Newsletter 135 – 3 May 2012



Research Community News


Educational News

Conferences and workshops

• Tiruchirappalli Symposium on Professional Social Work
Bharathidasan University in Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India, organizes International Symposium on Professional Social Work, on 10–11 March 2011. The Symposium, which is organized by the university’s Dept. of Social Work, aims at providing a platform for the academicians, practitioners and research scholars to discuss and reflect on various innovative practices followed in their own fields of specialization, as well as document innovative and best practices in social work education, teaching, research and extension. The main topics of the Symposium will be: – Innovations in Teaching; – Innovations in Research; and – Innovations in Extension. More information.

• 4 000 participants expected to joint AAS/ICAS conference in Honolulu
ICAS AASTo celebrate its 70th anniversary, the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is holding a special joint conference with the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 31 March – 3 April 2011. The conference expects to draw an attendance of at least 4,000 participants, exhibitors, and visitors. (Normally the number of participants varies between thousand and fifteen hundred).
The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is the largest society of its kind, with approximately 7,000 members worldwide, open to all persons interested in Asia. Its current President is Prof. K Sivaramakrishnan, Professor of Anthropology at Yale University. ICAS was launched in 1995 as a joint project between AAS and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Netherlands. This transatlantic dialogue gradually matured and was thought of as a process involving American and European Asia scholars. Its main goals are to transcend the boundaries between disciplines, between nations studied, and between the geographic origins of the Asia scholars involved.
ICAS has grown into the largest biennial Asia studies event outside the US covering all subjects of Asia studies. Thus ICAS now has become the only major, regular Asia studies event to take place in Asia. Venue for the joint conference: Hawai’i Convention Center, Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu. More information.

Vilnius• Vilnius conference on The Body in the Cinemas of South Asia
An International conference on ”The Body in the Cinemas of South Asia” will be held at Vilnius University in Lithuania 30 June – 2 July 2011. It is being organised by the university’s Centre of Oriental Studies, and aims at bringing together and promoting dialogue between scholars based in Western European countries, Asia and the US, and scholars from Eastern Europe. Papers focusing on popular South Asian cinemas and discussions of what ‘exploitation cinema’ is or might be in industrial contexts are invited. Deadline for abstracts is 15 April 2011. More information.

11th Asian Urbanization International Conference in Hyderabad
HyderabadThe 11th Asian Urbanization International Conference will be held in Hyderabad, India, 10 – 13 December 2011. It is being hosted by the Dept. of Geography at Osmania University, in association with The Asian Urban Research Association (AURA). AURA was established in January 1986 and is housed in the University of Akron, Ohio, USA. It is a non profit and private research organization whose primary purpose is to promote the study of urbanization, urban growth and to organize Asian Urbanization Conferences. The first Asian Urbanization Conference was held at the University of Akron in 1985. The conferences are biennial (held every other/alternate year) and have resulted in many publications. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 30 March 2011. More information.

Important lectures and seminars in Scandinavia

Business and Politics

South Asia related culture in Scandinavia

New and updated items on SASNET web site

• Culture
New documentary called “Voices of Nepal” focusing on the hard situation with human rights in Nepal is released on Youtube by the British Embassy in the country. Look at

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Julia Velkova

acting deputy director/webmaster

SASNET/Swedish South Asian Studies Network