Newsletter 124 - 13 June 2011

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Research Community News

Educational News

Conferences and workshops

Important lectures and seminars in Scandinavia

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• Book launch seminar at Copenhagen Business School

A book launch seminar willl be held at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) on Friday 17 June 2011, 15–17, to present the volume ”A New India? Critical Reflections in the Long Twentieth Century”, edited by Anthony D’Costa, Professor in Indian Studies and Research Director at the Asia Research Centre, Department of International Economics & Management at CBS. This volume critically examines the notion of a ‘new’ India by acknowledging that India is changing remarkably and by indicating that in the overzealous enthusiasm about the new India, there is collective amnesia about the other, older India. The book argues that the increasing consolidation of capitalist markets of commodity production and consumption has unleashed not only economic growth and social change, but has also introduced new contradictions associated with market dynamics in the material and social as well as intellectual spheres.Besides a
The book launch seminar includes presentations not only by Prof. D’Costa, but also by Prof. Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard, Director of Asia Research Centre, CBS; Prof. Sushil Khanna, ICCR-CBS Visiting Professor, who will talk about “The Red Queen Paradox of A ‘New’ and the ‘Other’ India”; and Prof. Ravinder Kaur, Director of Centre for Global South Asian Studies, University of Copenhagen, who will talk about “India: The Archaeology of the ‘New’”.
The talk and reception is open to the public and free of charge.
Register in beforehand to Venue for the seminar: room SV.087 (ground floor, west), CBS, Dalgas Have 15, Frederiksberg (Copenhagen). More information.

Business and Politics

South Asia related culture in Scandinavia

• Sufi dhol maestros on Scandinavian tour

gongasain.jpgGonga Sain, master of the purest form of percussion music, the Sufi Kalam Dhol, is currently on tour to Scandinavia along with his student partner Mithu Sain. They are Sufi dhol playesr from Lahore, Pakistan, where they can be heard live every Thursday night at the Hazrat Baba Shah Kamal Shrine.
In Denmark they perform at several festivals concerts in Copenhagen and elsewhere, including a show at the Roskilde Festival on Friday 1 July 2011, and at Aarhus Jazz Festival on 15 July. In Sweden they perform in Malmö, at Sommarscen Malmö, on Sunday 26 June, and in Norway they perform at the Oslo Mela on 28th July. The Scandinavia tour has been organised by PhD candidate Ida Sofie Matzen at the Dept. of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen, and some doing academic research on on Sufism. More information.

New and updated items on SASNET web site

Best regards

Lars Eklund

Deputy director/webmaster

SASNET/Swedish South Asian Studies Network

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The network is financed by Lund University.

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