What is Swedish South Asian Studies Network (SASNET)?

See SASNET November 2015 folder

After an initiative by the Foreign Ministry in 1998, Sida SAREC invited suggestions from Uppsala, Göteborg and Lund universities on how to set up a Swedish centre/network for South Asian studies in June 1999.

In May 2000, Lund was given the responsibility, with a planning period lasting for the remaining part of that year, and funding for 2001-2002. An advisory conference was organised in Lund in October 2000, with participation of Swedish senior researchers and a fair representation of PhD candidates and concerned government officials.
SASNET was formally started in January 2001.

Till 31 December 2009, the network was financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, and by Lund University. From 2010, SASNET is entirely funded by Lund University.

On 12th December 2012, SASNET received new Directions for the period 2013-15. Read the Directions (in Swedish only).

SASNET is an inter-disciplinary platform that promotes
education, research, and information about the countries of South Asia:

– Afghanistan
– Bangladesh
– Bhutan
– India
– Maldives
– Nepal
– Pakistan
– Sri Lanka

• SASNET promotes multidisciplinary academic studies of South Asia at all levels at Lund University.

• SASNET is also a national open network resource connecting researchers and academics working on projects
related to South Asia at universities throughout Sweden and the Nordic countries. Its aim is to initiate, encourage,
and support collaboration with South Asian partners, and to promote the exchange of students and researchers
between Sweden and South Asia

• Our Internet gateway disseminates information on South Asia-related education and research being conducted at
300 Swedish university departments. It also publicizes information about conferences and seminars related to
South Asia throughout the world. www.sasnet.lu.se/

• In addition, SASNET publishes a monthly on-line newsletter that circulates to more than 3,000 recipients worldwide. You may subscribe by sending an e-mail to sasnet@sasnet.lu.se

What is SASNET actually doing?

• Building a strong network linking Swedish, Nordic and South Asian students, teachers, researchers, and academic staff, by supporting research and educational collaboration programmes. The SASNET staff regularly visits universities in Sweden and all over South Asia in order to promote more such collaboration.

• Arranging South Asia related lectures and seminars at Lund university, in collaboration with other university departments, and also with NGOs, public organizations and embassies.

• Assisting students with all kinds of academic issues. related to South Asia. See our special Students Guide to SASNET.

• Organising major South Asia related conferences and symposia. In July 2004, SASNET convened the 18th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies in Lund. In 2006, SASNET arranged a high-profile workshop on “The Role of South Asia in the Internationalization of Higher Education in Sweden” in Stockholm. Since 2009, SASNET has organised interdisciplinary conferences for young Nordic scholars every summer in Falsterbo.

• Collaborating with the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) in Copenhagen, and other European networking groups such as the Nordic Centre in India (NCI) and the European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS) that sponsor courses and conferences about South Asia.

• Providing links with South Asian universities, research institutions, and non-governmental organizations. This includes collaboration on workshops and conferences. In March 2013, SASNET, NCI and the Indian Institute of Social and Economic Change (ISEC) hold a jointly organised workshop with 50 participants in Bangalore.

• Engaging in international mobility programmes. Since 2008, SASNET has been strongly involved in the EU-funded South Asia related Erasmus Mundus Action 2 mobility programmes that are coordinated by Lund University.

• Keeping a library at the Lund University office, with academic South Asia journals and a collection of 200 doctoral dissertations related to South Asia from the Nordic universities.

Current activities

• 20–22 May 2015, SASNET organised an international conference on ”South Asia in Transformation: World of Slums, Global Power Houses or Utopias? Migration, labour, and family changes in a dynamic region”. http://www.sasnet.lu.se/sasnetconference2015

• On behalf of the European Association of South Asian Studes (EASAS), SASNET hosted the Ninth European PhD workshop in South Asia Studies on 18–19 May 2015.    http://www.sasnet.lu.se/easas15

• SASNET launches the South Asia Media Project, prepared by Swedish journalist Andreas Mattsson and Indian colleague Hindol Sengpta. A network of Indian and Swedish journalists, as well as media researchers will be built up, and workshops held in Sweden and India.     http://www.sasnet.lu.se/mediaproject

• The South Asian Students Association (SASA), the student body of SASNET provides a platform for students in Lund – coming from both South Asia and other countries – to discuss, exchange and build partnerships relating to South Asian development. Activities include seminars, movie nights, and cultural celebrations.     http://www.sasnet.lu.se/sasapage