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CfP: International Conference on India & European Union at St. John’s College, Agra [Dec 7]: Submit by Nov 16: Expired

The Department of Political Science, St. John’s College, Agra is conducting an International Conference on India & European Union: Exploring New Horizons in Strategic Partnerships.

Concept Note

India and European Union have nurtured their bilateral relations on shared democratic principles and values. They envision a multi-polar and rule-based world order to facilitate greater policy synergies on global and regional issues. Although India’s interactions with Europe are centuries old, change in global order and national priorities have always influenced the course of their external policies.

Consequently, India and the EU have witnessed both continuity and change in their relationship. The India-EU strategic partnership, which was signed in 2004, envisages a comprehensive political, economic and cultural relationship in future. Frequent political interactions, substantive business linkages and vibrant cultural exchanges have contributed in further strengthening the strategic partnership.

As far as contemporary global order is concerned, it appears to be in a state of flux. Tensions in Russia-EU relations, instability in the Middle East and North Africa, trade war between US and China, Indo-Pak conundrum in South Asia, rising threats of international terrorism and radicalism, and ultra nationalist tendencies etc. pose political as well as security challenge for the EU. Populist measures across the world are promoting protectionist tendencies which in turn disrupting norms of free trade and flow of people.

Both India and EU believe in multilateralism and primarily seek to address the political crises and security challenges through diplomatic means. As major stakeholders in international peace and security, India-EU cooperation is important to effectively deal with global and regional challenges.

Economic engagement is core of India-EU strategic partnership. The EU is a major economic partner of India. However, in spite of several rounds of negotiations, they are yet to finalize the free trade agreement. A number of political and developmental issues, scientific cooperation and academic exchange, non-traditional security threats such as climate change and energy crunch also warrant attention from both India and the EU. If these issues are addressed timely and appropriately, their strategic partnership would be further strengthened.

In this broader political and strategic context, the Department of Political Science, St John’s College Agra organizing an International Conference. The proposed one-day international conference intends to discuss evolving Political and Strategic Trends in India and the EU, political situation in South Asia, West Asia and North Africa. The conference will also discuss economic scientific and cultural cooperation between India and EU.

We invite abstracts not exceeding 300 words. The deadline for abstract submission is November 15, 2019. All abstracts will undergo peer review by the expert committee of the conference. Authors of accepted conference contributions may submit their full papers to be considered for publication in a reputed journal, which will be notified shortly. The deadline for manuscript submission is November 25, 2019.

Theme of the Conference:

Topics include but are not limited to the following themes:

1. Convergences and Challenges for EU and India: Politics, Energy, Security, Terrorism,
2. India-EU Trade Relations, Business Cooperation, Economic Cooperation
3. Cooperation in the field of Education: Higher Education. Climate Change, Science and Technology
4. India and EU: Cultural, Historical and Literary Engagements and people to people engagements

We welcome proposals, including cross-thematic and inter-disciplinary papers concerning the above theme.

About the Organizer

St. John’s College, Agra, was established in 1850 by the Church Missionary Society of England through the efforts of the Agra C.M.S. Association which came into being in 1840. The first Principal of the College The Rev. Thomas Valpy French, a distinguished fellow of University College, Oxford, was a man of great vision and missionary zeal. At its inception, the College formulated its own curriculum and conducted its own examination. From 1862 to 1888 the College remained affiliated to Calcutta University and later up to 1927 to Allahabad University. In 1927 with the formation of Agra University, the then Principal of the College Dr. A.W. Davies became its first Vice-Chancellor and the College was affiliated to the Agra University.

The College can boast of having one of the most beautiful buildings in North India, built in red sandstone in Indo-Saracenic architecture. The foundation stone of the Centenary Wing was laid by Bharat Ratna Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, former President of India, in 1958 and was opened by Bharat Ratna Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, in 1959, with the words “I have come to pay tribute to this temple of learning.” The College has very distinguished alumni, the foremost of them being the late Dr. Shanker Dayal Sharma, the former President of India.

Registration Details

Registration Fee for

Faculty and Research Scholars: Rs. 1000/-
Students: 300/-

Registration Fees can be paid in Cash/DD/NEFT
To, Principal St. John’s College, Agra
State Bank of India


Assembly Hall, St. John’s College Agra


Organising Secretary:
Dr W R Saimon, Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science, St. John’s College, Agra
Mobile: 9891142434

Click here for the college website and view the brochure given below for full details.


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