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Gopal Krishna Karanth

The second Visiting ICCR Professor at Lund University was Professor Gopal Krishna Karanth from the Institute of Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, who arrived at Lund University in September 2011. He stayed for the full academic year 2011-12, and was hosted by the Department of Sociology.

Gopal in Gothenburg

SASNET asked Gopal five questions after his leave: 

Who are you?

Gopal Krishna Karanth (also known as G K Karanth), Professor of sociology, now a retired person. Main research fields are Peasant Economy and Society; Caste and Social Stratification; Rural-Urban Linkages; and Sociology of Development. 

What did you do at Lund University?

Several things, please take a look at the appended file on Academic Activities. 

What did your time at Lund University bring to your research?

Many fresh ideas, wonderful and meaningful perspective to look back at Indian Society and processes of change …

What is currently on your research agenda?

Currently I am working on a manuscript on Contemporary Social Change in India, for which I was awarded the ICSSR National Fellowship for two years.  Am also preparing a MS on social change in a small town from the pont of view of an ethnic restaurant – an autoethnography.

What was your latest research publication about?

A journal paper, refereed, on feeding the out-of-town students, a social historical account.  


The ICCR professorship 

An ICCR professorship programme was run at Lund University during four years, 2010–2014. The programme was an outcome of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Lund University, that was signed on 22 June 2010 by Mr. Balkrishna Shetty, former Indian Ambassador to Sweden, and Prof. Per Eriksson, Vice-Chancellor, Lund University. The agreement was valid for four years, with a new Indian Professor being selected each year. It has now come to an end.
SASNET was actively involved in finalizing the ICCR professorship programme at Lund University, with strong support from the Embassy of India in Stockholm. In April 2010, SASNET’s director, Dr. Anna Lindberg, participated in an official Lund University delegation to Delhi, where final negotiations were held with representatives of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, regarding the proposed Indian visiting guest professorship at Lund University.