Lund University workshop on Nationalisms in South Asia

Lund University hosted a workshop on Nationalisms in South Asia on 14-15 April 2018. The core idea of the workshop, jointly organised by Professor Frank Korom (Boston University), Associate Professor Jan Magnusson (Lund University), and SASNET director Andreas Johansson, built on a thesis that a generation of scholarship is supposed to have argued that nationalism was a strictly Western affair, and that the researcher Peter van der Veer provided a corrective to this scholarship with his 1994 book ”Religious Nationalism”. Besides presentations by the organisers, the workshop was also attended by Peter Van Der Veer (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany); Boris Wille (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany); Susan A. Reed, (Bucknell University, USA); Mari Miyamoto (Keio University, Japan); Mara Malagodi, (City Law School, University of London, UK); and Jürgen Schaflechner (University of Heidelberg, Germany). Discussant was Ted Svensson from the Dept. of Political Science, Lund University. The programme included papers on issues such as Religious-Nationalist Rhetoric, Democratic Reforms, and a Controversial Change of Power in the Maldives; Performances of Masculinity, Militarism and Sinhala Buddhist Nationalism in Sri Lanka; Buddhist Revivalism and Democratization in Bhutan; and Broadband Virtual Nationalism in Baltistan. See the full workshop programme.