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HCSA/SAI at the IACFS Annual Conference on Comparative Federalism
Heidelberg Centre South Asia and the Branch Office of South Asia Institute in New Delhi participated in and supported the International Association of Centres for Federal Studies (IACFS) Annual Conference on „The Value of Comparative Federalism: The Legacy of Ronald L. Watts”. The conference was hosted by Centre for Multilevel Federalism (CMF), Institute of Social Sciences (ISS), and took place between 16-18 November, 2016.

Prof. Balveer Arora, Chairman, Centre for Multilevel Federalism, New Delhi and Prof. Nico Steytler, President, Dullah Omar Institute, University of Western Cape South Africa and the outgoing President of IACFS, were the conveners of this international conference. Prof. Francesco Palermo (EURAC Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism, Bozen, Italy) was elected as the new President. The three-day conference revolved around key aspects of federalism - accommodating diversities, resource and fiscal federal governance, and asymmetrical federalism.

The annual conference paid tribute to the intellectual legacy of Prof. Ronald Watts, one of the founding fathers of the IACFS. Prof. Watts had served as Director of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada and Senior Adviser to the federal government of Canada on constitutional affairs. He was consultant to governments all over the world. The 2016 IACFS conference in Delhi was a special occasion to commemorate Prof. Watts' pioneering works on the comparative study of federal political systems.

Radu Carciumaru (Resident Representative, Heidelberg Centre South Asia, New Delhi) gave a presentation on Federalism in Bosnia-Herzegovina within the panel on Country Trend Reports, presided over by Prof. Eva Maria Belser (Institute of Federalism, Fribourg University, Switzerland).

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Posted on 02 May 2017
Workshop on ‘Social Inclusion/Exclusion in South Asia”
The Branch Office of the South Asia Institute in New Delhi jointly with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS, Mumbai) will conduct a two-day workshop on "Social Inclusion/Exclusion in South Asia”. The workshop is supported by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung South Asia and will take on 22nd & 23rd March 2017, at the Library Conference Hall, TISS. Within the framework of the workshop, Dr. Himanshu Jha, Department of Political Science, SAI, will give a talk on the ‘Right to Information: A Viable Institution? Emerging Politics of Accountability’. For more information and the agenda of the workshop, please visit here.

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Posted on 21 Mar 2017
Talk by Prof. Dr. Juergen Morlok on 19 January 2017
The Regional Office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) and the Heidelberg Center South Asia (HCSA) cordially invite you to a talk on

Germany between Right Wing Populism and Liberal Renaissance

by Prof. Dr. Juergen Morlok, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation
on 19 January 2017 at 1800 hrs.

Venue: Library, Max Mueller Bhavan, 3 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi -110001

Posted on 19 Jan 2017

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