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Professor Rahul Mukherji at GIGA Institute, Hamburg
Professor Rahul Mukherji presented on Ideas, Tipping Point and State Capacity in the context of welfare politics in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal at GIGA - German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg on 9th July.
Talk on 'Can Clientelism be democratized? A view from the Shops of Power in India' by Sarthak Bagchi, Leiden University on the 23rd July (Monday) at 16:00 in SAI R317.
Congratulations to Bernhard Beitelmair-Berini.
Congratulations to Bernhard Beitelmair-Berini for successfully defending his doctoral dissertation! The viva voce on his work titled "Delineating India’s Strategic Pluralism: The Subculture-Cleavage Model of Grand Strategic Thought”, was marked by his committee of Professor Subrata K. Mitra, Professor Yale H. Ferguson and Professor Rahul Mukherji with magna cum laude.
Professor Sumit Ganguly at DAI, Heidelberg.
Prof. Sumit Ganguly's talk on 'India: The Foreign Policy of a Global Player' on Tuesday, July 3, in the German-American Institute (DAI), Heidelberg.
Professor Sumit Ganguly at the Annual Meeting of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Berlin.
Prof. Sumit Ganguly, a recipient of the Humboldt Research Award, at the Conferment of Awards during the Annual Meeting of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Berlin on 28th June.
The sixth annual Monash Business and Sustainability network workshop on sustainable development was held at Monash University, Prato Centre from the 25th-26th of June 2018. The workshop was attended by Professor Rahul Mukherji, Dr Himanshu Jha, Dr Seyed Zarhani and Tanvi Deshpande. The co-authored paper titled "Puzzling, Powering, and the Tipping Point: State Capacity in India" was presented by Professor Rahul Mukherji. Dr Himanshu Jha presented his paper on "State Processes, Ideas and Institutional Change: the Case of Right to Information Act in India". The program of the workshop is available here.
Two recent publications by Sumit Ganguly, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Indiana University Bloomington and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow for 2018-2019 at the University of Heidelberg.
1. (with Jayita Sarkar) 'India and the NPT After 50 Years: A look back at India’s decision to reject the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in 1968'. The Diplomat. June 22. Available here.
2. 'A meeting of minds?' India Today. June 15. Available here.
Visit of Global India fellows from the University of Warsaw, Poland
The Global India fellows from the University of Warsaw, Tomasz Lukaszuk and Akshay Sharma, visited the South Asia Institute at Heidelberg University from the 18th till the 21st June 2018. During their visit, they consulted their ideas with Professor Rahul Mukherji, interacted with members of our department, and presented their ongoing work.
On Wednesday, 20th June, a roundtable discussion chaired by Professor Sumit Ganguly and Professor Rahul Mukherji invited our guests to discuss their projects in short presentation followed by question round. Professor Marian Edward Halizak, Professor Jakub Zajaczkowski and Dr Lukasz Golota from the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw, respectively, talked about Revival of Economic Nationalism, India’s Role in the Maritime Governance and The Comparison of Poland and South Korea with respect to the Economic Development. These engaging discussions were concluded with the dinner.
Talk on 'The Evolution of Indian Defence Policies' by Professor Sumit Ganguly, Indiana University, Bloomington, on 15th June (Friday) at SAI Heinrich Zimmer Hall. See the details here.
Professor Rahul Mukherji and Ms. Tanvi Deshpande at the Second China-India Workshop on Development and Governance
Professor Rahul Mukherji and Ms. Tanvi Deshpande attended the second China- India workshop on Development and Governance on June, 8 2018. It was organised by the Seeker Chan Centre for Comparative Political Development Studies and Fudan University's School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA). Professor Rahul Mukherji was the co-chair of the workshop along with Professor Yijia Jing of Fudan University and Professor Anil Deolalikar of the University of California, Riverside. During the event, Professor Mukherji presented a paper on the Rise and Fall of Welfare Politics in West Bengal, co-authored with Dr. Himanshu Jha. Ms. Tanvi Deshpande, a Marie-Curie fellow funded by Global India presented her paper titled, "Institutional change: India's Nation Action Plan on Climate Change?". The workshop presented an opportunity to engage scholars from the US, India and China who are deeply interested in comparative work on India and China.
Talk on 'Refugee and Migrant Labour as a Crucial Population Question of Our Time' by Dr Ranabir Samaddar, Calcutta Research Group, Calcutta on 11th June (Monday) at SAI Room 317. See details here.
A warm welcome to our visiting scholar Professor Sumit Ganguly
Prof. Ganguly is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science, and holds the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations, at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (elected 2017), and a recipient of the Humboldt Research Award (2017), to be hosted by the Department of Politics, SAI, Heidelberg University. He is a specialist on the contemporary politics of South Asia, Professor Ganguly’s research spans security, ethnic conflict, democratization, foreign policy, and international politics of that region. He is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of over 20 books on the region. His most recent books include The Oxford Handbook of India’s National Security (Oxford University Press, 2015, coedited with Nicolas Blarel and Manjeet S. Pardesi); Deadly Impasse: Indo-Pakistani Relations at the Dawn of a New Century (Cambridge University Press, 2016); and, with William R. Thompson, Ascending India and Its State Capacity (Yale University Press, 2017).
Dr. Himanshu Jha’s recent publication
Dr. Himanshu Jha published an article entitled "State Processes, Ideas, and Institutional Change: The Case of the Right to Information Act in India" in the latest issue of the Pacific Affairs (Volume 91, No.2, June 2018). Using historical evidence, this article presents an alternative to the dominant narrative about the evolution of the Right to Information Act in India. Dr. Jha demonstrates that ideas on openness emerged as part of the opposition politics within the state after independence in 1947, gradually and incrementally became part of mainstream politics, and eventually led to the RTIA. The article can be accessed here.
Prof. Subrata K. Mitra’s recent publication
‘Bhutan and Sino-Indian Rivalry: the Price of Proximity.’ Asian Survey 58(2): 240-260. The article points to how the military standoff between Chinese and Indian troops in the disputed territory of Doklam brought forward the foreign policy dilemmas of Bhutan and its search for an optimal strategy toward its two neighbouring big powers. This paper discusses Bhutan’s attempts to balance its overwhelming dependence on India with the necessity of normal diplomatic relations with China. The article can be access here.
A warm welcome to the DAAD Visiting Doctoral Scholar Ms. Debora Pelisson
Debora Ramires Pelisson is a DAAD Visiting Doctoral Scholar and will join our department from April 2018 to March 2019. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil, and, currently, Debora is in the third year of PhD at the same University. She is also a member of the Center of Research and Studies of Politics and International Economy (USP). Her research interests are the international political economy, monetary cooperation and integration and international financial institutions. At the Heidelberg University, she will develop her PhD research under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Rahul Mukherji.
Talk on 'Integration and Anxiety in Modi’s India' by Professor Subrata K Mitra, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University on 4th June (Monday) at SAI Room 317. See details here.
Talk on 'India’s Internal Security Culture: The insurgencies in Punjab and Andhra Pradesh and the ‘right mix’ of coercive and remedial policies' by Dr. Michael Liebig, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University on 28th May (Monday) at SAI Room 317. See details here.
Talk on 'Business and Politics in India: the Tamil Nadu Puzzle' by Professor John Harriss, Simon Fraser University on 14th May (Monday) at SAI Room 317. See details here.
The second workshop of the Global India Network, April 23-24, 2018 at the Indian Institute, King’s College London
Professor Rahul Mukherji, Mr Jai Prasad, and Ms Tanvi Deshpande attended Global India Network at the Indian Institute, King’s College London in April. The participants discussed EU-India relations after Brexit as well as the impact of ‘Multi-Level Governance in India’ on both domestic and external policy-making.
A warm welcome to our visiting scholar Professor K.C. Suri
Professor Suri joins our department as the DAAD guest Professor in summer semester 2018 and winter semester 2018-19. He will teach courses on Political Parties in India, Comparative Politics and Indian Political Process (together with Professor Mukherji) as well as Elections and Voting Behaviour in India. Previously, he was awarded Baden Württemberg Fellowship of the Federal State of Baden Württemberg and visited us in winter semester 2016-17. Professor Suri teaches at the Department of Political Science at the University of Hyderabad. His recent publications include Political Parties in South Asia: The Challenge of Change (International IDEA, Stockholm, 2007), Indian Democracy, ICSSR Research Surveys and Explorations: Political Science: Volume 2 (Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2013), and Party Competition in Indian States: Electoral Politics in Post-Congress Polity (Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2014). He has published many book chapters and papers in national and international journals on different themes pertaining to politics and policies in India. He was a visiting scholar at Uppsala University, Sweden, and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Presently he is the Managing Editor of Studies in Indian Politics, a bi-annual Political Science journal published in India by the Sage.
Professor Mukherji's lectures at Oxford and School of Oriental and African Studies in London
Professor Rahul Mukherji delivered two lectures - one at Oxford (April 25, 2018) and another at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London (April 26, 2018). These presentations were preceded by ones at the University of Pennsylvania (April 9, 2018) and at Columbia (April 12, 2018). Both lectures focused on the capacity of the Indian state to redistribute wealth to the poor. The lectures were based on a paper co-authored with colleagues Dr. Himanshu Jha and Dr. Seyed Hossein Zarhani, and two senior retired civil servants – Mr. K Raju and Dr. Manab Roy. There was a good scholarly engagement in both places, and younger and more senior scholars debated the view that ideas that evolve within the state have to be taken seriously if we wish to understand how the Indian state develops the capacity to act.
Welcome to Ronja Gottschling!
The Department of Political Science warmly welcomes Ronja Gottschling! Ronja is a Master Student in South Asia Studies focusing on Political Science, Languages and Literature. This semester she joined our team and will be leading a tutorial in Qualitative Research Methods in Political Science every Friday. Her research interests are political conflicts, mobilization and protest and the relationship between religion and politics. Currently, she holds a position as a Head of the Working Group Asia & Oceania (esp. Pakistan) at the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research and has previously worked in South Asia on issues involving federalism, democracy and conflict resolution. We wish you all the best for the upcoming weeks!
Talk on 'The Welfare Effects of India's National Rural Employment Guarantee Act' by Professor Stefan Klonner, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University on 7th May (Monday) at SAI Room 317. See details here.
The study visit of the Global India Marie Curie fellow Tomasz Lukaszuk
Tomasz Lukaszuk, former Polish Ambassador to India, fellow at Global India Marie Curie program, was at the study visit in SAI on April 8th to 20th. Ambassador Lukaszuk held meetings and consultations with Professor Rahul Mukherji, Dr. Himanshu Jha and Dr. Seyed Hossein Zarhani, focusing on the role of India in maritime governance in the Indian Ocean Region, which is the research interest of our guest. He had the opportunity to access SAI library and enjoy its collection of books and articles on Indian Ocean Region and maritime strategies of its littoral countries as well as external powers.
Talk on 'The Differential Impact of the Second World War on India' by Professor Indivar Kamtekar, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University on 30th April (Monday) at SAI Room 317. See details here.
Professor Mukherji's talks in the United States
Professor Rahul Mukherji delivered lectures on 'Layering Ideas and the Tipping Point: A Conjecture About State Capacity in India' at The Center for the Advanced Study of India, the University of Pennsylvania on 9th April and at Columbia University on 12th April.
The 59th ISA Annual Convention
Professor Rahul Mukherji and Dr. Himanshu Jha presented papers at the 59th International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention held on April 4-7, 2018, San Francisco. The two papers discussed state capacity in Asia and Climate Change Politics in India and Bangladesh. For details see program here.
Dr Himanshu Jha’s recent publication
'Emerging Politics of Accountability: Institutional Progression of the Right to Information Act’ Economic & Political Weekly 53(10): 47-54.
The first workshop of the project Global India, February 21 -23, 2018, Barcelona, Spain
Professor Rahul Mukherji, Dr Himanshu Jha, Mr Jai Prasad, and Ms Tanvi Deshpande, attended the first Global India conference at Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacional (IBEI), Spain, on February 21 - 23, 2018. Global India is a Horizon 2020 funded European Training Network. The network is based at Dublin City University, Ireland, and is composed of six different EU Universities and nine academic and non-academic partners in India. Mr Prasad and Ms Deshpande are the two Marie Curie fellows hosted by Department of Politics, SAI, as part of Global India network. They presented their preliminary research outlines at the network's workshop.
Congratulations to Ms. Viola Bianchetti
Ms. Viola Bianchetti, a student of the M.A. in South Asian Studies with a focus on Political Science and History, has been selected for a five-months traineeship at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels. She will be employed in the Directorate "Relations with Organised Civil Society and Forward Studies" from February. Congratulation on your achievement and we wish you every success in the upcoming months!
Professor Mukherji’s trip to Kolkata
Professor Rahul Mukherji presented a paper at a workshop organised by the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences in Kolkata on the theme: Political Economy of Sub-National Regions – Comparative Studies of Indian States on 11 January 2018. The paper was titled: Rise and Fall of Welfare Politics in West Bengal. It was jointly authored by Dr. Himanshu Jha and Dr. Manab Roy. Dr. Jha is a Research Fellow and Lecturer in the department and Dr. Roy is a retired Secretary of Rural Development who served the Government of West Bengal. Subsequently, Professor Mukherji also delivered a public lecture on Governance in India at Jadavpur University on January 16. This public lecture was organized by Jadavpur University and the Netaji Institute of Advanced Studies.
Talk on 'Is there a countermovement against neo-liberalism in India today?' by Prof. John Harriss, Simon Fraser Universit, University of Amsterdam on 22nd January (Monday) at SAI Room 317. See details here.
Kautilya’s Arthashastra: An Intellectual Portrait: The Classical Roots of Modern Politics in India by Subrata K. Mitra and Michael Liebig
The co-authored book of Dr. Liebig titled Kautilya’s Arthashastra: An Intellectual Portrait: The Classical Roots of Modern Politics in India is now available as the Indian Rupa edition.
Additionally, The Times of India has published an article about the Panel on Kautilya's Arthashatra at the Military Literature Festival 2017 which Dr. Liebig attended this month in Chandigarh, India.
Prof. Mukherji’s visit to India
During his recent visit to India, Prof. Mukherji has delivered keynote addresses for the 18th Conference titled ‘Inclusive Development: Perspectives and Policies’. The conference was held during 3rd-5th December and was organised by Indian Association of Social Science Institute (IASSI) at Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur in collaboration with Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad. Prof. Mukherji also delivered a public lecture at the Centre for Economic and Social Studies in Hyderabad on December 8.
Professor Rahul Mukherji and Dr Himanshu Jha’s recent publication
‘Bureaucratic Rationality, Political Will, and State Capacity - MGNREGS in Undivided Andhra Pradesh’ Economic & Political Weekly, vol. 52(49) pp: 53-60.
Congratulations to Meah Mostafiz!
Our PhD candidate Meah Mostafiz was elected as a member of the Executive Committee, International Representative at Doctoral Students Convention (DSC), Heidelberg University. The elections for the new Executive Committee were held on November 8, 2017, during the DSC's Annual General Assembly. DSC is the official body that supports and voices concerns, issues, and interests of all doctoral students/researchers in front of different departments and committees within and outside Heidelberg University.
The DSC's members of the Executive Committee:
Humanities: Ralph Höger, Jan Wysocki
Life science: Jianghui Zhu
Social Science: Meah Mostafiz
Natural science: Luca Bayha, Celia Viermann
Employee at university: Michael Kraft
Individual doctorate: Veronica Iubei
Graduate program: Alexander Lehmann
Talk on 'Labour and Capital in India's Informal Economy' by Prof. Jan Breman, University of Amsterdam on 18th December (Monday) at SAI Room 317. See details here.
Talk on “From Bondage to Citizenship: Dalit and African-American Mobilization in Two Southern Deltas” by Prof. Narendra Subramanian, Political Science Department, McGill University on 27th November (Monday) at SAI Room 317. See details here.
New Ph.D. candidate
A warm welcome to a new Ph.D. candidate, Mr. Ranjith Gunaratna, who has recently joined our department. His Ph.D. topic is “Diaspora, an agent of change: the case of Sri Lanka”. His other research interests include counter-terrorism, Sri Lankan workers in the Middle East and Sri Lanka’s relations with China. Mr. Gunaratna is a current Sri Lankan Consul General based in Frankfurt.
Dr. Zarhani, as the guest lecturer at Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran
Dr. Seyed Hossein Zarhani, lecturer and research fellow at the department of political science, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University was the guest lecturer at the faculty of world studies, University of Tehran, Iran in September and October 2017. During his stay at University of Tehran, he offered a post-graduate course on ‘Nation Building and Political Development in India.’ Moreover, he delivered a lecture on ‘Federalism in India: Emerging Trends in the Center States Relations’ to the graduate students.
Outdoor excursion of South Asia Institute
On Wednesday, the 11th October, our Department has explored the historical atmosphere of the small village Leutershausen followed by the hiking through the nearby forest with the Hirschburg and Schanzenköpfle castle ruins. This wonderful outdoor activity has been organized for the South Asia Institute's Trip Day and brought together friends and colleagues from the other Departments of the SAI.
Dr. Liebig at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, India
Dr. Michael Liebig has delivered a talk on 'The Kautilyan Roots of Intelligence Culture in South Asia – A Historical Perspective' on 5th October during a conference titled 'Exploring the Roots of India's Strategic Culture' organised by Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, India.
New Ph.D. candidates
A warm welcome to our new Ph.D. candidates, Tanvi Deshpande and Jai Shankar Prasad. Tanvi will be working on 'India and the Politics of Climate Change', whereas Jai Shankar will study the topic on 'Revisiting the State: Politics, Development, and Tribal Welfare in Jharkhand, India'. Their Ph.D. training is a part of the Global India Programme which is Horizon 2020 funded European Training Network. They will pursue their research under the supervision of Prof. Rahul Mukherji.
Prof. Jakub Zajączkowski at the Department of Political Science, SAI
We have a pleasure to host Professor Jakub Zajaczkowski (Warsaw University) who is visiting our Department from Wednesday, 27th of September.
During his stay, Prof. Zajaczkowski has presented on the topic "India's Strategy in the Indo-Pacific Region: An Offensive Realist Approach". The talk was held on Thursday, 28th of September.
Dr. Zarhani's visit to Hyderabad
In the context of our Department of Political Science's ongoing research project on bureaucratic culture in India, Dr. Seyed Hossein Zarhani visited Hyderabad. From September 12 to 20, Dr. Zarhani conducted expert interviews with top-ranked ISA officers, party activists, and regional politician and interacted with academic colleagues at University of Hyderabad and Osmania University on the subject area.
On September 14, 2017, Dr. Zarhani, as a guest lecturer, delivered a talk on “Elite Agency, Development and Development in the Indian States” at the Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad.
Dr. Himanshu Jha at the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University on 6th and 7th September 2017
Dr. Himanshu Jha delivered lectures on ‘Politics of Accountability’ and ‘Politics of Welfare in India’ at the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU) in Lucknow, India on 6th and 7th September 2017.
Dr. Himanshu Jha at the O. P. Jindal Global University, India
On Wednesday, 30th August 2017, Dr. Himanshu Jha delivered an open lecture at the Jindal School of Government and Public Policy, O. P. Jindal Global University, India on “State Processes, Ideas and Institutional Change: Case of Right to Information Act in India”.
Congratulations to Mr. Krishna Kumar Saha
Mr. Krishna Kumar Saha, a master student of South Asian Studies with focus on Political Science and Anthropology, has secured a Ph.D. position at Ghent University (Belgium) under prof. Bert Suykens’s supervision starting November ’17. He will be working on a doctoral project titled 'Electoral Violence: A Case of Bangladesh Local Government Elections'. Mr. Saha was awarded a doctoral scholarship from Special Research Fund for this project from the same university. We wish you every success in your academic journey!
Dr. Himanshu Jha wins the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) award for the best PhD dissertation
Dr. Himanshu Jha’s PhD thesis on ‘Capturing Institutional Change: Case of Right to Information Act in India’ has been awarded the prestigious Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) award for the best PhD dissertation in 2016 at the National University of Singapore.
Congratulations to Ms. Lara Klossek
Ms. Lara Klossek, studying South Asian Studies with a focus on Political Science and History, has secured a position as a PhD candidate at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (Spain) under prof. Barbé supervision starting this October. During this three-year program, she will spend one semester in India while conducting research on the topic "The making of EU foreign policy towards India". This PhD program is a part of Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network which is an EU funded project aiming at explaining India's increasing importance in world politics. Heidelberg University together with 9 other European and Indian Universities and 5 non-university partners is also a part of this project. Congratulation on your achievement and we wish you every success in your new academic journey.
Congratulation to Ms. Qudsia Naz
Ms. Qudsia Naz, a master student of South Asian Studies with focus on Politics and History, has successfully passed the entry exams and the following interview for the position at Pakistan Administrative Services (PAS). The final decision was announced on the 10th of April this year. She will be travelling to Pakistan this September to take up the position and will continue to work on her research for master thesis from there. We wish you every success in your new position.
Prof. Mukherji has delivered the keynote speech for the First SAI Student Conference on 30th June. The Student Conference was an effort of Master Students of South Asian Studies who presented their research interests in the form of poster conference. The research topics covered wide range of recent issues in South Asia such as women issues, cultural heritage, material culture, shipbreaking, and ethnic conflicts.
Photo credit: Borayin Maitreya Larios
Video credit: The Pashtun Times
Professor Mukherji’s Visits to Switzerland and Italy in June 2017
Professor Rahul Mukherji recently presented at two conferences on the politics of welfare in India.
Conference in Zürich, Switzerland titled 'Welfare Schemes, the State and Corruption in South Asia: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches' was organised by the University of Zürich on the 20th of June.
On the 28th of June, the conference in Prato, Italy on Sustainable Development was organized by the Centre for Development Economics at Monash University. This workshop was a part of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network' workshops.
Talk on ‘India's Climate Justice Debate’ by Dr. Annika Styczynski, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy on 10th July (Monday) at SAI Room 317. See details here.
Dr. Himanshu Jha delivered a talk on ‘Untangling the Global-Local Linkages: The case of Right to Information’ at the Ireland India Institute, Dublin City University, Ireland. Department of Political Science at SAI, Heidelberg University alongwith the Dublin City University is part of a Horizon 2020 funded European Training Network on Global India.
Global Conference on Transparency Research 19-21 June 2017, Limerick, Ireland
Dr. Himanshu Jha presented a paper on ‘Capturing Institutional Change: Case of Right to Information Act in India’ at the 5th Global Conference on Transparency Research, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland. The conference was co-organised by University of Limerick and University of Baltimore. More than 90 papers were presented during the Conference which brought together academics and the practitioners from around the world working on the issues of transparency and accountability.
Talk on ‘Caught in the Crossfire: The Chinese Indian Community and the Deterioration of India-China Relations, 1947-1962’ by Prof. Tansen Sen, City University of New York on 22nd June (Thursday) at SAI Room 316. See details here.
China-India Workshop on Development and Governance
June 3, 2017 Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Professor Rahul Mukherji and Dr. Himanshu Jha presented papers during China-India Workshop on Development and Governance organised by Fudan University, Shanghai China on 3rd June 2017. Professor Mukherji presented a paper on Is India a Developmental State? and Dr. Jha presented a paper on State Processes, Ideas and Institutional Change. Professor Mukherji also delivered a lecture on Globalization and Indian State at ‘Seaker Chan Centre for Comparative Political Development Studies’, Fudan University.
Talk on 'Two Contrasting Perceptions of India in the minds of Sinhala-Buddhists in Sri Lanka' by Dr. Nirmal Dewasiri, University of Colombo on 12th June (Monday) at SAI Room 317.See details here.
Talk on ‘Constitutionalizing India: an Ideational Project’ by Professor Bidyut Chakrabarty, University of Delhi on 29th May (Monday) at SAI Room 317. See detail here.
International Relations in Asia-Pacific region: multidimensional research perspectives, 11th May 2017, Warsaw
Dr. Seyed Hossein Zarhani presented on 'India’s State Level Politics in Post-Liberalization Era: Regional Leaders and International Economic Actors' during the International Relations in Asia-Pacific region: multidimensional research perspectives on 11th May 2017 in Warsaw. The conference was organised jointly by The Institute of International Relations, Faculty of Political Science and International Studies,
University of Warsaw, South Asian Studies, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford, South Asia Institute, Department of Political Science, University of Heidelberg and South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF), Brussels, Belgium.
Workshop on 'Governing India' 7th-8th May 2017. Venue: Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg
This workshop invites policy-makers, public intellectuals, technocrats and scholars who have engaged with governance in India to reflect and discuss on how India executes its governance. For attending this workshop see details here.
Call For PhD Applications
Department of Political Science, South Asia Institute at the Heidelberg University, Germany invites applications for outstanding students to apply for two doctoral positions for the duration of three years under the European Union Marie Curie Fellowship programme. See details here.
Centre for Multilevel Federalism, Special Lecture Series, New Delhi, India 21 March 2017
Dr. Himanshu Jha, Lecturer and Research Fellow in the department of Political Science at SAI, delivered a talk on "The Right to Information Act from a Federal Perspective: Accountability at the State and local levels" at the Centre for Multilevel Federalism, Institute of Social Sciences.
Book Launch in Singapore
On March 2, 2017, the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore held a book launch of Kautilya’s Arthashastra: an Intellectual Portrait – Classical Roots of Modern Politics in India (Nomos) by Subrata Mitra and Michael Liebig. Prof. Mitra is Director, ISAS, and Emeritus at the Department of Political Science, South Asia Insitute (SAI), Heidelberg University, Dr. Liebig is lecturer at the department. See detail here.
Rethinking Stakeholder Participation: In Global Governance
Professor Rahul Mukherji, Dr Himanshu Jha and Meah Mostafiz (PhD Candidate at SAI) presented a co-authored paper on India and Bangladesh in Climate Change Finance: From Structural Conflict to Embedded Liberalism at a workshop on “Rethinking Stakeholder Participation in Global Governance: Challenges and Reforms in Financial and Health Institutions” held from 2-3 March in Burghausen, Bavaria. The workshop was co-organized by the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI) at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva and Hochschule für Politik/Bavarian School of Public Policy at the Technischen Universität München (TUM). The paper is part of the ongoing project on ‘Rethinking Stakeholder Participation’ sponsored by the Swiss Network for International Studies. Department of Political Science at SAI is one of the partners in this project.
South Asia in World Politics Working Group
Professor Rahul Mukherji helped launch the South Asia in World Politics Section of the International Studies Association at the Association’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore between February 21 and 25, 2017.
As one of the chairs of the South Asia in World Politics Working Group he attended the working group meetings and chaired the last session that discussed the future of the section. The South Asia section will highlight the importance of the region in international studies.
Talk on ‘Local Elections in Uttar Pradesh: Caste, Money and Violence’ by Dr. Siddhartha Mukerji, Assistant Professor at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow and Baden Württemberg Fellow, SAI. 23rd January (Monday) SAI Room 316. See detail here.
Talk on 'Party Switching in India: Understanding the downside of Indian democracy' by Professor K C Suri University of Hyderabad and Baden Württemberg Fellow at SAI. 16th January (Monday) SAI Room 316. See detail here.
Talk on 'Right to Information a Viable Institution: the case of Bihar, India' by Dr. Himanshu Jha Lecturer and Research Fellow, Department of Political Science, SAI, Universität Heidelberg at SAI. 9th January (Monday) SAI Room 316. See details here.