Asiatica Association

News for March 2009

Journal of South Asia Women Studies vol. 11, n. 1

by , 28 Mar 2009 | in jsaws | no comments yet

After a break due to technical reorganization, I am very happy to announce the new issue of the Journal of South Asia Women Studies, vol. 11, no. 1. In this issue:

Films on Asia: Human rights in Cambodia, Tibet, Myanmar, and Nepal

by , 24 Mar 2009 | in resources | no comments yet

The award winning films of Ellen Bruno focus on homelessness, Burmese prostitution, Tibetan nuns, health care in Cambodia, and other issues on the forefront of human rights.  

Samsara: Death and Rebirth in Cambodia documents the Cambodian's efforts to reconstruct a shattered society in a climate of war, bringing a humanistic perspective to a country in deep political turmoil.

Satya: A Prayer for the Enemy documents human rights abuses in Tibet, focusing on the non-violent activism of Tibetan Buddhist nuns in the struggle for basic human rights and religious freedom.

New Digital Library of Islamic Manuscripts Online at Princeton University

by , 19 Mar 2009 | in resources | no comments yet

Princeton University has placed a new digital library of 200 Islamic manuscripts online for scholars to consult and study. These manuscripts were selected from some 9,500 volumes of Islamic manuscripts in Arabic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and other languages of the Muslim world in the University Library’s Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.

The Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project in Bangladesh

by , 18 Mar 2009 | in education | no comments yet

The World Bank today approved a US$81 million interest-free (International Development Association) IDA credit to Bangladesh, designed to improve the quality and relevance of teaching and research in the country’s higher education institutions.

The project is named Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project and will support both innovation and accountability within universities. Gross primary school enrolment rate in Bangladesh is around 90%, and secondary school enrolment has more than doubled since independence. Gender parity has been achieved at both levels.

AJISS-Commentary no. 62

by , 13 Mar 2009 | in papers | no comments yet

It has just been published AJISS-Commentary no. 62, “The Financial Crisis: Address Structural Problems Immediately“, by Toyoo Gyohten.

The AJISS-Commentary seeks to inform world opinion of Japanese ideas on Japan and international affairs. It is an occasional op-ed type publication of The Association of Japanese Institutes of Strategic Studies (AJISS) consisting of three leading Japanese think tanks: Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS), The Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), and Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS).


Spoken Sanskrit and Nepali Intensive summer courses, Heidelberg

by , 10 Mar 2009 | in education | no comments yet

The Department of Classical Indology at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg, announces two courses, the Summer School in Spoken Sanskrit (August 3rd - 21st, 2009), and the Nepali Intensive Course (August 3rd - 28th, 2009).

For more info please ask Dr. Axel Michaels (Leiter der Abteilung),
[Zi.314] [Tel.+49 6221 - 54 89 17]


Tibet Album: British Photography in Central Tibet 1920 - 1950

by , 5 Mar 2009 | in human rights, resources | no comments yet

On March 10, 2009 Buddhists and Tibetans all over the world will celebrate the Tibetan uprising, when an anti-Chinese and anti-Communist revolt erupted in Lhasa. To commemorate the event we want to point out out the beautiful site British Photographers in Tibet: British Photography in Central Tibet 1920 - 1950. You will enjoy pitctures of a country, which is now partly China, partly dead.

The collections are preserved in the Pitt Rivers Museum (Oxford) and the British Museum (London). The exceptional photographers are Charles Bell (1870-1945), Frederick Spencer Chapman (1907-1971), Arthur Hopkinson (1894-1953), Rabden Lepcha, Evan Nepean (1909-2002), Hugh Richardson (1905-2000), Harry Staunton (1908-1945). You will also enjoy photographies taken in the expeditions, included in books, and Spencer Chapman’s film rolls.


US Missiles Hit Taliban Compound in Northwest Pakistan

by , 2 Mar 2009 | in news | no comments yet

The USA president Mr Barack Obama said that he would move 30,000 more soldiers to Afghanistan by this Summer.

Nevertheless, Pakistani intelligence officials say suspected US missiles have hit an alleged Taliban compound near the border with Afghanistan.

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