Winnie Bothe and Johan Westman participated in SASA/SASNET Bhutan seminar

The South Asian Student Association (SASA) organised its seventh informal Fika Without Borders South Asia event in collaboration with SASNET on Thursday 30 October 2014, 17–19. Venue: Basement floor at Lund University External Relations (ER) building, Stora Algatan 4, Lund. See poster.

winniefikaIn this Fika Without Borders Bhutan’s development model of ‘Gross National Happiness’ and the nation’s political order were explored with the help of Dr. Winnie Bothe from the Dept. of Political Science, Lund University. She provided insights in the Bhutanese development model by illustrating how local governance does not necessarily promote empowered citizens which Western donors imagine, rather the model may function as a channel for disciplining citizens to become bearers of an imagined civilizational culture.

In addition there was a cultural programme. A live Skype connection was established with Swedish ethnomusicologist Johan Westman, living permanently in Thimphu. He introduced a number of Bhutanese musicians who gave samples of their traditional folk music on various instruments and representing different parts of the country. Read more. 

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