Best master thesis award to Norwegian South Asian studies researchers
In June 2012, the Norwegian research network Asia-nettverket announced two winners to this year's competition for best master thesis on an Asian topic. The first winner is Maria Sørlie Berntsen from the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen. She wrote about ”Challenging the Gaze: A Study of a Socially Conscious Photographic Initiative Based in Dhaka, Bangladesh”. The other winner is Ann Kunish from the Department of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo. Her master thesis was on ”Readings From Between the Lines: A Functionalist Approach to the Translation of Classical Chinese Poetry”. Maria Berntsen shared some thoughts about her work at the Asia Network's summer meeting on 16 June 2012. Ann Kunish was in the US, and sent the organisers some thoughts on her work – read them here. At the same time, another Norwegian researcher, Anna Marie Nicolaysen who is currently affiliated to the University of Connecticut recently finished her doctoral thesis in Anthropology entitled ”Empowering Small Farmers in India through Organic Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation” and available at http://www.asianettverket.no/library/pdf/78.pdf.