SEMINARS/CONFERENCES CONDUCTED: NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL
K.P.S. Menon Chair for Diplomatic Studies, School of International Relations and Politics, Mahatma Gandhi University, organised a two-day National Workshop on “Coastal Workshop: Needed a New Look” 8-9 December 2009 in association with the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.
SIRP organized One-day seminar on “Chinese Foreign Policy” on 29 April 2009 in collaboration with the JinanUniversity, China. Among those who attended the seminar included Prof. Jia Haitao, Director of Chindian Studies, Jinan University, China, and Prof. Jiang Shuzhou, Vice President, JinanUniversity. The other Chinese scholars who attended the seminar were Prof. Su Baogui, Deputy Dean of Medical College, Prof. Yao Guoxiang, Dean of College of Information Science and Technology, and Prof. Yu Huifen, Director of International Affairs Office, Jinan University, China.
The School hosted a two-day National Seminar on “Global Financial Crisis: Implications for India” on 12-13 January 2009. The seminar brought together scholars, policy-makers and activists from different parts of India. Considering the importance of the focal theme, the seminar was organized in association with the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, Centre for Trade and Development, New Delhi, and the School of Social Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. There were 26 resources persons and 200 participants in the seminar. Dr. Rajan Gurukkal, Vice Chancellor, MahatmaGandhiUniversity inaugurated the seminar. Dr. Prabhat Patnaik, Professor of economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Vice Chairman, KeralaState Planning Board delivered the keynote address.
A three-day International Conference on Emerging India: Strategic Options in the New Century organised by the School of International Relations and Politics, Mahatma Gandhi University in association with the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and the Centre for Trade and Development (CENTAD), New Delhi on 26-28 February 2008. The Conference was attended by a number of scholars and experts from India and Abroad. There were about 250 participants in the Conference. 35 delegates presented papers in various sessions.
An International Conference on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) was organised by the School on 2-4 August 2006. The theme of the conference was India and the New Global Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Regime: Challenges, Opportunities and Options and it brought together a number of scholars and activists from India and abroad. The seminar was organised by the School in association with the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi, Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi; GAPS-Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad and Centre for Trade and Development (CENTAD), New Delhi.
International Seminar on Regionalism in China in collaboration with the Japan Foundation, Tokyo and the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi (March 2002)
Seminar on International Terrorism and the Afghan War (February 2002)
International Seminar on Asia in Transition: Democracy and Development in collaboration with the UGC and Indian Council for Social Science Research (December 2001)
National Seminar on Kerala in the World-Economy (in collaboration with the State Planning Board and Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram), (February 2000)
International Seminar on India’s Foreign Policy: Emerging Perspectives in collaboration with the BP. Koirala Foundation, Nepal (August 1998)
International Seminar on Human Rights: South Asian and American Perspectives in collaboration with the United States Information Service and the Indian National Social Forum (October 1997)
National Seminar on Politics of Gender: National and International Perspectives (March 1997)
National Seminar on India and the New Technology Order in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, and the ICSSR (June 1995)
National Seminar on Conflict Resolution in South Asia in collaboration with the United States Educational Foundation in India (USEFI), Madras (February 1994)
Colloquium on India and the Emerging World Order (1993)
National Seminar on Jawaharlal Nehru and India’s Foreign Policy (1989)
National Seminar on India’s Foreign Policy: Continuity and Change (August 1986)
WORKSHOPS & SYMPOSIA
Human Rights and India’s Foreign Policy December 2009
State, Terrorism and Human Rights December 2008
Indigenous Peoples December 2007
The United Nations in World Politics October 2007
Challenges of Higher Education March 2007
Media and Human Rights March 2004
Human Rights: Critical Questions March 2004
Human Rights March 2002
The Narmada Struggle January 2001
The UN in the Changing World October 1999
ANNUAL LECTURES/SPECIAL LECTURES DURING 2002-2010
Dr. T.T. Sreekumar, National University of Singapore, delivered Special Lecture on “New Media and Democracy” under the Centre for Cross-national Communication in South Asia on 17 June 2010.
Mr. John Samuel, Democracy and Governance Advisor, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Dr. Jeevan Kumar, Professor of Political Science and Director, Centre for Gandhian Studies, BangaloreUniversity delivered Lectures at the Panel Discussion on “Towards Alternative Politics and Development “ on 16 June 2010.
Panel Discussion on “The Gaza Blockade” held on 10 June 2010. The Speakers were Dr. Sujata Ashwarya Cheema (Centre for West Asian Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi) and Dr. A.K.Ramakrishnan (Centre for West Asian Studies, JawaharlalNehruUniversity, New Delhi.
Dr. Filippo Osella, Department of Anthropology, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, UK, spoke on “Globalisation is ruining us: Neoliberal Capitalism, Islamic Reform and Business in Kozhikode” on 29 March 2010.
Dr Sophia Vashalomidze, member of the faculty, The Oriental Institute of the Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, delivered a Special Lecture on "Georgia and the Caucasus Region" on 23 February 2010.
Dr. Marta Dąbrowska, Professor, Institute of English Philology, Jagiellonian, University, Poland delivered a Special Lecture in the School as part of an eight week-long “Human Resource Capacity Building &Interactive Extension Programme” which began on 18 January 2010.
Prof. Anwar Alam, Director, Centre for West Asian Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi delivered the Inaugural Lecture on “Modernity, West and Political Islam” of the Centre for West Asian Studies (CWS), SIRP on 31 December 2009.
T.V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations, McGill University delivered a Special Lecture on “The Paradox of Pakistan: War-Making and State-Building in the Contemporary World, ” under the auspices of the Centre for Cross-national Communication in South Asia, School of International Relations and Politics on 18 December 2009.
Prof. K.R. Singh, Visiting Professor, K.P.S.Menon chair for Diplomatic Studies, SIRP chaired special Lectures from 10 November to 18 November on “West Asia: Geostrategic Significance, Sea Power and Land-power Rivalry,” “Evolution of Modern State System in West Asia,” “Cold War Rivalry and Strategic Relevance of West Asia,” “Arab-Israeli Conflict,” “Palestinian Question,” “ The Persian Gulf Region: The Energy Question,” and “Radical Islam: Interplay of Domestic and Foreign Polices.”
Prof. Daniel Bach, Professorial Fellow, National Centre for Scientific Research, and Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Bordeaux, France, delivered the Annual Lecture on “The Neo-Patrimonial State in Africa and Beyond: Comparative Readings” on 30 October 2009.
Sri. Archibald Lesao Lehohla, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs, Kingdom of Lesotho, Southern Africa. He was delivering a Special Lecture organised under the auspices of the Centre for Indian Diaspora Studies (CIDS), School of International Relations and Politics (SIRP) on 23 October 2009.
Dr. K.N.Harilal, Member, KeralaState Planning Board delivered a Special Lecture on “India-ASEAN FTA and Kerala,” on 18 September 2009.
Sri. Venu Rajamony, Consul General of India, Dubai, UAE delivered a Special Lecture under the auspices of the Centre for Indian Diaspora Studies (CIDS), School of International Relations and Politics (SIRP). The Lecture was on the theme “The Indian Diaspora in UAE: Furthering Indo-UAE Relations” held on 23 July 2009.
Dr. Itty Abraham, Director, South Asian Institute, University of Texas, USA delivered the Inaugural Lecture of Centre for Cross-National Communication in South Asia established under the School of International Relations and Politics, Mahatma Gandhi University on 22 July 2009.
Dr. Jamal Malik, Professor of Humanities and Chair of Religious Studies, University of Erfurt, Germany delivered special a lecture on “Political Islam in South Asia,” on 23 March 2009.
Dr. T. V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations, McGill University, Canada delivered the Inaugural Lecture of the newly established Centre for Strategic and Security Studies (CSSS), School of International Relations and Politics (SIRP), on 21 January 2009.
A group of dignitaries from the European Commission, Brussels, led by Prof. Andrea B. Schmidt, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium visited the School with a view to interacting with the faculty and students of School of International Relations and Politics on 29 January 2009.
Mr. John Samuel, Director, ActionAid International, Bangkok delivered a special lecture on “The Political Implications of Global Financial Crisis” on 6 January 2009.
David Barsamian, the founder and Director of Alternative Radio, the independent weekly series based in Boulder, Colorado, delivered The Annual Lecture 2008 on Obama and US Imperialism on 15 December 2008.
Mr. Frederick J. Kaplan, Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate, Chennai, delivered a special lecture on "US Presidential Elections" on 7 October 2008.
Sri. Rohit Nepal, Consul for Political and Economic Affairs, United States Consulate General, Chennai speaks on “United States-India Relations,” on 13 September 2007.
Dr. Donald L. Berlin, Professor of Security Studies, Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies, Honolulu, Hawai spoke on “Indian Ocean and the Second Nuclear Age” December 2006.
Dr. B.N. Gosh, Professor of Economics, EasternMediterraneanUniversity
North Cyprus delivered a lecture on “Politics of Macro Economic Policy” on 7 September 2005.
Dr. John Samuel, International Director (Asia-Pacific), Action Aid International, Bangkok, delivered a lecture on “Globalising Resistance” on 12 August 2005.
Dr. T.V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations
McGill University, Montreal, Canada delivered a speech on “Globalisation and National Security: Changing Dimension” on 5 July 2005.
Dr. Dean Eugene McHenry, Jr, Professor of Political Science, Claremont Graduate University Claremont, California, United States delivered a speech on “Recent Trends in American Political Science” on 16 June 2005.
Professor T.V. Paul, James McGill Professor of Political Science and International Relations, McGillUniversity, Montreal, Canada, delivered the Annual Alumni Lecture 2004.
Ambassador Peter Burleigh, Former US Ambassador to the UN and Former US Deputy Asst. Secretary of State, delivered the Annual Lecture 2003.
Dr. Haakan Wiberg, Former Director of the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute (COPRI), Denmark and Lund University Peace Research Institute, Sweden, delivered the Annual Lecture 2002.
DIPLOMAT LECTURE SERIES
A major academic activity of the School during the Xth Plan period was the launching of the Diplomat Lecture Series as part of the programme of invigorating Academia-Policy Planning interactions. The first Lecture was delivered by Sri. Venu Rajamony, IFS, Director, Disarmament and International Security Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India on 1 June 2005. The Series was inaugurated by Prof. Jancy James, Vice-Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi. The first Lecture was delivered on the theme “India-China-US: Towards a Soft Balance of Power System.”
The Second Diplomat Lecture was delivered on 17 February 2006 by Sri. T.P. Sreenivasan, IFS, Diplomat and former Indian Ambassador to UN on the theme “India’s Foreign Policy.”
The Third Diplomat Lecture was delivered by Sri. Antonio Armellini, His Excellency, Italian Ambassador to India on 5 December 2006. The theme of Lecture was “India-Italian Relations.”
The Fourth Diplomat Lecture was delivered by His Excellency, Sri. Dominique Dreyer, Ambassador of Switzerland to India on 2 March 2007 on the theme “Small States in a New Century of Challenges.”
The Fifth Diplomat Lecture was delivered by His Excellency Mr. Yasukuni Enoki, Ambassador of Japan to India on 16 March 2007. The topic of lecture was Japan- India Relations: The New Golden Age of the Bilateral Friendly Relations.