SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES NETWORK
11 May 2004
• 400 participants to the 18th EASAS
conference in Lund in July 2004
18th EASAS conference organized by SASNET and Lund University 6–9
July 2004 has attracted a great interest from researchers on South Asia
related studies from all over the World. 400 researchers registered for
the conference before the deadline 1 May 2004. The conference will have
a total number of 46 panels, covering a wide scope of research fields
from the social sciences and humanities to medicine and technology. Go
for the full list of panels!
Full information on the conference, including a map
of central Lund, information on how to pay the registration fee (at a
reduced conference price if paid before 1 June), links to hotels, etc.
is found at our conference web page, http://www.sasnet.lu.se/EASAS18.html.
A poster advertising the conference is also available (as a pdf-file).
Please download it and put it up at your institution/department.
Srilankan member of SASNET’s South Asian reference group visited
Dr. Kumudu Wijewardena from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura
(SJP), Sri Lanka (photo to the right), visited SASNET on Thursday 6 May
2004. Dr. Wijewardena, who regularly visits Uppsala University where she
is involved in research collaboration with the Dept. of Women's and Children's
Health, is a member of SASNET’s South Asian reference group, overlooking
our work from a South Asian perspective.
• Apply for SASNET planning grants before
15 June 2004
Applications are now invited for the coming round of SASNET planning grants
for research and educational projects and programmes involving Swedish
researchers in collaboration with colleagues/institutions in South Asia.
SASNET has distributed 40 planning grants since the start in 2001. Go
for the full list of these grants given.
Closing date for applications to the new round is 15 June 2004, and decisions
will be taken in the end of August. More information.
• Use SASNET’s advanced search
An advanced search function was created for SASNET two years ago 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 20 000 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
• Doctoral dissertation at Göteborg
University on export industry workers in Chennai
Gunilla Blomqvist at the Dept. of Peace and Development Studies (PADRIGU),
Göteborg University, will defend her doctoral dissertation on ”Gender
Discourses at Work: Export Industry Workers and Construction Workers in
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India”, on Thursday 3 June 2004, 10–12.
Faculty opponent is Professor Naila Kabeer, Institute of Development Studies,
Sussex, England. Venue: PADRIGU, Room 105 (ground floor), Brogatan 4,
Göteborg. More information.
• Summer course in Indology at Stockholm
The Section for Indology at the Dept. of Oriental Languages; Stockholm
University, arranges a 5 credits summer course in June–July 2004.
The course, ”Introduction to Indology”, include lectures
on philology, history, politics, literature and religion. More
• Courses on Indian religions at Lund
The section for Indic religions at the Dept. of History of Religions,
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund
University, arranges a 5 credits course on ”Yoga and Meditation
in Indian religions” during the Spring 2004, and a 5 credits course
on ”Astrology and Divination in Indian religions”. In the Fall
2004 the department will run a 5 credits course on Western Buddhism, and
another 5 credits course on the Bhagavadgita. Finally in
the Spring 2005 the department will arrange a 5 credits course on ”Indian
Philosophy”, and another 5 credits course on ”Sikhism”.
• Courses at
Lund University on Islam in South Asia
The section for Islamology at the Dept of History of Religions; Centre
for Theology and Religious Studies, in the Spring 2004 arranges a 5-credit
course on ”Islam in South and South East Asia”. In the Spring
2004 the section will arrange a 5 credits course on ”Introduction
to Islamic Law”. In the Fall 2004 the section
of Islamology also runs a 5 credits part time course on ”Local Islam
– Islam in South and South East Asia”.
• Course at Lund University on Asian
The Dept of Psychology of Religion at the Centre for Theology and Religious
Studies, Lund University, in the Fall 2004 arranges a 5 credits part time
course on ”Traditions of Mysticism”, dealing with basic mystic
texts from Hindu, Buddhist, and Tao traditions, including studies of specific
yoga techniques and their psychological effects.
• Lund University
offers course on Conservation of Historic Buildings
The Dept of Housing Development and Management, at the Division of Construction
& Architecture, Lund Institute of Technology, Lund University, regularly
arranges Sida-sponsored short courses directed to planners, architects,
civil engineers, administrators and others working with construction,
housing and human settlements. A postgraduate training course on ”Conservation
and Management of Historic Buildings” will start in September 2004.
This will be a two-part course in collaboration with the Department of
Architectural Conservation and Restoration, Lund University. The first
three-weeks part is held in Lund, and the course then continues with a
two-weeks tour to Africa or Asia in the spring 2005. More
• Summer school at Lund University on
Gendering Identities in Contemporary Asia
The Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies at Lund University
arranges an International Summer School 17–20 August 2004. The summer
school focuses on ”Gendering Identities: Personal and Political
Strategies in Contemporary Asia”, addressing the ways in which gender,
sex, body, and sexuality are constructed in contemporary Asian societies
through processes of social interaction and dynamics between states and
persons. The summer school is concerned with the region as such because
of the wide range of understandings and practices that can be found in
East, South-East, and South Asian societies with respect to the roles
and power of women and men, their biological capacities, their bodies,
and sexualities. Post-graduate and Ph.D. students are welcome to send
applications including abstract of her/his MA/Ph.D. research topic before
28 May 2004. Half the student group will be selected from applicants already
studying at Swedish universities, and half from universities worldwide.
Important lectures and seminars
Martin Gansten lectures on Astrology in India
SASNET organizes an open lecture with Dr. Martin Gansten, Centre
for Theology and Religion, Lund University, on Tuesday
11 May 2004, 15.15–17.00. Gansten, who is a Sanskritist
and historian of religion specializing in classical Hinduism, will lecture
on ”Astrology in Ancient and Modern India” His research
interests include Indian philosophical traditions as well as astrology
and other divinatory arts. He defended his doctoral dissertation on ”Patterns
of Destiny: Hindu Nadi Astrology” in 2003. Venue: Hall 118, Centre
for Theology and Religion, Allhelgona Kyrkogata, Lund. More
information on Martin Gansten.
• Ashok Aklujkar lectures at Copenhagen
Ashok Aklujkar from the University of British Columbia, Canada,
holds a guest lecture at Copenhagen University on Wednesday 12 May 2004,
15.00. Aklujkar will lecture on ”Grammar and Religion –
Spiritual Merit in India”, focusing on the interaction between
grammatical and ethical (dharmic) traditions in India. Venue: Room 513,
Dept. of Asian Studies, Copenhagen University, Leifsgade 33.
• Full-day seminar on ”Combating
HIV/Aids, Malaria, and TB at Lund University
The Centre for Environmental Studies at Lund University, MICLU,
arranges a full-day seminar on ”Combating HIV/Aids, Malaria, and
TB”, on Wednesday 12 May 2004, 9.00–16.30. It is the second
seminar in MICLU’s ongoing transdisciplinary series of lectures
and seminar on the ”Seven Challenges for sustainability”.
Among the lecturers during the day are Asst. professor Jerker Liljestrand,
Dept. of Social medicine, Lund University; and Professor Hans Rosling,
Dept. of International Health, Karolinska Institutet Medical University.
Venue: Palaestra Lecture Hall, and Eden Lecture Hall, Paradisgatan, Lund.
• AREU arranges network meeting on Geender
and Learning in Kabul
The Kabul-based research institute AREU, Afghanistan Research
and Evaluation Unit, arranges a network meeting in Kabul
on ”Gender, Research, Evaluation and Learning”
on Sunday 16 May 2004, 9–12. The network is one of four new
networks AREU is initiating, providing a forum for sharing learning on
gender; further build learning based on the experience and knowledge of
those who attend; and determine how this learning can be relevant and
useful to policy makers and practitioners. Venue: AREU, Charahi Ansari,
Shahr-i Nau, Kabul. To take part in the meeting please contact Shawna
Wakefield before 9 May. More
information on AREU’s research projects.
• Invitation for the 14th World Water
Week in Stockholm
The 14th World Water Week in Stockholm, internationally known
as a global platform for continuing dialogue on critical water issues,
takes place 16–20 August 2004. An exciting series of leading-edge
seminars, side events and ceremonies – together with the Stockholm
Water Symposium – make the World Water Week a valuable meeting point
for experts and organisations from many water-related disciplines. The
First Announcement includes a call for abstracts and posters for the 14th
Stockholm Water Symposium, ”Drainage Basin Security –
Regional Approaches for Food and Urban Security”. More
• EGDI and WIDER arranges conference
in Finland in September
A conference on ”Unlocking Human Potential Linking the
Informal and Formal Sectors” is held at Helsinki, Finland 17–18
September 2004. The conference is arranged by The Expert Group on Development
Issues (EGDI) and WIDER, World Institute for Development Economics Research.
WIDER is a research and training centre of the United Nations University,
based at Helsinki, whereas EGDI is a policy advisory body linked to the
Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. More
• Bergen conference on Education, Knowledge
The Centre for Development Studies at the University of Bergen
invites to a conference on ”Education, Knowledge and Development”
to be held in Bergen, Norway, 30 September–1 October 2004. The conference
aims to explore at depth the currently strong international focus on the
relationship between development and education. The conference also aims
to more broadly explore the meanings and conditions of knowledge for development
and poverty reduction in the era of globalisation.
• Conference at Lund University on Rituals
in Indian religions
A Nordic conference on ”Ritual practices in Indian
religions and contexts” is held at Lund University 9–11
December 2004. The conference is arranged by the seminars of Indian Religions
and Ritual Studies at the Department of History and Anthropology of Religion,
Lund University, in cooperation with the academic journal Chakra –
Tidskrift för indiska religioner. Scholars and PhD students engaged
in research concerning Indian religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and
Sikhism) and rituals are invited to take part. Presented papers
will be considered for publication in the journal Chakra. More
• Göteborg conference on Negotiating
The Centre for Global Gender Studies, PADRIGU, Göteborg
University, Sweden, arranges a conference on ”Negotiating Gender
Justice”, 28 February – 2 March 2005. This conference
focuses on gender relations in countries in the South and aims at exploring
how meanings of gender justice are negotiated at all levels of society,
in parliaments as well as in bedrooms.
UK conference in cinnection with 150th anniversary of the Santal Rebellion
The University of Sussex organizes a conference on ”Reinterpreting
Adivasi (Indigenous peoples) Movements in South Asia”, 21–23
March 2005. The conference is held in recognition of the 150th anniversary
of the Santal Rebellion in the present state of Jharkhand in eastern India.
Deadline for paper proposals is the end of September 2004. Venue: Graduate
Centre in the School of Humanities, and Graduate Centre in the School
of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies, University of Sussex, UK.
• European South Asian Archaeology conference
The European Association of South Asian Archaeologists holds
its biannual International Conference in London, UK, 4–8 July
2005. The conference will be hosted by The British Museum and the Institute
of Archaeology (UCL) in the Clore education centre within the museum.
Papers on all aspects of South Asian archaeology will be presented, from
prehistory to art history, including studies of architecture and material
• Asian Conference on Environmental
Education in Delhi
The 7th Asian Conference on Environmental Education, with the
theme ”Education for Sustainable Development”, is
held at Agra, India, 19–23 September 2005. The conference is arranged
by the Indian Environmental Society (IES).
• More conferences connected to South Asian
studies arranged all over the World, see SASNETs page, http://www.sasnet.lu.se/conferences.html#conf
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 120 departments. Go
to the presentation page.
ƒ Dept. of Cell and
Organism Biology, Lund University
ƒ Centre for Environmental Studies (MICLU),
ƒ Dept. of Teaching processes, Communication
and Learning, Stockholm Institute of Education
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. New items added, especially on Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
• Election results from Sri Lanka
See our information page on Sri Lanka, http://www.sasnet.lu.se/lanka.html
To our comprehensive list of books distributors specialized in South Asian
is now added Bibliophile South Asia, headed by Ashok Butani (photo
to the left) who retired in 2002 as Chief, Acquisitions (South Asia)
of the Library of Congress Office, New Delhi, after serving there for
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,
Scheelevägen 15 B, S-223 70 Lund, Sweden
Visiting address: Ideon Research Park, House Alfa 1 (first floor,
room no. 2042), in the premises of the Centre for East and South East
Asian Studies at Lund University (ACE).
Phone: + 46 46 222 73 40
Fax: + 46 46 222 30 41
Lindberg, director/co-ordinator & Lars
Eklund, webmaster/deputy director