An Indian cultural programme/Mela will be held at Lunds konsthall on Saturday 14th April 2012, 14.00–17.00. The programme is jointly organized by Konsthallen, SASNET, Lunds kommun/Kulturskolan and ABF, and is held in connection with an Indian art exhibition at Lunds Konsthall, an exhibition entitled Social Fabric, curated by Grant Watson, currently on display in London, but at Lunds Konsthall from 5 April till 27 May.
The exhibition includes works by prominent Indian artists such as Archana Hande, The Otholith Group, Sudhir Patwardan, Raqs Media Collective. There will also be film programmes by visual artists Ashim Ahluwalia, Anjali Monteiro, K.P. Jayasankar, Madhusree Dutta, Tushar Joag, and Anand Patwardhan. More information about the exhibition (in Swedish).
|Ashok Sajjanhar and Tanya Alyhr.|
The 14th April will be introduced by Director Ms. Åsa Nacking. Indian Ambassador H.E. Mr. Ashok Sajjanhar will participate in the 14th April event at Lunds konsthall, and hold an introductory speech. He is followed by Senior Lecturer Tania Alyhr from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, who will lecture on ”Textile Life in Western India”.
In her presentation, she will to talk about her encounter with India, starting with an invitation to be a guest teacher of textiles at the National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Little did Tania realise then that this was going to turn her into a part time tour guide to textile life in western India for years to come. The breathtaking colors of India, the mass of textile expressions and crafts, the multitude of uses of textiles, the beauty and the variety of Indian clothing and the highly skilled, thorough and highly dedicated craftspeople who perform their work in such a meticulous way, it all became an almost consecrated experience.
The mela programme also includes dance and drama presentations by students at Kulturskolan Lund, and songs performed by the Association for Indo-Swedish Cultural Exchange choir.
See the poster with the full programme for the 14th April event.
• SASNET seminar on Indian Economy in Transition
Ramnath Narayanswamy, Professor in the Economics and Social Sciences Area at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore (IIMB), holds a SASNET lecture about ”Understanding India. A Country in Transition” on Wednesday 11 April 2012, 10.15–12.00. The seminar is co-organised by the Dept. of Economic History, Lund University. Venue: Lund university School of Economics and Management, Room EC3:207, Tycho Brahes väg 1, Lund.
See the poster for the seminar.
In his presentation, Prof. Narayanswamy focuses primarily on understanding the Indian economy, society and polity as a bumpy transition process from an economy dominated by state controls to an economy dominated by competition. Specifically, he focuses attention on an issue that is likely occupy attention of policy makers, namely, a program of affirmative action in the private sector. The author along with two other colleagues completed a piece of research on this subject and the paper is a summary of its results.
Since 2009, Ramnath Narayanswamy is spending extended periods in Sweden as a Visiting Professor at the School of Business, Economics and Law (SBEL), University of Gothenburg. His areas of research interest include Business and Society, Spirituality and Self Development, Entrepreneurship in the Creative Sector and Creativity and Innovation.
More information about his research work in Gothenburg.
• SASNET Brown Bag seminar on Sri Lanka’s vanishing beaches
The next SASNET Brown Bag Lunch seminar will be held on Thursday 19 April 2012, 12.30–13.30, at Lunds konsthall, Mårtenstorget 3, Lund. Professor Magnus Larson from the Department of Water Resources Engineering will speak on ”Sri Lanka's vanishing beaches”. In this seminar, Prof. Larson will present to a broad audience the different projects that his department does that focus on various problems in the coastal region of Sri Lanka.
More information on the seminar poster.
The interdisciplinary South Asia seminars were introduced by SASNET a year ago, and from 2012 they are organised in collaboration with Arbetarnas Bildningsförbund (ABF) Lund, and Lunds konsthall.
More information about previous Brown Bag seminars.
• Anna Lindberg reports from 2012 tour to Delhi and Kerala
Anna at a Delhi meeting with Ruchi Chaturvedi, Assistant Professor of
Anthropology, Hunter College, New York, and Professor Susan Visvanathan,
Jawaharlal Nehru University.
SASNET’s director Anna Lindberg recently returned to Sweden after a month-long tour to Delhi and Kerala in India. In Delhi she visited Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), where she spent time with students, gave a seminar, and met with faculty to discuss future collaborations. She also participated in a major conference organised by the School of Social Sciences on “Democracy, Pluralism, and Justice: Challenges for India in a Changing World”.
Then off to Kerala for a number of important meetings, including holding a speech at the University Senate Chamber at Kerala University in Thiruvananthapuram in connection with the celebration of International Women’s Day. The overall theme of the event was Violence against Women, and Anna’s speech outlined the history of marriage payments but also considered dowry-related problems in contemporary society (read a report in The Hindu, 9 March 2012). While being in Kerala, Anna also met with colleagues and worked to complete her ongoing research project on dowry and marriage (more information).
Read Anna Lindberg’s full report.