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Anna Lindberg

Anna Lindberg was the director of SASNET, the South Asian Studies Network at Lund University, from July 2007 until November 2016.


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Anna Lindberg and Nishi Mitra vom Berg, Photo: Lars Eklund

Her aim has been to transform SASNET from a national network financed by SIDA, whose financing ended in 2010, into a Lund University based research network. She formerly taught history and gender studies at Lund University, and at the University of Pennsylvania and Penn State University in the US. In 2001 her dissertation, Experience and Identity: A Historical Account of Class, Caste, and Gender among the Cashew Workers of Kerala, 1930–2000, was awarded the prize for outstanding academic achievement by the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History, and Antiquities. It was republished in 2005 by NIAS and the University of Hawaii Press under the title Modernization and Effeminization. Anna Lindberg specializes in contemporary Indian history. Her main concern is South Indian, especially Kerala, history and gender with an interdisciplinary approach. Her research concerns marriage, religion, dowry, and migration in Travancore, Malabar and contemporary Kerala.  She has been affiliated with Centre for Development Studies in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, for several years.

Selected publications: 

  • “Historical Roots to Contemporary Dowry in South India?”, Journal of South Asian Studies, Vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 22–42.
  • “Child Marriage in Travancore: Religion, Modernity, and Change”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLIX, no. 17, pp. 79–87.
  • “Modernization and Religious Identities in Late Colonial Madras and Malabar”, Tapasam: Journal for Kerala History, April – September, 2012.
  • “Islamisation, Modernisation, or Globalisation? Changed Gender Relations among South Indian Muslims,” Journal of South Asian Studies., Vol. 32:1.
  • Modernization and Effeminization: Kerala Cashew Workers since 1930. Copenhagen and Honolulu: NIAS and University of Hawaii Press.
  • “Can There Be Dowry-Related Problems in Progressive Kerala?”. In Pakistan Journal of Women’s Studies, Alam-e-Niswan, Vol. 11, No. 1, Karachi.
  • “Transformation of Marriage Patterns in the Kerala Diaspora” in Knut A. Jakobsen and Pratap Kumar (eds), South Asians in the Diaspora: Histories and Religious Traditions. Leiden: Brill.
  • “Class, Caste, and Gender: the Kerala Cashew Workers 1930–2000.” International Review of Social History, Vol. 46, August 2001.