Symposium for PhD students and post-docs
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participants will take part in the SASNET symposium for Swedish PhD students
and post-docs engaged in research related to South Asia in a vast variety
of research fields from Physiology, Surgical Sciences, and Electrical
Power Engineering, to Social Anthropology, Comparative Religions, and
International Education in the coming weekend, 2527 October
2002, at Marstrands Varmbadhus, north of Göteborg. The symposium
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). See the final programme
for the symposium.
Panels suggestions welcome to the EASAS
conference at Lund 2004 The 18th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies will take
place at Lund University, Sweden, 69 July 2004. Scholars engaged
in research and teaching concerning South Asia with regard to all periods
and fields of study are welcome to take part in the conference, which
is organised by SASNET, on behalf of the
European Association for South
Asian Studies, EASAS. Suggestions for panels should be delivered before
30 June, 2003. More information.
15 November last date for SASNET planning
grants Last date for applications to the next round of SASNET Planning and
Networking grants is Friday 15 November, 2002. Full details on http://www.sasnet.lu.se/grantsinvit.html.
Masters course in South Asian studiesat Lund University
A 60 credits Masters Course (Magisterutbildning) in South Asian Studieswill start at Lund University in the Fall 2003. The course, which
is currently planned by a working group consisting of teachers and researchers
in the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences (and assisted by the
SASNET root node at Lund), will be administered in collaboration with
the Centre for East and South East Asian Studies at Lund University. Jan
Magnusson, PhD, Dept. of Social Work, former SASNET webmaster, is in charge
of the planning process.
SASNET lecture on pollution in Tiruppur Dr Prakash Nelliyat, environmental economist from Madras School of
Economics, Chennai, India, held a SASNET lecture at Lund University, on
Environmental cost of T-shirts. The case of Tirupur, India,
on Wednesday 2 October, 2002, at the Dept of Human Ecology. Prakash
Nelliyat is working on a thesis on Economic Assessment of
Industrial Water Pollution A Case Study of Textile Processiong
Units in Tiruppur, and has been staying at Linköping University
for two months during the Fall of 2002, on a World Bank Scholarship.
SASNET lecture on South Asian regional stability
Professor Bhupinder Brar from Dept of Political Science, University of
Punjab, Chandigarh, India, was invited by SASNET to lecture at the Dept
of Sociology, Lund University, on Stability and Security in South
Asia: Towards a Post-Nationalist Perspective, on Wednesday 9
October, 2002. To the right: Prof Brar together with the SASNET Director,
Prof Staffan Lindberg.
Swedish Development Studies research
A large number of Swedish researchers in Development studies will present
their projects/programmes during the conference Fattiga och rika.
Aktuell utvecklingsforskning och dess villkor i Sverige, arranged
at Lund University 911 January, 2003. Prof Keith
Griffin from the University of California, Riverside, and Prof Barbara
Harriss-White from the Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University, are
specially invited guests. They will discuss Meeting the Challenges
of Globalisation: Opportunities and Threats for the Developing World
with researchers from Asia and Africa. More
Dissertation on Islamic banking in Bangladesh
Mohammed Nurul Alam, at theDept of Business
Administration, Lund University (but since 2001 living in Toronto,
Canada), defended his doctoral thesis on Financing Small and
Cottage Industries in Bangladesh by Islamic Banks: An Institutional Network
Approach, on Thursday 24 October, at the School of Economics
& Management. Faculty opponent was Professor Amjad Hadjikhani, Dept
of Business Administration, Uppsala University. Read
Human Rights award to Asma Jahangir The Pakistani Human Rights activist Asma Jahangir will be given Oslo
Universitys Human Rights Award for 2002. She will get the award
at a ceremony at Georg Sverdrups hus, Blindern on 29 October. More
Two Indian students graduated from the IIIEE Two Indian
students received their degrees from the Masters
of Science Programme in Environmental Management and Policy,
at Lund University, on Friday 4 October, 2002. The 60 credits course is
run by the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics,
IIIEE. The Indian ambassador to Sweden, Ms Chitra Narayanan, was the chief
guest at the graduation ceremony. More information
on our page on IIIEE.
The Indian Ambassador held an honorary speech at the occasion. Read
the full text.
Staffan Lindberg on Indian development An article on named India Modernity and Passion
(in Swedish only), was written by Staffan Lindberg for the magazine Internationella
Studier, 3/2002. The article is available through SASNET as a pdf-file.
Rehabilitation of University faculties in
Afghanistan The World Bank supports the rehabilitation of university faculties
and colleges in Afghanistan, and the establishment of a distance-learning
center in the country, through the so called Emergency Education
Rehabilitation and DevelopmentProject. In the Middle
of October 2002 the World Bank, at its second Implementation Group Meeting
in Kabul, fully endorsed the National Development Budget presented by
the government in Afghanistan. More
New opportunities for Indian and Swedish
More than one hundred Indian and Swedish business leaders met in a seminar
in Stockholm on 7 October 2002 under the heading India and Sweden
New Vistas of Cooperation. Read a
report by SASNET Director Staffan Lindberg, who took part in the meeting.
Third EUIndia Summit held in Copenhagen The Third EUIndia Summit took place in Copenhagen on 10 October,
2002. Several areas of co-operation were discussed during the summit in
which Prime Minister Vajpayee took part. More
Conferences and courses
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
A Symposium on Developing Participation
Challenges for Policy and Practice in Approaches to Poverty Reduction
is arranged in Stockholm on Tuesday 19 November, 2002, 9.0017.00.
The symposium includes lectures by Dr John Gaventa, Institute of Development
Studies, Sussex, U K, and Dr Ranjula Bali Swain, Dept of Economics, Uppsala
University, and it is organised by Sida and the Collegium for Development
Studies at Uppsala University. Venue: Hotel Victory, Lilla Nygatan 5,
Stockholm. Register participation before 4 November to Mia
Melin. More information on the Collegium
A Conference on Human Rights Research
with the theme Globalisation, Development and Human Rights
is organised by the Institute for World Congress on Human Rights (IWCOHR),
at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, on 22-24 November, 2002.
The conference Transgressing Culture
Rethinking Creativity in Arts, Science and Politics
takes place in Malmö and Lund, Sweden, 29 November 1 December,
2002. It is organised by a group calling themselves MalmöLund
Third Space Seminar, influenced by the post-colonial Indian theorist
Homi K Bhabha. The conference is partly financed by the twin cities and
universities of Lund and Malmö. Among the keynote speakers are Gayatri
Chakravorty Spivak. More information.
A conference on Culture, Colonisation
and Decolonisation in South East and South Asia: French, Portuguese,
Spanish and Dutch Perspectives
is arranged at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University,
on 2022 February 2003. The conference is organised by the Institute
of Romance Studies, in collaboration with the AHRB
Centre for Asian and African Literatures. Professor Ann Laura Stoler
of the History Dept, University of Michigan, will deliver a public keynote
address on the topic of Affect and the colonial state
at SOAS on 20 February in the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre. For more
information contact the Institute of Romance
Panel debate on the impact of Tomb
plundering and smuggling The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities (Östasiatiska museet),
Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, arranges a panel debate
on the impact of tomb plundering and smuggling especially
in Asia and Africa on ancient monuments and museum collections
worldwide, on Saturday 9 November, 2002, 1315. Experts in different
fields related to this problem, including the museums Director Magnus
Fiskesjö, will discuss what should be done to stop the International
trade in stolen antiquities. These items in many cases end up in museums
and private collections today.
News on courses and education
Erasmus World funding from 2004
As a means of promoting exchange and dialogue between cultures the European
Commission on 17 July, 2002, decided to introduce a new Higher Education
programme called ERASMUS WORLD (not to be
confused with the main Socrates/Erasmus programme), with a proposed budget
of €200 million, covering the period 2004-2008. Erasmus World will
seek to attract more students from third countries (i e not EU member
and associated states) and to enable European students to study in these
The programme also encourages EU partnerships to develop joint Masters
Courses to attract EU-funded postgraduate students from third countries
to European institutions, and it will fund European students to study
in third countries, as well as promote staff exchanges to and from Europe.
information on the programme.
New and updated items on SASNET web site
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, http://www.sasnet.lu.se/environment.html.
Cultural Events connected to South Asia in Scandinavia
Odissi performance by Kolkata artist
in Stockholm The extraordinary Odissi dancer Dipanwita
Roy from Kolkata, India a disciple
of Padmabushan Shri Kelucharan Mahapatra, and Padmashree Sanjukta Panigrahi,
performs at Musikmuseet in Stockholm (Sibyllegatan 2), Friday 25 October,
2002, 18.30. Dipwanita Roy has previously toured Sweden, she performed
in Lund and Göteborg in 1992, but this is her first show in Stockholm.
More information from Musikmuseet.
Tagore programme at Nobel Museum in Stockholm The Nobel Museum in Stockholm arranges a programme on the Indian author/poet,
and Nobel laureate 1913, Rabindranath Tagore, on Thursday 31 October,
2002, 18.30. 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
Bharata Natyam performance with a social content The Indian Bharata Natyam artist Sarangarajan Vijayalakshmi from
Chennai tours Sweden during SeptemberOctober 2002, with a performance
called Loves Wisdom in the Last Era. It is a
touching performance that deals with the evil phenomenon of Infanticide
in certain parts of the State of Tamil Nadu in South India, and it is
arranged by Alvom, an organisation that fights infanticide. The next performance
will take place on 31 October, 19.00, at Stadsteatern in Kristianstad
(Tivoliparken). SASNET sponsored a performance in Lund on Wednesday 23
God has 99 names now in Norrköping Riksutställningar and SKS has produced an exhibition on Gud
har 99 namn, on tour through Sweden, now on its third year!
It is on show till 10 November, 2002, at Arbetets Museum in Norrköping.
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,
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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.