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CSLG Weekly Seminars

CSLG Weekly Seminars

The Centre has an active weekly seminars series in which scholars from within the University and elsewhere are invited to present their ideas before the Centre’s faculty and invited participants. More than a hundred and fifty seminars have been held until now. Join the CSLG weekly seminar mailing list by writing to the faculty seminar coordinator Dr Jaivir Singh at

Recent seminars organised under this series during 2013-2014 are:

  1. Pregs Govender, Deputy Chair, Human Rights in An Unequal World: Accountability to People who are Poor, 31 March 2014.
  2. Anirudh Krishna, Duke University, Making the Fit: The Future of Rural in Growing India, 28 February 2014.
  3. Fredrik Engelstad, Oslo University, Norway, Varieties of Welfare States – Europe and the US, 21 February 2014.
  4. Jinee Lokaneeta, Drew University, New Jersey, Unpacking the Truth Seeking Apparatus: Law, Science, and Policing, 14 February 2014.
  5. Stephanie Balme, Chinese people go to Court: Reflections from an on going Long-Term Ethnographic Research, 22 October 2013.
  6. Rahul Mediratta, Northwestern University in Chicago, USA on Globalization in the Shadows and De-escalation of Enduring Interstate, 18 October 2013.
  7. Dag Erik Berg, UiB Global, University of Bergen, Norway on Dr. Ambedkar, A Symbolic Type for India’s Dalits, 2 August 2013.
  8. Hanna Lerner, Department of Political Science, Tel Aviv University, Israel on Constitution Writing in Religiously Divided Societies, 15 February 2013.
  9. Sonia Sikka, Department of Philosophy University of Ottawa, Canada on Rights and Relativity, 1 February 2013.
  10. Shibani Gosh, Research Associate, Teri University, New Delhi on The Central Information commission A Reluctant Leader, 18 January 2013.
  11. Kartik Murkutla, Independent Lawyer, on Impunity in Jammu and Kashmir: A Human Rights Perspective, 11 January 2013.

For a complete list of seminars, click on: CSLG Weekly Seminars

A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.