Newsletter 53 - 30 June 2005
SWEDISH SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES NETWORK
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• 29 applications received for the First Round of SASNET Planning Grants 2005
Last date for applications was 15 June 2005. Out of the 29 applications 20 refer to networking for new research programmes/projects, two to continued networking for research programmes/projects, six to networking for new education programmes/projects, and one to continued networking for an education project. Total amount applied for is 2.68 Million SEK, whereas the amount available to distribute is approximately 475.000 SEK. Decisions will be taken on 30 August 2005. More information.
• Applications for the next round of SASNET planning grants
are now invited. Closing date for applications is 15 November, 2005. More information.
• External evaluation of SASNET completed
The three external evaluators who have have scrutinized the activities of SASNET presented their final report to Sida/SAREC and Lund University on Thursday 30 June 2005. The evaluation group has consisted of Prof. Ghanshyam Shah, Political Scientist from Ahmedabad, India; Prof. Carla Risseeuw, Dept. of Anthropology and Development Sociology, University of Leiden, The Netherlands; and Mr. Lennart Wohlgemut, Director of the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala (team leader). The report will be the basis for SASNET’s application for renewed funding from Sida/SAREC and Lund University for the period 2006–2008.
• SASNET contact journeys within Sweden
SASNET’s webmaster Lars Eklund has started to regularly visit departments and researchers/educationists involved in South Asia related research at Swedish universities. It is part of an effort to strenghten the SASNET national network. In November 2004 he visited Örebro University in connection with the 10th Anniversary celebration of the Sweden–India Project, run by the Social Work programme, but also visited the Department of Caring Sciences. In December 2004 Lars went to Luleå University of Technology, where he visited the Department of Economics and the Divisions of Industrial Design, Mineral Processing, and Operation and Maintenance Engineering. Earlier during 2004 Lars Eklund also visited the University of Dalarna, Campus Falun, and Göteborg University.
On 20 June 2005 Lars visited Uppsala University, where he met with researchers at the Department of Linguistics and Philology (in the South Asian Languages and Culture division, the Iranian languages division, and the Linguistics and Computer Lingustics division); at the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology; and finally at the International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH) division of the Dept. of Women's and Children's Health.
The following day he proceeded to Karolinska Institutet Medical University in Stockholm and met with researchers at the Division of International Health (IHCAR), the Center of Molecular Medicine; the Paediatric Endocrinology Unit of the Dept. of Woman and Child Health, and other departments involved in South Asia related research and education. He also attended the meeting of Karolinska Institutet Research and Training Committee, KIRT, when it decided to intensify and extend the already existing collaboration on research and research training with Pakistan (more information).
|Ms. Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa and Ms. Vani Rao|
• Indian Ambassador visited SASNET and Lund University
The Indian Ambassador to Sweden, Ms. Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa, along with the First Secretary of the Embassy, Ms. Vani Rao, visited Lund University on Monday 13 June 2005.
The programme for the day, prepared by SASNET, included visits to the Dept. of Biotechnology where they were welcomed by Prof. Rajni Hatti-Kaul, and the Section for Indic Religions at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies where they were welcomed by Prof. Olle Qvarnström. At both places meetings were arranged with a large number of South Asia related researchers at Lund University. The Ambassador also had meetings with the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Göran Bexell, Assistant Vice-chancellor Björn Wittenmark, Deputy Head of the International Office, Ms. Boel Billgren, as well as with the SASNET root node staff. More information on the visit.
• Karolinska Institutet increases its collaboration on research training with Pakistan
Karolinska Institutet Research and Training Committee, KIRT, has decided to intensify and extend the already existing collaboration on research and research training with Pakistan, mainly through the Aga Khan University (AKU) in Karachi. A meeting was held at the Department of Public Health Sciences/Division of International Health (IHCAR) on 21 June 2005, to discuss a suggestion by Professor Jan Carlstedt Duke, Dean of Research at KI, on increased collaboration with Pakistan. The meeting, led by the chairman of KIRT, Prof. Vinod Diwan, was attended by a large number of KI researchers already involved in such projects, and also by Lars Eklund from SASNET. Details were discussed on how the project will be best pursued, based on the MoU signed in 2001 between KI and AKU. Prof. Olle Söder from KI’s Paediatric Endocrinology Unit (photo to the right) was appointed scientific coordinator to develop the Pakistan project. Read more about the 50 years of collaboration between Karolinska Institutet Medical University and Pakistan in a report by Prof. Emeritus Bo Lindblad.
• KTH delegation visited Pakistani universities to discuss collaboration projects
A delegation from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm recently visited Pakistan to enhance increased co-operation between Swedish and Pakistani universities and industry. The delegation included Ramon Wyss, Vice Rector of KTH; Prosun Bhattacharya, Division of Land and Water Resources; Olle Wahlberg, Inorganic Chemistry, Dept. of Chemistry; Afzal Sher, SPIDER, Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions; Gunnel Dalhammar, Applied Environmental Microbiology, Dept. of Biotechnology; Leif Kari, Marcus Wallenberg Laboratory for Sound and Vibration Research (MWL), Dept. of Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering; and Björn Pehrson, Telecommunication Systems Laboratory (TSLab).
In Islamabad they visited the Higher Education Commission (HEC), headed by Dr Naqvi, and during five days they met representatives of Pakistani universities and institutes in three cities; Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. Several future co-operation projects were discussed. These are intended to take place on different levels: through exchange of students and teachers by personal contacts; via co-operation between departments for research and education; via co-operation between universities on a higher level for exchanging experiences; and finally in planning for a completely new technical university in Pakistan. HEC has already allocated budget funds for the project to be launched during 2005, and decided that KTH will be a partner institution. More information from Prof. Ramon Wyss, firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh highlighted
The most extensive mass poisoning in the World presently takes place in Bangladesh. At least 35 Million people drink arsenic contaminated water from wells, dug at a large scale by Western development assistance organisations, including the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, since the 1970’s. This catastrophe has been highlighted in Swedish media during the Spring 2005 after an investigative story by Karin Bojs och Per Snaprud in Dagens Nyheter. Read the articles, plus an article published by Sida, giving the background to the ongoing catastrophe (in Swedish only).
The School of Environmental Studies at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, recently published a shocking report on the issue, called ”Million Dollar Arsenic Projects in Bangladesh: Arsenic Situation Deteriorated in Eruani Village of Laksham P.S., Comilla District from 1997-2005”. Read an abstract of the report (as a pdf-file). The full report can be ordered from Dhaka Community Hospital (DCH) in Bangladesh, by mail: email@example.com
• Swedish government chooses the Bologna process
The Swedish government on 14 June 2005 presented its draft for a new bill regarding the internationalisation of higher education in Sweden. The structure of educational programmes and degrees will change, and a new two-year Master’s Degree will be introduced. The present Degree of Master (magisterexamen) will however also be retained. Higher education credits, but not grades, will be brought into line with the European model (ECTS), according to the Bologna process, meant to create a common higher education area by harmonising academic degree standards and quality assurance standards throughout Europe. More information on the draft bill.
• Research proposals on water Invited from young scientists in developing countries
The International Foundation for Science (IFS) and the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water & Food (CPWF) has issued a call for research proposals open to young scientists in developing countries focusing on at least one of five areas: • Crop Water Productivity Improvement Water and People in Catchments; • Aquatic Ecosystems and Fisheries; • Integrated Basin Water Management Systems; or • The Global and National Food and Water System. The river basins include the Indo-Gangetic basin. Researchers in developing countries who satisfy the IFS eligibility criteria (below) and who are doing research in the above mentioned areas. Deadline for applications: 30 June 2005.
• Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw visited Karolinska Institutet Medical University
Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairman and Managing Director of Biocon (India) visited Karolinska Institutet Medical University in Stockholm on the invitation of Dr. C.B. Sanjeevi 26–27 May 2005. The visit involved meeting with President of KI, Prof. Harriet Wallberg Henriksson, former President of KI and Scientific advisor to Swedish Prime Minister, Prof. Hans Wigzell and State Secretary for Education, Research and Culture, Mrs. Kerstin Eliassson. After the conclusion of the meeting between KIHAB and Biocon at KI, Dr. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and Prof. Harriet Wallberg Henriksson signed a Memorandum of Understanding between KI and Biocon. This will open many doors for cooperation between Academy (KI) and Industry (Biocon) and between Sweden and India.
• South Asia related departments form the new School of Global Studies at Göteborg University
Several South Asia related departments and centres for regional studies at Göteborg University will move location in late August 2005, and be jointly administered within the framework of the new School of Global Studies at Göteborg University (SGSGU). It is part of an effort to coordinate global studies across disciplinary and regional limitations. The South Asia related departments/centres moving are: The Dept. of Peace and Development Studies, PADRIGU; the Dept. of Social Anthropology; the Centre for Asian Studies, CEAS; the Centre for Global Gender Studies; the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies; and the Section of Human Ecology. They will move to what is to become known as ”Campus Linné”, in three imposing old buildings, namely Annedalseminariet (Övre Husargatan 34), KK 2 (Konstepedimins väg 2, photo to the right), and Rektorsvillan (Seminariegatan 1). More information on the School of Global Studies at Göteborg University.
• Positions available at the University of Toronto at Mississauga
The Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto at Mississauga invites applications for three positions: A tenure-stream Assistant Professor position in the History of Islam; an Assistant/Associate Professor position in Buddhism; and an Assistant/Associate Professor position in South Asian Religions. The selected candidates will be expected to contribute to a new undergraduate program in the History of Religions on the Mississauga Campus and to growing research-intensive doctoral programs in the Graduate Department and Centre for the Study of Religion and/or the Department of History on the St. George Campus of the University of Toronto. Deadline for applications to all three positions is 15 September 2005. The appointment will begin 1 July 2006; an appropriate doctoral degree must have been earned by that date.
• Doctoral and post-doctoral scholarships announced at the University of Halle
Five doctoral and two post-doctoral scholarships are available at the Section of Asian and African Studies, Martin Luther University of Halle, Germany. Those working in the field of (postclassical) South Asian studies are also eligible to apply. Since the doctoral scholarships come with the requirement of supervision through the representative of the respective discipline in Halle. Applications before June 30th 2005.
• Report from the 2005 Nordic Association for South Asian Studies conference in Aarhus
After a gap of four years the Nordic Association for South Asian Studies, NASA, successfully arranged a conference 3–5 June 2005 in Aarhus, Denmark. Nearly 50 people met up for the conference, that had the theme ”Contemporary Dramas of South Asia: Economic, Social, Political and Cultural Changes/Upheavals”. It was organised by the Department of Anthropology and Ethnography at the University of Aarhus (main convenor: Dr. Lars Kjaerholm). Look at photos from the conference, shot by Lars Eklund, SASNET.
After some amalgamation the conference covered five workshops: 1. Globalization, economic changes and socio-political upheavals + A South Asian security conundrum? (convenors: Jørgen Dige Pedersen, University of Aarhus, and Sten Widmalm, Uppsala University). 2. States and minorities in South Asia. + Anti-oppressive movements (convenors: Peter B Andersen, Copenhagen University, and Aase Mygind Madsen, Århus). 3. Secularism in South Asia + Imagining Nations: middle classes and processes of nation formation in South Asia (convenors: Erik Sand, Copenhagen University, and Lars Kjærholm. Aarhus University. 4. Health, Globalization and Marginalization in South Asia (convenor: Jens Seeberg. Aarhus University). Two Indian participants in this panel, Renu Addlakha and Pramod Shankpal (photos above) were funded for by SASNET. 5. Exploring South Asian political culture(convenors: Arild Engelsen Ruud and Pamela Price, Oslo University).
The conference had four keynote speakers: Professor Zoya Hasan, Centre for Political Studies, Jawarharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, lectured on ”The Struggle for Democratic Representation by marginalised groups (OBC’s, women, minorities) in India”, Dr. Christophe Jaffrelot, director of the Centre d’Etudes et Recherches Internationales (CERI), Paris (photo to the right), lectured on ”BJP/Sangh Parivar and the electoral defeat in 2004”; Professor Martin Sökefeld, Dept. of Anthropology, Hamburg University, lectured on ”Continuing struggles, enduring drama: Kashmir and the construction of nations in South Asia”; and finally Professor Isabelle Clark-Deces, Department of Anthropology, Princeton University, lectured on ”The Encounter never stops: Revisiting Caste, Hierarchy and Dominance in a Tamil Village”. Venue for the conference was Moesgård Museum (the Manor House of Moesgård) in the picturesque forest area south of Århus. More information on the NASA conference.
• Rules on how ro secure conference and student visas to India
In order to secure a proper Indian visa foreign visitors to academic conferences in India must submit a letter from the Swedish University giving his/her credentials and a letter of invitation from the conference organizers/university in India. Similarly Swedish students visiting India for academic purposes should submit similar letters from the Swedish and Indian Universities involved. If a group of students are travelling together to India, they must apply together and send their applications, passports etc. to the Embassy in one bunch.
In either of the above cases, it would be incorrect to apply for a tourist visa, as it is against the regulations of the Government of India to use a tourist visa for any other purpose. More information including application forms are available at the web site of the Indian Embassy in Stockholm.
• Uppsala University’s Master’s Programme in South Asian Studies makes a halt
Uppsala University’s 60 credits (90 ECTS credits) interdisciplinary Master’s Programme in South Asian Studies – Cultural Pluralism, Political Institutions and Socio-economic Processes will not run in the academic year 2005-06. The three semesters programme, bringing together the disciplines of Indology, Political Science, History, Religion, Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Economics, and Peace and Conflict Research, was planned to start with a new programme in September 2005, but a decision has been taken to make a one-year break. Instead a revised Masters programme will preliminary start in September 2006. Contact person: Prof. William Smith, Department of Linguistics and Philology, South Asian Languages and Culture division.
• European Association of South Asian Archaeologists holds conference in London
The European Association of South Asian Archaeologists holds its biannual International Conference in London, UK, 4–8 July 2005. The conference will be hosted by the Institute of Archaeology at the University College London, and be held at the The British Museum (n the Clore Centre). Papers on all aspects of South Asian archaeology will be presented, from prehistory to art history, including studies of architecture and material culture. The panels include one on ”The Cultural Diversity of Northwestern South Asia at the time of the Indus Civilization”, one on ”Issues in Indian Ocean Commerce and the Archaeology of South India” and another on ”Indian Palace Architecture of the 18th and 19th Centuries”. More information.
• Stockholm venue for the 37th World Sociology Congress
The 37th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology will be held in Stockholm 5–9 July 2005. The Congress allows social scientists from different parts of the world to exchange ideas and to establish long-term collaborative relationships. Its plenary and semi- plenary sessions will focus on the ”Frontiers of Sociology”. Prof. T.K. Oommen, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, is one of the convenors for the semi-plenary session on ”Multiple Modernities and Social Theory”. There will also be up to 160 regular sessions, in which up to 800 different papers will be presented. Several panels focus on South Asian issues. Venue: Stockholm Conference Centre, Norra Latin, Drottninggatan 71 B. More information.
The Indian Institute For Sustainable Development And Research (ISDR) organizes one of the sessions at the 37th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology in Stockholm. It is a session called ”New Partnership Between European and Asian Institutes for Socio-Economic-Environmental Development and Management”, and aims to explore the nature, role and relevance of the urban development and its impacts both in theory and in practice in South Asia and in the EU region and to highlight approaches and methods for improving local environment. For more information contact the session convenor, Dr. Anand Govind Bhole.
• Heidelberg seminar on South Indian history of religion
Arbeitskreises ”Moderne südindische Religionsgeschichte” holds its second seminar meeting at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, 8–9 July 2005. The seminar is organised by Dr. Michael Bergunder, Professor für Religionsgeschichte und Missionswissenschaft. Venue: Seminarraum, Dekanat der Theologischen Fakultät Heidelberg.
• Rotterdam conference on the South Asian Diaspora
A conference on ”The South Asian Diaspora. The Creation of Unfinished Identities in the Modern World” is held at Rotterdam, Netherlands, 23–24 July 2005. Venue: Erasmus University, Burgermeester Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam. More information.
• South Asia related papers at Finnish conference on religion
The Finnish Society for the Study of Religion and the Donner Institute are jointly organising a conference entitled “Exercising Power: The Role of Religions in Concord and Conflict”, 17–19 August 2005. The conference is sponsored by the European Association for the Study of Religions, EASR. Some South Asia related papers are presented. Prof. Gudmar Aneer, Dept. of Religion, Dalarna University, Falun, on ”Is There Such a Thing as a Religious Policy? The Role of Religion in the Policy of Akbar the Great Mogul”; Dr. Dagmar Hellmann-Rajanayagam, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany, on ”Heroes and Martyrs: An Ambivalent concept in ambivalent conflicts”, and Dr. Måns Broo, Åbo Akademi, on ”Rhetorics of Violence in the Texts of Bhaktivedanta Swami”. Venue: Linnasmäki Conference Center, Turku (Åbo).
• Sunita Narain receives award at the 2005 World Water Week in Stockholm
The 2005 World Water Week will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, 21–27 August. The annual World Water Week in Stockholm has become a valuable meeting point and platform for the world’s water community, and includes topical plenary sessions and panel debates, scientific Stockholm Water Symposium workshops, seminars and side events organised by different international organisations, exhibitions and festive prize ceremonies honouring excellence in the water field. Usually a large number of the delegates come from South Asia. The overall theme for the 2005 World Water Week is “Drainage Basin Management. Hard and Soft Solutions in Regional Development.” More information on the World Water Week web site.
The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) based in New Delhi, India, led by Ms. Sunita Narain, will receive the 2005 Stockholm Water Prize. The award has been given by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) to CSE for its efforts to build a new paradigm of water management, which uses the traditional wisdom of rainwater harvesting and advocates the role of communities in managing their local water systems. Sunita Narain herself (photo to the left) is a dynamic advocate for water, environment, human rights, democracy and health, and has previously served as a member of the board for the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). CSE will receive the $150,000 Prize from HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden during the Stockholm Water Week. More information.
• Stockholm conference on pluralism in Balochistan
The 3rd international conference on Balochistan with the theme ”Pluralism in Balochistan” will be held in Uppsala 18–21 August 2005. Balochistan has throughout history been one of the important meeting points between the Indian Subcontinent and the Iranian Plateau. Today's Balochistan is divided between Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the conference wants to highlight various aspects of plurality in present day Balochistan. Researchers are invited to present papers with a focus on socioeconomic, religious, linguistic, literary and cultural plurality in Balochistan. The conference is organised by the Iranian Studies division at the Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University. More information (as a pdf-file)
• Kabul International Symposium on Global Drug Policy
The Senlis Council organizes a Kabul International Symposium on Global Drug Policy in September 2005 (exact dates still to decide upon). Drug policy experts from all over the world will meet with Afghan government officials at both the national and provincial level along with other key stakeholders and international organisations present in Afghanistan. The conference will touch upon the issues of drug addiction and treatment, cultivation, eradication and alternative livelihoods and organized crime and legal responses. The Senlis Council was established in 2002 as an international drug policy think tank which gathers expertise and facilitates new initiatives on global drug policy. The Council convenes politicians, high profile academics, independent experts and Non Governmental Organisations. More information.
• Bornholm Researcher training course on Security and Development
A Researcher training course on ”Security and development: Recent trends in social science” is held in Nexö at Bornholm, Denmark, 26–28 October 2005. It is organized by the Danish Research School of Anthropology and Ethnography at Aarhus University, the Graduate School of International Development Studies at Roskilde University), the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims, and the Danish Institute for International Studies in Copenhagen. The aim of the seminar is to discuss ways to study and analyze the development security nexus. Among the invited speakers are Dr. Veena Das from Johns Hopkins University, USA. Deadline for application: 19 August 2005.
• New Delhi conference on Groundwater for sustainable development
An International conference on ”Groundwater for sustainable development. Problems, Perspectives and Challenges” is held in New Delhi, India, 1–4 February 2006. The so-called IGC 2006 conference is organised by the Indian National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad; the School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi; and the International Groundwater Arsenic Research Group at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. The goal of the conference is to provide a platform bringing together earth scientists, professionals from chemical and engineering science disciplines, public health professionals and social scientists involved with the sustainable development of groundwater resources. Deadline for abstract submissions: 30 June 2005. More information.
• Association of Asian Studies invites for South Asia related panels
The Association of Asian Studies in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, invites for its next Annual Meeting, 6–9 April 2006. Participation is now invited also from scholars based in South Asian universities and research institutes, to two panels sponsored by the AAS South Asia Council (SAC). The theme for these two panels will be ”Minority Cultures and the Meaning of Citizenship in the Himalayas”, and ”The Methodology of Gender in South Asia.” Paper proposals should be delivered before 15 July 2005.
• 19th European Conference of Modern South Asian Studies to be held in Leiden
The 19th European Conference of Modern South Asian Studies (ECMSAS) will be held at Leiden University, the Netherlands, 27–30 June 2006. The conference is hosted by the International Institute for Asian Studies and Prof. D.H.A. Kolff will act as convenor. Panel proposals should be submitted to the Conference Secretariat before 1 June 2005. An Academic Advisory Committee now reviews the proposals. Notices of acceptance will be sent out by August 2005. The accepted panel proposals will be listed in the IIAS Newsletter and on the conference website. More information.
• Other conferences connected to South Asian studies arranged all over the World
See SASNET’s page, http://www.sasnet.lu.se/conferences.html#conf
• Kutiyattam dance troupe performs in Hälsingland
A Kutiyattam dance troupe from the Natana Kairali Research and Performing Centre for Traditional Arts in Irinjalakuda, Thrissur District, Kerala, India, visits Sweden during the summer 2005. The troupe led by Gopal Venu has been invited by Gävle Theatre Association, involved in a theatre exchange programme with India since 1999 (within the framework of Världsteaterprojektet). They will give four performances of the ancient Sanskrit drama Sakuntala in the Wooden Theatre of Järvsö in Hälsingland, on Saturday 2 July, Sunday 3 July, Wednesday 6 July and Thursday 7 July. Besides the public performances the Kutiyattam troupe will also hold several workshops together with the actors belonging to Folkteatern in Gävle. More information.
• Full-day seminar on Indian culture arranged in Stockholm
A full-day seminar on Indian culture in Sweden was arranged in Stockholm on Saturday 4 June 2005, 10.00–17.30. The seminar, called ”Att lära känna den svensk-indiska minoriteten”, was jointly organised by ABF Stockholom, Det Stora Knytkalaset, Indian Association and Integrationsforum, and included lectures by Professor Bengt Häger on the Indian dancer Lilavati, professor Charles Westin on the integration of the Asian refugees coming from Uganda to Sweden in 1971, and the researcher Sheila Ghose on the importance of popular gender forms in Indian diaspora literature. More information (as a pdf-file).
• 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 153 departments. Go to the presentation page.
ƒ Telecommunication Systems Laboratory (TSLab), KTH School of ICT, Campus IT University in Kista (joint venture between the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, and Stockholm University)
ƒ Paediatric Endocrinology Unit, Department of Woman and Child Health, Karolinska Institutet Medical University, Stockholm
ƒ Division for Reproductive and Perinatal Health, Department of Woman and Child Health, Karolinska Institutet Medical University, Stockholm
ƒ Division of Social Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet Medical University, Stockholm
Have a nice Summer 2005,
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.
Postal address: SASNET – Swedish South Asian Studies Network, Scheelevägen 15 D, S-223 63 Lund, Sweden
Visiting address: Ideon Research Park, House Alfa 1 (first floor, room no. 2042), in the premises of the Centre for East and South East Asian Studies at Lund University (ACE).
Phone: + 46 46 222 73 40
Fax: + 46 46 222 30 41
Web site: http://www.sasnet.lu.se
Staff: Staffan Lindberg, director/co-ordinator & Lars Eklund, webmaster/deputy director