Board meeting on
27 August The SASNET board had its second meeting
for 2002 on 27 August. The board approved
the distribution of planning grants, which had been decided upon by the
Reference group earlier the same day. Minutes
available as a pdf document.
Planning Grants distributedto 10
A total number of 26 applications for programmes/projects were delivered
for consideration in the latest round for SASNET planning grants. Ten
projects, eight related to research and two for education, were selected
by the SASNET Reference group (consisting of
three eminent Nordic South Asia scholars) to receive grants. The
total amount distributed was 700 000 SEK. See the full list of the projects which were
given SASNET grants this time, and in the earlier rounds.
Announcement for new planning grants The next round of SASNET Planning and Networking grants is hereby
announced. Last date for applications is Friday 15 November, 2002. More
PhD Symposium in October, last date for
applications Last date for applications to take part in the SASNET symposium for
Swedish PhD students and post-docs engagedin research related
to South Asia is Monday 16 September. The symposium will take place on
2527 October 2002, at Marstrands Varmbadhus, north of Göteborg,
and will be devoted to discuss the situation of PhD students in South
Asian Studies or South Asia relevant studies (recruitment, fieldwork,
supervision, finishing, post-doc situation). Full
details on the symposium.
at Heidelberg conference SASNETs Staffan Lindberg and Lars Eklund will both be present
at the 17th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, a highlight
for European South Asia researchers, which takes place at Heidelberg,
Germany, 914 September, 2002. The full list of panels can be seen
on the conference
home page (http://www.sai.uni-heidelberg.de/ecmsa/index.html),
and abstracts of some papers are available. Professor Lindberg takes part
in Panel no 10, on Rural Development in South Asia, where he will
present a paper on Indian Agriculture in the 1990s.
SASNET lecture on Hindutva Professor Dipak Malik from the Faculty of Commerce, Banaras Hindu
University, Varanasi, India, has been invited by SASNET to hold a lecture
on Hindutva then and now: A profile of Pundit Madan Mohan Malaviya,
at Lund University, Friday 20 September, 1416. Venue: Room 215,
Dept of History of Religions, Allhelgona Kyrkogata.
SASNET lecture on South Asian regional stability
Professor Bhupinder Brar from Dept of Political Science, University of
Punjab, Chandigarh, India, has been invited by SASNET to lecture on Stability
and Security in South Asia: Towards a Post-Nationalist Perspective,
at Lund University, Wednesday 9 October, 1315. Venue: Dept of Sociology,
Conference room 1, Paradisgatan 5.
Honorary doctorate to Om Prakash Sharma Karlstad University will confer an honorary doctors degree
to Mr Om Prakash Sharma, co-ordinator for the Swedish Study Centre in
Varanasi, India, at a function in Karlstad on 20 September, 2002. Om Prakash
Sharma has been instrumental in building up Karlstad Universitys
study centre in India since 1997, and has also through long-standing relations
with eminent International scholars in the field of Anthropology and History
of Religions been able to assist Swedish students and researchers during
their field work in India. Read Lars Eklunds
recent report from Varanasi.
Dissertation on Indian influences on Swedish
poetry Olavi Hemmilä from the Dept of Comparative Literature, Högskolan
Dalarna, defends his PhD thesis on A Yogi Comes to Town: Indian
religious thinking as reflected in Swedish fiction with special focus
on the works of Dan Andersson, on Saturday 14 september, 2002,
at 13.00, at the Dept of General and Comparative Literature, Stockholm
University (where the dissertation has been made). Venue: Hörsal
D8, Södra Huset, Frescati, Universitetsv 10 E. More
information on Hemmiläs research.
Licentiate thesis on Sword beans seeds Sagarika Ekanayake from the Dept of Applied Nutrition and Food Chemistry,
Lund Institute of Technology, defended her Licentiate thesis on 29 August,
2002. The thesis deals with Chemical and nutritional evaluation
of Canavalia gladiata seeds with emphasis on effect of processing on protein
nutritional value. Canavallia is the same as Sword beans, a
common vegetable in Sri Lanka.
Conferences and courses
A conference on Gender, Citizenship
and Governance is held 1517 October, 2002, at Cochin,
Kerala, India. It is organised by the Dutch Royal
Tropical Institute (KIT) in collaboration with 15 organizations
from Southern Africa and South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and
Sri Lanka). The participating organizations represent women's activists
groups, non governmental organizations, research centres and cooperatives,
and the aim is to build international support for gender equitable governance.
A conference on Developing Countries
and the Network Revolution: Leapfrogging ormMarginalization?
is arranged by Norsk forening for utviklingsforskning,
in collaboration with the Development Studies and
Collaboration Initiative, at the Norwegian University of Science
and Technology, Trondheim, 14-15 november, 2002. More
An International Conference on Business
Social Partnership: Beyond Philanthropy is
arranged in Kolkata, India, 47 December, 2002. The conference is
held by the Indian Institute of Management, at its campus on Diamond Harbour
Road, Joka, Kolkata. More
A workshop on Modern adaptations
of Sufi-based popular Islam: Concepts, practices and movements in a translocal
perspective is held at the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies,
Berlin, 1415 December, 2002. The workshop includes studies on the
Sufi reformist movements in Pakistan. More
The Sixth International Conference on Dowry,
Bride-Burning and Son-Preference is held 36 January, 2003, at
New Delhi, India. The conference is arranged by the Gender & Religions
Research Centre, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of
London; and the International Society against Dowry and Bride Burning
in India (ISADABBI). More
The International Union of Anthropological
and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) arranges its 15th Congress on the
theme Humankind/Nature Interaction: Past, Present, and Future,
512 July, 2003, at Florence, Italy. More
information on IUAES web site with its wonderful introductory page,
do not miss it!. A large number of the sessions will be devoted to South
Important lectures and workshops
Globalakademin invites to a new series
of workshops and lectures
in the Fall 2002. The theme of the first lecture, on Wednesday 11 September,
is what the Swedish parliamentary parties want to do for global development,
and how they mean that the goals of the so called Millennium Development
should be realised. Venue: Sidas stora hörsal, Sveavägen 20,
information on Globalakademin.
Working papers on South Asia available on the Internet
The Stockholm International Water
organized the World Water Week 1117 August, 2002, with several seminars
and workshops connected to South Asia. Dr Arunachalam Rajagopal,
India, delivered a lecture on Link to Downstream Aquaculture,
as part of a seminar on Balancing Human Security and Ecological
Security Interests in a Catchment Towards Upstream/Downstream Hydrosolidarity.
The paper is available though SASNET (as
News on courses and education
South Asia related courses at Dept of Theology,
at History of Religion a 5-credit
course is held on Yoga and Meditation in Indian religions,
a 5-credit course on Non-Violence and Vegetarianism
Jainism and its influence on Indian religion and politics, and
a 5 credit course on Religions along the Silk Route
in the Fall 2002.
a 5-credit course is held on Sufism Islamic Mysticism (tought in
English), in the Fall 2002.
at Psychology of Religion 5
credits part time Internet based course is held on The Psychology
of Meditation, starting from descriptive studies on Hinduism,
Buddhism, and Christianity, in the Fall 2002.
Swedish students welcome to course at Copenhagen
University The Dept of Asian Studies (Asien-Instituttet) at the University of
Copenhagen offers a 15 credits course on Politics of Representation:
Methodology and Ideology in South Asian Studies, in the Fall
2002. The course, led by PhD Christian K Wedemeyer, is taught in English.
Swedish students are welcome to join the course which starts on 3 September.
information on the course.
South Asian literature available through
the International Library The
International Library in Stockholm is a unique service to lend books
written in Urdu, Hindi, Bengali, Nepali, Sinhalese, Tamil, Gujarati, and
other South Asian languages. Besides a public lending-library at Odengatan
59, with a collection of more than 200 000 books, the International Library
also offers Interlibrary loans through Public libraries within as well
as outside Sweden.
India Cyber Anthropology Project
ICPAT The India Cyber Anthropology Project
was an ambitious collection of Internet resources, made by two Belgian
anthropology students connected to the University of Leuven. Some pages
were of utmost interest, e g on the International work against Dowry Abuse,
with links to research papers, seminars, etc. Unfortunately the pages
on Dowry related violence in India was taken away from the web site in
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 more than 60 departments.
Go to the presentation page.
Cultural Events connected to South Asia in Scandinavia
Tagore programme at Nobel Museum The Nobel Museum in Stockholm arranges a programme on the Indian
author/poet, and Nobel laureate 1913, Rabindranath Tagore, on Thursday
31 October, 2002, 19.00. P O Henricson lectures on Tagores life,
and Bubu Munshi-Eklund sings his compositions in the original language
Bengali. The museum, located in Börshuset at Stortorget in Gamla
Stan, also presents Tagore in its exhibitions, and through a film and
an exhibition catalogue in several languages. More
information on the Nobel Museum.
Mela 2002 Pakistani Cultural Festival
A major manifestation on Pakistani culture is taking place in Oslo, Norway
68 September. A large number of famous artists in the fields of
music and dance (e g the legenday Kathak dancer Nahid Siddiqui) will perform
at stages around in the Norwegian capital, and there will also be exhibitions
of handicrafts and fashion design. The most renowned Pakistani theatre
ensemble Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop from Lahore also presents a show called
The Magic Paintbrush. Full details on the Mela programme,
Dance performances by Abhinaya The Swedish group Abhinaya, consisting of Ulrika Pettersson
and Anna Bolmström, both trained Bharata Natyam and Odissi dancers,
performs at Flamenci Center, Dalatrappan 2, Stockholm, on 67 September,
at 19.00. More information
on Abhinayas web page.
Ulrika Pettersson also gives separate performances,
with Odissi, at Uppsala Cultural night, on the 14 September. She will
perform at UNT, foajén, Danmarksgatan 28, at 18.00; at Missionskyrkan,
S:t Olofsgatan 40, at 20.00; and at Kafé Uroxen, S:t Johannesgatan
18, at 22.00.
Asian Comments festival in
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.
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.