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From the Editor's Desk 

1. Arcipreste de Talavera: mise-en-scène and Late Gothic Art 
Rebeca Sanmartin Bastida 

 2. Elfried Jelinek's "Burgtheater": Literature as Technique 
Kavita Bhatia 

 3. Wayfarer Look Back: Problems of Multiculturalism in Vassanji's AMRiiKA 
Harish Narang 

 4. Final Solutions? 
Angelie Multani 

5. Reading Mahasweta: Shifting Frames 
Radha Chakarvarty

6. Symbolisms and Traditions of Phallism in China and India 
Priyadarśī Mukherji 

7. Dunya's Silence: 
A Reading of Push kin's "The Postmaster"

Ritoo M, Jerath 
8. Kamau Brathwaite: Roots, Masks and Never-ending Exile 
Keki N. Daruwala 

9. Shrinking Spaces in Times of Globalization 
Githa Hariharan 

 10. Human Rights in the Wake of Globalization: 
A Philosophical Reflection 

R.P. Singh 

11. Preserving Creativity in an Era of Globalization: 
Indian and Canadian Perspectives
Shantha Ramakrishna 

 12. Bombing Iraq-since 1920
Robert J C Young 

 13. The Languages of Spain 
Jaume Corbera Pou 

 14. Sign Language: 
Issues and Challenges Ahead

Vaishna Narang 

 15. Of Temptations and Meditations: 
An Interview with Henri Godard 

Ashish Agnihotri 

 16. A Review: Joan Mascaró, 'Diàlegs amb l'Índia' 
Ramon Bassa 

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.