South Asia across the Nordic Region 2018

The South Asia across the Nordic Region (SANR) annual meeting 2018 will be held in Oslo on 5 and 6 June

The SANR annual meeting aims to facilitate greater collaboration across Nordic research institutions and universities. The need for such a meeting forum has been acutely felt by scholars, especially younger scholars in need of mentorship and support in the early career stage. The SANR annual meeting is also an important venue for building future frameworks of cooperation, for exploring potential research collaborations, and for presenting cutting edge research undertaken by Nordic scholars.

The meeting takes place over two days in seminar rooms 10 and 14 in PA Munchs Hus at Blindern, UiO. The full programme is given below. The details of the paper sessions will be updated on 1 June.



June 5th

10.30 to 11.45. Coffee for early arrivals

11.45 to 12.30. Lunch

12.30 to 12.35. Welcome

Kenneth Bo Nielsen, University of Oslo & Ravinder Kaur, University of Copenhagen

12.35 to 14.05. Key note: “Ancient Yoga in the Modern World”

           Knut Jacobsen, University of Bergen

14.05 to 14.45. Coffee

14.45 to 16.00. Paper session 1 - two parallel sessions

16.00 to 16.30. Coffee

16.30 to 18.00. Fieldwork in a volatile region


Atreyee Sen, University of Copenhagen

Moumita Sen, University of Oslo

Vera Lazzaretti, University of Oslo

Mavish Ahmad, Cambridge University

Matt Husain, University of British Columbia

Moderator: Kathinka Frøystad, University of Oslo

18.00. Wine and snacks at the venue

19.15. Dinner            

June 6th

09.00 to 09.20. Introduction to the Nordic Centre in India

           Uwe Skoda, Aarhus University

09.20 to 09.45. Introduction to Chakra, Sydasien, and Asia in Focus

Andreas Johanson, Lund University & Kenneth Bo Nielsen, University of Oslo

09.45 to 10.15. Coffee

10.15 to 11.30. Paper session 2 – two parallel sessions

11.30 to 11.45. Leg stretch

11.45 to 13.00. Panel debate: Acche din? Towards the 2019 Indian elections


Jørgen Dige Pedersen, Aarhus University

Ravinder Kaur, University of Copenhagen

Henrik Aspengren, Swedish Institute of International Affairs

Moderator: Arild Engelsen Ruud, University of Oslo

13.00 to 14.00. Working lunch and farewell

14.00. The official end of the SANR program


For those who plan to stay on, there are two additional South Asia related events taking place on campus, which may be of interest:

14.15 to 16.15. Book launch (in Norwegian):

Kristin Hansen: Women, Religion and the Body in South Asia: Living with Bengali Bauls, in the HumSam library, Georg Sverdrup’s house.

16.15. Ethnographic film screening:

A Kali temple inside out (pre-premiere) by Dipesh Kharel and Frode Storaas, based on the research of Kathinka Frøystad, in Auditorium 1, Georg Sverdrup’s house.


The event is funded by the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo, and supported by Asianettverket/The Norwegian Network for Asian Studies. Travel and accommodation costs are borne by participants while the host provides local hospitality. There is no conference fee.

Tags: South Asia, SANR
Published Nov. 7, 2017 12:37 PM - Last modified May 17, 2018 10:58 PM