SDMES and CIRHS has been awarded a Jean Monnet Modules Project under the ERASMUS+ programme titled “India-Europe Relations and Diversity Management” in 2017. The project will run for three years from 2017 to 2020. This project aims to promote research and teaching experience among students, young researchers and scholars in issues related to the study of Europe, the European Union and India; to foster the publication and dissemination of academic research; and to create interest in topics relevant to the people of India and Europe.
India-Europe ties between the 17th and 20th century were the most significant influence in the emergence of the Indian nation-state in the 20th century. Yet, the last 60 years seem to have led us into a mutual amnesia. It was the US that emerged as a powerful attraction in the West for generations of Indians and where an influential Indian diaspora grew. The massive movements that brought Europe together as the EU went practically unnoticed in India. How do we make India and Europe relevant to each other in the 21st century? Interestingly, while Europe was taking on the process of integration, India was facing the outbreak of several different kinds of conflicts, based on a gamut of diverse issues. Thus, the question of managing diversity has been at the centre of a quest for peace both for Europe and India in this period. In this context, rethinking Europe and EU studies (Why should India study Europe or EU?), with a focus on diversity management (What can India and Europe learn from each other?), becomes extremely significant.
1. How does Europe address the problem of diversity in its constant effort to preserve a political, economic and cultural union across nation-states?
2. Do its solutions have any bearing on conflicts related to diversity in the Indian context? How?
3. What is required to build an India-Europe relationship in the 21st century?
During this project, CIRHS will conduct a series of courses and dissemination activities, in various different formats, with an objective to
a) Introduce rural Indian students to the study of Europe
b) Build courses on the study of diversity management and cultural difference
a) Invite experts from Europe to interact with local students
b) Build a connection between classroom teaching and research
You will find links to the pages with details about these activities, like the announcement, invitation and other related information on CIRHS’ blog site< https://cirhs.wordpress.com/>.
CIRHS, SDM PG College, Ujire 574240, India.
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