the Norwegian
NoFSA-net. We also inform about Nordic scholars whose books on South Asia
related research have been reviewed in International magazines. Go
to the page.
A page on Recommended reading/listening
for South Asia scholars has also been added to the site. There we
recommend articles available on the Net which might be of interest to
others in the field. Besides our own recommendations we also publish such
given by other reliable sources, e g from the Norwegian NoFSA-net. Go
to the page.
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 60 departments.
Go to the presentation page.
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.