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  • Professor Subrata K. Mitra, Head of the Department of Political Science, South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg & Chairman, SADF will give a keynote address entitled ‘Rabindranath Tagore: A Global Prophet of the Post-modern’ at Rabindranath Tagore - Centenary Nobel Prize Award Celebration, Brussels, on November 14, 2013. All persons are cordially invited. For more information see the invitation.

  • Dr. Siegfried O. Wolf, Department of Political Science, moderates the conference “The Impact of Trade & Good Governance on Human Rights – Pakistan & Bangladesh" at the European Parliament in Brussels on the 5th November 2013 (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.). The event brings together members of the European Parliament (Thijs Berman, Jean Lambert) and several guest lecturers. For detailed information see the poster.

  • The news portal of Deutsche Welle, international broadcaster of Germany and member of the ARD, published an article about "Pakistani support for extremists persists” with quotes of an interview with Dr. rer. pol. Siegfried Wolf, a research associate of the Department of Political Science.
    The article discusses with the involvement of several experts about the West´s doubts of the Pakistan to fight against the Taliban and the Al Qaeda terrorist network. According to Wolf's argumentation Pakistan perceives the growing influence of India in Afghanistan as a threat. However, there are also signs of a constructive relationship between the two countries. The full article can be read here.

  • Between September 19 and 23, 2012 Professor Subrata K. Mitra (PhD, Rochester) participated in the Graduate Academy “Roads to more Democracy – social and political transformation processes”, jointly organized by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung) in Wandlitz. Assisted by his doctoral fellow Radu Carciumaru, Professor Mitra directed the working group “Democracy in Asia”. A full coverage, including reports from the participants, is available here
  • On January 12, Professor Subrata K. Mitra gave a keynote address on "The South Asian Security Dilemma and the India-China-Pakistan Strategic Triangle", whereas Dr. Siegfried O. Wolf a statement on "India-Pakistan-Afghanistan - A Triangle Under Stress" at the conference ‘Triangular Dynamics and Security in South Asia: Implications for Europe/UK’.
    The conference will take place at the European Parliament, ASP A1H, Brussels.
    More information here.
  • On September 12-17 Professor Subrata K. Mitra and his doctoral candidate Lu Yang were invited by the Department of International Relations of Tsinghua University of China for a five-day visit. During his visit, Professor Mitra gave lectures on “When Rebels Become Stakeholders: Traditional Society, Modern Politics and the Resilience of India’s Democracy”, “Nuclear, Engaged and Non-aligned? The Ambiguity of India’s Power”, “Being & Becoming: Identity, Welfare and Citizenship in Europe”. At the end of the visit, Professor Mitra and the Dean, Professor Shi, explored various possibilities for future cooperation. For the full report please click here.
  • In order to benefit more efficiently from the academic sojourn of Professor Dr. Bharat H. Desai, Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Department of Political Science, please visit his new webpage, hosted by our Department. It includes downloadable publications, a short CV, as well as contact details. The page can be accessed here.
  • Department of Political Science is delighted to bring to your attention that on the 8th and 9th of July an International Conference organized by South Asia Institute, Department of Political Science, Heidelberg University and Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw, Centre for Contemporary India Research and Studies entitled Trilateralism & Triangular Dynamics in International Relations. Implications for International Relations Theory will take place.
    The programme of the conference. (pdf)
  • Report on the international conference Security in South Asia: a regional perspective | Implications for International Relations Theory.
    By Dr. Jivanta Schoettli (Heidelberg University)
  • Report on the 4th European South Asia PhD Workshop
  • by Dr. Ines G. Zupanov (CEIAS)

  • From November to December 2010, the Department of Political Science will host Dr. Namrata Goswami, a scholar from the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (New Delhi).
    Dr. Namrata Goswami's research sojourn was made possible by a fellowship funded by the Heinrich Boll Foundation. She will conduct research on her project titled Countering Insurgencies in India's Democratic Context: Limits on the ‘Use of Force’ and the notion of 'Proportionality’.
  • The Department of Political Science is pleased to announce that Professor Partha Ghosh , Jawaharlal Nehru University, will be in residence at our Department during October 2010 as a Humboldt visiting professor. Professor Partha Ghosh will hold a presentation within the Colloquium for MA and PhD students on October 19th.
  • 4th European South Asia PhD Workshop – 27th/ 28th August 2010

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