Apply for participation in the PhD students/post-docs
invites Swedish PhD students and post-docs engaged in research related
to South Asia for a symposium, on 2527 October 2002, at Marstrands
Varmbadhus (photo), 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.
26 applications for SASNET Planning and
were accepted before the deadline on 15 June, 2002. Out of these 23 concern
Research planning grants, one Continued research networking
grant, and two Education planning grants. The total sum asked
for in the applications is 2.3 Million SEK, whereas SASNET has 726 000
SEK to distribute. Decisions are taken on 27 August.
Last date for applications to the next round of SASNET Planing grants
is 15 November. More information.
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
The searchable register
for individual Swedish researchers connected to research on South Asia is also working properly. Go
The register needs updating, though, and we kindly request the researchers
to check the information given on themselves, and send
a mail with corrections and/or additional information to the SASNET
webmaster. This is so far the procedure to follow in order to make changes
in the register.
In case you are not at all represented in
it is now extremely easy to make a new entry, by simply filling in the
form available on Internet. Go
to New entry and follow the instructions.
Development research conference at Lund
University A conference on Swedish Development Studies research, named Fattiga
och rika. Aktuell utvecklingsforskning och dess villkor i Sverige
is organised at Lund University 911 January, 2003. All Swedish researchers
in the field are welcome. More information.
Professorship at Indiana University, Bloomington The Rabindranath Tagore Professorship in Indian Cultures and Civilization
at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, has been announced for a national/international
search to fill. The post includes the Directorship of the India
Studies Program, and will be effective from July 1, 2003. Nominations
and applications are invited from senior scholars in any discipline of
the humanities and social sciences, including such fields as anthropology,
art history, cultural studies, economics, folklore, geography, history,
literature, music, philosophy, political science, and religious studies.
Review of applications begins October 15, 2002 and will continue until
the position is filled. More
The Swedish research council for Working
Life and Social Research, FAS,
announces scholarships for Swedish researchers to stay 624 months
at a department outside of Sweden; and also for inviting guest researchers
from abroad to visit Sweden. Closing date for major applications is 16
For smaller amounts, maximum 30 000 SEK, applications can be made anytime
during the year (but 8 weeks in advance of the researchers departure).
(only in Swedish).
Doctoral thesis on Baltistani resources Ingrid Nyborg from Noragric, Centre for International Environment
and Development Studies, Agricultural
University of Norway, will defend her doctoral thesis Yours
Today, Mine Tomorrow? A Study of Women and Mens Negotiations over
Resources in Baltistan, Pakistan, on 28 August, 2002, at 12:15.
Venue: Festsalen, Urbygningen, Noragric, Ås. More
details with abstract. .
The Nordic Institute for Asian Studies
at Copenhagen offers Nordic Contact Scholarships,
designed to make NIAS library and other resources accessible to
Nordic and Baltic researchers and students. 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. Monday 2 September
2002 is the closing date for applications for scholarships during the
period October-December 2002.
Researchers and students from Copenhagen,
Lund and Roskilde universities
are invited to apply for NIAS Øresund Scholarships,
an extension of NIAS regular Contact Scholarship Programme. One
scholarship for two weeks has been reserved for this purpose per month.
The candidate will be seated in the library's reading room and will be
offered the same extended library services as the regular holders of contact
scholarships. Transport and accommodation costs are not covered by the
scholarship. Monday 2 September 2002 is the closing date for applications
for scholarships during the period October-December 2002. More
Scholarships for studies at Indian universities are offered on a reciprocal basis for two Swedish students every year
by the Indian government through the Council
of Cultural Relations in New Delhi. Applications for scholarships
are managed through the Swedish Institute in Stockholm, who pass them
on to the Indian Embassy in Stockholm. Last date for applications for
the year 2003/04: 1 November, 2002. More information
on the scholarships, and application forms (only in Swedish).
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 15 August, 2002
note changed date!More
information on the organisation´s web site (only in Swedish).
Travel insurances for foreign visitors to
Sweden are offered at very advantageous rates (35 SEK/day) by Tranås
resebyrå a 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.
Dissertation on Regional Conflict Transformation Masud Hossain from Institute of Development Studies, University of
Helsinki, Finland, defended his doctoral dissertation on Regional
Conflict Transformation: A Reinterpretation of South Asian Association
for Regional Co-operation (SAARC), on 25 May, 2002. The dissertation
is published as a book, and can be ordered from the
Institute or from the author
Dissertation on Bangladeshi economics Mohammed Nurul Alam, at the Dept of Business Administration, Lund
University, defends his doctoral thesis on Financing Small and
Cottage Industries in Bangladesh by Islamic Banks: An Institutional Network
Approach, on Thursday 24 October, 10.00. Venue: School of Economics
& Management, room EC3:207. Faculty opponent is Professor Amjad Hadjikhani,
Dept of Business Administration, Uppsala University.
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. Last date to submit the article
to the editors is 31 August 2002.
Conferences and courses
The Stockholm International Water Institute
organizes the World Water Week 1117 August, 2002, with several
seminars and workshops connected to South Asia. See
the conclusions from the 2002 Stockholm Water Week.
A Seminar on Balancing Human Security and Ecological Security
Interests in a Catchment Towards Upstream/Downstream Hydrosolidarity
is arranged on Friday 16 August, 9.0017.00, co-convened by United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Here Dr J
Bandyopadhyay from the Centre for Development and Environment Policy,
India, will lecture on Linking Upland Ecological Security with
Economic Security of Downstream Plains, and Dr Arunachalam
Hyderabad, India, will lecture on Link to Downstream Aquaculture.
17th European Conference on Modern South
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.
Please note the changed web page address!
The 5th International Congress on Traditional
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.
A Workshop on Common-pool Resources
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.
A conference on Peripheral Centres,
Central Peripheries: Anglophone India and its Diaspora(s)
is organised by the Centre for Transcultural Anglophone Studies, University
of Saarland, at Saarbrücken, Germany, 29 August 1 September
2002. The conference brings together high-profile scholars from disciplines
as diverse as Postcolonial Literary Studies, Sociology, Psychology, History,
Anthropology and Indology as well as creative writers and media specialists.
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
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.
Yoga conference at the Dharam Hinduja Institute
of Indic Research
The Dharam Hinduja Institute of Indic Research, Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge
University, U K, organises its seventh International Conference on
Indic Health: The Case of Modern Yoga, on 20-21 September, 2002.
The 8th Himalayan Languages Symposium
will take place at the University of Berne in Switzerland, 1922
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. Venue: Hotel Romantik at Bornholm.. More
Second World Conference on Music and Censorship
Freemuse Freedom of Music Expression arranges the Second World
Conference on Music and Censorship 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. Venue for the conference:
World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe, Scherfigsvej 8,
Copenhagen. More information.
Symposium on Central Asia in Copenhagen 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
Seminar on 21st Century Reality in
New Delhi The Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi
University in New Delhi, India invites
for a National Seminar on 21st Century Reality: Language, Culture
and Technology, on 2931 October, 2002. Read full announcement.
Conference on Human Rights Research in New
The Institute for World Congress on Human Rights (IWCOHR) organises a
conference with the theme Globalisation, Development and Human Rights,
at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 22-24 November, 2002.
The 17th International Asian History Conference of the Association of Historians of Asia is organised by the University
of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 18 December, 2002. The conferences theme
is Asia: History and Civilization.
A conference on Cultures of Masculinity
in south Asia; Exploring the Contexts
is organised in Delhi, India, on 20 December 2002, by the Delhi school
of Economics, and the Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
The Second South Asia Water Forum
is arranged by the Global Water Partnership South Asia, at Islamabad,
Pakistan, 1719 December, 2002. More
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.
Conference on peripheral communities in
Härjedalen next summer An international multidisciplinary conference on the theme Peripheral
Communities. Crisis, Continuity and Long-Term Survival will
take place in the forest village of Ängersjö in Härjedalen,
Sweden on August 14-17, 2003. The conference will explore the historical
and contemporary conditions of peripheral communities from a broad multidisciplinary
Important lectures and workshops
Workshop on South Asian Religionsin
NoFSA, the Norwegian Forum for South Asian Studies, organises a workshop
on South Asian Religions at the University of Oslo, Norway, on Saturday
24 August, 2002, 10.0018.00. A large number of Norwegian scholars
on South Asian religions will present their research in the workshop,
which is open to all interested persons. The presentations will later
be published in a book, with the title South Asian religions
and religious life (in Norwegian only). Venue: P A Munchs Hus,
room 454, Blindern. More information.
Ananta Kumar Giri lectures in Lund 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.
News on courses and education
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.
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
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.
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.
Cultural Events connected to South Asia in Scandinavia
Bengali cultural evening on Sunday in Oslo
Two guest artists from Kolkata: Sudeshna and Nabankur Bhattacharya, perform
on Sunday, 11 August, 2002, at 17.00, at Kampen Menighetshus (behind Kampen
Church) in Oslo. They play the sarod and tabla respectively. Two Bengalis
living in Norway, Babla Khan and Surabhi Barua, will also play and sing
Baul songs and Nazrul songs. Besides there will be an indian dance performance.
For more details contact Babla Khan, phone +47 92 29 77 83.
Exhibition of photos from Afghanistan An exhibition of Asim Rafiquis recent documentary photography
work from Afghanistan will be shown at Galleri Kontrast in Stockholm from
28 August, 2002, and four weeks onwards. Rafiqui, now based in Sweden,
has documented how hundreds of thousands of refugees leave their camps
in Pakistan and Iran and head back to their villages and lands inside
Afghanistan. There they face severe problems as they attempt to rebuild
their lives in a country raked by nearly 35 years of uninterrupted war
and civil conflict. More information on the exhibition will soon be put
on Galleri Kontrasts web
Asian Comments festival in Denmark The Danish Center for Culture and Development is in charge of the
cultural program Asian Comments, which takes place 1921 September,
2002, in Copenhagen, as a prelude to the 4th
Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM 4) with the participation of Asian and European
heads of state and government. Asian Comments is the first phase
in Denmark's particular focus on Asian art and culture, culminating with
the national festival Images of Asia in August-September 2003. Note that
South Asia plays only a marginal role in these programs and activities,
which is mainly devoted to the 10 so called ASEM countries.
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.
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,
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