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SASNET 2015 Conference on Urbanisation and the Challenge of Social Sustainability in South Asia
May 20, 2015 - 00:00-May 22, 2015 - 00:00
Swedish South Asian Studies Network (SASNET) at Lund University invites South Asia researchers to a three-day conference entitled ”South Asia in Transformation: Urbanisation and the Challenge of Social Sustainability: Migration, Labour and Family Changes in a Dynamic Region”, to be held 20–22 May 2015. The conference aim is to explore the impact of the on-going structural transformation of South Asia in which large sections of the populations are gradually moving from the agricultural sector into other sectors of the economy and/or geographical areas, mainly urban areas. These change processes include urbanization, the growth of a new middle class, and increasing national and transnational migration. The conference is funded by the Crafoord Foundation, and the Swedish Research Council.
The purpose of the conference is to explore the social consequences of the transformation of South Asia’s societies (and by implication, the world). Structural transformations produce new opportunities and risks as job opportunities and wealth are created and redistributed unevenly. This may lead to the marginalization of some groups as well as social conflicts. The aim of this conference is also to map the social impact of South Asia’s structural transformation so far, with specific reference to changes in employment structures migration patterns and in the composition of the care economy of families and households. Each of these aspects is often studied in isolation despite the fact that they are deeply interrelated. This conference explores interrelated social and economic aspects of sustainability simultaneously. Moreover, the conference focuses on a process whose outcomes will be felt across the world, given the sheer population size of South Asia. For global sustainability purposes, it is crucial to map the current state of affairs and explore different development possibilities and scenarios for this world region.
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