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India-EU Engagements: A Decade in Reflection and Way Forward (Conference funded under the framework of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of Erasmus+ Programme, European Union)

Manipal, Karnataka, India
Organization: Manipal Centre for European Studies, Manipal Academy of Higher Education
Event: Conference funded under the framework of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of Erasmus+ Programme, European Union
Categories: Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2019-12-06 to 2019-12-07 Abstract Due: 2019-07-25

India and EU are currently redefining their roles as actors within 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 the next level. The potential gains of an effective partnership between the two are indubitable.

In recent years, growing convergence - between European and Indian counterparts on issues of promoting a rule-based international order, multilateral engagements, and stronger multipolar Asia - is much needed. Bilateral relations between India and respective EU member states have always stimulated multilateral relations between the two. Moreover, the sustainable two-way trade and investment relationship has also enabled an expansion in the political dimension of the partnership between Indian and European counterparts. A stronger India-EU partnership in the field of research and development as well as trade and investment could facilitate the realization of mutual objectives.

Another area of propitious cooperation, for both actors, has been in the field of higher education. Evidently, the last decade witnessed growing India-EU cooperation, in particular in this area. The EU has not only shown a keen interest but has rather emerged as a strong supporter of education in India. With the commencement of Erasmus program, India has become one of the largest beneficiaries. This has also led to 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 of 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.


We invite abstracts not exceeding 300 words. The deadline for abstract submission is July 25, 2019. All abstracts will undergo peer review by the scientific committee of the conference. Authors of accepted conference contributions may submit their full papers to be considered for publication, which will be notified shortly. The deadline for manuscript submission is October 15, 2019.

Important Dates:

  • Abstract submission - July 25, 2019
  • Acceptance notification - July 30, 2019
  • Paper / Manuscript submission - October 15, 2019
  • Conference days - December 6 -7, 2019

The selected papers will be published in the reputed Central European Journal of International and Security Studies (CEJISS) under a special issue.

CEJISS is indexed in Scopus, EBSCO, ISN ETH Zurich, DOAJ CEEOL, ProQuest and is published by Metropolitan University Prague Press

Guidelines for submission:

1. Font: The font of the entire article should be Times New Roman (including titles, subtitles, and endnotes).

2. Title: The article’s title should be in Times New Roman 20; capitalised letters, bold and left-indented. The length of the title should not exceed 60 characters (including spaces). However, if a longer title is preferred, a shortened version should be supplied for the cover as well.

3. Abstract: The abstract should be in Times New Roman 12, italic and justified. The author’s name: should be in Times New Roman 12; bold and centred, word limit should not exceed 300 words.

4. Reference: In the text, refer to the author simply by their last name (without initials, unless there are two authors with the same name). Please follow APA style guide for referencing.

5. Special acknowledgements: If you need to acknowledge a contribution or a grant, make sure you follow the same style as the body text of your article. Please do not capitalise grant titles.


For the submission of abstract and any further information regarding the conference, please write to projects.mces@manipal.edu




Tejasvini Ahuja