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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.

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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. 

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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."

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Faculty of Arts

Name Elke Rogersdotter
Email elke.rogersdotter@arkeologi.uu.se
Department Department of Archaeology and Ancient History
Position Post Doc
Faculty History and Philosophy
Short bio I am a researcher in archaeology mainly focusing on India and Pakistan. One of my two current research projects centers on the late medieval city of Vijayanagara in Karnataka, South India, where I study traces of ancient play and gaming from social- and urban theoretical points of view. My other project concerns interpretations and display of game-related artefacts from the Bronze Age Indus Valley. The projects continue the themes of my previous, PhD- and licentiate works, which were based on game-related finds from the Indus Valley settlement of Mohenjo-daro in Sindh, Pakistan, and material remains of children’s play found in the Harappan settlement at Bagasra in Gujarat, India, respectively. Main theoretical perspectives are borrowed from play- and game theory, social theory, and philosophy of science.
Key words South Asian archaeology, Harappan studies, Vijayanagara empire, ancient play and gaming, urban archaeology
Country focus India, Pakistan
Name Gunnel Cederlöf
Email gunnel.cederlof@hist.uu.se
Department Department of Archaeology and Ancient History
Position Professor i historia och forskare
Faculty History and Philosophy
Short bio Over the years, Cederlöf’s research has focused on relationships between natural conditions, political power, social change, and legal rights. It has particularly targeted the situation of the most vulnerable sections of society during social transformations – dalits (earlier untouchable casts) and adivasis (“tribal” people). A larger study on South India was published as Landscapes and the Law: Environmental Politics, Regional Histories, and Contests over Nature (2008).

Her present research investigates governance, subject and citizen rights, and the formation of new polities at the time when the British Empire took shape in Asia, in a region that was particularly exposed to challenging climatic conditions. More specifically it enquires into the role of commerce, law and property, and the enabling and constraining conditions of the ecology, the monsoon, and natural disasters. The study Founding an Empire on India’s North-eastern Frontiers, 1790-1840 (2014) combines climate history and legal history in order to clarify how British rule formed to control the large region where the southwestern part of the Silk Road network linked India to China, which is via east Bengal, today’s northeast India, Burma and Yunnan.

Cederlöf heads the research project Boundaries, Polities and the Making of a Citizen: The Establishment of Colonial Rule in Northern East Bengal, funded by the Swedish Research Council.
Key words environmental history, legal history, modern history, Bengal and Northeast India
Country focus India
Name Neil Price
Email neil.price@arkeologi.uu.se
Department Department of Archaeology and Ancient History
Position Professor
Faculty History and Philosophy
Short bio Within the discipline of Historical Archaeology I'm working on projects concerning the global commodities exchange of the early modern period. In particular I am investigating the opium trade, examining its more obscure byways and collateral effects. A second subject of interest is the historical archaeology of piracy, seen in a global perspective. Although I am not researching any South Asian countries directly, the above projects are both intensely concerned with the Indian Ocean world in general, and by extension the societies at its core.
Key words
Country focus Indian Ocean
Name Paul Lane
Email paul.lane@arkeologi.uu.se
Department Department of Archaeology and Ancient History
Position Professor of Global Archaeology
Faculty History and Philosophy
Short bio My current research explores the archaeology and history of ivory, enslavement and cloth in eastern Africa and links with merchants, mercenaries and other actors from the Indian sub-continent. The focus is mostly on these diaspora communities in eastern Africa, but I plan to extend research to the Indian sub-continent in the future.

Our department has also recently established academic links with colleagues on the Maldives, with a particular focus on the architectural and social history of mosque construction there. This ties in with my own research on the maritime archaeology of the western Indian Ocean.
Key words
Country focus India, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Name Paul Sinclair
Email Paul.Sinclair@arkeologi.uu.se
Department Department of Archaeology and Ancient History
Position Professor
Faculty History and Philosophy
Short bio I am currently involved in a study of cut coral mosques in the Maldives and comparisons with other parts of the Indian Ocean
Key words
Country focus Maldives
Name Christer Gustafsson
Email christer.gustafsson@konstvet.uu.se
Department Department of Art History
Position professor
Faculty History and Philosophy
Short bio Promote innovative finance, investment, governance and business models to enable Cultural Heritage to be a successful production factor.
 
Promote the innovative use of cultural heritage to encourage integration, inclusiveness, cohesion, and participation.
 
Promote innovative and sustainable [re-]use for Cultural Heritage to enable it to continue as a production factor
Key words cultural heritage management, integrated conservation, creative industries, sustainable development
Country focus India, Sri Lanka
Name Maria Brunskog
Email maria.brunskog@konstvet.uu.se
Department Department of Art History
Position lektor
Faculty History and Philosophy
Short bio Material study on the so called namban lacquerworks in Sweden with focus on their components, manufacture, and historical contexts. The European East Asian trade in historical time has been described from various perspectives, and in great detail. Only recently japanning and namban have been investigated with scientific means. Japanese scholars only recently payed attention to namban still existent in Sweden, since such manufacture in general is rather unknown, as well as technically different from other urushi lacquerwares once made for the home market.
Key words namban, urushi, material, trade
Country focus Japan Kina Korea Thailand Burma
Name Henrik Chetan Aspengren
Email henrik.c.aspengren@hist.uu.se
Department Department of History
Position Researcher
Faculty History and Philosophy
Short bio 1. The history of social science in colonial India, 1820-1880
2. Indian revolutionaries abroad, 1900-1930
3. Politics in contemporary Pakistan
Key words
Country focus India, Pakistan, South Asia (regional)
Name Margaret R. Hunt
Email margaret.hunt@hist.uu.se
Department Department of History
Position Professor
Faculty History and Philosophy
Short bio I work on the English East India Company in the 17th century.  I just completed a book of primary sources on 17th-century Bombay.  I am also currently directing (in place of Gunnel Cederlöf) the Uppsala U./Calcutta U. exchange program through the Linneaus-Palme program.
Key words English East India Company, India Ocean Trade, Early Bombay
Country focus India, South Asia (regional)
Name Hjalmar Fors
Email hjalmar.fors@idehist.uu.se
Department Department of History of Science and Ideas
Position Researcher
Faculty History and Philosophy
Short bio Our research group investigates the global trade networks, substances and practices of the early modern European pharmacy. The aim is to recover and recreate the largely lost world of the pharmacy and pharmaceutical knowledge that existed before the arrival of ready-made medicines: the cultural importance of medicines, trade- and production systems, and the practical knowledge held by apothecaries and traders. Our aims are, first, to integrate the history of pharmacy with recent research in the field of global history. Second, to reconstruct lost pharmaceutical skills concerning trade, handling and composition of medicines in the early modern period. Third, to reinterpret the meaning of exotic substances in the material culture of the pharmacy, and in early modern medical practice.
Key words spices, medicines, history of pharmacy, global history, history of science, history of medicine
Country focus India, Sri Lanka, South East Asia
Name Gerald Roche
Email gerald.roche@ymail.com
Department Hugo Valentin Centre
Position Postdoctoral research fellow
Faculty History and Philosophy
Short bio Vitality of Tibet's minority languages.
Key words Tibet, linguistic diversity,
Country focus China
 

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