Newsletter 93 - 4 February 2009


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• Colombo workshop first step in plans for SASNET sub-networks

SASNET co-organises an international workshop on ”Women and migration in South Asia. Health and Social Consequences” will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka 9–11 February 2009. The workshop is organised by SASNET in collaboration with the University of Sri Jayewardenepura (SJP) in Colombo, and the Division of International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH) at Uppsala University. Researchers in the field have been invited from all over the South Asia region and from Swedish institutions.
The workshop is also the first effort to realise the concept of SASNET sub-networks, put forward at the informal meeting by SASNET’s South Asian Reference Group held in Delhi in November 2007 (more information), later decided upon by SASNET’s board. One of the reference group members, Dr. Kumudu Wijewardena from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura (SJP) in Colombo will chair the Colombo workshop. A separate meeting will be held with SASNET’s South Asian Reference Group on Tuesday 10 February. See the full programme for the workshop.
SASNET’s director Anna Lindberg and deputy director Lars Eklund will both participate in the workshop.
On his way to Sri Lanka, Lars Eklund will also visit the Maldives for two days, and meet government officials involved in the development of higher education in the Maldives.
Anna Lindberg on the other hand will proceed to Kerala, India after participating in the Colombo workshop. She is going to take part in discussions about the development of the new so-called Sustainable Kerala Network, a Swedish South Asian Network on Sustainable Development initiated by Prof. Baboo Nair, Dept. of Applied Nutrition, Lund University. More information about the Sustainable Kerala Network.


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         Lars Eklund

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 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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