Nordic Forum for South Asia (formerly Norwegian Forum for South Asia)
is a non-partisian, apolitical mailing-list whose goal is to inform members
about current events of potential interest to people who deal with South
Asia in some capacity (e g students, volunteer organizations, journalists,
etc.) in the Nordic region. NoFSA-NET works in close collaboration with
SASNET, the Swedish South Asian Studies
In the beginning of November, 2002, there were 232 members
on the list, most of them in Norway, though with several members also
in Sweden and Denmark. There were members in other countries as well, e
g in South Asia, North America, and Europe. In order to reflect this gradually
developing Pan-Scandinavia profile, the NoFSA board decided that
the official name of the list should be changed into Nordic Forum for
The network is coordinated by PhD Candidate Kenneth Bo Nielsen at the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM). He is assisted by a board with representatives from Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. The ambition is to encourage South Asianists from all the Nordic countries to contribute more actively to the networking activities.
On 29 October 2010, a new board was constituted for NoFSA. Besides Kenneth Bo Nielsen, it consists of Ram Gupta, Dept. of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo, Norway (in charge of NoFSA’s web page); Uwe Skoda, Institute of History and Area Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark; Lars Eklund, SASNET, Lund University, Sweden; and Sirpa Tenhunen, Dept. of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki, Finland.
How to join NoFSA-NET?:
NoFSA's aim has all the time been to connect people in a network organisation
linking dispersed Norwegian and later on Nordic South Asia resources within
research, culture, business, public administration, NGOs, the media etc.
The idea is to help these communities draw on each other´s experience
and expertise. Therefore NoFSA welcomes anyone with a professional interest
in South Asia to join this informal e-mail discussion group. Membership
To join NoFSA-NET you just send an e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org,
stating your interest to join the group.
Rules and principles for the mailing-list:
Only members of the list can post messages, to email@example.com.
Since postings are not screened by a moderator, the members must
abide by the Rules, which are found at http://www.hf.uio.no/ikos/english/research/network/nofsa/nofsa-net/
Basically, people are free to post anything they like, as long
as it's South Asia related. Up till now, postings have mostly been adverts
for events, and occasionally queries.
The term events covers a wide range of phenomena:
Announcements of concerts, lectures, seminars; film showings; film reviews
of South Asian films; publication of books, articles and newspaper articles
by Nordic researchers and writers; newspaper articles dealing with South
Asia which appear in Nordic newspapers, or in the international press
(with URL, if possible); etc. An event can also be a debate which takes
place among members who belong to the list. The list develops gradually
so new directions are possible.
– New members are asked to send a brief self-presentation to the list
– NOFSA-NET is for South Asia related issues only, and is managed by a list manager appointed by the board of NoFSA
– Only subscribers can post messages to NoFSA-NET
– NoFSA-NET is unmoderated and uncensored. No one checks what you send to the list. You are therefore alone responsible for observing good netiquette. Keep in mind that when you send messages of marginal interest you reduce the quality of the list. Other members may wish unsubscribe for this reason
– Out of consideration for list members who have slow Internet connections, please do not send attachments! Also, attachments take up disc space.
– Kindly avoid sending copies of newspaper clippings etc in extenso and un-edited. If you refer to a news article, include comments that introduce and contextualise. Instead of copying text straight into your e-mail message, it`s best to refer to a web page when possible
– Always sign your name at the end of a message
– List Manager reserves the right to take you off the list at any time
NOFSA is now also on facebook! The list server NOFSA-nett
will remain the most important channel for sharing news and information
on matters South Asian, but the facebook group offers an extra opportunity to
advertise South Asia related events; to start more extensive
discussions; to upload and share with fellow members a moderate amount
of photos; and to post news on the group's wall. Go for the Facebook Group.