Book launch "Ameenas resa" with Dr. Anna Lindberg
On 17 May at 18:00, SASNET invites you to join the virtual book launch of Anna Lindberg's first novel, Ameena's Journey (or the book that wrote itself).
In her book, Lindberg tells the story of Ameena, a young girl from eastern Afghanistan who is forced to flee with her family from the Taliban and embarks on a tumultuous journey that eventually leads her to Sweden. For more information about the book, please read the publisher's press release (in Swedish).
For the book launch, Anna Lindberg will be joined by Anna Lundberg, professor of welfare law at the Department of Culture and Society and the Department of Social Work at Linköping University. The two will discuss themes and passages from the book, followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.
Please note that the event will be held in Swedish.
If you would like to participate, please register here. For the time being, we plan to hold the event via Zoom. If this changes, we will inform you in time how to access the event.
About the author:
Anna Lindberg is an interdisciplinary historian who has mainly worked on gender issues and social history in Kerala, South India. She has also done research on Nepal and other parts of South Asia. In addition to her dissertation on the female workers in the cashew factories of Kerala, her focus has been on marriage, dowry, and migration. She has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Penn State University, and Lund University, where she was the director of the South Asian Studies Network (SASNET) from 2007 to 2016. Since 2016 Lindberg has been engaged in social and cultural projects involving asylum seekers in Sweden, and is an active member of the Swedish Network of Refugee Support Groups (FARR). She is currently working in a research project of the Asylum Commission at Linköping University. Ameena’s Journey is her first novel, a book that she says “wrote itself”.
About the discussant:
Anna Lundberg is professor of welfare law at the Department of Culture and Society and the Department of Social Work at Linköping University. Her research is about regulations in the field of migration and their implementation in the welfare state, especially local initiatives for human rights in the context of irregular migration. She has also examined how the “best interests of the child” principle in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has been constructed, recreated, and given a negative significance in the asylum processes of Sweden and other Nordic countries. Lundberg is one of the initiators and research leader of the Asylum Commission’s project for the review of legislation, law enforcement, and legal security for people who have applied for asylum in Sweden between 2015 and 2017. During the academic year 2021–2022, she will be visiting professor in the Sociology of Law Department at Lund University.