Newsletter 104 - 2 December 2009


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Diwali in Lund 2009



Research Community News

• Research Council grant for project on Antibiotic pollutants in waters and resistance in rural India
On 21 October 2009, Professor Cecilia Stålsby Lundborg, Division of Global health (IHCAR), Karolinska Institutet Medical University, Stockholm, received SEK 2 250 000 as a three-years project grant (2010–10) from the Swedish Research Council for research within the field of Medicine, for a project entitled ”Antibiotic pollutants in waters and resistance in rural India – Interventions to improve antibiotic resistance management”. This is a continuation of a project on antibiotics resistance that Prof. Stålsby Lundborg has conducted since 2007. More information.

• Oslo University fellowship for research on new media in Asia
The Dept. of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), University of Oslo, announces a Doctoral Research Fellowship position within the new media in Asia and/or the Middle East. The successful candidate is expected to study the use of new media and communication technologies (including the Internet, satellite TV, and mobile phones) in Asia and/or the Middle East and their impact in the social, political, religious and/or cultural domains. The fellowship is open to projects from a wide range of disciplinary and methodological approaches to the study of new media. Comparative and/or multidisciplinary projects will be considered positively. Projects grounded in fieldwork in the region will be considered favourably. It is expected that the candidate analyzes primarily data in one or several of the region's languages. Candidates must therefore demonstrate advanced active skills in at least one relevant Asian and/or Middle Eastern language.

Educational News

• Sustainable Urban Water and Sanitation training programme at Lund University
Sustainable DevelopmentLund University Education – the university's company for commissioned education – offers a number of English-language educational training programmes funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, to be held in the Fall 2010 – Spring 2011.
– The advanced International training programme on ”Sustainable Urban Water and Sanitation” will run again with a 19 days course in Lund in August/September 2010, and with a regional seminar in one of the participating countries in February/March 2011. The overall objective of the programme is to provide the participants with understanding and knowledge about the need for integrated approaches and the organisational and institutional changes that are necessary for a sustainable provision of water supply and sanitation services in urban areas. From South Asia, professionals in the field from Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka are welcome to apply for this programme. The programme is managed by staff from the Dept. of Water Resources Engineering. Closing date for applications: 3 March 2010. More information.

Conferences and workshops

Important lectures and seminars in Scandinavia


Business and Politics

South Asia related culture in Scandinavia


New and updated items on SASNET web site

 Best regards,

         Lars Eklund

        deputy director/webmaster

 SASNET/Swedish South Asian Studies Network

SASNET is a national network for research, education, and information about South Asia based at Lund University. Its aim is to promote a dynamic networking process in which Swedish researchers co-operate with researchers in South Asia and globally.
The SASNET network is open to all the sciences. Priority is given to interdisciplinary cooperation across faculties, and more particularly to institutions in the Nordic countries and South Asia. SASNET believes that South Asian studies will be most fruitfully pursued as a cooperative endeavour between researchers in different institutions who have a solid base in their mother disciplines.
The network is financed by Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) and by Lund University.

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