As part of the technical development of the SASNET website we have now upgraded our Researchers Database.
The database was initially created in 2001 with the goal to make it easier to identify Nordic scholars who do research in various areas related to South Asia – from humanities to natural sciences, thus hoping to enhance collaborations, exchanges and networking among researchers. The database has now been upgraded and allows the researchers themselves to enter and manage the information about their research. It also has an improved search engine that allows for searching in various ways – either by entering search keyword(s) or by browsing the researchers filtered by their country of interest, area of research or university.
Anyone who is doing research or collaboration with South Asia and is affiliated to a Nordic university is welcome to register and help us develop further the database, thus enabling collaborations and future projects of interest for both Nordic and South Asian scholars.
If you are not already present in the database, you can join by creating your profile here or browse the Researchers Database.
On Wednesday 16 May 2012, from 18.00, an evening programme devoted to Indian society and culture will be held in Lund. The event is jointly organised by SASNET/Lund University and Arbetarnas Bildningsförbund (ABF) Lund, and is free of charge. Venue: ABF premises, Bangatan 10 (opposite the railway station), Lund. All are welcome.
The programme starts at 6 P.M. with a lecture by Professor G K Karanth on ”Caste ‘Pride’ and Caste ‘Prejudice’: Personal Reflections”. Prof. Karanth comes from Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) in Bangalore, India, but during the academic year 2011/12 he has been the ICCR India Chair Professor at Lund University hosted by SASNET and the Department of Sociology. In his presentation, he will discuss issues related to Indian caste identities, based on his own personal experiences as having been born and brought up in a family with a caste identity of its own.
The lecture is followed at 7.30 P.M. by a classical North Indian music concert by young talented Sarod player Somabanti Basu from Kolkata, who is being accompanied by her husbandSuman Sarkar on Tabla. Basu and Sarkar are currently on a European tour, but this will be their only performance in Sweden. Somabanti Basu plays according to the Maihar gharana tradition.
The India Evening also includes a performance by the India Choir of Lund, and serving of Indian snacks.
More information about the SASNET/ABF India Evening.
Associate Professor Alia Ahmad from the Department of Economics, Lund University, will hold the coming SASNET Brown Bag lunch seminar lecture on Thursday 10 May 2012, 12.30–13.30, at Lunds konsthall, Mårtenstorget 3, Lund. Her presentation is entitled ”Community Management of Inland Fisheries in Bangladesh and India”, and is based on results of a joint research project in which she has been involved in recent years. The study was initially supported by a planning grant from SASNET and later on sponsored by Sida and the Swedish Research Council. Organisations from three countries have been involved – Lund University, Sweden; Gujarat Institute of Development Research, India; and WorldFish Center, Bangladesh. The project addressed two major research issues: community management of inland fisheries for poverty alleviation, and the role of external agents in promoting user-based community organisations. The case studies are the community based Fisheries Management (CBFM) in Bangladesh, and the Cooperative Fisheries Management of TAWA Reservoir in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. See the poster for the seminar.
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.
Dr. Anita Ghimire, Kathmandu University, Nepal, holds an open brown bag lunch seminar at Lund University on Monday 14 May 2012, 12.00–13.00. She will talk about ”Migration: The case of Nepal”. The seminar is jointly organised by SASNET and the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies (ACE), Lund university. Venue: ACE Conference room, Scheelevägen 15 D, 1st floor, Lund.
Seminar abstract: While Nepal is largely understood as a labor sending country to countries of East Asia, Gulf and Malaysia, it has significant number of other types of out migrants and also hosts different kinds of migrants from other countries. The presentation discusses the trend and the present status of these different kinds of international migrants related to Nepal. The objective of this presentation is to shed light on different forms of migration related to Nepal and present the real position of Nepal in the migration hub.
Dr. Ghimire has a joint PhD in Human and Natural Resources Studies from Kathmandu University and University of Zurich, Switzerland. Her PhD thesis from 2010 was entitled ”Social and Territorial Impact of Armed Conflict Induced Displacement and the Livelihoods of Internally Displaced People in Nepal”. She is currently doing post-doc research focusing on student returnees and use of knowledge and skills in Nepal, being involved in an international research project entitled ”Migration Revisited”. It studies the nexus between migration, knowledge and development in Nepal, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Switzerland. Besides, Dr. Ghimire is also part of another project on “Migration, Mobility and Movement“, which is a comparative study of regional movement in South and Central Asia, South and Central America, and Ivory Coast in Africa. Finally, she is working with a research project in Nepal on “Livelihoods and Trajectories in Conflict Affected Situations and the Role of Governments, Aid Agencies, Markets and the Private Sector in Enabling People to make Secure Living“.
All are welcome to the seminar. ACE offers free brown bag lunch to those who wish to have such. If so, please send an e-mail to Julia Velkova before Friday 11 May 2012.