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Nordic Conference on South Asian Studies for Young Scholars (2010)

The conference took place from August 18 to 20, 2010, at the Falsterbo Conference Retreat in the wonderful region of Skåne, Sweden.

The conference was held for a second year and welcomed all Masters Students, Ph.D. candidates, Postdoctoral Researchers, and other junior scholars affiliated with Universities in the Nordic countries (including Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) who focus on South Asia in their work. The topics in focus were Interdisciplinary Research, Field Work, and Ethics, as well as Academic Careers (Publishing, Teaching, Networking).

The second SASNET conference on South Asian Studies for young Nordic scholars was held successfully in Höllviken, south of Malmö, on 18–20 August 2010. 23 masters students, PhD candidates and recent PhDs from Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland participated in the three-day conference focusing on three major issues: Interdisciplinary Research; Field Work and Ethics; and Academic Career (Publishing, Teaching, Networking).

The keynote speaker was Prof. Emeritus Graham Chapman from the Dept. of Geography, Lancaster University, UK. Other main speakers were Dr. Sirpa Tenhunen, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki, Finland; Mr. Teddy Primack, Director of Academic Documents Associates, USA; Associate Professor Jan Vang, Department of Production, Aalborg University, Denmark; Dr. Anna Godhe, Department of Marine Ecology, University of Gothenburg; and Dr. Maria Lantz, Department of Art & Architecture, Royal University College of Fine Arts (KKH), Stockholm.
The 2010 Höllviken conference was a follow-up to the successful conference on the same topic that SASNET arranged the year before.

It proved to make a difference from the standard academic conferences and paid attention explicitly to the students. Something that was evaluated very positively from all participants. The 2010 conference was again held at Falsterbo conference retreat (Falsterbo kursgård) in Höllviken. This time an ornitological excursion led by Dr. Stig Toft Madsen was included in the programme, in order to watch birds and seals at the Falsterbo peninsula. (Photo, Prof. Bo Lindblad watches birds under Stig’s surveillance).