Newsletter 62 - 24 May 2006
SWEDISH SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES NETWORK
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• Announcement for SASNET Director
The position as Director of SASNET – Swedish South Asian Studies Network, based at Lund University is hereby announced for the period 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2009. The position is 50 % of full time. The Director should be a highly qualified South Asia researcher, university teacher, supervisor, administrator and programme builder, with well established research contacts in, and familiarity with the South Asian region. She/he should have position in a Swedish academic institution, and young applicants are especially invited. The Director is expected to spend most of his working time at the root node in Lund. Last date for application is 15 June 2006. More information.
• Time to apply for three forms of SASNET grants
Applications for the next round of SASNET planning grants are now invited. In addition to the existing Networking grants for planning and continued activities in research and education programmes/projects SASNET now introduces two other forms of grants: Interdisciplinary Workshop Grants for organising an interdisciplinary South Asia related research workshop in Sweden or in South Asia; and a Guest Lecture Programme, offering grants for inviting a guest lecturer from South Asia, to give lectures at more than one Swedish university. Closing date for applications is 15 June 2006. More information about the new SASNET grants.
• Kunal Sen visited Lund to discuss the ANERI project
The European Commission has decided to launch an Academic Network for European Research related to India (ANERI). The project aims to strengthen the ties between the European Union and India, and seeks to promote funding for specific types of India-focused research within the field of contemporary social science. It might result in the setting up of a European Centre for Indian Studies. The project is prepared by a team consisting of Dr Willem van der Geest, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) in Brussels (team leader), Dr Kunal Sen, University of East Anglia, UK (as economic analyst), and Dr Lawrence Saez, London School of Economics, UK (as political analyst). They currently visit institutions and meet researchers all over Europe in order to work out a strategy for the network. On Wednesday 3 May 2006 Dr. Kunal Sen (photo above) came to Lund for a fruitful meeting with SASNET’s Staffan Lindberg and Lars Eklund. Together they discussed the role SASNET and Swedish researchers could possibly play in the further development of ANERI. More details about the ANERI project.
• SASNET lecture by Sucha Singh Gill, guest professor at Lund University
During June 2006 Prof. Sucha Singh Gill from the Punjabi University, Patiala, India,will be a is guest professor at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies in Copenhagen, and at the Department of Sociology, Lund University. On Wednesday 7 June 2006, 15.15–17.00, he will hold a SASNET lecture at Lund University, about ”Marginalised Peasantry Seeking Safe Exit in India in the Era of Globalisation”. Prof. Gill is professor of Economics at the Punjabi University and is a leading expert on agriculture and rural development. He has written extensively on agricultural economics and change, land reforms, resources mobilisation and farmers movements. In 2001 he authored ”Land Reforms in India, Vol. 6: Intervention for Capitalist Transformation in Punjab and Haryana”. Venue for the lecture: Dept. of Sociology, Paradisgatan 5, Conference room 335, 2nd floor, Lund. More information.
• SASNET meeting with Tejaswini Niranjana
During the first week of May 2006 Tejaswini Niranjana, Director for the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society in Bangalore, India, visited Roskilde University in Denmark to participate in the PhD Researcher Training Course on ”Postcolonial sexualities: Politics and discourses”. Besides heading the well reputed research centre in Bangalore Dr. Niranjana has for many years studied the Indian Diaspora in the Carribean, especially Trinidad. In Roskilde she lectured about ”Indian Nationalisms and the Sexuality Question: History and the Present in India and Trinidad”. In an open one-day seminar titled ”Situating Postcolonial Sexualities”, held on Tuesday 2 May 2006, she also lectured about ”Music, Race and Sexuality in Contemporary Trinidad”. Staffan Lindberg and Lars Eklund from SASNET crossed Öresund to listen to her presentation in Roskilde. After that they went together with Dr. Niranjana to Copenhagen, and had a fruitful meeting over dinner, discussing possible links to establish between her institution in Bangalore with Swedish researchers. More information about the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society.
• Kolkata journalists visited SASNET’s root node office
Kusum Jain and Geetesh Sharma (photo to the right), journalists, poets as well as social activists from Kolkata, India, visited SASNET’s root node office in Lund on Monday 8 May 2006. They have a long-standing relation to Sweden, being partly involved in the Indo-Swedish translation project. In 1995 they also published a book titled ”Double Fantasy” in collaboration with the Swedish writer Tomas Andersson. The main purpose of their current visit to Sweden is to participate in a conference with the Green Party of Sweden to be held in Borås, but they will also among other things visit Indian associations in Göteborg and Oslo, Norway. Mr. Sharma has recently published a book titled ”Whither Secularism” (Dialogue Society 2006), about how a crisis ridden Indian society may overcome its problems. Ms. Jain is President of the organsiation Women’s Sahayog, based in Kolkata.
• Swedish support to research projects related to Sexual and Reproductive Health in India
In March 2005 the Swedish Government decided on a new country strategy for India for the period 2005-2009. The strategy implies a new kind of co-operation between Sweden in India mainly focusing on technical assistance and building partnerships of mutual interests between Swedish and Indian actors. The focus areas are: Respect for democracy and human rights; Environmental protection that will benefit the poor; and Scientific cooperation in selected areas that will benefit the poor. In light of the comparative advantage that Sweden has in Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights, Children's Rights and HIV/AIDS, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, now therefore supports and allocates funds to a number of projects and partnerships involving Swedish universities.
The Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University, and the Department of Health Sciences and Nature, Skövde University get substantial support for their collaboration project with Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences in Loni. The project is titled ”Developing a multi-sectoral approach model to sustainable health and development through institutional collaboration between India and Sweden”. It was formally launced on 13 March 2006 when Maria Norrfalk, Director General of Sida, visited the project run in India (see photo from Ms. Norrfalk’s visit) (more information about the project).
International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH), Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Uppsala University, is involved in two major projects; ”Integrating social support for reproductive and child health and rights, Phase II” (more information); and ”Increasing Access to Comprehensive Abortion Care Services in India” (more information); and the Division for Reproductive and Perinatal Health, Department of Woman and Child Health, Karolinska Institutet Medical University, Stockholm, is involved in another Sida funded project titled ”Developing inter-institutional collaboration between institutions in India and Sweden for improving midwifery and emergency obstetric care services in India” (more information).
• 2006 Linnaus Palme grants given to 24 collaboration projects with South Asian partners
SASNET has presented a list of the 24 educational South Asia related programmes that have been given Linnaus Palme grants for 2006-07. The sixth round of applications for Linnaus Palme grants, for the contract period 1 July 2006– 30 June 2007, were decided upon by the International Programme Office for Education and Training on 8 May 2006. Four of the programmes are new for this year. See SASNET’s list of South Asia related projects 2006.
• Research cooperation agreement between India and Sweden
In December 2005 India and Sweden signed a five-year research cooperation agreement. Since then Vinnova (the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems) in Stockholm has been given the task to develop applied research projects with participation of both Indian and Swedish researchers and private companies. The research will focus on biotechnology and ICT-technology, especially E-governance. The programme is currently being planned by Vinnova in cooperation with Sida, and various ministries in India and Sweden. Some seminars and workshops will be part of it in order to promote the programme. The first seminar was the so-called 'Indo-Swedish workshop on Innovations in Life sciences' held 4–5 March 2006 at the Indian Institute of Science campus in Bangalore. This workshop, organised in collaboration with Karolinska Institutet Medical University, was attended by 25 Swedish experts and 50 Indian experts in the field of Infectious Medicine (HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis), Cardiovascular Medicine and Metabolic diseases. More information about this workshop.
• Prof. Sujata Patel holds the keynote lecture at the 19th ECMSAS conference in Leiden
The 19th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies (ECMSAS) will be held 27–30 June 2006 in Leiden, the Netherlands. A list of the 49 panels approved for the conference is also available – go for the panels list. The keynote lecture, titled ”Is there a South Asia? Beyond Colonial Modernity and its Binaries” will be given by Prof. Sujata Patel of the Sociology Department of the University of Pune, India.
On one of the conference days a special roundtable will be held in the framework of the newly established research programme ”Illegal but Licit: Transnational Flows and Permissive Polities in Asia”. The roundtable is organized by Prof. Willem van Schendel (University of Amsterdam and International Institute for Social History) and Dr Sikko Visscher (University of Amsterdam/Asian Studies in Amsterdam). The conference will be held in Leiden University’s Lipsius Building at Cleveringaplaats 1.
SASNET will be represented at the conference both by Prof. Staffan Lindberg (chairing panel No. 32 on ”Post Green Revolution Agrarian Transformation in South Asia: Ecology and Peasant Life under Globalization”) and by Lars Eklund. More information on the conference web site.
• Doctoral dissertation in Oslo about changing consumption in Kerala
Harold Wilhite, Research Fellow at the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), University of Oslo, Norway, will defend his doctoral thesis, titled ”Why is consumption changing in Kerala? An ethnographic approach”, on Friday 2 June 2006, 13.15. Before that, at 10.15 he will give his trial lecture about ”Everyday technologies and the transformation of life worlds”. The thesis deals with cross-cultural perspectives from India and Norway on consumption, socio-cultural change and sustainability. It tries to develop a policy-relevant theory of consumption which takes due account of the socio-cultural dynamics of change. Indian findings are compared with Norwegian consumption practices in order to highlight important socio-cultural determinants of consumption such as comfort, identity, time use and notions of the "good life". Venue: Auditorium 2, Georg Sverdrups hus, Oslo. More information.
• Doctoral dissertation in Lund about Salman Rushdies book ”The Satanic Verses”
Mats Bergenhorn from the Division for Islamology, Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University, will defend his his doctoral dissertation titled ”Öppna universum! Slutna traditioner i Salman Rushdies Satansverserna” (Open the Universe. Secluded Traditions in Salman Rushdie’s ’Satanic Verses’), on Wednesday 7 June 2006, 14.15. The thesis contains discussions about Hindutva, migration and ethnicity, especially in the United Kingdom. Faculty Opponent is Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Dept. of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo. Venue: Hörsalen Spoletorp, Lund.
• Doctoral dissertation in Stockholm about the 1990s anti-arrack campaign in Andhra Pradesh
Marie Larsso from the Dept. of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University, will defend her doctoral dissertation titled ”When Women Unite!. The Making of the Anti-Liquor Movement in Andhra Pradesh, India” on Friday 9 June 2006, 10.00. Originally it should have been presented a month earlier, was the dissertation has to be moved due to unexpected circumstances. The thesis deals with the anti-arrack campaign started in the early 1990s among poor village women in Andhra Pradesh in Southern India, primarily among Scheduled Castes (formerly Untouchables) and Muslims. Faculty opponent will be Prof. Shalini Randeria, Ethnologisches Seminar, Universität Zurich, Switzerland. Venue: Auditorium B 4, Universitetsvägen 10, Stockholm University, Frescati. Read the abstract.
• Göteborg seminar in honour of Björn Hettne when he retires
In June 2006 eminent Swedish South Asia researcher Professor Björn Hettne, Dept. of Peace and Development Research (PADRIGU), School of Global Studies, Göteborg University, retires from his position. Prof. Hettne, who is also Chairman of SASNET’s board, has been working on International studies since the 1970’s. In his honour, Göteborg University arranges a seminar (for invited guests only) at Jonsered Manor 14–15 June 2006. The seminar is titled ”New Scenes for International Cooperation – Björn Hettne and Internationalisation of Higher Education”. Professor S. D. Muni, Centre of South, Central & South East Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, will be one of the keynote speakers at the seminar.
• Columbia University multimedia presentation of Dr. Ambedkar's famous work
The Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) in New York USA enhances teaching and learning through the purposeful use of new media. CCNMTL builds course web sites to develop advanced projects that act as demonstrations and explorations of pedagogical and curricular possibility. One such South Asia related project recently published is a multimedia presentation of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar's famous ”The Annihilation of Caste” presentation. Ambedkar was the first highly educated (Ph.D., Columbia University), politically prominent member of the Hindu "Untouchable" castes., and wrote this paper for the 1936 meeting of a group of liberal Hindu caste-reformers in Lahore. After reviewing the speech, conference organizers revoked Dr. Ambedkar's invitation. He then self-published the work, which became an immediate classic. It is now being edited for classroom use by Fran Pritchett; with explanatory annotations; and several other major texts by Dr. Ambedkar. Faculty interview videos have also been added and a timeline created. Go for the Ambedkar project.
• Journal of South Asian Development (JSAD) now fully available online
The peer-reviewed Journal of South Asian Development (JSAD) is now fully available online. The biannual magazine is published by Sage India and distributed worldwide. It is edited by Rajat Ganguly, Senior Lecturer in Politics & International Studies at the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. The first volume came out in April 2006, and includes articles by Pranab Bardhan about ”Awakening Giants, Feet of Clay: A Comparative Assessment of the Rise of China and India”; by Premachandra Athukorala about ”Outward-oriented Policy Reforms and Industrialisation: The Sri Lankan Experience”; Raymond C. Taras about ”Rising Insurgency, Faltering Democratisation in Nepal” and Joseph Devine about ”NGOs, Politics and Grassroots Mobilisation: Evidence from Bangladesh”. More information.
• Documentary films about Dalits in India and Nepal shown in Danish TV
During the period 8 May–14 June 2006, the Danish Radio broadcasts a documentary series of five TV programmes on Dalits in India and Nepal. Text (in Danish) plus photos and video clippings from the programmes also appear on an impressive sub site of the DR web site, http://www.dr.dk/uroerlige/da/forside/. The first programme is a shocking story about manual scavengers in India, and other programmes focus on items such as prostitution among badi women in Nepal, debt slavery, the jogini tradition in South India, and caste violence in Bihar. Go for the photo series, and the video clippings.
• Swiss coordinated research project about legal issues related to Water Sector Restructuring
The International Environmental Law Research Centre (IELRC), Geneva, Switzerland, is currently implementing a 3-year research project entitled 'Legal Issues Related to Water Sector Restructuring: Human Rights, Environment, Agriculture and Socio-Economic Aspects'. This project is coordinated by Dr Philippe Cullet in Geneva and Dr Usha Ramanathan from the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, India. Other research partners are based at the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. The project is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation. In pursuance of this research project, a workshop entitled "Water, Law and the Commons" will be arranged 8–10 December 2006, in New Delhi. More information about this project.
• Pakistan sets up career placement offices in 25 top universities to pick up talented IT graduates
On 3 May 2006 Pakistan Minister for Information Technology Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari declared that his ministry had decided to set up career placement offices in about 25 top universities in the country to pick up talented IT graduates for their placement in the industry. "These youths will undergo extensive training-cum-internship at the leading IT companies for a period of three years and the ministry would provide 50 per cent of the total cost that would include a monthly stipend." More information.
• Time to apply for competitive awards from the Asian Institute of Technology
The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok, Thailand invites for applications for competitive awards for Post-Graduate education on Gender and Development Studies, with a specialization in Gender, Environment and Development. Eligible applicants should have an educational background in the social sciences or human geography or any of the natural science disciplines as well as career experience in organizations working with programs related to natural resource management or environmental governance for a minimum of three years. They should also be nationals of the following countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Philippines, East Timor, Cambodia, Lao PDR, China, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan. It is expected that grant awardees will develop their master's thesis exploring various themes within the general framework of social and gender analysis on natural environments in the Asian region and with intended relevance to their organizations' objectives, concerns and scope of work. Deadline for applications is 31 May 2006.
• Time to apply for participation in the 2006 Winter Course on Forced Migration in Kolkata
The Annual Winter Course on Forced Migration is again held in Kolkata, India, 1–15 December 2006. The course is held by the Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (MCRG), popularly known as the Calcutta Research Group (CRG). This is public policy forum by a group of researchers, trade unionists, feminist thinkers and women's rights campaigners, academics, journalists, and lawyers, and CRG has become well known for its research, dialogues, and advocacy work in India and in the region of South Asia as a whole. The Winter Course on Forced Migration is an outcome of the ongoing and past work by the CRG, and other collaborating groups, institutions, scholars, and human rights and humanitarian activists in the field of refugee studies and the broad studies on displacement, human rights and humanitarian work for the victims of forced displacement. The duration of the full course is three months. A two and a half month long distance education programme precedes the fifteen-day Kolkata workshop. The programme is supported by the UNHCR, the Government of Finland, and the Brookings Institution. Applications reaching before 31 May will be considered for the course the same year. Applications reaching after that will be considered for the following year’s programme. More information.
• Indian government decides to introduce 27 per cent quota for OBC students
On 23 May 2006 the Indian government decided to implement a 27 per cent quota for other backward classes (OBCs) in higher educational institutions from the academic year beginning June 2007, while increasing seats for general-category students. A meeting of the coordination committee of the United Progressive Alliance chose to enforce the measure by introducing a bill in the monsoon session of Parliament, which will begin sometime in July. The percentage of reservation for OBCs will be fixed at 27 per cent, in addition to the 22.5% of college places already "reserved" for Dalits, or untouchables, who are at the bottom of India's caste hierarchy, and tribal students. The decision comes amidst large-scale protests from medical students as well as business leaders and teachers all over India, who fear that it may lead to a drop in standards. More information.
• Copenhagen Researcher-training course on labour in developing countries
A Researcher-training course on ”Globalisation and the impact of outsourcing on firms, industries and labour in developing countries” is arranged on Copenhagen 31 May–2 June 2006. The course is jointly organised by the Centre for Business and Development Studies, Copenhagen Business School (CBS), and the Dept. of International Development Studies, Roskilde University. It iso pen to all PhD students. The aim of the course is to present and discuss selected theoretical approaches to understand globalisation and the impact of outsourcing on firms, industries and labour in developing countries, discuss associated methodological issues and identify strategies and policies at firm, sector, national and international level.
• Fifth International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 5) to be held in Kuala Lumpur
The Fifth International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 5) will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysa, 2–5 August 2006. The theme for 2006 ICAS conference is 'Sharing a Future in Asia' , focusing on the fact that even though Asia is often proclaimed as the fastest growing region in the world today, still nearly a billion of its population live in poverty. The conference is organised by the Institute of Occidental Studies (IKON), the Institute of The Malay World and Civilization (ATMA), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), University of Leiden, the Netherlands. One of the keynote speakers is India born Prof. Arjun Appadurai, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at New School University in New York, USA. His most recent book is ”Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization” (1996, University of Minnesota Press; 1997, Oxford University Press, Delhi).
• Stockholm conference about Swedes in India
A one-day conference titled ”Svenskarna i Indien” (The Swedes in India) is held in Stockholm on Thursday 17 August 2006, 08.30–17.00. The conference is organised by Föreningen Svenskar i Världen (SVIV) in collaboration with, among others, the Sweden-India Business Council, the Swedish Trade Council, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the Swedish Institute, and the Swedish Embassy in India. Eminent lecturers have been invited to present different aspects of Indian business, trade and culture of today. Ambassador Örjan Berner, General Secretary of SVIV, will introduce the conference, and the Indian Ambassaor to Sweden, Ms. Deepa Wadhwa, will talk about the political situation in India. Ann-Charlotte Sukhia will talk about ”Cultural Clashes between Indians and Swedes”, Percy Barnevik about ”Mass mobilisation of India’s poor – entrepeneurship as en engine of growth”, and Olle Wästberg about ”Collaboration on Research and Culture”. Venue: ALMEGA hall, Blasieholmsgatan 5, Stockholm. Register if you like to participate, before 15 July 2006. More information (as a pdf-file)
• South Asia related workshops at the 2006 World Water Week in Stockholm
The 2006 World Water Week will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, 20–26 August. The annual World Water Week in Stockholm has become a valuable meeting point and platform for the world’s water community. Usually a large number of the delegates for the workshops come from South Asia.
The overall theme for the 2006 World Water Week is “Beyond the River – Sharing Benefits and Responsibilities”, addressing livelihood improvement, land-based activities within a river basin, and society’s ability to cope with natural disasters. Ms. Sunita Narain, Centre for Science and Environment, India is one of the invited speakers for Workshop No. 2 on ”Water and Trade: Matching International Water Availability and Local Needs” (Tuesday 22 August). Dr. Arif Hasan, Urban Resource Centre, Pakistan, is invited speaker for Workshop No. 4 on ”Benefits and Responsibilities of Decentralised and Centralised Approaches for Management of Water and Wastewater” (Tuesday 22 August). Workshop No. 9 on ”Safe Water Storage and Regulation During Floods and Droughts” will be co-chaired by Prof. P. P. Mujumdar, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (Wednesday 23 August).
On Monday 21 August 2006, the Indian-Born scientist Prof. Asit K. Biswas, President of the Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico will receive the 2006 Stockholm Water Prize. He will be given the prize from the hands of HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, the Patron of the Stockholm Water Prize. His Prize Laureate Lecture is titled ”Challenging Prevailing Wisdoms”. More information on the World Water Week web site.
Water Resources in the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna theme for World Water Week panel
Several water related plenary debates, seminars and panel sessions are organised as side events within the framework of the 2006 World Water Week in Stockholm. A High-Level Panel Debate on ”Benefit Sharing in Transboundary Waters” is for example held on Monday 21 August, 15.40, where distinguished experts will discuss the concept of “benefit sharing” of the world’s 263 international river basins (covering almost half of the surface of the earth). Some 145 countries are classified as riparians to these transboundary basins, and about 45% of the world’s population live in internationally shared river basins. Over 50% of the available surface water is located in transboundary basins. Thus, the arrangements to deal with transboundary basins are a key development imperative.
A seminar titled ”Closing the Sanitation Loop: Innovative Approaches and Operational Strategies for a Systems Approach to Sustainable Sanitation” will be held on Sunday 20 August, jointly convened by the Stockholm Environment Institute, the Stockholm International Water Institute, Linköping University and Stockholm Water Company.
A panel titled ”Water Resources and Institutional Mechanisms in the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna (GBM) River Basins for Regional Cooperation” is held on Wednesday 23 August. This panel is convened by Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad and South Asia Adaptation Network.
• Stockholm Conference on Environmental Law and Justice
An International Conference on Environmental Law and Justice will be held at Stockholm University, 6–9 September 2006. The conference is organised by Stockholm Environmental Law and Policy Centre, Among the invited speakers – scholars, judges, ambassadors etc. from all over the world – Associate Professor Bharat Desai, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India will speak about ”Environmental Justice in International Law-making Processes”. Prof. Balakrishnan Rajagopal (photo to the left), Associate Professor of Law and Development and Director for the MIT Program on Human Rights and Justice, will speak about ”Rights-talk versus Justice-Talk in Environmental Governance”. More information.
• Legal Pluralism, Conflicts and Human Rights in Asia theme for NORASIA IV
The Fourth Norwegian Research Conference on Asia, NORASIA IV, will be held at Sundvolden Hotell, Ringerike, 8–10 September 2006. The main theme for the conference, organized by the Norwegian Network for Asian Studies, will be ”Legal Pluralism, Conflicts and Human Rights in Asia”. Among the organisers are Prof. Pamela Gwynne Price, Dept. of History, Oslo University, member of SASNET’s board. The key speakers at the conference will be Marc Galanter from University of Wisconsin, USA, and Keebet von Brenda-Beckmann, Max Planck-Institut, Halle, Germany. More information.
• New Delhi workshop about Water, Law and the Commons
A workshop entitled ”Water, Law and the Commons” will be held in New Delhi 8–10 December 2006. It is organised by the International Environmental Law Research Centre (IELRC), based in Geneva, Switzerland. IELRC is currently implementing a 3-year research project entitled 'Legal Issues Related to Water Sector Restructuring: Human Rights, Environment, Agriculture and Socio-Economic Aspects', and the workshop is part of this project. Papers are invited from all academics, policy makers and activists working across the spectrum of water law; water resources conservation; and water and environment related issues. More information.
• Competing Narratives theme for the 21st Pakistan Workshop 2007
The 21st Pakistan Workshop will take place at Rook How in the Lake District, UK, 11–13 May 2007. The theme for the 2007 workshop will be ”Competing Narratives”, and is supposed to bring together anthropologists and sociologists whose research involves Pakistan, Pakistani diaspora and South Asian Islam. These workshops, organised by the Pakistan Studies Group, normally also attract scholars and researchers from a broad range of disciplines including historians, political scientists, economists and applied social scientists. Due to limited places, an early registration is needed. More information (as a pdf-file)
• Other conferences connected to South Asian studies arranged all over the World
See SASNET’s page, http://www.sasnet.lu.se/conferences.html#conf
• Two lectures by Rana P.B. Singh in Oslo
Rana P.B. Singh, Professor of Cultural Geography, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, will give two guest lectures at Oslo University College, Norway, on Tuesday 30 May 2006. The first lecture (10.00-12.00) will focus on ”Indian Village: Social (Caste) System, Changes and Challenges in Education”, and the second (13.00-15.00) deals with ”Kashi & Cosmos: Sacred Geography of Banaras”. Venue: Pilestredet 46, Oslo. More information about Prof. Singh’s tour to Scandinavia May–June 2006.
• Kunda Dixit lectures in Oslo about the role of mass media in the April revolution in Nepal
The leading Nepalese journalist Kunda Dixit now visits Scandinavia. On Thursday 1 June 2006, 13.00, he will lecture in Oslo, Norway, about ”Nepal – the role of mass media in the April revolution and the future of free speech”. Kunda Dixit is an international authority on the press in Asia. He is founder editor and publisher of the Nepali Times, co-publisher at Himalmedia, and has a Swedish connection to the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation in Uppsala, where he sometimes participates in seminars. The lecture in Oslo is arranged by the Norwegian Institute of Journalism. Venue: Fritt Ord, Uranienborgveien 2 (behind the Royal Castle). More information (as a pdf-file).
• Oslo seminar about Energy and Security in Asia: China, India, Oli and Peace
A seminar about ”Energy and Security in Asia: China, India, Oli and Peace” is held in Oslo, Tuesday 6 June 2006, 14.15–15.45. The seminar organised by Asianettverket features Stein Tønnesson and Åshild Kolås from the International Peace Research Institute, PRIO. They have recently written a report on this issue for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Venue: Main auditorium, SUM, Sognsveien 68, Oslo.
• Rajni Palriwala lectures about Single parents in The Netherlands
Professor Rajni Palriwala, Delhi School of Economics, lectures in Oslo about ”A search for love: becoming a single parent in The Netherlands” on Tuesday 6 June 2006, 14.15–16.00. The lecture is organised by the Dept. of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo. Palriwala is a sociologist who has done research on various themes pertaining to gender, particularly in the areas of kinship and family, women’s work, and women’s movements, building on her fieldwork in rural Rajasthan, Delhi, and The Netherlands. Her publications include ”Care, culture and citizenship: Revisiting the politics of welfare in the Netherlands” (2005, with Carla Risseeuw and Kamala Ganesh). Venue: Room 648, 5th floor, Eilert Sundts hus (SV-bygget), Blindern, Oslo. More information by e-mail.
• Documentary films about India screened at Göttingen International Film Festival – and in Bergen
Several documentary films about India are screened at the 8th Göttingen International Film Festival in Göttingen, Germany, 24–28 May 2006. As before, the film festival is organized by IWF Knowledge and Media Institute, and is open to all filmmakers, but especially those from Anthropology, Sociology, Folklore and neighbouring disciplines. The India related films to be shown are: Hammer and Flame by Vaughan Pilikian, on the maritime graveyards of Northern India where ocean liners are broken down piece by piece in an unending labour using only the simplest tools (Great Britain 2005); The Age of Reason by David MacDougall (Australia 2004); July Boys (From the Coding Culture Series) by Gautam Sonti (India 2006); Final Solution (Part one) by Rakesh Sharma (scene from the film on photo above), documenting the changing face of right-wing politics in India through a study of the 2002 genocide of Muslims in Gujarat (India 2004); and Notes From the Crematorium by R.P. Amudhan (India 2005). Venue: IWF premises, Nonnenstieg 72, Göttingen. Some of these films will also be screened at the Nordic Anthropological Film Association (NAFA) 26th International Film Festival, held in Bergen, Norway 8–10 June 2006.
|The Kuttiyattam actress Kapila Nangiar in the centre, surrounded by Bubu Munshi-Eklund, Margareta Larsson from Sagohuset, the Director of Natana Kairali Mr. Gopal Venu, and the drummer Kalamandalam Rajeev. Lund, May 4, 2006.|
• Successful Kuttiyattam performances in Lund
The Kutiyattam dance troupe from the Natana Kairali Research and Performing Centre for Traditional Arts in Irinjalakuda, Thrissur District, Kerala, India, again visited Sweden in May 2006. This time the Natana Kairali dance troupe gave two successful public performances of the play ”Pudhana Moksham”, a well-known story about how king Kamtsa tried to kill the god child Krishna, at Teater Sagohuset in Lund, Saturday 6 May and Sunday 7 May.
Two seminars/workshops with the group’s artistic leader, Mr Gopal Venu, were also arranged on the same days, in the afternoon.
This is the same dance troup that visited Sweden in the summer 2005, and gave four performances of the ancient Sanskrit drama Sakuntala in the Wooden Theatre of Järvsö in Hälsingland.
From Lund the group has proceeded to Finland, where they again performed Sakuntala at a theatre festival in Helsinki. More information about Natana Kairali Centre .
• Web site about Himalayan and Mongolian Buddhist Culture
The Tibetan Museum Society is a recently established non-profit association, dedicated to advocate museum exhibitions of Asian, mainly Buddhist, art and culture from ancient Mongolia and the Greater Himalayan Region (including India, Nepal and Bhutan). Through a broad range of programs and projects, the Society's two primary focuses are: 1) to provide financial support to selected museums that enrich the arts with display of historically significant representations of Buddhist culture and 2) to protect sacred, religious shrines, from which Buddhist art is gathered for public sale or display against removal without consent, artifacts of any kind.
Delgermaa Dagva-Hatchell is the Executive Director of the Tibetan Museum Society, based in Alexandra, Virginia, USA. The web site provides on-line access to photos of museum exhibition items around the World, books and articles on relevant issues, and even an Himalayan Internet shop. Go to the Tibetan Museum Society’s web site.
• More Swedish departments where research on South Asia is going on:
Constantly added to the list of research environments at Swedish universities, presented by SASNET. The full list now includes 187 departments! Go to the presentation page
ƒ School of Engineering, Borås University College
ƒ Läkarprogrammet, the Sahlgrenska Academy, Göteborg University
ƒ Natural Sciences, Physical Education and Mathematics, School of Education and Communication (HKL), Jönköping University
ƒ School of Business, Kalmar University
ƒ Dept. of Media and Communication Studies (MKV), Faculty of Economics, Communication and IT, Karlstad University
ƒ Dept. for Nursing (Sjuksköterskeprogrammet), Karolinska Institutet Medical University, Stockholm
ƒ Centre for Geographical Information Systems, Dept. of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Analysis, Lund University
ƒ School of Technology and Society, Malmö University
ƒ School of Life Sciences, Skövde University
ƒ Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, School of Technology and Design, Växjö University
ƒ Legal Science (Rättsvetenskap), Dept. of Behavioural, Social and Legal Sciences, Örebro University
ƒ Dept. of Clinical Medicine, Örebro University
ƒ Sociology; Department of Social and Political Sciences, Örebro University
• Several new articles recommended for reading
Look at http://www.sasnet.lu.se/recreading.html for suggestions on interesting new articles on South Asia in International media. Many new items added, especially on Pakistan, India, and the South Asia region.
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 70 Lund, Sweden
Visiting address: Ideon Research Park, House Alfa 1 (first floor, room no. 2040), 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/coordinator & Lars Eklund, webmaster/deputy director