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Project activities 2017 and 2018

In 2017 and 2018, the Sweden–South Asia Media Project carried out several activities.



Pop-Up Newsroom project

Pop-up newsroom
Students from three different universities worked together at a pop-up newsroom in Stockholm.

For the Swedish and Indian election, Vibodh Parthasarathi and Andreas Mattsson initiated a pop-up newsroom project and participated in several events to bring together scholars, practitioners and media representatives. The results were published in The Conversation and in the IIC Quarterly.

Panel talk: Citizen Journalism @ The Conference in Malmö

Citizen journalism

On September 1, Andreas Mattsson participated in a panel talk about citizen journalism where he shared some results from the Sweden-South Asia Media Project.

Workshop on Election Coverage in India

On Friday 27 April, SASNET and School of Journalism hosted a workshop on covering the political election in India with Divya Rajagopal and Vibodh Parthasarathi.  Vibodh Parthasarathi is an Associate Professor (on extraordinary leave 2017-20) at the Centre for Culture, Media & Governance, Jamia Millis Islamia, New Delhi. He is also a founding board member at the Centre for Internet & Society, Bangalore. His main areas of research and teaching are media policy and media business. Divya Rajagopal is an Assistant Editor at the Economic Times newspaper (part of the Times of India group), based in Mumbai. She has previously worked as a broadcast reporter at Bloomberg TV in Mumbai and CNBC TV18 in Chennai. Divya also teaches business and broadcast reporting to media students at Wilson College, Mumbai.

Public lecture on Indian independent documentary

Shweta Kishore
On March 16, SASNET and School of Journalism hosted a public lecture about Indian independent documentary by Dr Shweta Kishore from RMIT University. She s a documentary practitioner and scholar. Alongside completing her PhD in Film and Television Studies from Monash University in 2016, her independent documentary practice focuses on themes of identity, resource allocation and globalisation. She has published in areas of feminist film and video, film festivals, third cinema, media history and documentary ethics. 


The documentary participant is largely a site of anxiety, viewed through the discourse of documentary image ethics and its construction of moral obligations between filmmaker and film participant. My focus on documentary practice rather than mere reception or effects is underpinned by a belief that documentary “publics” are created not only through viewing but also through material contact with the documentary process. From a consideration of the voices and practices of Indian documentary filmmakers and film participants, I will argue that independent documentary can be identified through an emergent “interdependent” reconceptualization of filmmaking that places its functionaries in mutualistic relations. I will outline how the recognition of filmmakers and participants as co-functionaries is formulated through practices like “negotiated consent” based upon the recognition of individual needs, motivations and goals of all those who participate in documentary production.


Student exchange program

Andreas Mattsson (Program Director School of Journalism), Akhila Murugan (Former LP-student) and Mia-Marie Hammarlin (Head of Department of Communication and Media)

Akhila Murugan and Rukku Sumaya from Department of Communication and Journalism at University of Kerala in Trivandrum, India, was part of the Linnaeus-Palme exchange program. During the Spring semester they studied at School of Journalism at Lund University. 

Student reporting from Nepal

Swedish journalism student Celia Boltes received a SASA travel grant and traveled to Nepal as part of the course "Journalistic Storytelling" to conduct field work.