Panels suggestions welcome for the 18th
EASAS conference in 2004 SASNET
will arrange the 18th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies,
which 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.
SASNET organises the conference on behalf of the European
Association for South Asian Studies, EASAS. Suggestions for panels
should be delivered before 30 June, 2003. Read
the announcement for the conference.
Masters course in South Asian studies at
SASNET is actively assisting the setting-up of a 60 credits Masters Course
(Magisterutbildning) in Asian Studiesthat will start at Lund University
in the Fall 2003. The course will have two separate tracks, one for East
and South East Asian studies, and the other for South Asian studies. The
courses are currently planned by teachers and researchers in the Faculties
of Humanities and Social Sciences (assisted by SASNET), in collaboration
with the Centre for East and South East Asian Studies at Lund University.
Deadline for applications to the courses is 15 April, 2003. More
Decisions on planning grants on 28
January A total number of 19 applications
for the latest round of SASNET planning grants were received before the
closing-date on 15 November 2002. 17 applications refer to research programmes/projects,
one to education; and one to continued research networking. Total amount
applied for is 1.58 Million SEK, whereas total amount available to distribute
will be 475 000 SEK (preliminary figure). Decisions on the grants will
be taken on 28 January, 2003.More information
on SASNETs Planning grants.
Applications for the next round ofSASNET
are now invited. Closing date for applications is 15 June, 2003. More
SASNET receives continued funding by Sida
for the period 20032005
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, has decided
to fund SASNET for the period 20032005. It will give an annual grant
of 1.65 million SEK. Lund University gives an annual grant of 0.55 million
Use SASNETs advanced search function
An advanced search function was created for SASNET last year 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 at http://www.sasnet.lu.se/searchf.html
Encyclopedia of Modern Asianow completed The six volumes monumental new scholarly work Encyclopedia
of Modern Asia has now been completed, under the direction of cultural
anthropologist David Levinson. 800 contributors from around the world
including 25 Asian countries provide 6,000 articles on Modern
Asia from a global perspective. The work focuses on Asia in the modern
world including South and Central Asia and contemporary
issues are given full and authoritative treatment. More
information on the 3,600 pages encyclopedia published by Charles Scribner's
Abstracts from conference on Swedish Development
Studies research More than 250 Swedish researchers came for the conference on Swedish
Development Studies research, named Fattiga
och rika. Aktuell utvecklingsforskning och dess villkor i Sverige,
which was organised by Sida/SAREC and Lund University on 911 January
2003. The conditions for development research in Sweden was thoroughly
discussed, and a large number of the researchers presented their projects/programmes
during the extremely fruitful conference. Several of the projects are
related to South Asia. See SASNETs list
of these, accompanied by abstracts.
We are also happy to present the paper presented by one of the key speakers,
Professor Barbara Harriss-White. The paper is called Unruly
and Informal Globalisation and its Impact on Development : A Background
Note. Read the paper (as a Word
Invitation to Discuss the Future of NIAS.
The Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) has initiated a process to identify
a new form of governance for the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, NIAS,
in Copenhagen. A team from the Secretariat of the NCM has been asked to
make proposals which will be put forward in mid-May 2003. In order to
let NIASs partners and users present their views on the issue a
discussion list has been opened, with the NIAS Director Jørgen
Delman as its moderator. The list is open from 1 January to 15 April 2003.
Vacant research positions/fellowships
The Centre de Sciences Humaines of New Delhi
to apply for a vacancy for a post of researcher in Political science/Political
Sociology at the Centre in New Delhi. The candidate must be of European
nationality and hold a doctorate in political science, political sociology,
international relations, geography, international law or history of contemporary
international relations, be oriented towards research initiatives, and
be a recognised specialist in his/her discipline. He/she should also have
a substantial number of publications to his/her credit, and a perfect
command of the English language. Applications before 1 March 2003. Forms
have to be ordered from Madame Myard, Ministry
of Foreign Affairs/Social Sciences and Archaeology Division, Paris, France
(phone +33 143179456).
Eighth All India
Cultural Studies Workshop at Goa The eighth All India Cultural Studies
Workshop will be organised at Goa, India, 1722 February, 2003. The
workshop, which is intended to give young researchers in India and other
countries of the South and opportunity to share their work with a selection
of senior scholars, is arranged by the Centre
for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata, but funded jointly by the
Danish ENRECA programme, and the Dutch SEPHIS-CSSSC
collaboration programme. It is aimed for doctoral and postdoctoral
students (preferably under the age of 35) who will be able to present
a research paper for discussion. The broad theme for this years
workshop is Citizenship and Identities, where the aim
will be to understand and investigate the centrality of these twin notions
in contemporary social and human sciences.
Workshop for young researchers in the social
sciences in Kolkata
The Association Jeunes Etudes Indiennes, AJEI, organizes a workshop for
young researchers in the social sciences, in Kolkata, India, 1920
February, 2003. The theme for the workshop is Contemporary perspectives
on Identity and Territory in India.
London conference on Culture Colonisation
and Decolonisation A conference on Culture Colonisation and Decolonisation
in SE and S Asia: French, Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch Perspectives
is arranged at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University,
on 2122 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 Habits of a Colonial Heart: The Affective Grid of
Racial Politics at SOAS on 21 February, 17.30, in the Main School
Lecture Theatre. Other keynote speakers at the conference include Rosa
Maria Perez and Stefan Halikowski Smith from the Dept of Portuguese &
Brazilian Studies, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S., who
will speak on Colonisation and Decolonisation in Portuguese India.
Conference on Capacity Building
and Education in Development The Danish Association for Development Researchers (Foreningen
Af Udviklingsforskere i Danmark FAU) holds a conference 68
March 2003, on Capacity Building and Education in Development,
including workshops on Education as a Strategy to Development,
Capacity Development of Organisations, Education and Cultures
of Entrepreneurship, and Education: Implementation and Impact.
Venue: Djursvold Kursuscenter, Grenå.
Research training course in Social
Science Research in Asia A research training course on Solving
Methodological Problems in Social Science Research in Asia,
will be held in Lund and Copenhagen, 1720 March 2003. PhD students
in the Social Sciences are encouraged to apply in a course arranged by
the Centre of East and Southeast Asian Studies, Lund University, and Nordic
Institute for Asian Studies, Copenhagen. A total number of 20 students
will be selected for participation. Six Swedish School of Advanced Asia
Pacific Studies (SSAAPS) PhD students and another six Swedish PhD students
will be wholly financed by SSAAPS. The remaining eight PhD students, six
from the other Nordic countries and two from the Asia Alliance (not including
South Asia!), will be called upon to seek funding of their own expenses.
Application deadline is 31 January 2003.
Seminar on Religious Mobilisation
and Organised Violence A two days seminar on Religious Mobilisation and Organised
Violence in Contemporary South Asia will be arranged for Nordic
PhD candidates in Roskilde, Denmark, 34 April 2003. The seminar
is aranged by the Graduate School of International Development Studies,
Roskilde University Centre. Deadline for paper submission 15 February,
2003. More information.
Adrian Wood speaks at the Brittish Development
Studies Association The Brittish Development Studies Association invites for its annual
conference at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, 1012
September 2003. Note that participants should be members of the Development
Studies association. The main theme for the conference will be Globalisation
and Development. Keynote Speaker will be Professor Adrian Wood
(Chief Economist, DFID) who will speak on Globalisation and Poverty
Reduction. Professors George Soros and Mohammed Yunus have also
been approached but their presence is not yet confirmed.
Jan Holmgren lectures on cholera and vaccine
research A public lecture on Cholera and the development of Vaccines
for the developing and the developed Worldis given in
Stockholm by Professor Jan Holmgren, from the Institute
of Medical Microbiology/Immunology at Sahlgrenska Academy, Göteborg
University, on Wednesday 29 January, 1819. Holmgren has been involved
in cholera research since several decades, partly in Bangladesh. The lecture
is arranged by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, at Lilla Frescativägen
4 A, Stockholm. More
Seminar on Global dimensions in
education in Copenhagen The Danish Fagligt Forum for U-landsoplysning along with Danidas
oplysningsudvalg arranges a seminar in Copenhagen 6 February 2003, 1016,
on Global dimensions in education, with representatives
from the government, educational institutions and Danish NGOs. Venue:
Eigtveds Pakhus, Asiatisk Plads 2 G, København K.
Conference/workshop on Democracy
as actual practice in Uppsala A conference/workshop on Democracy as actual practice: What
does democracy really bring? is arranged by the Collegium of
Development Studies at Uppsala University in collaboration with Sida on
1213 March 2003. Among the participants are Marina Ottaway from
the Carnegie Endowment for Peace, Washington, DC. Venue: Missionskyrkan,
S:t Olofsgatan 40, Uppsala.
Contemporary India a Summer Program
The board of the Nordic Center in India announces a four-week summer program
in July 2003, on the topic of Contemporary India. The program will consist
of lectures and field trips organized by the Study in India Program at
the University of Hyderabad in
the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The deadline for applications
will soon be announced. More
The 7th Summer Program in Punjab Studies
will be held at Chandigarh, India, 6 July 16 August 2003. The program,
open to both graduate and undergraduate students, will provide six weeks
of instruction in Punjab Studies, including Punjabi teaching (50 hours),
and history and culture of the region (90 hours). Application deadline
is 28 February 2003, and the selection process will be completed by 10
News on courses and education
Comprehensive information on Studyin.sweden.se/
The Swedish Institute has launched a new web site giving comprehensive
information on studies and research in Sweden. Go
for the site!
Masters Programme in Development Studies
at Uppsala University
The Dept of Government will start a 60 ECTS-credits (40 Swedish points)
Masters Programme in Development Studies from September 2003. The
programme, which partly focuses on South Asia, is designed to attract
students with a special interest in development issues, and might be useful
for personnel working in the foreign services, aid organisations, the
UN, and non-governmental organisations. Application deadline for students
with non-Swedish degrees is 15 February 2003, and for students with Swedish
degrees 15 April 2003. More information on
the course (as a pdf file).
Course on Women in Asia; Religion, Politics
and Development CEAS (Centre for Asian Studies), Göteborg
University, runs a programme on basic and intermediate level (120
credits and 2140 credits) in Asian studies, which includes
teaching on South Asia. In the Spring 2003 only the intermediate course
A separate course on Women in Asia; Religion, Politics and Development
is run during the Spring 2003.This course will end up with the International
Conference on Women and Politics in Asia, to be held at Halmstad 67
June 2003. See the conference
South Asia related courses in Religious
Science at Högskolan Dalarna
Högskolan Dalarna in Borlänge/Falun runs a 20 credit course
on D-level in Religious science, with emphasis on history of religion,
every semester (Spring 2003 as well as Fall 2003). The students can choose
to study one of four specialized courses on;
Goddesses and Women; Islam
of Today; Religion
and Politics current tendencies within Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam
and Christianity; or Esoteric
New course on Justice, Peace and Environment
at Ljungskile Folk High school
A new World course on Justice, Peace and Environment,
including a three weeks tour to north India, will be arranged at Ljungskile
Folk High school in the Fall 2003. Last date for applications: 3 May 2003.
Students from Biskops-Arnö report from
A 36 weeks course on Ecology and Global Solidarity,
including a two months stay in India, is arranged for a second year at
Biskops-Arnö Folk High school. The course started on 26 August, 2002.
More information on the school´s
The students are currently (January 2003) doing their field work in India.
Frida Jorup and Johanna
Larsson are studying the anti-dam Narmada movement in Madhya Pradesh
and send information through e-mail to interested persons.
Nordic Centre in India
Accommodation in Delhifor Nordic
scholars and academic administrators
The Nordic Centre in India, an institution run by a consortium of Nordic
universities is still waiting for clearance from the Indian government.
But it already provides inexpensive lodging for Nordic scholars and academic
administrators while staying in Delhi. More
information on the Nordic Centre. Bookings for lodging to be made
through the current director Anne
New and updated items on SASNET
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 80 departments.
Go to the presentation page, http://www.sasnet.lu.se/environment.html.
Several new articles recommended for reading
Look at http://www.sasnet.lu.se/recreading.html
for suggestions on interesting new articles on South Asia in International
media. Many new items added, especially on Pakistan, India, and Nepal.
SASNETs link pages to universities
and other research institutions expand all the time
Cultural Events connected to South
Asia in Scandinavia
South Asian films at Göteborg Film Festival 2003
Göteborg Film Festival 2003, starting on Thursday 23 January (and
lasting to Sunday 3 February), will show at least three films connected
to South Asia. The three films are Pickpocket,
directed by Linton Semage from Sri Lanka; Bollywood/Hollywood
by Indo-Canadian director Deepa Mehta; and Devdas
(based on a novel by Saratchandra Chatterjee), directed by Sanjay Leela
Bhansali (photo to the right).
More information on the film festival.
Red Hours Yellow Air, painting by Jitish
Exhibition of Modern Indian art at Henie
Onstad Kunstcenter in Oslo The Tree from the Seed, an exhibition of Modern Indian
Art, will be on display at Henie
Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Bærum kommune, 15 km
outside Oslo, Norway, from 31 January to 27 April, 2003. The exhibition,
which includes works by the artists Atul Dodiya, Anita Dube, Subba Ghosh,
Suboth Gupta, Reena Saini Kallat, Jitish Kallat, Bharti Kher, Sonia Khurana,
Surrendran Nair, Rehka Rodwittiya, Sharmila Samant and Hema Updahyay,
is curated by Gavin Jantjes, the artistic director of Henie Onstad Kunstsenter,
and advised by Alka Pande, Director of the India Habitat Centre Art Gallery
in New Delhi, Peter Nagy a free lance curator in Delhi, and the internationally
renowned cultural critic Geeta Kapoor. Many of the participating artists
will be present at the exhibition's opening and will participate in a
one day conference on Saturday 1 February, 10.30 (tickets essential).
The Tree from the Seed the name borrowed from
an essay by Rabindranath Tagore will hopefully be shown at other places
in Scandinavia after the exhibition ends at Oslo.
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,
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