Monday, December 16, 2013

Call for abstracts - SASNET Interdisciplinary Research Workshop 2014 South Asia: Culture, Technology & Development 2014, in Sweden

Call for Abstracts

Swedish South Asia Studies Network (SASNET)

Interdisciplinary Research Workshop on South Asia: Culture, Technology, and Development 2014

Höllviken (close to Malmö), Sweden

June 13-15, 2014

Swedish South Asian Studies Network (SASNET) is now accepting research paper abstracts for presentation at the"Interdisciplinary Research Workshop on South Asia: Culture, Technology, and Development 2014". This workshop is organised by SASNET in collaboration with the Nordic Centre in India (NCI) and the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) at Copenhagen University. It will take place at the Falsterbo Conference Resort in Höllviken, south of Malmö, Sweden from 13 - 15 June 2014. 

The main objective of the workshop is to bridge the gap between Nordic researchers in various disciplines working on South Asia. We will discuss interdisciplinary research in terms of theoretical and methodological approaches, assumptions, ethical considerations, and practices. The workshop will consider interdisciplinary research that is already being done in the field of South Asian studies, and will give participants an opportunity to explore promising new areas for future research projects and publications. 

The workshop will feature inspirational talks from the following distinguished scholars:

*Professor Kirin Narayan received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1987 and was professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1989 onward, joining the the Australian National University in 2013. Narayan has done extensive fieldwork in South Asia focusing on oral traditions. She has published numerous books and articles on aspects of narrative, oral history and ethnography. 

*Associate Professor Dr Assa Doron received his Ph.D. in Anthropology and Sociology from La Trobe University, Melbourne, in 2005. Since 2007 he has been a researcher at the Australian National University, concentrating on development studies, health practitioners, religion, tourism, and urbanisation. He is currently involved in examining how mobile telecommunications are bringing about changes in politics, culture, and everyday life in India. 

*Professor Dhruv Raina received his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science at Gothenburg University. From 1991 to 2001 he worked at the National Institute of Science, Technology, and Development Studies, New Delhi. Currently he is Professor of the History of Science at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where his research concerns the cultural reception of modern science and knowledge systems in colonial India.  

Papers could address, but are not to be limited to the following workshop thematic sessions.

Session A: Methods, Fieldwork and Ethics in the South Asian context

Session B: Culture , Religion and Technology in South Asia

Session C: Theory, Practice and Development in South Asia

Scholars and young researchers who co-operate or want to co-operate with Nordic Universities and whose work focuses on South Asia are invited to apply. Only Ph.D. candidates and postdocs whose degrees were awarded after 30 June 2012 are eligible to apply as young researchers.  

Researchers and young scholars interested in presenting papers at any of the aforementioned sessions are requested to submit an abstract of individual papers (maximum 500 words) as an email attachment addressed to Ms. Hawwa Lubna, by email Deadline for submission is 31 January 2014.

A clear goal of the workshop discussions is to create strong academic cooperation on South Asia between different disciplines in the form of joint publications or new research projects. Therefore, participants are highly encouraged to also send us ideas for new research project in no more than 100 words. We are exploring the option of bringing out the previously unpublished papers presented at the workshop in a special publication.

For more information, please see the workshop website at

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