Conference reports

EASASThe 21st European Conference on (Modern) South Asian Studies, ECMSAS, was successfully organised by the University of Bonn on 26–29 July 2010. More then 300 scholars involved in research related to the South Asian region participated in the conference, featuring a total number of 41 panels, covering a broad range of research subjects. SASNET’s deputy director Lars Eklund participated in the conference. He has posted on SASNET’s web site a personal report full with photos. Go for Lars’ report from Bonn.
A more formal conference report by the European Association of South Asian Studies (EASAS), was published in its Newsletter for the Summer 2010. It also contains information about the EASAS General Meeting held in connection with the Bonn conference, and also Professor Dietmar Rothermund’s lecture held at the final session of the conference, on 29 July 2010. Read the EASAS Summer 2010 Newsletter.

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The conference convener Dr. Heinz Werner Wessler and Prof. Sukhadeo Thorat, who held the Ambedkar lecture.

The conference convener was Dr. Heinz Werner Wessler, scientific collaborator at the Institute for Oriental and Asian Studies, University of Bonn, but also since last year connected to the Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University, Sweden as a guest Professor in Hindi.
Prof. Sukhadeo Thorat, Chairman for the Indian University Grants Commission had been invited to hold the Ambedkar Lecture. His engaged presentation was entitled ”Identity, Social Exclusion and Deprived Groups. Search for Inclusive Society in Contemporary International Context”.
See Lars Ekund’s photos from the conference.
The ECMSAS conferences are held biannually under the aegis of the European Association of South Asian Studies (EASAS), a professional, non-profit organisation of scholars engaged in research and teaching concerning South Asia with regard to all periods and fields of study. The council of the EASAS consists of a president (Prof. Roger Jeffery, University of Edinburgh, UK), vice-president and treasurer, and in addition, of six other European members reflecting the various academic disciplines represented by the Association. At EASAS’ General Meeting, held on 27 July 2010, SASNET’s Director, Dr. Anna Lindberg, was elected to become one of the new members to the council for the two-year period 2010-12. More information about EASAS.

SASNETThe 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).
GrahamThe keynote speaker was Prof. Emeritus Graham Chapman (photo) 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.
Bird watchingThe 2010 Höllviken conference was a follow-up to the successful conference on the same topic that SASNET arranged the year before (more information on the 2009 conference). 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. (Prof. Bo Lindblad watches birds on photo above).
More information on the conference web page.
See the full programme in the conference folder.
See Lars Eklund’s photos from the conference
 

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Prof. Gurinder Singh Mann, the keynote speaker.
 
Sikh conference
Participants at the 2010 conference in Lund: Shinder Thandi, Coventry University, UK; and Swarn Singh Kahlon, independent researcher from Chandigarh, India.
 
Sikh conference
Other participants: Kaveri Harriss, University of Sussex, UK; and Kamalroop Singh, University of Birmingham, UK

A three-day conference on ”Sikhs in Europe. Migration, Identity and Translocal Practices” was held at Lund University, 16–18 June 2010. The conference was convened by Dr. Kristina Myrvold, Department of History and Anthropology of Religion; Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University. The aim was to gather leading scholars in the multidisciplinary field of Sikh studies and discuss current research projects focusing on patterns of migration, identity formations, self-representations, transmission of traditions and translocal practices among Sikhs in different parts of Europe.
While two conference days were dedicated to presentation and peer-review of papers by the members of the academic network Sikhs-in-Europe, the third conference day was a workshop for PhD students affiliated to European universities, organised by Dr. Laura Hirvi, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
The keynote lecture on 16 June was given by Prof. Gurinder Singh Mann, Centre for Sikh and Punjabi Studies, University of Californa at Santa Barbara, USA.
More information about the conference.


Helsinki• The Nordic Association for South Asian Studies, NASA, successfully arranged a conference and a PhD workshop 26–29 May 2010 in Helsinki, Finland. The theme for the conference was ”Globalizing South Asia”, and it was organised by the University of Helsinki. The conference brought scholars from different fields within humanities and social sciences (history, anthropology, sociology, economics, geography, environmental science, development studies and political science) together to analyze cultural, economic, political and environmental connections in South Asia. Both Nordic and non-Nordic scholars were invited to participate in the conference that was meant to stimulate networking and exchange, and to create a forum for discussions for scholars and doctoral students within and outside the Nordic countries. The conference was convened by Dr. Sirpa Tenhunen, Dept. of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki, and Dr. Klaus Karttunen, South Asian Studies, Dept. of World Cultures, University of Helsinki.
A peer-reviewed volume of selected papers will be published after the conference. Contributions are invited which take into account the broader context of local issues concerning culture and society in globalizing South Asia, both empirically and theoretically. Papers should be submitted to the conference organisers by the end of October 2010. The maximum length is 9000 words.
NASAAnna Lindberg and Lars Eklund from SASNET both participated in this important Nordic conference.
Full information about the 2010 NASA conference, including full programme.

Afghanistan conference
Mary Akrami from the Afghan Women Skills Development Center (AWSDC) and Elizabeth Winter, European Network of NGOs in Afghanistan (ENNA), at the Stockholm conference.

• An International conference on ”Peacebuilding in Afghanistan: Local, regional and global perspectives” was held in Stockholm 6–7 November 2008. The conference focused on what the peacebuilding efforts look like in the country? What roles do the Afghan authorities, the International Community, the UN and the Nato-led ISAF forces play? Do they contribute to peace or armed conflict? Are there local initiatives at grassroots level promoting peace and how does the civilian population contribute to the reconstruction of the country? Why does Afghanistan receive so little funding for reconstruction compared to other areas of armed conflict? Have the complex developments in Afghanistan become something that the West would rather not have to deal with? What actions are needed in order for Afghanistan to become a country of peace and stability?
Sima SamarThe conference was organised by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA), in cooperation with ENNA (European Network of NGOs in Afghanistan). Invited speakers included prominent persons such as Sima Samar (photo to the right), Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission; Kristian Berg Harpviken, senior researcher at the International Peace Research Institute (PRIO) in Oslo; and the eminent Pakistani writer/journalist Ahmed Rashid.
Read a report by Lars Eklund, who represented SASNET at the conference.
All the conference presentations are now available in full-text on the Internet. Go to the presentations.


• An international symposium and an exhibition on urban growth titled ”Informal Cities – The Stockholm Urban Think Tank” was organised in Nacka/Stockholm 6–8 September 2008. It was a collaboration project between the Royal University College of Fine Arts, SHACK/Slum Dwellers International and the Swedish International Development Agency’s (Sida) Division for Urban Development. Sixteen artists, filmmakers and architects organized the symposium and parallel exhibition as part of the post-graduate program Art & Architecture at the Royal Institute of Art (KKH) in Stockholm. Informal Cities – The Stockholm Urban Think Tank was intended to be a meeting place where representatives of grass-root organizations from seven informal cities shared their experiences together with renowned scholars and activists such as Saskia Sassen, David Satterswaithe, Barbara Southworth, Sheela Patel and Jockin Arputham. More information. Ms. Maria Tonini from SASNET also participated in the three-day seminar. Read her report.

SASNET was the main funder for the international research conference on “Nature, Knowledge, Power” that was held in Uppsala 15-17 August 2008. The conference, hosted by the Department of Urban and Rural Development at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), brought together researchers from different academic fields, concerned with questions of environment and society under present and historical conditions. About forty researchers and research students equally from South Asian and European universities participated in the conference and 25 full research papers were presented papers within five panels: “Energy: renewable and sustainable?”, “Competing rights, codifying law”, “Community rights under neoliberal rule”, “Who needs conservation? Nature, people, survival”, and “Ideologies of environmental change: from imperial modernization to postcolonial social equality?” The keynote speakers were Dr. Amita Baviskar from the Institute of Economic Growth at Delhi University, India and Prof. Arun Agrawal, University of Michigan. More information about the Uppsala conference.

Manchester• The 20th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies (ECMSAS) was held in Manchester, UK, 8–11 July 2008. The 2008 conference was hosted by the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures at the University of Manchester, and draws on the vibrant South Asian Studies programmes in Humanities and Social Sciences at the University.
ECMSAS 40 panels were included in the programme, covering a vast field of scientific areas, from ”Censorship, Subjectivity, and Subversion: Cultural Regulation in India from the Colonial Era to the Present” to ”Vegetarianisms: the communicative power of meat in South Asia” and ”Routes and Roots of Democracy in the Himalayas”. Professor Sanjay Subrahmanyam (photo to the right), Professor of Indian History at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), held the keynote lecture on ”Cultures of Travel between Anjou and Agra in the Early Modern World”. The conference also offered a range of cultural events including an illustrated lecture on the textiles trade between Manchester and South Asia held at the Whitworth Art Gallery, and a reception at Manchester's spectacular town hall, built during the 1880s. SASNET’s deputy director Lars Eklund participated in the conference. More information about the conference.
EASASThe ECMSAS is the largest gathering of South Asia oriented researchers in Europe, covering all fields from the humanities and social sciences to technology, natural sciences and medicine. The conference is held biannually under the aegis of the European Association of South Asian Studies (EASAS), a professional, non-profit organisation of scholars engaged in research and teaching concerning South Asia with regard to all periods and fields of study. SASNET organised the 18th ECMSAS conference in Lund in 2004 (more information about the Lund conference), and in June 2006, the 19th ECMSAS conference was arranged in Leiden, the Netherlands (read SASNET’s report from the Leiden conference).


UppsalaFor the fourth time, Sida/SAREC – the unit for research cooperation within the the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency Sida – financed a conference on current Swedish development research, in Uppsala 27–29 May 2008. Previously Sida has initiated three similar conferences, the first one in Göteborg in 2000, the second in Lund in 2003 (more information), and the third one, focusing on ”Structures of Vulnerability: Mobilisation and Resistance”, was held in Stockholm in 2005 (more information). The 2008 conference was organised by the Centre for Sustainable Development in Uppsala, an inter-disciplinary centre for education and research on sustainable development, jointly run by Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala. The general theme for the three-day conference was “Meeting Global Challenges in Research Cooperation”. Researchers and development professionals were invited to gather and discuss key themes at the frontiers of research and global development issues.
SidaOn the final day of the conference, representatives from the Swedish research councils met for a panel discussion titled ”Strategies for Swedish funding of international research cooperation”. Berit Olsson, Head of Sida’s department for research cooperation (SAREC), presented Sida’s new research funding strategy. Pär Omling, Director General, Swedish Research Council; Lena Gustafsson, First Deputy Director General, Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (Vinnova); and Hans-Örjan Nohrstedt, Head for the Unit on Strategy and Analysis, The Swedish Research Council Formas, presented their present work and ideas for the future. The discussion was moderated by Gunnar Öqvist, Permanent Secretary, Royal Academy of Science; and also Chair, Sida Research Committee.

Panel discussion
From left to right: Hans-Örjan Nohrstedt, Lena Gustafsson, Berit Olsson, Gunnar Öqvist and Pär Omling.

Otherwise, the well-attended conference – more than 450 participants – consisted of panels, focusing on topics such as sustainable energy systems, maternal and child health, water and sanitation, soil degradation, sustainable agriculture, survival strategies of the poor, conflicts over natural resources, housing and infrastructure, human rights, democracy, global trade and climate change. All accepted conference presentations and summaries of discussions will later be published in a book.
One year later, on 6 July 2009, the proceedings from the conference ”Meeting Global Challenges in Research Cooperation” were published. All the keynote speeches, discussion summaries, papers on thematic and trans-disciplinary research, and close to 200 abstracts are included in the conference report, a publication of 651 pages, published as a pdf-file on the web. The report also includes draft research priorities from the parallel conference sessions. The report has been edited by Ingrid Karlsson and Kristina Röing de Nowina from Uppsala Centre for Sustainable Development. Go for the extensive conference report.
Lars Eklund from SASNET participated in the 2008 Uppsala conference. Read his report, focusing on the South Asian elements.

• An International conference on ”Biotechnology for Sustainable Development”, was held 7–9 January 2008 in Pune, India. The conference, named BSD – 2008, was organised by the Chemical Engineering and Process Development Division at the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) in Pune, in collaboration with the Dept. of Biotechnology, Lund University, Sweden. It was supported by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra) and the Indian Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). It highlighted the latest developments areas such as • Biotechnology for production of green chemicals; • Biorefinery – Use of plantation crops for production of Chemicals; • Bioremediation of solid, gaseous and liquid wastes; and • Waste water treatment and recycle using clean technologies. More information in a report given in Mistra Newsletter 2/08 (in Swedish).

Roskilde Seminar• The Graduate School of International Development Studies, Roskilde University Centre (RUC) organised a two-days workshop titled ”Post-Exotic India – a new Narrative in Making?” in collaboration with SASNET on 26-27 September 2007 in Roskilde, Denmark. The seminar was prepared by Dr. Ravinder Kaur and Prof. Laurids Lauridsen from RUC and Prof. Staffan Lindberg, Lund University. The workshop aimed to posit and explore the post-exotic India through the following themes: • processes and effects of 1991 economic liberalisation, • emergence of a vocal, mobile and astute middle class, • global ambitions of India, and • its regional implications in South Asia. Invited speakers included Nicholas Dirks, Columbia University, USA; Pritam Singh, Oxford University, UK; Thomas Blom Hansen, Amsterdam University, Netherlands; and Srirupa Roy, Amherst, USA, SSRC New York (TBC). Besides being a workshop open to the public, it will also be an Intensive PhD workshop. Venue: Roskilde University Centre, Lille Auditorium. More information (as a pdf-file)

• SASNET successfully held a workshop on the "Role of South Asia in the Internationalisation of Higher Education in Sweden" at Nobel Forum, Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm 28-29 November 2006. It was jointly organised by SASNET, Karolinska Institutet Medical University and the Swedish Institute, and involved sessions with representatives from 20 Swedish universities, and from the International Programme Office for Education and Training; the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education; STINT; the Government ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs; and the South Asian embassies in Stockholm. The focus was on experiences from masters and PhD programmes in Sweden as well as in South Asia, with an aim to promote increased academic exchange with South Asia. Most of the workshop presentations are now available on our web site as pdf-files. They include Mr. Sunandan Roy Chowdhury’s provocative keynote presentation, titled ”The Moffusil and the Metropolitan – Higher Education’s Meandering Paths”. In addition to this, Jan Magnusson (a key person behind the creation of SASNET seven years ago and now a member of SASNET’s board) has written a report, summarizing the two-day workshop sessions. Read the workshop report.

• A conference titled ”Asian Studies at a Turning Point: Tandem walk or boxing match between social sciences and humanities?” was held at the University of Turku, Finland, 6–7 November 2006. It ran parallell with an Intensive PhD Course for Nordic PhD students in Asian studies. The conference sets out to offer a platform for academic dialogue on a wide range of methodological and paradigamatic topics across disciplinary and regional boundaries in Asian studies (including South Asian studies). SASNET’s Director, Prof. Staffan Lindberg, participated in the conference. Read his report from the Turku conference .

Leiden• The 19th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies (ECMSAS) was successfully held 27–30 June 2006 in Leiden, the Netherlands. It was hosted and organized by the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) on behalf of the European Association for South Asian Studies, EASAS. The conference web page is now updated with panel reports, participants list and photos from the conference. More information about the 19th ECMSAS conference in Leiden.
Leiden dinnerOn the final day the conference’s ”business meeting” was held along with the fifth General Meeting of European Association for South Asian Studies. The meeting decided to formalise the relationship between ECMSAS and EASAS, something that was not there earlier. Nominations for new EASAS board members were received, and a discussion was held about the venue for the next ECMSAS conference, to be held in 2008 at the University of Manchester, UK.
Leiden hotel viewSASNET was also represented at the conference in Leiden. Prof. Staffan Lindberg, Director of SASNET, chaired panel No. 32 on ”Post Green Revolution Agrarian Transformation in South Asia”, and he also participated in a panel discussion on the formation of ANERI, the Academic Network for European Research related to India, initiated by the European Commission (and formally launched during the Leiden conference). SASNET’s deputy director/webmaster Lars Eklund also participated in the 2006 conference, visited several panels and followed the discussions. Lars made a photographic documentation. See his photos from the Leiden conference.

• After a gap of four years the Nordic Association for South Asian Studies, NASA, successfully arranged a conference 3–5 June 2005 in Aarhus, Denmark. Nearly 50 people met up for the conference, that had the theme ”Contemporary Dramas of South Asia: Economic, Social, Political and Cultural Changes/Upheavals”. It was organised by the Department of Anthropology and Ethnography at the University of Aarhus (main convenor: Dr. Lars Kjaerholm). Look at photos from the conference, shot by Lars Eklund, SASNET.
After some amalgamation the conference covered five workshops:
1. Globalization, economic changes and socio-political upheavals + A South Asian security conundrum? (convenors: Jørgen Dige Pedersen, University of Aarhus, and Sten Widmalm, Uppsala University)
2. States and minorities in South Asia. + Anti-oppressive movements (convenors: Peter B Andersen, Copenhagen University, and Aase Mygind Madsen, Århus).
3. Secularism in South Asia + Imagining Nations: middle classes and processes of nation formation in South Asia (convenors: Erik Sand, Copenhagen University, and Lars Kjærholm. Aarhus University.)

4. Health, Globalization and Marginalization in South Asia (convenor: Jens Seeberg. Aarhus University). Two Indian participants in this panel, Renu Addlakha and another researcher (photo to the right) were funded for by SASNET.
5. Exploring South Asian political culture(convenors: Arild Engelsen Ruud and Pamela Price, Oslo University).
The conference had four keynote speakers: Professor Zoya Hasan, Centre for Political Studies, Jawarharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, lectured on ”The Struggle for Democratic Representation by marginalised groups (OBC’s, women, minorities) in India”, Dr. Christophe Jaffrelot, director of the Centre d’Etudes et Recherches Internationales (CERI), Paris (photo to the right), lectured on ”BJP/Sangh Parivar and the electoral defeat in 2004”; Professor Martin Sökefeld, Dept. of Anthropology, Hamburg University, lectured on ”Continuing struggles, enduring drama: Kashmir and the construction of nations in South Asia”; and finally Professor Isabelle Clark-Deces, Department of Anthropology, Princeton University, lectured on ”The Encounter never stops: Revisiting Caste, Hierarchy and Dominance in a Tamil Village”. Venue for the conference was Moesgård Museum (the Manor House of Moesgård) in the picturesque forest area south of Århus

• On March 19 2005 a one-day workshop on Sikh and Punjab Studies was arranged at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University. The workshop was attended by about 60 people, including students and teachers from various universities in Scandinavia, as well as members of the Sikh communities in Sweden and Denmark. The key speakers were internationally renowned experts from Germany, Sweden, UK and USA, who are working within the interdisciplinary field of Sikh and Punjab Studies. Read Kristina Myrvold’s conference report.

• An International Seminar on the ”Emergence of Militant Islamism and its Relevance for Afghanistan” was held in Stockholm 10–11 March 2005.
The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan arranged the seminar, with support from Sida. Speakers included Professor Ahmad Moussalli from Beirut and the journalist Ahmed Rashid. Two cabinet ministers from the new Afghanistan government were also invited as key speakers, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Haider Reza (photo to the right); and the Deputy Minister of Interior, Shahmahmood Miakhel. Read SASNET’s report from the conference

The Dept. of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University in collaboration with Sida successfully organised a conference focusing on ”Structures of Vulnerability: Mobilisation and Resistance” 12–14 January 2005.
It was the largest gathering so far in Sweden of Third world oriented researchers, within fields such as Biodiversity, Children and youth, Climate, Corruption, Environment, Ethnicity, Food and water, Gender, Hazards, Health, Infrastructure, Law, Religion, Urbanity, War and violence, and Welfare. More than 300 researchers and graduate/post graduate students took part in the conference, and a vast number of South Asia related research papers were presented in the workshops.
Keynote speakers were Professor Ben Wisner, lecturing on ”Root causes of vulnerability: What do we know after 30 years and what is to be done about them”, Professor Hunter Wade and Professor Johanne Sundby. A panel debate was also held on ”Victims and Actors – who get the blame? Concepts of structure and agency in the development research”, with Ass. Prof. Hans Abrahamsson and Prof. Björn Hettne from PADRIGU, Göteborg University, Prof. Thomas Hylland Erikssen, Oslo University, and Prof. Gudrun Dahl, Dept. of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University (photo above).
It was the third conference in a series of conferences financed by Sida, on the challenges faced by the research community in developing countries. The first conference was arranged with Göteborg University in January 2000, and the second, named ”Poor and Rich” was held at Lund University in January 2003 (more information on the Lund conference).

• SASNET successfully arranged the 18th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies in Lund 6–9 July 2004. With 360 participants from all over the World actually turning up (including a large number of PhD candidates and participants from South Asia itself) it was the largest ECMSAS conference so far, and certainly the largest gathering ever on Swedish soil of South Asia oriented researchers, covering all fields from the humanities and social sciences to technology, natural sciences and medicine.
Day-by-day reports with photos by Behnoosh Payvar, Masters student of South Asian Studies, Lund University, were published on the conference web site. Full updated information on the Lund conference.
A large number of full papers presented to the 44 conference panels are already posted on the conference website, and more will follow after the conference. See the full list of conference panels, abstracts and papers

• The extensive Conference Diary written by Dr. William Radice during the 18th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, organised by SASNET 6–9 July 2004, was published in extenso in the 2004 Puja Festival magazine, by the Indian newspaper The Statesman, Kolkata (October 2004). The article was illustrated with photos of Lund University. Radice’s article, called ”Swedish Rhapsody”, also appears here on SASNET’s web site (as a pdf-file)

• An Interdisciplinary Conference on ”Livelihood strategies among forest-related tribal groups of South India: Contextual analysis of local livelihood strategies” was arranged at the Centre for Indian Studies, Mysore, India, 17–19 October 2003. The conference was jointly organized by the Dept. of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University, Sweden, and the Centre for Research on Environment, Development, Innovations, Technology & Trade (CREDITTe), Bangalore, India, with support from SASNET. The focus for the conference was on forest-related tribals in South India, groups living within the four southern states of India. More information (including papers to download), and Christer Norström’s conference report.

• Distinguished experts from India and Pakistan within the fields of military and strategic experience and confidence building measures met for a workshop on India-Pakistan tensions in Skåvsjöholm/Stockholm, 26-29 September 2003, and a follow-up brainstorming workshop was arranged in Uppsala 1–4 June 2004. The workshops were organised by Center for Pacific Asia Studies (CPAS), Department of Oriental Languages, Stockholm University in collaboration with SIPSIR (Swedish Initiative for Peace, Security and International Relations), and convened by Dr. Ravinder Pal Singh, CPAS. Among the participants were high-profile personalities such as Lt Gen Moti Dar (former Vice-Chief of the Indian Army Staff, and involved in Indo-Pakistan Track II diplomacy), Mr Salman Haidar (former Indian Foreign Secretary, Ambassador to China, and High commissioner to UK), and Gen Jehangir Karamat (former Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff and Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan). And besides these a number of scholars also took part in the workshop, among them Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed from the Dept. pf Political Science, Stockholm University; and Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy, Professor of Physics at Quaid-e-AzamUniversity, Islamabad. The report of the first workshop was published a s a book titled ”Searching for Common Ground in South Asia” in January 2004, and was later also published in extenso on the Internet, as a pdf-file. Go for the book.
In April 2005 five papers from the follow-up seminar were also published in theprinted CPAS Journal (The Stockholm Journal of East Asian Studies). More information.

• A fruitful two days seminar on ”Religious Mobilisation and Organised Violence in Contemporary South Asia”
was organised by the Graduate School of International Development Studies, Roskilde University Centre, 3-4 April 2003. Among the lecturers and discussants were the renowned professors Paul R Brass, University of Washington, USA (photo); Jan Breman, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Dipankar Gupta, JNU, New Delhi, India; Ian Talbott, Coventry, UK; and Thomas Blom Hansen, Edinburgh, UK. Read the extensive SASNET review of the Roskilde seminar and the papers presented.
In September 2005 SAGE Publications released a book containing the material from the Roskilde conference. The book, edited by Ravinder Kaur, is called ”Religion, Violence and Political Mobilisation in South Asia”. Information about the book.

• A conference on Swedish Development Studies research, named ”Fattiga och rika. Aktuell utvecklingsforskning och dess villkor i Sverige” was organised by Sida/SAREC and Lund University on 9–11 January 2003. The conditions for development research in Sweden were thoroughly discussed, and a large number of Swedish researchers presented their projects/programmes during the extremely fruitful conference. Several of the projects are related to South Asia. See SASNET’s list of these, most of them accompanied by abstracts.
We are also happy to present papers presented by two of the key speakers:
• Professor Barbara Harriss-White on ”Unruly and Informal Globalisation and its Impact on Development: A Background Note”. (Word document).
• Professor Keith Griffin on ”Economic Globalisation and Institutions
of Global Governance
” (Word document).

• Representatives from the research councils, from Sida, and the Swedish universities participated in a fruitful discussion on the future for Swedish development studies research at the last day of the conference, in a panel called ”Goda råd är dyra – utvecklingsforskningens organisation och finansiering” (Good advises are costly – how to organize and finance development studies research). Summary of the discussion prepared by SASNET’s Staffan Lindberg. Read his report! (in Swedish only)

• New opportunities for Indian and Swedish business development. More than one hundred Indian and Swedish business leaders met in a seminar in Stockholm on 7 October 2002 under the heading ‘India and Sweden – New Vistas of Cooperation’. Read a report by SASNET Director Staffan Lindberg, who took part in the seminar.

• The EU–India Think Tank Seminar took place in Brussels, Belgium, on 15–16 October 2001, with representatives from a large number of Universities and Research institutions in Europe and India. More information on the seminar, in which Prof. Staffan Lindberg represented SASNET.

• ”Managing Common Resources - What is the solution?”. Research papers presented at the symposium and workshop held 10-11 September 2001 at Lund University. SASNET’s Staffan Lindberg was the key organiser of the symposium.