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CHS organises a seminar by Dr. Annie Devenish

CHS organises a seminar by Dr. Annie Devenish

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Abstract: This talk will discuss how the life of an anti-apartheid activist, Phyllis Naidoo (1928-2013), provides an entry point to understanding the nature of Indian diasporic identity and the meaning of being an African. As a third-generation South African of Indian origins with her grandparents being indentured workers, Naidoo’s life story is one of entanglement with South Africa, a rooted commitment to its people, and the forging of Afro-Asian solidarities against the backdrop of the liberation struggle.  Naidoo’s life also reflects the story of migration and networks and the multi-layered identities of migrant Indians.

Dr. Annie Devenish is based in the History Department at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her research interests include gender, activism, and identity in the global South. Dr. Devenish’s publications include a book titled, Debating Women’s Citizenship in India 1930-1960 (Bloomsbury, 2019) and several research articles on feminism within anti-colonial politics, women’s life writings in India and South Africa, the informal economy, and traditional health practitioners of South Africa. She is currently working on Indian women at the United Nations, and on a project on the life of Dakshayani Velayudhan, the first and only Scheduled Caste woman to be elected to the Indian Constituent Assembly.

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.