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India-EU Engagements: Decade in Reflection and the Way Forward (Conference on India-EU Engagements)

Manipal, India
Organization: Manipal Academy of Higher Education
Event: Conference on India-EU Engagements
Categories: Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy
Event Date: 2019-12-06 to 2019-12-07 Abstract Due: 2019-06-15

India and EU are currently redefining their roles as actors within the International relations. Amidst recent developments and challenges stemming from Brexit, European Sovereign Debt Crisis, and China’s Belt and Road Initiative, there is a pressing concern to accelerate India-EU cooperation to a heightened level. The potential gains of an effective partnership between the two are enormous.

In the recent years, growing convergence – between European and Indian counterparts on issues of promoting a rules-based international order, multilateral engagements, and strengthening a multipolar Asia – is much needed. Bilateral relations between India and respective EU member states have always leveraged multilateral relations between the two. Moreover, the expanding political dimension of the partnership continues to be founded on a strong trade and investment relationship and growing two-way flow of goods, services and investment. A stronger India-EU partnership could help each one to meet its economic objectives through increased trade and investment, and cooperation in Research & Development (R&D). The EU has always been a strong supporter of education in India. Evidently, last decade has witnessed growing India-EU cooperation, in particular in the field of higher education. With the commencement of Erasmus program, India has become one of the largest beneficiaries. There is a substantial increase in research collaborations between Indian and European higher education institutions in thrust areas.

In this connection, we invite participants including academicians, early-stage researchers, and doctoral, postgraduate and undergraduate students, to reflect on the various intricate dimensions to India-EU relations. The conference seeks to bring together a growing body of work in the area of European Union’s relations with India, with the intention of mainstreaming theoretical as well as methodological approaches to the topic. The slow, yet, anticipated cooperation between the two becomes a point of departure for researchers on both sides of the geographical spectrum to probe into the very intricacies that lie within them.

Topics include but are not limited to the following themes:

India-EU Trade Relations, Business Cooperation, Economic Cooperation
Cooperation in the field of Education: Higher Education, Primary and Secondary Education
Convergences and Challenges for EU and India: Politics, Energy, Security, Climate Change, Terrorism, Cyber-security, Science and Technology
India and EU: Cultural and Literary Engagements

We welcome proposals, including cross-thematic and inter-disciplinary papers concerning the above theme.



Priya Vijaykumar Poojary