Newsletter 15 - 13 May 2002
SWEDISH SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES NETWORK
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• Apply for SASNET Planning Grants 2002 before 15 June
Applications are now welcome for the next round of SASNET planning grants. Closing date for applications is 15 June, 2002. Please note that there always has to be a Swedish partner in the project/programme for the application to be eligible, and that the application must be made by the Swedish partner. Full details are given on our web page: http://www.sasnet.lu.se/grantsinvite.html
• Invitations for the PhD students/post-docs symposium coming soon
SASNET arranges a symposium for Swedish PhD students and post-docs dealing with South Asian studies, 25–27 October 2002, at Marstrands Varmbadhus, north of Göteborg. Invitations for the symposium will be sent out before the Summer. More information
• New research programme introduced: Swedish Research Links
Sida and the Swedish Research Council now introduces a completely new research programme: Swedish Research Links, with the aim to stimulate cooperation between researchers in Sweden and those in developing countries. The programme is oriented towards a/ Developing countries with relatively strong resources e g in Asia; and b/ Countries where more general cooperation on development assistance is coming to an end. Closing date for applications: 3 June 2002. More information.
• Travel insurances for foreign visitors to Sweden
Tranås resebyrå offers Travel insurances for foreign visitors to Sweden at very advantageous rates (35 SEK/day). Tranås resebyrå is a Swedish travel agency specialised in selling tickets for non-commercial customers. A prerequisite is that the visitor is related to aid or other non-commercial actvivities, e g academic such. More information.
• Dissertation on drinking water and sanitation in Philippines and Bangladesh
Therése Hindman Persson, Dept for Economics at Lund University, defended her doctoral thesis on ”Economic Analyses of Drinking Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries”, primarily based on research in Philippines and Bangladesh, on 13 April 2002. Faculty opponent was Dr. Andrew McKay, University of Nottingham, UK.
• Dissertation on Vaishnava Mendicant Renouncers in Bengal
Kristin Hansen at the Dept of Social Anthropology, Oslo University, defended her doctoral thesis on ”Seeds in Motion – Thoughts, Feelings and the Significance of Social Ties as Invoked by a Family of Vaishnava Mendicant Renouncers in Bengal”, on Friday 3 May, 2002. Faculty opponents were Prof. Ann Grodzins Gold, from Syracuse University, New York; and Prof. Harald Thambs-Lyche, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France. More information.
• The Swallows, Bangladesh–India section, advertises two positions
for work in Bangladesh and India respectively. The first one is dealing with environment and social mobilisation in the Sundarbans region; the other with sustainable agriculture in Tamil Nadu. Last date for applications 1 June, 2002. More information on the organisation´s web site (in Swedish only).
• A new Centre for Global Gender Studies will be inaugurated
at the Dept of Peace and Development Research, PADRIGU, in Göteborg, on Tuesday 14 May, 15.00. Professor Gita Sen from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, in honorray guest and will give a lecture on ”Globalisation, Power and Agency”. All interested are welcome. More information given by Monica Erwer.
• Decisions on Palme Linnaeus grants
250 applications for Palme-Linnaeus grants have been delivered for the coming contract period 1 July 2002–30 June 2003. Decisions will be given by the Swedish International Programme Office for Education and Training in the middle of May. More information.
• Information on how to apply for research grants
The Swedish council for working life and social research, established in 2001 through a merger of the Swedish Council for Social Research and the Swedish Council for Work Life Research, has a web page presenting how to apply for research grants. Go for it.
Conferences and courses
• Colloquium on Cartographic Representations in Varanasi, at Heidelberg
The South Asia Institute at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, organises an International Academic Colloquium on ”Visualized Space: Constructions of Locality and Cartographic Representations in Varanasi”, on 22–25 May 2002. Scholars from all over the World specialised on the holy Hindu pilgrimage city will take part in the conference, which will be accompanied by an exhibition of historical maps in the Völkerkundemuseum. More information.
• Vedic Workshop at Leiden University
The Third International Vedic Workshop, ”The Vedas: Texts, Language and Ritual”, is organised 29 May – 2 June, 2002, at Leiden, the Netherlands. The workshop is jointly organized by the Leiden University's Kern Institute of Indology, the Dept of Comparative Linguistics, and the International Institute of Asian Studies, IIAS. More information.
• Oriental Studies Colloquium on the Vakatakas, at Groningen
The Institute of Indian Studies, at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, organises an Oriental Studies Colloquium on the Vakatakas, 6–8 June, 2002. The Vakatakas was a dynasty ruling over of a great part of the northern Deccan plateau in the 4th and 5th centuries A.D., and who emerged as one of India's major patrons of religion and art.
• Conference on Communication and Development, at Varanasi
An International Conference on Communication and Development in the 21st Century is arranged at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, on 7–9 January 2003. The conference is organised by the Dept of Extension Education at the Institute of Agricultural Sciences; in collaboration with the Indian Society of Extension Education, New Delhi, the Global Communication Research Association at Macquarie University, Australia, and the Center for South Asian Studies at Gifu Women’s University, Japan. More information (as a pdf-file).
Important lectures and workshops
• Lecture by Gunnel Cederlöf at Uppsala University seminar
The South Asia seminar series at Uppsala University continues on Friday 17 May, 14.15–16, when the historian Gunnel Cederlöf lectures on ”Conflicts over Forestland in the British Colonial Conquest of India”. Venue: Språkvetenskapligt Centrum, SVC, Villavägen 4, room 16/0054.
• ”Globalization and Global Social Movements”, at Lund University
A Conference/workshop on ”Globalization and Global Social Movements” is arranged at Lund University on 29 May, 2002. Venue: Akademiska föreningen, Sandgatan 2, and the Dept of Sociology. The conference is organised by the Seminar for Emancipatory Sociology, and the Seminar for Development Studies.
• Vandana Shiva lectures in Göteborg
Vandana Shiva from the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, India, and Samir Amin from Thirld World Forum, based in Senegal, holds a seminar at Göteborg University, on Saturday 25 May, 2002, 12.00. The theme for the discussion will be: ”The World´s Diversity, and Common Development – can Cultures co-operate on Global Justice”. Venue: Universitetets aula, Vasaparken. The seminar is organised by Museion.
• Report by the Swedish parliamentary commission Globkom
GLOBKOM is a Swedish parliamentary commission investigating how the Swedish policy for global economic, social and ecologically sustainable development should be further developed in an approach based on solidarity. The commission is to make proposals as to how policy should be formulated in important areas on the basis of the overall objective of combating poverty and the new conditions created by globalisation. The commission recently presented its final report. Read the full report.
• Danish web site on Hinduism
An ambitious website on Hinduism, mainly in south India, has been created by a team of scholars connected to the University of Aarhus, Denmark. The anthropologist Lars Kjærholm is the driving force behind the enterprise, which will be expanded gradually. Go for it.
South Asia Research networks
• Network for economic research institutes in the South Asian region
South Asia Network of Economic research Institutes (SANEI) is a regional initiative aimed to establish strong research interlinkages among diverse economic research institutes in the South Asian region. SANEI has a membership of 48 research institutes, 11 from Bangladesh, 22 from India, 3 from Nepal, 7 from Pakistan and 5 from Sri Lanka. The head office is in New Delhi. SANEI in turn is part of the Global Development Network (GDN) – a collaborative initiative of development institutions globally, based in Washington, USA.
• Summer course on India at Uppsala University
”India – past and present” (Indien nu och då) is the name of a course arranged by the Dept of Asian and African Languages at Uppsala University in the Summer 2002. It is a 5 credit course, starting on 5 June.
• South Asia related courses at Göteborg University
CEAS (Centre for Asian Studies), previously named GESEAS, runs a programme on basic and intermediate level (1–20 credits and 21–40 credits) in Asian studies, which includes teaching on South Asia.
The Dept. of Peace and Development Research, PADRIGU, runs a programme on Development and International Co-operation Studies (formerly called U-landskunskap), up to C-level (including field work in India. Information on the courses.
Museion offers a 20 credits course on ”World history of Everyday life”. A new course starts in the autumn 2002/spring 2003. More information. Museion also starts a new 80 credits Masters programme in International Museum Studies in September; in partnership with the National Museum of World Cultures. More information.
• Masters programme on Water resources at Linköping University
A Masters programme in ”Water Resources and Livelihood Security” is organised at the Dept of Water and Environmental Studies the coming academic year, September 2002 – September 2003, i e altogether 50 weeks of study. The programme is open for students from Sweden and from abroad. More information about the programme.
• South Asian Studies courses continue at Uppsala University
A South Asian Studies course with a multidisciplinary approach started in the Fall 2001 at the Dept of Asian and African Languages. It is a co-operation project between the departments of the Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences at Uppsala University. A new course starts in September 2002. Last date for application was 15 April. More information.
• Report from Karlstad University´s study center at Varanasi
Karlstad University has a long tradition of sending students, mainly teachers training students but also others, for field studies in South Asia. More information on the South Asian studies. Read also Lars Eklunds March 2002 report from the Swedish study centre Ganga Mahal in Varanasi.
New and updated items on SASNET web site
• More Swedish departments where research on South Asia is going on:
Added to the list of research environments at Swedish universities, presented by SASNET. The full list now includes nearly 50 departments. Go to the presentation page.
ƒ Dept of History and Technology at Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan in Stockholm
ƒ Dept of Biotechnology at Lund University
ƒ Applied Environmental Impact Assessment; Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University
ƒ African and Comparative Archaeology; Department for Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University
ƒ Dept of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University
• Several new useful links to Academic institutions around the World, connected to research on South Asia, have been added to our site. Go to the Links page.
• Several new useful links to International organisations and development agencies
working with South Asia have also been added. Go to the page.
• The page on South Asian Books distributors now includes links to Manohar Book Services, Sage Publications India and South Asia Books in Missourie. Go to the page.
Staffan Lindberg Lars Eklund
SASNET/ Swedish South Asian Studies Network
SASNET is a national network for research, education, and information about South Asia, based at Lund University. The aim is to encourage and promote an open and dynamic networking process, in which Swedish researchers co-operate with researchers in South Asia and globally.
The network is open to all sciences. Priority is given to co-operation between disciplines and across faculties, as well as institutions in the Nordic countries and in South Asia. The basic idea is that South Asian studies will be most fruitfully pursued in co-operation between researchers, working in different institutions with a solid base in their mother disciplines.
The network is financed by Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) and by Lund University.
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