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

Foto: Sharada Prasad,

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 (PAM10 and PAM14), and on the 12th floor of Niels Treschows Hus (NT12) at Blindern, UiO. The full programme is given below. Please contact Ingvild B. Valen-Sendstad ( for further information



June 5th

10.30 to 11.45. (NT12) Coffee for early arrivals

11.45 to 12.30. (NT12) Lunch

12.30 to 12.35. (NT12) Welcome

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

12.35 to 14.00. (NT12) Key note: “Ancient Yoga in the Modern World”

Knut Jacobsen, University of Bergen

14.00 to 14.30. (NT12) Coffee

14.30 to 16.00. Paper presentations (two parallel sessions)

Session 1 (PAM10):

Sattwick Dey Biswas, TU Dortmund University: "Full compensation in land acquisition and plural values of land: The case of India”

Alin Kadfak, University of Gothenburg & Patrik Oskarsson, Swedish University of Agricultural Science: “The shifting sands of land governance in peri-urban Mangaluru, India: Fluctuating land as an ‘informality machine’ reinforcing rapid coastal transformations”

Patrik Oskarsson, Swedish University of Agricultural Science: Participatory environmentalism: Mobilising citizens for air pollution mitigation and improved environmental health in India”

Chair: Kenneth Bo Nielsen, University of Oslo

Session 2 (PAM 14):

Matt Husain, University of British Columbia (co-author David Geary): "Analytics of unregulated and politicized privatization in contemporary Bangladesh"

Dan Vesalainen Hirslund, University of Copenhagen: “Hierachies and solidarities of urban labor: subcontracting, informalisation and brokerage in Kathmandu”

Jørgen Dige Pedersen, Aarhus University: “INDIA – dreaming with the Brics?”

Chair: Andreas Johansson, University of Lund

16.00 to 16.30. (NT12) Coffee

16.30 to 18.00. (NT12) Roundtable: Fieldwork in a volatile region


Atreyee Sen, University of Copenhagen

Moumita Sen, University of Oslo

Vera Lazzaretti, University of Oslo

Matt Husain, University of British Columbia

Moderator: Kathinka Frøystad, University of Oslo

18.00. (NT12) Wine and snacks at the venue

19.30. (NT12) Dinner            


June 6th

09.00 to 09.45. (PAM10) Introduction to the Nordic Centre in India, Chakra, Sydasien, Asiapunkt, and Asia in Focus

Uwe Skoda, Aarhus University, Andreas Johansson, Lund University, Kjersti Litleskare, Asiapunkt & Kenneth Bo Nielsen, University of Oslo

09.45 to 10.00. Leg stretch

10.00 to 11.30. (PAM10) Paper presentations  

Soumi Banerjee, Lund University: “Beyond the crisis of Identity:(de)constructing ‘self’ and ‘other’ in the narratives of Partition of India”

Kristina Hodelin-ter Wal, Radboud University: “The intersection of Migration, Mobility and Missionary Education over the 19th and 20th centuries: The Ceylonese Tamils of Malaya, 1790-1930”

Arun Rasiah, Holy Names University: “Charting the Orient: Early Modernities from the Underside of South Asia.”

Chair: Dan Vesalainen Hirslund, University of Copenhagen

11.30 to 11.45. (PAM14) Coffee

11.45 to 13.00. (PAM10) 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 13.50. (PAM14) 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 June 1, 2019 1:03 PM - Last modified Mar. 5, 2020 10:09 AM