Newsletter 122 - 7 April 2011


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Participants at the March 22nd seminar: Madhumita Bhagat, William Radice, Bubu Munshi Eklund, Lars Eklund, Alia Ahmad, and Annemette Karpen.
Claes-Göran Holmberg, Gabrielle Gunneberg and Lipi Ghosh.

Research Community News

• Indian Visiting Professor at School of Business, Economics and Law in Gothenburg
RamnathGothenburgSince 2009, Professor Ramnath Narayanswamy is a Visiting Professor to the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, spending extended periods in Gothenburg. The previous two years, 2009 and 2010 were mostly spent there, since he decided to take his sabbatical. He then nearly completed a book on Growing Leaders (which will soon be published). Prof. Narayanswamy is otherwise a Professor in the Economics and Social Sciences Area at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore (IIMB). His areas of interest include Business and Society, Spirituality and Self Development, Entrepreneurship in the Creative Sector and Creativity and Innovation. More information about Prof. Narayanswamy.
Prof. Narayanswamy is one of a number of visiting professors who spend time at the School of Business, Economics and Law as part of its International Visiting Professor Programme for the period 2009–13. This programme contributes to a concious strategy of improving the international profile and competitiveness of the School of Business Economics and Law by increasing the share of international researchers within the faculty. It is also part of a long-term internationalisation strategy which involves building deeper relations with a number of esteemed universities and business schools around the world. Visiting Professors serving on the programme are typically contracted for a three-year engagement, and typically work at the School for one month per academic term. By mid-2010 there were 22 visiting professors contracted to the programme and this will rise to about 30 by mid-2011. The programme has been made possible thanks to generous contributions from the business community in West Sweden. More information on the International Visiting Professor Programme.

• Heinz Werner Wessler keynote speaker at Mumbai conference
On 7–8 March 2011, Dr. Heinz Werner Wessler, Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University was the keynote speaker at a conference on ”The international Form of Hindi Literature” (Hindi sahitya ka antarrastriy svarup) at the University of Mumbai, India. More than 700 academics, mostly readers, lecturers and professors for Hindi from universities and colleges all over India participated in the event that was organised by the Department of Hindi, University of Mumbai. More information.

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Educational News

Conferences and workshops

Professor Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf (1909-1995) sitting among Gond (Adivasi) men in central India, early 1940s, SOAS Archive.

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

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