Successful Bangladesh Fika without borders event

The South Asian Student Association (SASA) organised its eighth informal Fika Without Borders South Asia event in collaboration with SASNET on Thursday 20 November 2014, 17–19. Venue: Basement floor at Lund University External Relations (ER) building, Stora Algatan 4, Lund. See the poster.

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The main speaker was Sanchari De, a PhD student from Jadavpour University in Kolkata but currently based at the Department of Communication and Media, Lund University. She spoke about the Bangladeshi protest/mass movement, Shahbagh, and the role of digital media and political mobilization in this movement that demands capital punishment for the war criminals of 1971.

One of the SASA Board members from Bangladesh, Rubhana Mussharat, then gave a personal account of experiences from being close to the Shahbagh movement, and explaining the historical and emotional reasons behind young people in Bangladesh demanding capital punishment. This issue caused intense discussion since several people in the audience questioned the use of death penalties.

In addition, S.M. Shahriar Shakil, Research Assistant at the Faculty of Engineering, Lund
University, spoke about interesting research collaboration in the field of Biotechnology between Sweden and Bangladesh. Mr. Shakil is also an excellent interpreter of traditional Baul music, and sang a number of songs by the legendary Lalon Fakir.

Finally, the winner in the SASA competition for a new logotype – PhD candidate Aravin Chakravarthi – was given his prize. It was handed over to him by SASNET deputy director Lars Eklund. This was the last SASA/SASNET Fika without borders event for 2014, but new Fikas are being planned for the coming year.

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