SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES NETWORK
• SASNET organises post-tsunami
seminar in Lund
In collaboration with Lund University’s Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies (ACE), and AGESI (a Lund University network dealing with global equity and sustainability issues) SASNET organises a public seminar on ”Beyond Control – Risk and Learning after the Tsunami” on Monday 11 April 2005, 13.00–21.00.
The seminar will be inaugurated by the Vice-Chancellor of Lund University, Prof. Göran Bexell, to be followed by afternoon lectures focusing on different aspects of risk and disaster management. Among the lecturers are Dr. Simron Jit Singh from the University of Vienna (who defended his dissertation on trade relations in the Nicobar Islands, at Lund University in December 2003), and Dr Camilla Orjuela, Dept. of Peace and Development Research, Göteborg University. The seminar rounds up with a panel discussion with researchers, a student and a journalist with experiences of the tsunami catastrophe, in an evening session. Prof. Staffan Lindberg, SASNET, will be the moderator. Venue: Edens hörsal, Paradisgatan 5, Lund.
More information with full programme (only in Swedish).
• SASNET meetings
with South Asian ambassadors
On 16–17 March 2005 SASNET’s Staffan Lindberg and Lars Eklund travelled to Stockholm in order to network with the recently appointed new ambassadors to Sweden from India (Mrs. Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa), Sri Lanka (Mr N. Sikkander) and Bangladesh (Mr. Sabihuddin Ahmed), in separate meetings. Both Ms. Wadhwa and Mr. Sikkander assumed duties as ambassadors to Sweden during the month of February 2005, whereas Mr. Ahmed arrived a few months earlier.
Discussions were held on the prospects of increasing academic exchange in the fields of research and education between universities in Sweden and their respective country, and the role SASNET might have in facilitating these efforts. More information.
Applications for the next round
of SASNET planning grants
are now invited. Closing date for applications is 15 June, 2005. More information.
• Swedish Program for Information
and Communication Technology in Developing Regions inaugurated
SPIDER is officially inaugurated on Friday 18 March 2005, 15.00–19.00. SPIDER, the Swedish Program for Information and Communication Technology in Developing Regions is supported by Sida and hosted by the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, in Kista, Stockholm. Its main task is to pull together all ICT resources, related to sustainable development, in Sweden, and make them available to developing countries. The Centre acts as a meeting place and a catalyst for ICT experts and entrepreneurs, who are interested in strengthening their commitment to the UN millennium Development Goals.
SPIDER has already given financial support to more than ten ICT projects at various Swedish Universities with a purpose to stimulate cooperation with developing countries, including Sri Lanka. It has also taken an initiative to launch a new International Masters Programme focused on ICT for development, to which several Swedish universities will contribute with specialized course modules. The Masters Programme is planned to start the program in autumn 2005. A short course in the same thematic area is also planned for the summer 2005. Venue for the inauguration ceremony: Main Auditorium, Entrance Floor, School of ICT, KTH, Isafjordsgatan 39, Kista.
• AREU announces position
as Deputy Director in Kabul
The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) announces a vacant position as Deputy Director. AREU is the only independent policy research organization headquartered in Afghanistan, currently employing about 60 national staff and 13 international staff, as well as a number of shorter-term international consultants. The organisation is partly funded by the Swedish government. The Deputy Director for Research heads AREU’s Research Department and oversees the overall strategic direction of AREU’s research and its implementation. Candidates for the position should have relevant academic qualifications (including at least a Masters degree), a record of authorship of research publications, and at least eight years of relevant work experience, including at least three years of experience in the field of international development (preferably with some experience working in an Islamic context). Closing date for applications is 31 March 2005.
Afghanistan cabinet ministers at Stockholm conference on Islamism
The two-day conference on the ”Emergence of Militant Islamism and its Relevance for Afghanistan”, arranged by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) in Stockholm 10–11 March 2005, was attended by more than 200 people. The key speakers included internationally renowned experts such as Ahmad Moussalli, Professor in Political Studies (specialised in Islamic political history) at the American University, Beirut, Lebanon; and the Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid. Two cabinet ministers from the new Afghanistan government were also invited as key speakers, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Haider Reza (photo to the left); and the Deputy Minister of Interior, Shahmahmood Miakhel. Read a conference report by Lars Eklund.
Huddinge Seminar on traditional Bengali Theatre, Culture and Music
A public seminar on ”Traditional Bengali Theatre, Culture and Music” was held in Huddinge, south of Stockholm, on Thursday 10 March 2005. Ten folk musicians, dancers and singers from Purulia, in the western part of the Indian state of West Bengal, on tour to Sweden, took part in the seminar that was organised by Associate Professor Christina Nygren, Dept. of Musicology and Theatre Studies, Stockholm University. Dr. Mirja Juntunen from the Section for Indology, Department of Oriental Languages, Stockholm University, was also involved in the seminar, reading out translations into Swedish of the songs performed by the Purulia artists. The following day the group gave a performance called ”Bengali Night” featuring suggestive so-called jhumu music and nachni dance (by Shonda Rani), at Södra Teatern in Stockholm. Read Lars Eklund’s report from the Huddinge seminar.
• Working papers from Indian Institute
for Studies in Industrial Development free for researchers to download
The Indian Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID), a national-level public funded research and educational institution affiliated to the Indian Council of Social Science Research has taken a lead in making available its working papers on the Internet so that interested scholars can download them for free. The research deals with industrial development, with special emphasis on the problems of India and its relationship with other countries of the world. Go for the Working papers.
• Lund workshop on
Sikh and Punjab Studies
A workshop on Sikh and Punjab Studies is held at Lund University on Saturday 19 March 2005, 9.15–18.00. The workshop, arranged by the University’s Dept. of History and Anthropology of Religions in cooperation with the Centre for Sikh and Punjab Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, will bring together a group of scholars from the USA and Europe working in the interdisciplinary field of Sikh and Punjab studies to discuss various aspects of the religion, culture and history of Sikhism and the Punjab. It will be divided into five panel sessions treating the Sikh history, migration to Europe, the American Sikhs, as well as topics related to identity, ritual and cultural performances. Venue: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University, Allhelgona Kyrkogata 8, Room 218. Final programme (as a pdf-file)
• Lund lecture on
Contemporary Trends in South Indian Popular Religiosity
Dr. Kerstin Neumann from Tamil Theological Seminary, Madurai, India, holds a public lecture at Lund University on Friday 1 April 2005, 14.15–16.00. She will lecture on ”Contemporary Trends in South Indian Popular Religiosity”. Venue: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, room 438, Allhelgona Kyrkogata, Lund. Kerstin Neumann is presently on a visit to Scandinavia along with Dr. David Rajendran from the same institute in Madurai. In Denmark they held a lecture on 30 March at Copenhagen University, and on Thursday 31 March, 13–17, at Århus University (Center for Multireligiøse Studier), on ”The Religious Encounter between Hinduism and Christianity and Interreligious Dialogue in an Indian Setting”. More information.
• CPAS lecture on
Drugs smuggling and Nation building in Central Asia
Research Director Svante Cornell from the Program for Contemporary Silk Road Studies, Uppsala University, lectures on ”Drugs smuggling and Nation building in Central Asia” at Stockholm University, Wednesday 6 April 2004, 15–17. The lecture is arranged by the Center for Pacific Asia Studies (CPAS). Venue: Hall B/CPAS, Stockholm University, Kräftriket 4 B, Stockholm.
• Oslo lecture on
Conflict and Institutional Change in India
Professor Neera Chandoke from the University of Delhi, India, holds a lecture at Oslo University on Wednesday 6 April 2005, 14.15–16.00. Chandoke, who is a political scientist, will lecture on ”Conflict and Institutional Change in India”. She is Director for the Developing Countries Research Centre at the University of Delhi. It is an arrangement by Asianettverket. Venue: Senter for utvikling og miljø (SUM), Sognsveien 68, Oslo. More information (as a pdf-file).
• Stockholm seminar
on ”Afghanistan – on the Road to Democracy?
A seminar on ”Afghanistan – on the Road to Democracy?” is held in Stockholm on Monday 11 April 2005, 19.00. Barnett Rubin, Senior Fellow at the Center on International Cooperation, New York University, USA, will lecture on ”Afghanistan – Drugs Nest or Democracy?”, and the Zimbabwean Professor Reginald Austin (during 1998–2003 Director of the Electoral Unit at the International Institute of Democracy and Electoral Assistance, IDEA in Stockholm) will lecture on ”The First Election in Afghanistan”. The seminar is organised by the Development Forum (Föreningen för Utvecklingsfrågor) in collaboration with the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, Olof Palmes Internationella Centrum, IDEA and ABF. Venue: ABF-huset, Sveavägen 41, Stockholm.
• Uppsala lectures
by Dr. Vinita Damodaran
Dr. Vinita Damodaran gives two guest lectures at Uppsala University on Monday 11 April and Friday 15 April 2005, both times 14.15–16.00. The lectures are held within Dept. of History’s Master's level course ”Histories of Colonial Experience”. Vinita Damodaran is Director of the Centre for World Environmental History, University of Sussex, England, and has published widely on issues of environmental history of modern India. The first lecture is titled ”Transformations of nature and social relations”, and the second ”Globalisation and European perceptions of India from the eighteenth century”. Venue: Dept. of History, Engelska Parken, room 2-0023. If you wish to participate, please contact Dr. Gunnel Cederlöf in advance.
• Dr Vinita Damodaran also gives an open lecture on ”Global Environmental History: A Special Focus on South Asia” at Uppsala University on Tuesday 12 April 2005, 10.15–12.00. The lecture is jointly organised by the Seminar for Development Studies and CEMUS (the Centre för Environment and Development Studies). Venue: Cemus lecture hall (Celsiushuset, Svartbäcksgatan 9), Uppsala. Dr Damodaran’s work ranges from the social and political history of Bihar to the environmental history of South Asia.
• Sussex conference in commemoration
of 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. It aims at allowing an international reassessment of the role of tribal movements in the histories of colonial and postcolonial South Asia, and enable close examination of the construction of indigeneity in many discourses, from the nation-state to its historiography, and from Hindutva to sub-nationalist politics. Venue: Graduate Centre in the School of Humanities, and Graduate Centre in the School of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies, University of Sussex, UK.
• British Association for South Asian
Studies meet at Leeds
The British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS) organises its 2005 Annual Conference at the University of Leeds, UK, 30 March–1 April 2005. BASAS is the largest UK academic association for the study of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and the South Asian Diaspora. Some of the panels accepted so far: ”Nepali Identity in the Diaspora”, ”It's shining for some: an exploration of India's post-liberalisation middle classes”, ”Religion and Politics in Contemporary Pakistan”, and ”Maritime archaeology and ethnographic approaches in India”. Professor Staffan Lindberg, Director of SASNET, will take part in the conference. More information.
• Uppsala conference on Violent Conflict
and Democracy Promotion – Risks and Opportunities
The Collegium for Development Studies at Uppsala University arranges a conference on ”Violent Conflict and Democracy Promotion – Risks and Opportunities”, 7–8 April 2005. The conference, that is held in collaboration with Sida's Division for Democratic Governance, deals with the development in different ongoing violent conflicts or fragile post-conflicts around the World, including Afghanistan. The questions of what needs to happen before formal democratic political processes become useful, and whether democracy assistance can help build and promote conflict preventive political institutions and processes, will be discussed. Among the participants are Marina Ottaway from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, USA. Venue: Missionskyrkan, S:t Olofsgatan 40, Uppsala. More information.
• Lillehammer conference on Indo-Scandinavian
collaboration within higher education
The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)/Network Scandinavia organises a conference in Lillehammer 25–26 April 2005. The conference is titled ”From the local to the global – Collaboration within higher education between India and the Scandinavian Countries”. A few selected institutions from both India and the Scandinavian countries have been invited to discuss topics such as student exchange, study program development and research, and development collaboration within the use of ICT and New Media in education. ICDE is approved and authorized by the United Nations (UNESCO) to serve as the Global Institutional Membership Organization in Online, Flexible and Blended Learning, including e-learning and distance education.
Contemporary Dramas of South Asia theme for NASA conference in Aarhus
After a gap of four years the Nordic Association for South Asian Studies, NASA, arranges a conference 3–5 June 2005 in Aarhus, Denmark. The theme for the conference (that normally should be a biannual event) will be ”Contemporary Dramas of South Asia: Economic, Social, Political and Cultural Changes/Upheavals”, and it is organised by the University of Aarhus. The conference includes workshops on • Globalization, economic changes and socio-political upheavals; • States and minorities in South Asia; • Imagining Nations: middle classes and processes of nation formation in South Asia; • A South Asian security conundrum?; • Anti-oppressive movements; • Secularism in South Asia; and • Health, Globalization and Marginalization in South Asia. Keynote speakers are Dr. Christophe Jaffrelot, director of the Centre d’Etudes et Recherches Internationales (CERI), Paris; Professor Zoya Hasan, Centre for Political Studies, Jawarharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Professor Martin Sökefeld, Dept. of Anthropology, Hamburg University; and Professor Isabelle Clark-Deces, Department of Anthropology, Princeton University. More information on the NASA conference.
• 11th Himalayan Languages Symposium
to be held in Bangkok
The 11th Himalayan Languages Symposium will be hosted by the Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, on 6–9 December 2005. The Himalayan Languages Symposia (HLS) brings together scholars working on languages and language communities of the greater Himalayan region, including north-western and north-eastern India, Nepal, Bhutan, northern Burma, the Tibetan Plateau, southern China, and Nuristan, Baltistan and the Burushaski-speaking area in the west. The previous HLS was held in Thimphu, Bhutan, in December 2004.
• First circular for 19th European Conference
of Modern South Asian Studies
The 19th European Conference of Modern South Asian Studies (ECMSAS) will be held at Leiden University, the Netherlands, 27–30 June 2006. Panel suggestions are now invited, and should be given before 1 June 2005. Read the first announcement for the conference (as a pdf-file)
• Other conferences connected to South Asian
studies arranged all over the World
See SASNETs page, http://www.sasnet.lu.se/conferences.html#conf
• Mynta on tour through Sweden and Denmark
Mynta, the Indo-Swedish group including the Indian tabla master Fazal Qureshi (brother of Zakir Hussain) once again tours Sweden and Denmark during March 2005. The group offers an exciting mixture of Indian and African music mixed with Arabian clang, jazz and Swedish folk songs. The itinerary ends up with a concert in Göteborg on Friday 18 March (Jazzklubb Nefertiti); and in Örebro on Saturday 19 March (Konserthuset). More information on Mynta.
Staffan Lindberg Lars Eklund
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 University.
Postal address: SASNET Swedish South Asian Studies Network, Scheelevägen 15 D, S-223 63 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
Web site: http://www.sasnet.lu.se
Staff: Staffan Lindberg, director/co-ordinator & Lars Eklund, webmaster/deputy director