Newsletter 95 - 6 April 2009


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jonkoping2.htmlIn mid-March 2009 SASNET’s deputy director Lars Eklund visited two universities in southern Sweden, Jönköping University and Växjö University. Networking is the main purpose of SASNET, and a regular feature of our activities therefore consists of visiting Swedish universities to meet with researchers and educationists involved in South Asia related research and/or educational collaboration projects. On 19 March, Lars visited Jönköping University, one of the strongest in Sweden when it comes to internationalisation work including collaboration projects with South Asia. Lars met with international coordinators and researchers/educationists from all four schools of the university – Jönköping International Business School (JIBS); School of Education and Communication; School of Engineering; and School of Health Sciences.
The most interesting South Asia related news at Jönköping University right now is the fact that JIBS has taken over the responsibility to develop a technical university in the Pakistani city of Sialkot. A project initially run by the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, but since KTH withdrew from the project it is now administered by Dr. Ramon Wyss, new Vice-president for International Affairs at JIBS. More information below.

Lars Eklund, Ashis Sengupta, Maria Olaussen and Piia Posti.

Research Community News

Educational News

Conferences and workshops

Important lectures and seminars in Scandinavia

Rohan d’Souza

Business and Politics

South Asia related culture in Scandinavia

• Bollywood exhibition now on display in Gothenburg

Bollywood exhibitionThe exhibition "BOLLYWOOD”, is now shown at the Museum of World Cultures in Gothenburg. The exhibition, previously shown at the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities (Östasiatiska Museet) in Stockholm, takes off in Indian films and shows how contemporary India is connected to its past through stories and myths about love, gods and heroes. What is Bollywood? Why has it become so fantastically popular? Who are the world's most popular movie stars, really? The exhibition is entrance free and continues until 27 September 2009. During this period many programmes with film shows, dance performances and lectures are organised. For example, the film ”Om Shanti Om” will be screened on Wednesday 22 April.
In the exhibition, produced by the Museum of World Culture in cooperation with the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities and the Helsinki City Art Museum in Finland, the entire family may enjoy experiences from a world that still seems to be far from our daily lives. Or is that really so? In the Bollywood exhibition, the audience can try to be a singing star, record their own Bollywood film and dance in great dance scenes from popular Bollywood movies. The exhibition discusses what Bollywood as a cultural expression actually consists of and how such a massive success can affect your world view. Venue: Världskulturmuseet, Södra Vägen 54, Göteborg. More information.

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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