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Ashoka faculty and PhD Scholars to visit Linnaeus University (LU) in Sweden as visiting exchange scholars

At the start of the Monsoon semester, a visit by Eleonor Marcussen, the key person managing this collaboration from LU to Ashoka took place on September 5-6, 2022.

A collaboration between Linnaeus University (LU) in Sweden and Ashoka was started in 2019 with Prof. Mahesh Rangarajan visiting LU and collaborating with Gunnel Cederlöf, Prof. of History at LU.   

The team at LU had proposed a grant to support this collaboration which they received. Owing to Covid, work was stalled on its implementation. This relationship was renewed in 2021 and new interesting opportunities for 2 faculty and 2 PhD students to visit LU as visiting exchange scholars was developed. 

This collaboration is with the Department of Cultural Sciences, Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in LU, who will also host Ashoka faculty and scholars. As an interdisciplinary center, it brings together twenty Linnaeus University researchers, from graduate students to full professors, in eight disciplines: Archaeology, Comparative Literature, English Literature, French Literature, History, the Study of Religions, Social Work, and Sociology.

At the start of the Monsoon semester, a visit by Eleonor Marcussen, the key person managing this collaboration from LU to Ashoka took place on September 5-6, 2022. She met with Ashoka faculty including, Sanjukta Dutta, Aparna Vaidik, Pratyay Nath in History; Gil Harris, Madhavi Menon, Alex Phillips in English; Swargajyoti Gohain, Sayantani Mukherjee, Mahesh Rangarajan, Eloise Wright, Gaurav Garg and Kalyan Sekhar Chakraborty, amongst others. She also met the Dean of Faculty, Amita Baviskar and the GESP team. 

(Eleonor Marcusssen on Ashoka Campus and interacting with Faculty)

Eleonor Marcussen is a Researcher in History in the Department of Cultural Sciences and member of Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies (LNUCC). She holds a PhD in South Asian History from Heidelberg University in Germany where her doctoral research was conducted in the research group ‘Cultures of Disaster.’ During her visit she did a presentation on, ‘Acts of Aid: Politics of Relief and Reconstruction in the 1934 Bihar–Nepal Earthquake’ based on her forthcoming book. 

(Eleonor Marcusssen’s presentation at Ashoka Campus)

As part of this collaboration, two Ashoka PhD Scholars, Abhilasha Sawlani, English,

and Aritri Chakrabarti, History have been selected to visit LU for a 10-week semester abroad in Spring 2023. The grant funding will cover all expenses for their visit. During their research stay, PhD fellows will have a host supervisor, they courses, exchange ideas, attend seminars, and make a presentation on their research work. In response 2 students from LU will be coming to Ashoka in spring 2023. Two Ashoka faculty are also likely to visit Linnaeus University in Spring 2023. 

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