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Workshop on Conflict Transformation for a Delegation of Journalists from Nagaland, India

On 25 October 2010 a one-day workshop on conflict and conflict transformation was held in the School for a visiting delegation of journalists from Nagaland, India. It was part of a visit co-ordinated by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Speakers included: Dr Cathal McCall and Mr Eamonn Mallie (journalist and author on Irish affairs) on ‘The Media and Conflict in Northern Ireland’; Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards on ‘Talking to Hamas’; Professor Rick Wilford on ‘Northern Ireland and the Executive’; Dr Margaret O’Callaghan on ‘Commemoration in Ireland’; and Dr Peter McLaughlin on ‘‘Using the Media to Achieve Political Progress in Northern Ireland’. The journalists from Nagaland included: Mr Mainak De; Ms Tiamerenla Monalisa Changkija; Ms Vishü Rita Krocha; Ms Vingumeno Bambi Kevichusa; Mr Kosak Temjen Jamir; Ms Dzuvinuo Theunuo; Ms Asangla Imsong; Mr Meyikokba; Mr Geoffrey Yaden; and Mr Abu Metha. There was lively discussion and debate among speakers and delegates throughout the day, Delegates and speakers agreed that it had been a very interesting and worthwhile experience with many parallels drawn between Northern Ireland and Nagaland. Delegates are pictured with the President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Gregson, Dr Satish Kumar, Director of the Queen’s India Initiative, and Dr Cathal McCall, the School’s India Initiative co-ordinator.


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Institute for a Sustainable World tours India on topic of Climate Change

The Institute for a Sustainable World recently was involved in an extensive tour of India promoting collaboration and establishing links with Indian researchers.  The topic of climate change and how to respond to it was the key feature of the seminars, public talks and conferences which were delivered from 13th-21st August.  The tour took in 4 Indian cities – New Delhi, Ahmadabad, Baroda and – 4 QUB academics (Geraint Ellis from SPACE, John Barry from PISP and ISW, Bernard Smith from GAP and Robin Curry from ISW) and was sponsored by the British Council in India. 

The tour began on Friday 13th August with Drs. Ellis and Barry giving a master class to Planning and Architecture Masters students and evening presentations on climate change, planning and energy security and peak oil in Ahmadabad to CEPT University in state of Gujarat.  Then on the 14th the pair were off to the city of Baroda (also in Gujarat) to talk at an Institute of Indian Designers and British Council organised event.    

On the 16-17th August, Geraint Ellis, John Barry, Bernard Smith and Robin Curry gave presentations at a two day conference organised by QUB, ‘Responding to Climate Change: UK-India Perspectives’.  This British Council and Institute for a Sustainable World sponsored conference was also sponsored and included academics from the University of Pune, the Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS), IIT Delhi, the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi (SPA) and the Centre for Science and Environment. 

Finally on 19th August Dr. Ellis gave presentations in the city of Chandigarh also sponsored by the British Council.

Dr. Geraint Ellis, Senior Lectures in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering and the QUB coordinator of the visit said “This was an extremely successful event and many potential researcher partners, research projects and other ways for the Institute for a Sustainable World and its affiliated research groups to establish firm links with Indian researchers and universities.  Climate change and related issues of energy, planning and sustainability are global issues and t here is much mutual learning and exchange of ideas to be had between QUB and India scholars, universities and policy-makers”.

Dr Barry, Associate Director of the Institute for a Sustainable World, said, “We fully expect this trip to be the first of many and we are already in discussions with the British Council in India about further events.  We will also follow up with the researchers and research groups we met to explore ways of establishing links, through mutual staff and student exchanges, joint projects and short courses.  While the schedule was full it was an extremely fruitful trip and we all look forward to returning to India in the near future and to seeing the initial links made on this trip deepened and bearing fruit”.      

 

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PhD Student Brendan Carey meets scholars at the University of Hyderabad
PhD Student Brendan Carey meets scholars at the University of Hyderabad
PhD Student Brendan Carey meets scholars at the University of Hyderabad

PhD student Brendan Carey has travelled twice to India for research. In August-September 2008, he spent one month at the University of Hyderabad working on Indian aspects of his research and participating in various Masters and PhD level classes and seminars. Brendan’s research is on the G20 finance ministers and central banker’s forum, specifically the role of India and South Africa in this forum.  In November-December 2009 he was in Delhi to conduct PhD fieldwork. He conducted in-depth confidential interviews with three high level G20 'insiders' from the finance ministry and the prime minister's office. He also met with several Indian scholars based at JNU to discuss and receive feedback on his research. 

Further visits are planned and invitations have been extended to colleagues in India to come to Queen’s and present seminars on their research


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Dr McCall delivering a lecture at Jadavpur University April 2010
Dr McCall delivering a lecture at Jadavpur University April 2010
Professor English speaking at Modern High School, Kolkata, November 2008
Professor English speaking at Modern High School, Kolkata, November 2008

The School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy (PISP) is keen to help promote links between Queen’s and universities in India. To this end, staff and research students have made a number of visits to promote our work and develop research links.

In April 2010 Dr Cathal McCall visited Delhi and Kolkata to deliver lectures on borders and conflict transformation at JNU (Centre for the Study of Law and Governance), Jadavpur University (Dept. of International Relations) and Calcutta University (Institute of Foreign Policy Studies). He also held an informal hour-long seminar with final year Modern High School pupils on issues relating to identity and gender in India and Europe, as well as the academic provision of the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy and Queen’s, and life in Ireland generally.

In 2010 research student Christine Wilson spent a month in India as part of the PMI 2 scheme. Christine conducted research at Madras Christian College (MCC) on media representations of female terrorists within the LTTE, the Provisional IRA and the Chechen rebel movement. While at MCC Christine worked on newspaper archives and consulted literature on the Sri Lankan crisis in the MCC’s Connemara library. She also taught in the College. Christine found MCC colleagues to be extremely helpful for her research and benefitted greatly from the rich cultural experience during her stay.

In November 2008 Professor Richard English visited Kolkata, to deliver Lectures at Jadavpur University and at the American Cultural Center.  He also visited Modern High School, where he spoke to an audience of pupils on the subject of Terrorism and Northern Irish Politics.

Further visits are planned and invitations have been extended to colleagues in India to come to Queen’s and present seminars on their research


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India and the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy

During April 2010 Dr Cathal McCall visited a number of universities and schools in New Delhi and Kolkata including: Jawaharlal Nehru University (Centre for the Study of Law and Governance); Jadavpur University  (Department of International Relations); Calcutta University (Institute of Foreign Policy Studies); and the Modern High School, Kolkata. Dr McCall gave a lecture on borders and conflict transformation in each university and talked about the academic provision of the School and about Queen’s. Possible research links were discussed with senior colleagues and invitations were extended to come to the School and present a seminar on their area of expertise. Moreover, a number of students expressed an interest in coming to Queen’s to pursue their studies. At the Modern High School Dr McCall held a lively interactive seminar with Class XI and XII students on issues relating to identity and gender in India and Europe, as well as academic life at Queen’s and in Ireland generally. Teachers and pupils expressed a keen interest in coming to Queen’s for a 2-3 week summer school.  


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