Invitation: Networking Grantsfor
planning and continued activities in research and/or education programmes
A. Planning grants in support of inter- or
intra-disciplinary research and/or education programmes in South Asian
studies, which can serve as a basis for the application for grants from
various research and/or education funding agencies. Planning activities
devoted to bridging the gap between natural sciences, humanities and
social sciences in South Asian studies. For this kind of activity the
grant can be used for networking in the planning of multi-disciplinary
workshops, conferences, seminars etc. B. Continued networking grants in support of activities that
has already been planned, for example, through a planning grant from
SASNET (see under A. above).
SASNET´s Board has its first meeting
on 29 August in Lund. The meeting which took a full day discussed several
matters of importance for SASNET´s future plans. In a key decision
the board took up the three main areas that SASNET shall give priority
1. Interdisciplinary networking;
2. Interaction with the media and the schools; and
3. Promoting education on South Asia, including PhD studies.
The board also decided that SASNET during the year
2002 should give grants for planning research and educational programmes
and for workshops. Maximum amount should be 125 000 SEK. The grants
should be given only for one year, but the applicant may come back and
make a new networking application for a second year. Applications will
be invited twice a year, closing dates are 15 April and 15 November.
Later on, if funds permit, SASNET could give support for three-years
Finally the board agreed upon planning for a symposium with PhD candidates
specialising in South Asian studies during the late summer/fall of 2002.
(The full minutes available as a rtf-file).
The SASNET workshop about global networking
in South Asian studies took place in Lund on 27-28 August. About 40 persons
attended the workshop and gave a good start for SASNETs global networking.
The papers presented by Dr Mats Benner, Dr Rita Afsar, Prof Zulfiqar Bhutta,
Dr Piet Terhal, Prof Jan Hjärpe, Prof Jan Lundquist, Prof Ronald
Herring, Prof Rana P B Singh, Prof Graham Chapman and Prof Björn
Hettne, as well as the fruitful discussions will appear on SASNET Gateway
during the fall 2001.
An article on the future of SASNET appeared
in the September issue of LUM, the news bulletin published by Lund University.
Community News and conferences:
The 30th Annual Conference on South Asia,
held at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will take place October
18-21, 2001. The Wisconsin Conference, as it is known, is the most important
conference of South Asian studies held in the United States. A Pre-Conference
seminar which will be held on October 18th entitled: Rethinking
India's Democracy: The Politics of Social and Institutional Change.
The European Association of South Asian
arranged the Sixteenth International Conference on South Asian Archaeology
in Paris 2-6 July 2001. Report from the conference.
Prof. Taran K Biswas from Benares Hindu
lectures at Lund University, Friday 14 September at 14.15, on The
Concept of Time and Space in Indian Art. Venue: Dept of Theology,
New educational courses on South Asia:
Museion, at Göteborg University offers a 20 credits course on World history of Everyday life,
with South Asian perspectives in the autumn 2001/spring 2002. More
information on the course which started on 10 September, 2001. The
course will probably run also in the autumn 2002/spring 2003.
A Series of lectures on Lanka is held during
the fall of 2001, by Prof Peter Schalk, Dept of History of Religions at
Uppsala University. The seminars will take place at the Dept of Cultural
Anthropology. More information.
Cultural activities connected to South Asia in Sweden
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.