Warsaw Conference: India in International Relations

CSASP students visit to Warsaw

A number of CSASP students, studying for the MSc in Contemporary India, organised a trip to Warsaw to attend the conference India in International Relations – Polish and European Experience on May 22nd 2014, and to present their own theses to students attending the Centre for Contemporary India Research and Studies at the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw.

Professor Matthew McCartney and Dr George Kunnath were presenting at the conference on ‘Policy Priorities for India in 2014: the importance of comparison and history’ and ‘India’s Persisting Internal Conflict: The Maoist Insurgency and Counterinsurgency’ respectively.

The four-day visit started with a welcome tour of the University by Prof. Marta Kicińska-Habior, the Vice-Rector for Student Affairs and Quality of Teaching and Learning, this was followed by a drinks reception. The main conference event taking place on day two of their visit.

Day 3 gave the students the opportunity to take part in a student conference, where they were joined by MA and PhD students from Warsaw University to present and discuss their theses. This culminated in a roundtable dinner, focussing on the recent Indian elections.

There was still time for some fun on the trip with a whole day dedicated to sightseeing and a special mention has to be made to Warsaw student Anna Rochala, who took the group to visit the Jewish Uprising Museum.

Kieran Sandhur, one of six students who travelled to Warsaw said of the visit “Although the conference to Poland abounded from light-hearted, non-committal conversation with Dr. Zajaczkowsi (Deputy Director for Academic Research and International Cooperation at the Institute of International Relations) on his visit to Oxford earlier this year, our time there proved to be incredibly enriching- both academically and culturally.  We had the opportunity to listen to a variety of intellectuals speak about different aspects of India, including H.E. Mr Artur Nowak-Far, Undersecretary of State, H.E. Madame Monika Kapil Mohta, Ambassador of India to Poland, Prof. Subrata K. Mitra from Heidelberg University and Dr. Manish Thapa from Tribhuvan University to name a few. We also had the chance to present our own theses to scholars, which offered us insight from perspectives outside of our Oxford focus.” 

Speaking on behalf of the group, Kieran continued “We would like to say dziękuję to the University of Warsaw for their hospitality, especially to the students who shepherded us around Warsaw for three days, showing us the local joints and putting up with our “punctuality”.  We look forward to being able to reciprocate such kindness and hope this was just the beginning of a successful partnership between universities. “