DEVHAS (2006-2008) - Asia-Link Project of the Research Centre Vergelijkende Cultuurwetenschap
Title of the project: Development of Human Resources and Strategies for Education on the Stereotypical Images and Cultural Differences Between Europe and South Asia.
Background: Stereotypes create a variety of problems in the interactions between Europe and South Asia, in the business world, media coverage, international political relations, and development cooperation. Europe is often seen as a static, protectionist and even racist culture; while South Asia is seen as a deeply religious region where poverty, religious strife and caste discrimination prevail.
The overall project objectives of DEVHAS are to improve public awareness, to promote innovative social-scientific research, and to build a network of European and South Asian higher education institutions, all related to the stereotypes and cultural differences between Europe and South Asia.
Its specific objective is: to increase human resources and to improve strategies for education on the stereotypical images and cultural differences between Europe and South Asia.
Research Centre Vergelijkende Cultuurwetenschap, Centre for the Study of Local Cultures (CSLC), Kuvempu University (Karnataka)
VLIR - Asia Link Program, European Commission
Workshop / Seminar / Training | Visit to Europe | Visit to India | Project | Outreach programme | Meeting / Roundtable | Lecture / Presentation / Debate | Conference / Congres / Symposium | Collaborations of UGent Faculty | Building the Academy of Social Sciences and Humanities (ĀSHA) (Social Sciences | Political Sciences | Comparative Science of Cultures)
Ms. Nele De Gersem
phone: +32 9 264 93 70
Thu, June 1st 2006
Flyer of DEVHAS
Overview of meetings with representatives of Secondary groups, held between June 2006 and June 2007
Mon, July 31st 2006
From 31st of July till 20th of August 2006 a 3 week intensive programme with workshops, seminars and other activities. Full program: see pdf.
room: Research Centre Vergelijkende Cultuurwetenschap
Tue, October 24th 2006
Mr. Karel De Gucht, minister of foreign affairs
Mr. Dipak Chatterjee, Ambassador of India
Prof. Dr. S.N. Balagangadhara
Dr. Ajit Shetty, Managing Director of Janssens Pharmaceutica
Sun, January 14th 2007
From 14th till 23th of January 2007
Full programme see pdf
University of Amsterdam
Mon, January 22nd 2007
India: Challenge or Opportunity?
The experience from politics, business, NGO's and media.
University of Amsterdam
Thu, October 18th 2007
From 18 Oct till 8 November 2007
Tue, October 30th 2007
Mon, January 28th 2008
Wed, May 7th 2008
Stereotypes create a variety of problems in the interactions between Europe and South Asia, in the business world, media coverage, international political relations, and development cooperation. Europe is often seen as a static, protectionist and even racist culture; while South Asia is seen as a deeply religious region where poverty, religious strife and caste discrimination prevail. What are stereotypes, where do they come from, and why do they persist? What makes stereotypes different from other statements? Can we fight them? If not, can we change the stereotypes and make use of them in a positive way? 'Europe and South Asia - Going beyond the Stereotypes' will explore these questions against the background of the EC Asia-Link project DEVHAS (2006-2008).