Sri Lanka in focus for this year’s fourth Fika Without Borders

nar_de_dodar_journalisterSASA organised its fourth and final for the spring semester 2015 Fika without borders seminar on Thursday 28 May 2015, 17–19, at the usual venue: the basement floor at Lund
University External Relations (ER) building, Stora Algatan 4, Lund. See poster.
The May 28th event was dedicated to Sri Lanka, and two interesting presentations were given. The first speaker was Swedish journalist Johan Mikaelsson, who recently published a book entitled ”När de dödar journalister” (When they kill journalists), on the long civil war in Sri Lanka ending in 2009.

In the book, he gives a background to the war, the dangerous reporting about the conflict, and obstacles for the media in Sri Lanka from his professional and research experiences. Point to be mentioned, Sri Lanka is ranked 165 of 180 countries in Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index, one of about ten black-marked countries in the world. On the other hand, Mikaelsson sees possibilities for improvement with the change of government in January 2015. More information about the book.

The second speaker was PhD candidate Andreas Johansson, affiliated to both Lund University and Linnaeus University in Växjö, doing research on Muslim and Buddhist political organizations in Sri Lanka. In particular he has studied the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and the Bodu Bala Sena. Andreas, who will soon defend his doctoral dissertation at the Dept. of History of Religion in Lund, is currently also working part-time for SASNET, being in charge of the recent EASAS May 2015 workshop in Höllviken.

Delicious Mullygatatwny Soup was also served. Fika Without Borders South Asia events is a project started by SASA, in collaboration with SASNET, in which SASA organises a fika once a month, each time focusing on one of the eight South Asian countries. The 2015 series started with a Nepal fika on 5th February, an India fika on March 19th, and a Pakistan fika on May 7th.

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