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LASSnet Second Edition, 2010: Videos from


  1. LASSnet 2010: Opening Session (Part 1): Inaugural Key Note- Varieties of Variance: Fractures and Fissures in the Great Pyramid. Marc Galanter, Niraja Gopal Jayal.
  2. LASSnet 2010: Opening Session (Part 2): Plenary 1: Law, Violence and Exception. Milind Wakankar, Deepak Mehta, Anupama Rao, Naveeda Khan.
  3. LASSnet 2010: Plenary 2 : Rule of Law: Insurgent Reason and Public Reason. Upendra Baxi, Kanak Mani Dixit, G. Haragopal. 
  4. LASSnet 2010: Plenary 3 : Broken Attachments: Envy, Hatred and Vengeance in Law. Veena Das, Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller, Nivedita Menon, Lawrence Liang. 
  5. LASSnet 2010: Closing Keynote : Indicators as a Technology of Global Governance. Sally Engle Merry, Shalini Randeria.


  1. LASSnet 2010: Affective Leadership: Balagopal and the Reimagining of Judicial Activism, Human Rights and the State. Jinee Lokaneeta, Arvind Narrain, Ajay Gudavarthy, Sitharamam Kakarala, Anuj Bhuwania.
  2. LASSnet 2010: Book Discussion: Subalternity and Religion: The Prehistory of Dalit Empowerment in South Asia by Milind Wakankar. Milind Wakankar, Deepak Mehta, Bhrigupati Singh, Anupama Rao.
  3. LASSnet 2010: Courting the City: Law and the (Un)Making of Millennial Delhi. Gautam Bhan, Dalia Wahdan, Anuj Bhuwani, Awadhendra Sharan (presentation not in entirety).
  4. LASSnet 2010: Doing Legal Philosophy in India: Reflections on the Legacy of Chhatrapati Singh. Arudra Burra, Upendra Baxi, Sanil V., Navjyoti Singh, Rajeev Bhargava.
  5. LASSnet 2010: Employment, Discrimination and the Law. Gayatri Singh, Maithreyi Mulupuru, Paul H. Merry, Tarunabh Khaitan.
  6. LASSnet 2010: Fear, Secrets and Lies: The Uncanny World of Law after Media. Ravi Vasudevan, Ravi Sundaram (in absentia), Ranjani Mazumdar, Lawrence Liang. 
  7. LASSnet 2010: Law and its Publics: S. P. Sathe Memorial Panel. Kalyani Ramnath, Deepa Das Acevedo, Dipika Jain.
  8. LASSnet 2010: Neelan Tiruchelvam and the Imagination of Southasian Constitutionalism. Veena Das, Arvind Narrain, Siddharth Narrain, R. Sudarshan, Kanak Mani Dixit.
  9. LASSnet 2010: Religion and Constitutionalism in India. Sitharamam Kakarala, Arvind Narrain, Rohit De, Gilles Tarabout, Abhik Majumdar.
  10. LASSnet 2010: The Paper Trail: Documentary Forms and Practices. Radhika Singha, Taringini Sriraman, Shrimoyee Nandini Ghosh, Bhavani Raman.
  11. LASSnet 2010: Who's AADHAAR is it anyway? Reflections on the UID debate. Usha Ramanathan, R. Ramakumar, Sahana Basavapatna, Subasri Krishnan.

A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.