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Annual SASNET Symposium Held in Lund

Participants in the 2023 SASNET Symposium in Lund

Scholars from Sweden and abroad attended the 2023 SASNET Symposium in Lund. The participants shared ongoing research on South Asia, on topics such as sustainability, civil society, and community-making.

On 29 September, SASNET hosted the annual SASNET Symposium in Lund at the venue Gamla Biskopshuset. 

The day included four main sessions, each highlighting a key topic of relevance to developments in South Asia. The four session topics were: Sustainability in the contexts of water, pollution, and wasteCivil society in (and beyond) South Asia, Claiming rights and justice, and Community-making and its political and social consequences.

The symposium also included an award ceremony, where Sahana Subramanian received the Best South Asia Thesis Award of 2022/2023.

Participants in the SASNET Symposium 2023
Participants in the 2023 SASNET Symposium.

Ted Svensson, Director of SASNET, is pleased with the event.

In addition to encouraging important conversations to take place beyond disciplinary boundaries, this year's SASNET Symposium showcased and was a testament to the strong and innovative research on South Asia that is being carried out by Lund University scholars.

Participants in SASNET Symposium 2023
Participants in the 2023 SASNET Symposium.

The 2023 SASNET Symposium agenda included: 

Session 1 - Sustainability in the Contexts of Water, Pollution, and Waste

Chair: Ted Svensson

Johan Miörner (Department of Human Geography, Lund University), 'Achieving Sustainable Industrial Path Development through Territorial Valuation Dynamics: A Case Study of Urban Water Management in Bengaluru'.

Maansi Parpiani (Global Health Section, Copenhagen University), 'Consuming Pollution: Industrial Work and Noxious Exposure in the Postindustrial City'.

Riya Raphael (School of Social Work, Lund University), '"Informal" Waste Work and Eco-Social Welfare Framework'.

Session 2 - Civil Society in (and beyond) South Asia 

Chair: Therese Boje Mortensen

Morten Koch Andersen (Raoul Wallenberg Institute), 'Political Space and Forms of Communication in South Asian Civil Society'.

Vasna Ramasar (Department of Human Geography, Lund University), 'Developing a Global Tapestry of Alternatives: Weaving and Learning from Alternative Practices within Vikalp Sangam, India'.

Soumi Banerjee (School of Social Work, Lund University), 'Civic Governmentality: Civil Society Developments in India'.

Yutaka Sato (Development of Gender Studies, Lund University), 'Unintended Consequences of NGO-Mediated Community Participation: Individualised Pursuit of "Development" in Ahmedabad, India'.

Session 3 - Claiming Rights and Justice

Chair: Vasna Ramasar

Sahana Subramanian (LUCSUS, Lund University), 'Expanding Freedoms and Improving Commons through Labour: A Study of Kerala's Ayyankali Urban Employment Guarantee Scheme'.

Maryam Nastar (LUCSUS, Lund University), 'At the Intersection of Heat Inequality and Digital Injustice: Implications for Policy and Practice'.

Therese Boje Mortensen (Human Rights Studies, Lund University), 'Children of the Rights Revolution: The Role of Children's Rights in India's Rights-Based Legislation 2004-2014'.

Session 4 - Community-Making and its Political and Social Consequences

Chair: Ted Svensson

Sam Antony Kocheri Clement (Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University), 'A Forgotten Community: The Latin Catholics of Kerala'.

Azher Hameed Qamar (School of Social Work, Lund University), 'From Political Crisis to Permacrisis in Pakistan: Changes and Challenges'.

Rishi Jha (Institute of Urban Research, Malmö University), 'Governing Preventable Death'.