SASNET arranged a symposium 2527 October, 2002, for Swedish PhD
students and post-docs engaged in research related to South Asia, at Marstrands
Varmbadhus, north of Göteborg.
The main content of the symposium was to discuss the situation of PhD
students in South Asian Studies or South Asia relevant studies (recruitment,
fieldwork, supervision, finishing, post-doc situation). Some experienced
supervisors and PhD students presented their views. Important points to
- coursework, languages, the need for summer and winter schools
- seminars, workshops, conferences
- need for and room for inter-disciplinary co-operation in PhD research
- post-doc positions and possibilities
The first evening was dedicated to gathering of the conference group.
An introduction and welcome speech was held by Staffan Lindberg,
SASNET co-ordinator/director, after which the organising committee presented
the programme and the focal points for the conference.
Professor Lindberg underlined the importance of the symposium and the
role of discussing the situation for South Asia related research and the
situation for PhD students and post-docs, not the least because todays
PhD students will become tomorrows professors.
Staffan Lindberg and Lars Eklund, SASNET webmaster and deputy director,
then presented the activities of the Swedish South Asian Studies Network,
and had a frutful discussion on this with the 45 participating PhD students,
post-docs and senior researchers.
All the three sessions were organised in a similar fashion. They began
with presentations by two challengers, selected PhD candidates,
who presented a catalogue of relevant demands and questions in relation
to the theme discussed. After that followed one ore two so called champions
senior researchers and resource persons invited, who followed up
the matters that the PhD students had brought to attention.
Then followed group discussions, in four groups, where the seniors made
up a separate group. These discussions were afterwards summarized at a
new joint session, wishes were presented and conclusions drawn.
912 Theme INPUT Recruitment,
financing and supervision
The session was initially prepared by Kristina
Myrvold and Katarina Plank, both PhD
students from the Dept of History of Religion, Lund University.
They had written a basis for discussion on the theme Input.
The text is available here (in Swedish only)
as a pdf file.
Neither of them could finally attend the symposium, and therefore the
preparations for the session had been taken over by Ulla
Thoresen, from the same department at Lund University.
9.009.10 Introduction (Ulla Thoresen)
9.109.40 Wimal Pathmasiri and Lisa Eklund (PhD students)
9.4010.00 Staffan Lindberg (senior resource person from the Dept
of Sociology, Lund University)
Group discussions 10.1511.00, followed by a final general session
with conclusions of the group discussions, 1112
lunch the participants made a walk around Marstrand and up to the majestic
fortress guarding the town. Hans Egnéus, professor of Human
Ecology, Göteborg University, spent his childhood in Marstrand and
was therefore the natural guide on this sight-seeing tour.
1418 Theme OUTREACH Publishing,
seminars, workshops and other activities during the PhD work
Just like in the morning it was divided into three parts:
A general session 1416
14.0014.10 Introduction (Christer Norström)
14.1014.50 Christer Norström (PhD student) and Pamela Price
14.5015.30 Tashfeen Ahmad (PhD student) and Bo Lindblad (senior).
15.3015.45 Gunnel Cederlöf concluded and introduced the group
discussions. Followed by group discussions 16-17, and a final general
Senior resource persons: Pamela Price, from the Department of
History, University of Oslo, Bo Lindblad, from Karolinska Institutet,
Stockholm, and Gunnel Cederlöf, Dept of History and Dept of
Cultural Anthropology, Uppsala University.
In the evening Björn Hettne, Professor at PADRIGU, Göteborg
University, and chairman of SASNET, lectured about One year after
11 September what happened in South Asia and why?. A
similar text by Hettne was published in the September 2002 issue of SYDASIEN.
Read his article
(in Swedish only)
912.30 Theme OUTPUT Post-doc existence,
9.00 9.15: Introduction by Malin Arvidson
9.15 9. 45: Jon Sigurdson (senior) gives his views on the topic
9.45 10.30: Björn Hettne (senior) and Jan Magnusson (post-doc)
comment on what has been said, and give their views.
11.00 12.30: Group discussions and a final general session.
Senior resource persons: Jon Sigurdson, who is in charge of the
Swedish School of Advanced Asia Pacific studies (SSAAPS) with funding
from STINT and Riksbanken during 2002-2006. He presented his programme
and the experiences from it; and Björn Hettne from PADRIGU,
Göteborg University, presented plans for a suggested Nordic Research
school based at Göteborg University.
12.30 Final Conference Session: Summary and Conclusions
Conference closing with lunch, and departure from Marstrand.
Tickets and reimbursement of travel costs:
The travel costs will be fully covered by SASNET, but the reimbursement
of these will be given afterwards. Tickets and receipts must therefore
be presented to SASNET.
No registration fee was charged for
Posters and books: In addition to
the seminar programme the doctoral students who came for the seminar exhibited
material, posters and books on their respective departments.