On Tuesday 18 October 2011, SASNET hosted a meeting at Lund University between representatives of South Asia oriented research within Humanities and Social Sciences at the universities of Stockholm, Uppsala, Gothenburg and Lund. The constructive meeting aimed to discuss increased collaboration on South Asian studies between these four major Swedish universities, and possibilities for launching a joint Swedish Masters programme in South Asian studies.
At Uppsala University a Forum for South Asian Studies was formed recently (more information), and at Stockholm University a Forum for Asian Studies was formed in 2010 (more information). At University of Gothenburg the researchers are involved in the Go:India project launched in May 2011 (more information); and at Lund University SASNET is the driving force in connecting researchers working on South Asia related projects in all disciplines.
On the photo from left to right: Lars Eklund, SASNET/Lund University; Henrik Berglund, Stockholm University; Åke Sander, University of Gothenburg; Julia Velkova, SASNET/Lund University; Kristina Myrvold, Lund University; Anna Lindberg, SASNET/Lund University; Gunnel Cederlöf, Uppsala University; Pernille Gooch, Lund University; Jan Magnusson, Lund University; and Sigridur Beck, University of Gothenburg.
• SASNET co-organised Fifth European PhD workshop in South Asia Studies in Paris
The Fifth European PhD workshop in South Asia Studies was held in Paris at the Centre d’Etudes de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud (CEIAS) from 22 to 24 September 2011. Previous PhD workshops have been jointly organised by Heidelberg University, Germany; Ghent University, Belgium; University of Edinburgh; UK: and Le Centre d'Études de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud (CEIAS), Paris, France, but from 2011, SASNET is also being a co-organiser.
Read a report from the Paris workshop.
• SASNET/Swallows seminar on Violence, Caste Discrimination and Resistance
A seminar on ”Violence, Caste Discrimination and Resistance – The situation of Dalits in India” will be held at Lund University on Thursday 3 November 2011, 13.15–16.00. It is jointly organised by SASNET, Lund University and the Swallows India Bangladesh, an organisation based in Lund.
Dr. Aase Mygind Madsen will give a presentation on ”Dalits in the caste system”, focusing on the social and economic discrimination they face in India, and the prospects of change.
Aase works as Associate Professor at the Department of Social Work, VIA University College in Aarhus, Denmark. Her main field of research interest is on processes of social exclusion and integration. In 1996, she defended her doctoral dissertation entitled ”Untouchables: Stuck at the Bottom or Moving Upward? A Study of Changing Conditions for the Scheduled Castes in five Villages in Karnataka, South India”.
Over a period of 30 years she has been engaged in activities related to social problems in the 3rd world as well as taken part in Danish, Nordic and European Development Researchers' network. She has also worked on gender issues in Denmark and the Third World.
Kathir and Thilagam from the Indian non-governmental organisation Evidence will talk about their work to support victims of caste based violence and discrimination and how they advocate for change. Evidence is a Madurai based organisation working in the state of Tamil Nadu, and involved in collaboration with the Swallows India Bangladesh. Its aim is to create a society that ensures equality and justice to all. Activities include undertaking fact finding missions following incidents of atrocities against Dalits and Tribals in order to establish the facts of an incident and compile the necessary documentary evidence enabling the victims/survivors to access formal justice through the law. More information.
Venue for the seminar: Edebalksalen, School of Social Work (Socialhögskolan), Bredgatan 26, Lund. See SASNET's poster for the seminar.
• Afghanistan Evening at Doc Lounge Lund on 8th November
In 1989, Swedish journalist, Khazar Fatemi fled the war torn country of Afghanistan with her life. Twenty years later, the former refugee returned to the place that has always remained in her heart. She has now produced the documentary ”Where My Heart Beats”.
This film follows Khazar’s dangerous, painful, and inspirational journey back home to reconnect with the amazing people of this broken nation. Behind the shadow of war and devastation, Khazar shows us a window into Afghanistan life that most people never see in the media… A window into the lives of a nation with unimaginable struggles, and an unwavering will to survive.
On Tuesday 8 November 2011, at 19.00, a Doc Lounge event focusing on Afghanistan will be held at Mejeriet, Stora Södergatan 64 in Lund. It is co-organised by SASNET. To this event, ”Where My Heart Beats” will be screened, and the director Khazar Fatemi (photo) will participate in a discussion with Anders Fänge, representing the local section of the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA). Fänge was for 20 years SCA’s head of office in Kabul until he retired last year and settled in Skåne.
The poet and singer/songwriter Thomas Wiehe will also perform during the evening. Entrance fee for the programme is SEK 60.
More information about the Afghanistan Evening at Doc Lounge.
See SASNET’s poster for the Doc Lounge event.
• SASNET Brown Bag seminar on Indian Food System Transformation with Olle Frödin on November 10th
On Thursday 10 November 2011, at 12.00, SASNET holds its third Brown bag lunch seminar during the fall semester 2011. Dr. Olle Frödin from the Department of Sociology will talk about ”Modernization, Neoliberal Globalization or Variegated Development: the Indian Food System Transformation in Comparative Perspective”. The lecture reviews three theoretical approaches to agro-food system change, placed at different levels on the ladder of generality. It then considers these approaches in relation to Indiaâs changing agro-food system. Finally, it examines the general and the particularistic features of the Indian case, and discusses their implications for theories relating to global governance and international political economy.
See the seminar poster.
The aim of SASNET’s Brown Bag seminars, introduced in January 2011, is to present and disseminate the eminent South Asia related research that is carried out in so many departments at Lund University.
The seminars are open to the public, and during the fall 2011 they are held once a month at Thursdays at Murbeckssalen, Gula Villan (inside the Botanical Gardens), Östra Vallgatan 14, Lund.
• SASNET seminar on Pakistani History, Politics and Society
Dr Henrik Chetan Aspengren holds a seminar at Lund University on ”Pakistan – History, Politics, Society” on Thursday 17 November 2011, 13.15 - 15.00. The seminar is jointly organised by SASNET, the Lund University Master in International Development and Management programme (LUMID) and ABF Lund. Venue: Geocentrum, Flygeln, Sölvegatan 10, Lund.
See the seminar poster.
Pakistan is a country of paradoxes. It is a country rich in culture and human and natural resources, where poverty and illiteracy is rising. Democracy is shallow and easily manipulated, military power is entrenched and religious and political violence is commonplace. Pakistan was born out of an idea of safeguarding Muslim interests in a decolonised South Asia, but many of its citizens now feel let down. Yet all around the country there are social movements and committed individuals working for positive change. Dr Aspengren, author of the book “Pakistan – Upprorens land” (Norstedts, 2011), will in this lecture put developments in Pakistan in their broader social, political and historical context.
In his book, Aspengren mixes writings on South Asian history with travel writing. Through detailed descriptions on life in, for example, a Sufi-shrine in Sindh, or a village of land less peasants in Malakand close to the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Aspengren discusses a wide range of topics: the Pakistani military’s role in politics; struggles for women’s rights, democracy, or land rights; religious tolerance and extremism. As such, the book provides social and historic context to events reported in the news. More information on the book.
In January 2010, Henrik Chetan Aspengren was awarded a PhD from the Dept. of Politics and International Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK for a thesis entitled ”Social Imperialism – And how it was applied in the Bombay Presidency, 1895–1925”. Since then he has been living in Geneva , Switzerland, but has now returned to Sweden, where he is to some extent connected to the Dept. of History, Uppsala University.
More information about his research.
• SASNET/Lund University visit to Ambassador of Nepal
On Thursday 20 October 2011, Anna Lindberg and Lars Eklund from SASNET were invited to visit the Ambassador of Nepal to Sweden and Denmark, Mr. Vijaykant L. Karna, in his Hellerup residence. The Ambassador has a close relation to SASNET, having participated in a number of important seminars at Lund University in recent years.
Ms. Elisabeth Axell from Lund University’s division of International Relations was also invited to the Ambassador, since she is the coordinator of an Erasmus Mundus Asia regional mobility programme involving Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu (more information).