From July 23 to 28, 2016, the 24th World Congress of Political Science took place in Poznań (Poland), organised by the International Political Science Association (IPSA). Members of the IPS India Forum and their Indian partners presented their India-related reserach.
India Forum presents research activities
Prof. Dr. Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet convened and chaired the panel "Constructing Spaces for Triangular Governance: Opportunities and Challenges before Africa, Asia and Europe". Prof. Dr. Aparajita Biswas from the University of Mumbai who had visited our institute as a guest professor in 2014 took part in the panel and spoke about "Prospects and Challenges of Asian and European Engagement in Africa".
Philipp Gieg presented his paper about India's and China's Africa policy. Under the title "Of Conflict, Competition – and Cooperation?", he located India and China on a continuum between cooperation and conflict as far as both countries’ Africa policies are concerned. Manuel Pietzko presented his analysis on "The EU’s Maritime Multilateralism in the Indian Ocean: Charting Cooperation in a Region on the Rise", a subject he is working on together with Dr. Carolin Rüger.
The papers of Timo Lowinger, Dr. Manuela Scheuermann and Flora Tietgen deal with Norms research in International Relations and "Gender Balancing in Multilateral Peacekeeping". Prof. Dr. Pierre Vercauteren from Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) acted as discussant.
New Prospects for Cooperation
During the six day congress the members of the India Forum attended several panels, discussions and business meetings of IPSA Research Committees. The participation of scholars both from Würzburg and India and numerous new prospects for cooperation made a significant contribution towards strenghtening the Institute's focus on India and towards enhancing its visibility and interconnectedness.
Funding by DAAD and Universitätsbund
The participation in the World Congress of Political Science was funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) under its new funding initiative Indo-German Partnerships in Higher Education and by Universitätsbund Würzburg.