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Fourth SASNET/SASA Fika without borders event focuses on Maldives

August 26, 2014 - 17:00-19:00

The South Asian Student Association at Lund University (SASA) – the student body of SASNET –  organises its fourth informal Fika Without Borders South Asia event in collaboration with SASNET . The theme country for this month’s event is Maldives.  

 Ushau Mohammed, Nils Finn Munch Petersen and Hawwa Lubna

Maldives consists of 1200 low lying coral islands and it is the smallest nation in South Asia with a population of approximately 350,000 people. It is also the sixth smallest country in the world in terms of land mass. Maldives is mostly known for its white beaches and azure waters, making it one of the most famous luxury tourist destinations in the world. In recent years, the Indian Ocean islands have also gained huge global attention for its efforts to fight against climate change and rising sea level. The international focus is also shifting towards the political instability, rising religious fundamentalism, human trafficking and gender issues in Maldives. 
The Maldivian fika will bring together local voices from Maldives, including Ushau Mohamed, a consultant at Commerce, Development and Environment (CDE) firm in Maldives. His talk will focus on the contermporary socio-economic challenges in Maldives, and share ideas on how foreign students, researchers and organisations can support the country’s development. 
Nils Finn Munch Petersen, a Danish anthropologist who researched in Maldives for several years will also join the fika. He will give a short presentation on the atoll island cultures, contrasting his field experiences in Maldives and other island societies. SASA’s Chairperson Hawwa Lubna, who is also from Maldives will give a short presentation at the fika on press freedom in Maldives, and her experience working as a reporter at Minivan News and other publications in Maldives. 

VenueLund University External Relations (ER) building, Stora Algatan 4, Lund (entrance from parking lot on the left side of the building)

South Asian Fika Project
SASA holds these events once a month, and each time the focus is one of the eight South Asian countries, that is the member states of SAARC. The first three Fika Without Borders South Asia events were successfully held on April 16th, with Nepal being the country in focus, May 21st with India in focus, and June 5th on Pakistan.
• More information about the Nepal event.  • More information about the India event• More information about the Pakistan event.
Another four Fika Without Borders events will appear during the fall 2014. – Tuesday 23 September 2014, 17-19Sri Lanka;  Friday 10 October 2014, 17-19Afghanistan; – Tuesday 28 October 2014, 17-19Bhutan; – Tuesday 18 November 2014, 17-19Bangladesh. The events always draw a mixed crowd of Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi, Nepalese and other international Lund University students and researchers, and each time a number of students and researchers from the country in focus are invited to share their knowledge and experience of their country in an informal way. The programme also includes cultural performances and food. All are welcome.


Fourth SASNET/SASA Fika without borders event focuses on Maldives


August 26, 2014