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Health Inequity and Democratic Deficit: Learning by India from India

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 13:15 to 14:30

Guest lecture by Dr. Manabi Majumdar, Fellow in Political Science at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. Abstract: Taking a socio-political rather than strictly biomedical view of health, this paper examines why for many people in India, keeping well and healthy, which is a central human capability, remains seriously compromised. It focuses on a host of social conditions that produce poor health as well as health inequity, and on the lack of adequate social and policy action to combat these social causes of ill health. India, however, is ‘differentially unequal' in terms of basic health parameters. Put differently, there are areas in the country in which health inequalities between social groups and economic classes are comparatively less acute than what obtains elsewhere. There is a lot India can learn about health from within India. This also implicitly suggests the critical importance of committed social and policy action in improving the reach of healthcare as well as reducing social disparities in health. Above all, the rather unenthusiastic public discussion and action regarding key health issues appears to be a symptom of the country's democratic deficit.
Venue: NIAS, Leifsgade 33, 3rd floor Organizers: ADI, NIAS, ToRS, Centre of Global South Asian Studies

Sino-Danish Renewable Energy Development Programme

NIAS LINC’s chief librarian Anja Møller Rasmussen has been asked to continue the consultancy work for the Sino-Danish Renewable Energy Development Programme, a Danida funded project aiming at creating a national centre for the development of renewable energy in China. The consultancy work include advice on setting up a Renewable Energy Information and Analysis Center with the aim of collection and disseminating Chinese and international information and data through a RE Portal. The project includes working with Social Media as a research dissemination tool and the use of Linked data systems. The contract is for a six month period.

The Third Nordic Conference on South Asian Studies for Young Scholars

The third Nordic Conference on South Asian Studies for Young Scholars was held 16–18 August 2011 at Falsterbo. The conference was organised by SASNET in collaboration NIAS. The conference became a great success, gathering graduate students and postdocs, along with other junior scholars affiliated with universities in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, who are focusing on South Asia in their work.

New Post-doc Introductory Stipends

 From October to December five new post docs have joined us at the institute. For the next two months they have gotten the opportunity to work on applications trying to fund their different post-doc proposals.

The five Stipends are:

Karl Jakob Krognes, Japonologist, Tors, University of Copenhagen
 Project title: Household-based registration and cultural similarity in Northeast Asia – Japan, Taiwan, and (South) Korea

Susanne Bregnbæk, Anthropologist, University of Copenhagen
 Project titl e: Jesus in Beijing: Mapping Young Chinese Christian’s Religious Lives

Angie Bexley, Anthropologist, The Australian National University
 Project title: Mapping Migrant Landscapes: East Timorese in Europe

Taru Salmenkari, University of Helsinki
 Project title: Vertical and horizontal civil society relations in East Asia – The role of NGOs in constituting civil society

Henri Myrrtinen, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
 Project title: Legacies of Colonialism, Occupation, Tradition and Popular Culture – Examining Hybrid Masculine Identities in Timor-Leste Gangs

New Guest Researcher at NIAS

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The next couple of months Dr habil. Peter J. Bräunlein, an anthropologist and religionist with a specialization on Southeast Asia from Institute for Cultural and Social Anthropology in Göttingen, will be staying at NIAS. Peter will be working on a project on 'Ghosts, spirits and moral orders in modern Southeast Asia', with regional focus on Vietnam, Singapore and Thailand.

Starting with April 2011 a new Southeast Asian research network has been established in Germany - DORISEA - The Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia. It is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research and includes Southeast-Asianist from Berlin, Hamburg, Muenster, Heidelberg and Goettingen. Around 10 research projects are focusing on 'The Dynamics of Religion'  on mainland and insular Southeast Asia. Accordingly, the research project on 'Spirits in and of modernity' is part of the DORISEA network.





New SUPRA Scholarship application deadline 14 June 2011

If you are working on a MA or PhD thesis during Autumn 2011 and need some inspiration, literature or simply just time to write on your thesis, then NIAS has something to offer: the Nordic Scholarship!

The Nordic Scholarship covers inexpensive travel to Copenhagen, two weeks board and accommodation plus a working place at NIAS! A perfect chance to concentrate on your thesis, have inspirational talks with our researchers or collect material in Northern Europe's most comprehensive Asian studies library.

More information about SUPRA students' experiences at NIAS and practical information as well as application form.

NB: SUPRA scholarships are primarily for students from NNC member institutions.

NEW Deadline for application: 14 June 2011

For more information, please contact Erik Svanström, SUPRA student Assistant