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Conference and Research Visit: Dr. Philipp Gieg in India

In February and March 2024, Dr. Philipp Gieg from the Chair of International Relations and European Studies spent several weeks in India for a conference and research visit.

In New Delhi, he took part in the Raisina Dialogue, India's most important conference on international politics and economics, which was opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Philipp Gieg attended panel discussions with high-ranking representatives from India, the Global South, Europe and the USA. There he also met long-time IPS cooperation partner Prof. Ummu Salma Bava from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), who took part in a panel discussion with the foreign ministers of Lithuania and Denmark, among others. Other panels dealt with the Ukraine war, relations between the Global North and the Global South and the role of the BRICS states and the G20 – with high-ranking participants such as Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar, Tanzanian Foreign Minister January Yusuf Makamba, Dutch Foreign Minister Hanke Bruins Slot, many diplomats and academics.

As part of the ICAS:MP Centre for Advanced Studies, which was founded in New Delhi in 2016 and in which the IPS has been involved since the beginning, the conference “The World After the Pandemic” was held at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies. The conference brought together renowned Indian academics such as Prof. Prathama Banerjee, Prof. Ravi Sundaram and Prof. Awadhendra Sharan as well as international experts such as Prof. Hartmut Rosa, Prof. Tiziana Terranova and other representatives from universities in the UK, India, South Korea and the USA.Philipp Gieg presented a research paper entitled “Post-Pandemic Global Development Governance: Contestation, Crises and Change?”.

Also as part of ICAS:MP, the workshop “The Lens of Gender: Refiguration of Categories” took place a few days later, organized by the ICAS module “The Challenge of Gender”, in which the University of Würzburg's Chair of Indology is also involved alongside the IPS. Together with Prof. Ummu Salma Bava, Philipp Gieg organized a panel at the India International Centre in New Delhi that dealt with “Gender, BRICS and G20 - Contested Norms and Categories in Global Governance”.

In addition to talks and working meetings at several think tanks such as the Centre for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP) and the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), Philipp Gieg also visited JNU and the South Asian University (SAU).At JNU's Centre for European Studies, he gave a lecture on current developments in German foreign and security policy, while at the Centre for African Studies he discussed Indian foreign policy with students and doctoral candidates. At SAU, he gave a lecture on India's Africa policy and presented his book “India's Africa Policy”, which was published last year. There he met Prof. Sanjay Chaturvedi and Dr. Soumita Basu, who have already been guests in Würzburg several times.