SWEDISH SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES NETWORK
|SIGN network being formed at the June 2011 Gothenburg meeting, from left to right: Hanna Westberg, Karin Allard, Amita Sahaya, Annika Härenstam, Sunita Kaistha and Surinder Jaswal. Another founding member of the network, Birgitta Jordansson was not available for the photo.|
The Dept of Work Science is very much involved in efforts to form a new network entitled SIGN – the Sweden India Gender Network in Work, Environment and Health, that has received initial funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida.
In continuation of meetings that took place in India in March 2011 (when four researchers from Sweden visited India) with an aim to facilitate long term collaboration in research and knowledge dissemination between universities and organizations in India and Sweden, a formative meeting was held in Gothenburg in early June 2011.
As a first step, SIGN had invited researchers from related fields to discuss potential research cooperation/collaboration at this meeting that was attended by 25 researchers, including three from India.
Besides Prof. Annika Härenstam, the Swedish networking partners are Dr. Birgitta Jordansson, Head of department, Dept. of Work Science; Associate Professor Hanna Westberg, previously researcher at the National Institute for Working Life (NIWL) in Stockholm; and Dr. Karin Allard, Dept. of Psychology, University of Gothenburg.
The Indian partners in SIGN are Associate Professor Sunita Kaistha from Jesus & Mary College in New Delhi, and Dr. Amita Sahaya. Dr. Kaistha is also President for the Women Work & Health Initiative (WWHI), a New Delhi based non-profit organisation. Dr. Sahaya is WWHI founder secretary.
Prof. Surinder Jaswal from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai is another partner in the network. She is also a partner in the Go:India project that also was launched in early June 2011 with a kick-off conference in Gothenburg – more information.
During their stay in Gothenburg, Sunita Kaistha and Amita Sahaya gave a lecture to the students at the Department of Work Science, on ”Gender & Labour Market in India”. They also gave seminars at the Department of Sociology on the subjects of: ”Gender Diversity & Inequality in the Labour Market in India”; and ”Gender Roles & Livelihood – a Critique”.