In the summer 2013, the Swedish South Asian Studies Network (SASNET), the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS), and the Nordic Centre in India (NCI) are planning to jointly organize the fourth Nordic Conference on South Asian Studies for Young Scholars to be held at Falsterbo kursgård in Höllviken (Sweden).
The main objective of the conference is to gather doctoral candidates, post-doctoral researchers, and other young scholars who are affliated to universities in the Nordic countries (including Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) and focus on South Asia in their research. Since 2009 the conference has been successfully organized by SASNET and in 2011 it was carried out in collaboration with NIAS.
In order to customize the 2013 conference to current research interests and needs, the organisers now invite young scholars doing research on or having interest in the South Asian region to submit suggestions on what they consider important to address during this conference. The suggestions can be freely formulated and will be used as input for the conference planners.
Please send your suggestions to Julia Velkova (Julia.Velkova@sasnet.lu.se) by June 15, 2012, at the latest.
On Wednesday 16 May 2012, an evening programme devoted to Indian society and culture was held in Lund. The successful event was jointly organised by SASNET/Lund University and Arbetarnas Bildningsförbund (ABF) Lund, and was free of charge. It drew a full house.
The programme started at 6 P.M. with a lecture by Professor G K Karanth on ”Caste ‘Pride’ and Caste ‘Prejudice’: Personal Reflections”. During the academic year 2011/12 Prof. Karanth has been the ICCR India Chair Professor at Lund University hosted by SASNET and the Department of Sociology. In his presentation, he discussed 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 was followed by an appreciated performance by the new India Choir of Lund (Indiska Kören i Lund), led by Bubu Munshi Eklund and Thomas Wiehe, and then came the cultural highlight of the evening – a classical North Indian music concert by young talented Sarod player Somabanti Basu from Kolkata, being accompanied by her husband Suman Sarkar on Tabla, offering a woderful concert programme, higly appreciated by the audience.
More information about the SASNET/ABF India Evening.
Professor Dipak Malik, Director for the Gandhian Institute of Studies in Varanasi, India, holds a SASNET lecture on ”Indian Naxalism Today” on Tuesday 29 May 2012, 15.15–17.00. Prof. Malik is currently on a tour to Finland and Sweden (on invitation by the Nordic Centre in India consortium) and comes to visit Lund because of his close connection to SASNET, being a member of SASNET’s South Asian Reference Group. Venue for the seminar: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, conference room, Scheelevägen 15 D, Lund.
The reenergized Maoist movement in India is often referred to as Naxalism because of its beginning in late 1960s emanating from a small hamlet of the northern part of the state of West Bengal. Naxalbari has in recent years again emerged as a potential force of course in India, though within a different context. Maoism today poses a vital question that needs a perspective from the world of social sciences.
In his presentation, Prof. Malik focuses on its strong impact even on districs near to Varanasi in the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh state. Many people in India, including a section in the government are dismissive about it as being merely a law and order question. Others however show an understanding of the problems, they find deep maladies in the Indian society and the current development path, which leads to an insurrectionary mode of protest. It should be noted that these deep rooted maladies in the world of Indian peasantry were described already in the 1950s by Gandhians like Vinoba Bhave, albeit as an aftermath of the Telengana peasant revolt.