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Seminar Series

Seminar Series

The seminar activity of the Centre is integral to its teaching programmes. The ‘Wednesday Seminars’ are normally held at 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday mornings, when classes are not in session. These seminars provide a platform for debate and discussion and a lively exchange of ideas over contemporary issues, wherein the students of the Centre have the opportunity to interact with scholars and practitioners from all parts of India and abroad. Since the regularization of the Wednesday seminar series in 2004, the Centre has hosted academicians from Indian and foreign universities as well as researchers and practitioners from across the world. The seminar series also presents a forum for presentations by the faculty and research scholars of the Centre, who share their research and benefit from the collective inputs of a wider audience. Some of the recent seminars held are listed below:


Winter Semester 2019

Seminar Convenors: Moushumi Basu, Archna Negi, Tejal Khanna, Raajorshi Narayan Chowdhury, Banshanlang Marwein

  • 29.05.2019Explaining Jointness in Military Affairs: A Case Study of the Indian Military, Ladhu Ram Choudhary (Doctoral Candidate in Diplomacy and Disarmament, CIPOD) and Alternative Narratives in International Relations: A Select Study of Marginalised Communities in India, Abhishek Choudhary (Doctoral Candidate in Diplomacy and Disarmament, CIPOD).


  • 15.05.2019Nuclear Coercion in the Post-Cold War World: Case Studies of Russia-United States and India-Pakistan Dyads, Silky Kaur (Doctoral Candidate in Diplomacy and Disarmament, CIPOD) and Counter Terrorism Laws in India: A Study of Domestic and International Factors, Chandraveer Singh Bhati (Doctoral Candidate in Diplomacy and Disarmament, CIPOD).


  • 08.05.2019Map-Making and Sovereignty: A Critical Cartographic Study of China’s Territorial Claims, Nidhi (Doctoral Candidate in Political Geography, CIPOD) and Examining Vallabhbhai Patel’s Approach to India’s Foreign Policy (1947–1950), Pavan Kumar (Doctoral Candidate in International Politics, CIPOD).


  • 01.05.2019Assessing the Impact of Crises and International Norms on Nuclear CBMs: A Study of Nuclear Dyads Tanvi Kulkarni (Doctoral Candidate in Diplomacy and Disarmament, CIPOD) and India’s Strategic Culture: A Study of Indian Thinking on China, 1998-2014, Gaurav Saini (Doctoral Candidate in Diplomacy and Disarmament, CIPOD).


  • 24.04.2019United Nations and Climate Change: Role of Principal Organs, 1992-2015, Swati Saini (Doctoral Candidate in International Organization, CIPOD) and Partnership of the United Nations, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the African Union in the Libyan Conflict, Rubina Pradhan (Doctoral Candidate in International Organization, CIPOD).


  • 10.04.2019The Need to Move Beyond Theoretical Straitjackets in IR in Understanding Indian Foreign Policy, Nabarun Roy (Department of International Relations, South Asian University, New Delhi).


  • 03.04.2019Geopolitics and Geo-economics of Port Cities: Case Studies of Kolkata and Singapore, Nikkey Keshri (Doctoral Candidate in Political Geography, CIPOD) and International Non-Governmental Organisations and Humanitarian Assistance in Conflict Zones: Case Studies of Food and Health Aid in South Sudan and Yemen, Vikash Giri (Doctoral Candidate in International Organization, CIPOD).


  • 27.03.2019Climate Change, Critical Ecosystem Modeling, and Management of Transboundary Ecosystems: A Case Study of Sundarbans, Malay Kumar Pramanik (Doctoral Candidate in Political Geography, CIPOD) and Popular Geopolitics and the Discourse on India-Pakistan Border: A Study of Selected Texts, Shubhi Mishra (Doctoral Candidate in Political Geography, CIPOD).


  • 22.03.2019Frontiers of Current Research in International Relations: Prospects and Challenges, Students and Faculty (Committee on International Relations, University of Chicago, USA) and Students and Faculty (CIPOD, School of International Studies, JNU).


  • 13.03.2019Contemporary Concerns at the World Trade Organization(Panel Discussion), Future of the World Trade Organization, V.G. Hegde (Professor, Centre for International Legal Studies, SIS, JNU); Modernizing the WTO to Meet with 21st Century Challenges, James Nedumpara (Director, Centre for International Trade and Investment Law, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade); The World Trade Organization and Sustainability Standards, Archna Negi (Associate Professor, Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, SIS, JNU).


  • 06.03.2019Patriarchy in Everyday Life (Workshop in Celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March), Moushumi Basu (Associate Professor, CIPOD, SIS, JNU).


  • 27.02.2019The Global Climate Regime: From Kyoto to Paris and Beyond, Vijeta Rattani (Former Programme Manager, Climate Change Team, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi).


  • 20.02.2019Continuity, Change and Challenges for India’s Neighbourhood Policy, Constantino Xavier (Research Fellow, Brookings, India, New Delhi).


  • 13.02.2019Is there an Indian Way of Multilateralism?, Rajeesh Kumar (Associate Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi).


  • 06.02.2019Line on Fire: Ceasefire Violations and India-Pakistan Escalation Dynamics (Book Launch & Discussion), Ajay Patnaik (Dean, SIS, JNU), Yeshi Choedon (Chairperson, CIPOD), Happymon Jacob (Associate Professor, CIPOD & Author), Chirag Thakkar (OUP, India). Discussants: Ambassador T.C.A. Raghavan (Discussant) & Lieutenant General (Retd.) Syed Ata Hasnain.


  • 25.01.2019 – The Global South and Informal Practices: Ambivalent Responses to Hub and Parallel SummitsAndrew Cooper (Professor, Balsillie School of International Affairs and Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo, Canada)


  • 23.01.2019 – Politics of Nationalism and Postcoloniality in China and India, Dibyesh Anand (Head, School of Social Sciences, University of Westminster, London, UK).


  • 16.01.2019Global Compact on Migration: Emerging Narratives, Surabhi Singh (Research Fellow, Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi).


  • 09.01.2019Active Promotion or Passive Acceptance?: The International Whaling Commission and the Anti-whaling Norm, Sahil Mathur (Doctoral Candidate, School of International Service, American University, Washington D.C., USA).


  • 07.01.2019India’s Counterforce Temptations, Vipin Narang (Associate Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology).


Monsoon Semester 2018

Seminar Convenors: Moushumi Basu, Archna Negi, Tejal Khanna, Raajorshi Narayan Chowdhury


  • 28.11.2018The Politics of Islamophobia: A Comparative Study of India and the United States of America, 1998-2016, Soma Patnaik (Doctoral Candidate, INP, CIPOD, SIS) and Role of Political Elites in Foreign Policy Transformation: A Case Study of Afghanistan from 1996-2014, Shareef Hozoori (Doctoral Candidate, DAD, CIPOD, SIS).


  • 14.11.2018Integrating Field Work in IR Research, Tishya Kihillare, Linamee Das, Happymon Jacob, Moushumi Basu (Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, JNU).


  • 31.10.2018Evolution of Multilateralism [Conference in collaboration with Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS)], Bhupendra Kumar, Devika Misra, Anamika Asthana, Siddharth Raimedhi, Gaurav Saini (CIPOD Research Scholars).


  • 24.10.2018Political Speech, Sedition Laws and Modern Democracies, Anushka Singh (Assistant Professor, School of Law, Governance and Citizenship, Ambedkar University, Delhi).


  • 10.10.2018Non-proliferation and Sanctions: A Comparative Study of Evolving Indian and Chinese Discourses, Rishika Chauhan (Doctoral Candidate, DAD, CIPOD, SIS).


  • 03.10.2018An Introduction to Contemporary Islamic Thought, A.K. Ramakrishnan (Professor, Centre for West Asian Studies, SIS, JNU).


  • 26.09.2018Evolution of R2P since the World Summit, C.S.R. Murthy (Professor, Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, SIS, JNU).


  • 19.09.2018Garments and Maoists in Nepal: The Ethnic Politics of Class Movement Confronting Market Failure and National Transition, Mallika Shakya (Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, South Asian University).


  • 12.09.2018Globalization and the Politics of Photographic Representation: Essentializing the Moments of Agony, Debangana Chatterjee (Doctoral Candidate, INP, CIPOD, SIS) and India’s Stand on the Responsibility to Protect: The UN Security Council and the Libya Case, Heena Makhija (Doctoral Candidate, IO, CIPOD, SIS).


  • 05.09.2018The Journey of Academic Research: Essential Toolkit (Plagiarism, Publishing, Field Work, Archival Research, Cartography),  Rajesh Rajagopalan, Happymon Jacob, Moushumi Basu, Krishnendra Meena, Sanchi Rai, Khushi Rathore (Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, JNU).


  • 29.08.2018UK Caste Legislation: Why Did the Government Drop It?, Jasdev Singh Rai (Founder and Honorary Director, Sikh Human Rights Group).


  • 28.08.2018Globalization and Contestation in Asian Cities: A Comparative Study of the Political Geography of Delhi, Jakarta and Manila, Rajasree Banerjee (Doctoral Candidate, POG, CIPOD, SIS).


A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.