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The aim of the Forum is to support and facilitate research on South Asia within the Humanities and Social Sciences at Uppsala University.

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Governance, Democracy and Development in India
24 May 2016, 15.15-16.30, Hall 2, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University (Gamla Torget 3, 1st Floor)

Lecture by Professor Amit Prakash, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and ICCR Chair Professor at Uppsala University

Amit Prakash is a Professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. During his time at Uppsala as ICCR Chair, Professor Prakash is affiliated to the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University.


Saxena to speak on Indo-Aryan in typological and areal perspective

Anju Saxena, Professor at Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University will deliver a key note speech with the title “Indo-Aryan in typological and area perspective” at the 32nd South Asian Languages Analysis Roundtable Conference (SALA-32) which will take place at the Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal, 27-29 April 2016. 


The English East India Company at the Height of Mughal Expansion

New book by Professor Margaret Hunt on "The English East India Company at the Height of Mughal Expansion - A Soldier's Diary of the 1689 Siege of Bombay, with Related Documents."


New ICCR Professor Amit Prakash arrives at Uppsala University

Professor Amit Prakash has just arrived at Uppsala University, taking up his position as ICCR visiting Professor. Prakash is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. During his time in Uppsala Professor Prakash is affiliated to the Department of Peace and Conflict Research and hosted by Professor Ashok Swain.


Sten Widmalm reflecting on his recent visit to India and Pakistan

Sten Widmalm, Professor at Department of Government, Uppsala University, just returned from a trip to Pakistan and India. In this pice for Svenska Dagbladet - SvD, Widmalm offers some reflections on the two countries democratic development and growing tensions between different groups. 

SvD artcile


Can ecological intervention enhance diplomatic success? Developing an empirical comparison of peace processes.

FSAS seminar with Professor Saleem H. Ali, Chair in Sustainable Resource Development, The University of Queensland, Australia was held Thursday, 12 November 2015, 10.15-12:00, Sal 2, Gamla torget 3, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University.


Swami Vivekananda and His Contested Legacy 
FSAS guest lecture by Joseph Prabhu, California State University, Los Angeles was held Wednesday, 18 November 2015, 16:15-17:45, Room 9-2029, Engelska Parken, Uppsala University.

Vivekananda is at once an important and contested figure both in India and the West. On the one hand, he is the proponent of "practical Vedanta" which introduced Hinduism to the Modern West and gave a practical and modern form to an ancient religion. On the other, he is seen by Hindu nationalists as a champion of a militant and sometimes chauvinistic Hinduism often intolerant of Islam. MY lecture will deal with this tension and its implications.


New publication from our researchers

Jakob Svensson has published the anthology Promoting Social Changes and Democracy through Information Technology together with Vikas Kumar at Asia Pacific Institute i New Delhi, India. The contributions discusses the uses of ICTs and their potential role(s) in democratic change in a range of different countries, from Egypt to Russia, Spain and the Philippines. Jakob Svensson, who himself contributes with a chapter on mobile phones in so-called developing countries together with Caroline Wamala Larsson (Karlstad University), is associate professor in Media and Communication Studies at the Department of Informatics and Media at Uppsala University.



Poster Women: posters from the women’s movement in India


On Friday, 25 April 2014 the Forum for South Asia Studies is opening a poster exhibition won the women's movement in India. At 14:15 Alessandra Consolaro will introduce to the exhibition with a short lecture at Blåsenhus, Gunnar Johanssonsalen (BH/14:K1209). The exhibition will move by 6 May to Engelska Parken, Entréplanen hus 16 for two more weeks.

The display of the posters started Friday, 25 April at Blåsenhus Campus, Uppsala University. Professor Alessandra Consolaro (University of Turin, Italy) introduced to the exhibition with a short lecture.

Consolaro's lecture was entitled 'Constructing identity on women’s body: Writing the Nation and globalisation on women’s bodies in India.' All over the world the construction of tribal, feudal, class, ideological, ethnic, religious, and national identities have been constructed on women’s bodies.  Prof Consolaro introduced the process of 'gendering the nation' as it appeared in the Indian media scape at the turn of the century, focusing on popular culture, particularly cinema, TV and beauty pageant contests.

After the lecture and a brief discussion, Professor Alessandra Consolaro, Professor Heinz-Werner Wessler, Professor Christiane Schaefer (both Uppsala University ) and Dr. Gurdeep Kaur (Associate Professor, Delhi University) inaugurated the exhibition.

About the exhibition:

In 2006 Zubaan – an NGO working on women’s issues in Delhi (India) - began a fascinating project: Poster Women, a visual mapping of the women’s movement in India through the posters the movement had produced. The idea was to ask what the history of the movement would look like through its posters and the visual images it had used, the various campaigns that the movement has engaged with and the forms these campaigns have taken over a period of time. Zubaan is convinced that it is important to collect and document posters from the movement because the women’s movement has been—and remains—an extremely rich, complex and multi-layered movement, which lacks an easily accessible knowledge base.

The exhibition is brought to Uppsala University by the Forum for South Asia Studies in collaboration with Zubaan in cooperation with Kulturum Uppsala.

Photos of the event courtesy of Dr. Gurdeep Kaur.

Recent Publications on South Asia