Weekly Seminars

The Department organises weekly seminars on all Wednesdays.

The Department invites eminent scholars from across the country as well as foreign universities and institutes.


Wednesday Seminar

Prof. L.S. GASSAH, Professor of Political Science (retd.), North Eastern Hill University, Shillong

"Understanding the Relationship between Traditional Bodies and the Constitution: The case of Meghalaya"

Wednesday, 5 February 2020, 2:15 p.m.

Lecture Hall, Department of Political Science

See Details and Abstract




Year wise list of weekly seminars


Jinee Lokaneeta

Drew University

Title: State (of) Torture in India: Laws, Denial, and Prevention, 4 January 2017

Prof Nasir Uddin

University of Chittagong, Bangladesh

Title: Paradox of ‘Non-life’: State in the life of Rohingya (Refugees) in Bangladesh, 5 January 2017  

Prof. Omar Dahbour

Hunter College City, University of New York, USA

Title: An Ecological Conception of Territorial Rights, 11 January 2017

Dr. Ravichandran

Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla; Dalit Camera

Title: Language, Caste and Territory: The Making of a Non-Native Scavenger, 15 February 2017


Prof. Ravi Sundaram

Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, (CSDS), Delhi

Title: The Media Event, Transparency and Technologies of Truth, 20 January 2016

Prof. N. Sukumar, Dr. Sanjay Ingole and Manikanta

Delhi University, Jamia Millia Islamia University and Jawaharlal Nehru University

Title: Inclusion” Only On Paper? The Hyderabad Incident And What Is Going on in Universities, 22 January 2016

Srdja Popović

Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS), Serbia

Title: People Power: How Non Violent Strategies Are Shaking and Shaping The World, 3 February 2016

Prof. Kadloor Savitri

Jamia Millia Islamia

Title: Conflict, Collective Reconciliation and Transitional Justice: Exploring the (Im)Possibilities, 24 February 2016 

Prof. Domenico Amirante

University of Naples II

Title: The Protection of Environment in BRICS Emerging Economies: A Comparative Approach to India and China, 2 March 2016 

Prof. Kiichi Fujiwara

University of Tokyo

Title: Between East and West: The Idea of ‘International Society’ in Japan Kiichi, 15 March 2016

Dr. Dhananjay Tripathi

South Asian University

Title: Different Regions, Different Borders: A Comparative Study of Europe and South Asia, 30 March 2016

Mohammed Amir Khan, Ajit Sahi and Manisha Sethi

Tehelka and Jamia Millia Islamia University

Title: State Repression, Human Rights And Challenges To Democracy: A Discussion, 6 April 2016 

Layla Abdel Rahim

University of Montreal, Canada

Title: Wild Children, or, the Pedagogies of the ‘Unschooled’: Gangadin Lohar, Questioning Normal Daily Life: Normal? Daily? and Life?, 3 August 2016

Dr. Surupa Gupta

University of Mary, Washington DC

Title: Why does India need the WTO?, 17 August 2016

Prof. Eric Palmer

Allegheny College, USA

Title: Sustainable Development Goals and the Subordination of the Local and Diverse, 18 August 2016

Prof. Akhil Ranjan Dutta

Guwahati University

Title: Co-opting the Khilonjiyas: BJP's Electoral Victory in Assam 2016, 7 September 2016

Prof. Katherine Adeney

University of Nottingham, UK

Title: Is India's Federation a Success?, 14 October 2016


Dr. Irfan Ahmed

Australian Catholic University, Melbourne

Title: Democracy as Rumour Media, Religion and the 2014 Indian Elections, 13 January 2015

Ashok Swain

Uppsala University, Sweden

Title: Environment, Development and Sustainable Peace, 14 January 2015

Dr. Uday Chandra

Max Planck Institute, Gottingen

Title: Revolutions within a Revolution: Adivasis and Maoists in the Forests of Jharkhand, 28 January 2015

Dr. Shruti Kapila

Cambridge University

Title: Ambedkar's Agonism and the Triumph of the Political, 11 February

Rajat Ganguly

School of Management and Governance Murdoch University, Australia

Title: Elites, Spoilers and Outcomes of Autonomy Negotiations to End Ethnic Civil Wars, 25 February 2015

Prof. Charlie Jeffrey

University of Edinburgh

Title: UK Politics in The Run Up to The 2015 General Election, 27 February 2015

Prof. Paul Wallace and Prof. Sanjay Kumar

University of Missouri and Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi

Title: The 2014 Elections A Year Later, 5 August 2015

Abhay Kumar Dubey

Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi

Title: Bharat Ki Kalpana Ya Kalpanayen: Sangharsh Aur Sangam, 12 August 2015

Dr. Taberez Ahmed Neyazi

Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi

Title: Framing the Campaign in Hindi: The Interplay of Influence and Mobilization in the 2014 Lok Sabha Election, 19 August 2015

Archana Aggarwal and Gautam Mody

Hindu College and Trade Union Member

Title: Why Working Lives Are Not Tailor Made, Working Class Struggles Today , 26 August 2015

Achin Vanaik

Fellow, Transnational Institute, Amsterdam

Title: Britain's Political Earthquake: Understanding the Jeremy Corbyn Phenomenon, 23 September 2015

Prof. Dilip Simeon

Aman Trust

Title: History, Philosophy and The Things That Get Left Out, 2 September 2015

Dr. Preeti Mann

Ambedkar University, Delhi

Title: Well-being and Development Among The Tribes, 30 September 2015

Vibodh Parthasarathi

Jamia Millia Islamic University

Title: Through the Lens of Media Diversity: Comparative Media Landscapes across Indian States, 7 October 2015

Manisha Sethi and Ashok Aggarwal

Jamia Millia Islamia University; Human Rights Activist

Title: State Violence and the Politics of Encounter-killings, 8 October 2015

Govind Bhattacharjee

Office of the Comptroller & Auditor General of India at New Delhi

Title: The Special Category States of India, 4 November 2015

Harihar Bhattacharya and Lion Koeing

University of Burdwan; University of Heidelberg

Title: Globalisation and Governance in India: New Challenges to Society and Institutions, 26 November 2015


Krishen Mehta

Global Financial Integrity

Title: Global Trade, Tax, and Social Justice, 22 January 2014

Sarbeswar Sahoo

Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Title: Civil Society and Democratization in India, 5 February 2014

Jean Dréze

Ranchi University

Title: Public Action and India’s Great Escape, 20 March 2014

Prof. Anand Mavalankar

The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

Title: Question of Justice in the Contemporary Global Order, 26 March 2014

Dr. Shailaja Menon

Ambedkar University

Title: The Reproductive Body and Its Claimants, 27 March 2014

Arun Ferreira

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR), Delhi

Title: Terror Laws and Political Rights, 2 April 2014

Prof. Rajeev Bhargava

Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi

Title: The Roots of Indian Pluralism: A Reading of Some Edicts of Asoka, 13 October 2014

Prof. Partha Ghosh

Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

Title: Collective Violence and Collective Memory as Migration Theory: The South Asian Experience, 15 October 2014

Dr. Mohinder Singh

Jawaharlal Nehru University

Title: Specters of the West: Negotiating a Civilizational Figure in Hindi, 5 November 2014

Dr. Nergis Canefe

Center for Refugee Studies

Title: Ethics and Politics of International Law, Perspectives From the Global South, 12 November 2014

Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz

University of California, San Diego

Title: Global Justice at the Municipal Scale: The Case of Medellin, Colombia, 19 November 2014


Prof. of Global Politics, Dr. Barry Gills

Newcastle University, UK

Title: Beyond Historical Materialism? A Critique Of Eurocentrism, Economism and Nationalism, 17 January 2013

Prof. James Miller

George Washington University, USA

Title: Music And Politics: Jazz And Freedom Struggles on Two Continents, 19 January 2013

Rashmi Gopi and Anurag Pandey

Department of Political Science, Delhi University

Title: Ayurveda Tourism And Masculinity in Kerala, 23 January 2013

Title: From Sangh Parivar to Party-Society: Communal Violence and Civic Life in Gujarat, 23 January 2013

Dr. Patrick Heller

Brown University

Title: Growth and Citizenship in Indian Cities: A Comparative Perspective, 30 January 2013

S. Anitha

People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy, Tamil Nadu

Title: Messages of Survival from the People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy: Resisting the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu, 8 February 2013

Dr. Rohan d’Souza

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Title: Nature as Calamity and Development As Triumph: Is The Idea of Progress Sustainable?, 13 February 2013 

Dr. M. Mitra

Madhya Pradesh State Planning Commission

Title: The Maoist Challenge and The State Response, 27 February 2013

Anirban Das

Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta

Title: Of Sleep and Violence: Reading Sauptikaparvan in Times of Terror, 6 March 2013

J. Somsekhar

Sri Krishna Devaraya University

Title: The Annihilation of Caste: A Debate, 13 March 2014

Dr. Mallika Shakya

South Asian University

Title: Human Economy and Organized Labour: Perspectives From Nepal and South Africa, 20 March 2013

Dr. Mary E. John

Centre for Women Development Studies, Delhi

Title: Between Welfare and Politics: Feminist Perspectives on Representation and Democratic Governance, 10 April 2013

Fayik Yagizay and Felix Padel

Kurdish Democratic People’s Party’; Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR), Jaipur

Title: Discussion on the Kurdish Question, 14 August 2013

Radhika Govinda

Edinburgh University

Title: Politicisation of Dalits in an Uttar Pradesh Village: Exploring Narratives of Democracy from the Margins, 21 August 2013

Jan Nederveen Pieterse Mellichamp

University of California, Santa Barbara

Title: Twenty First Century Globalisation, 11 September 2013

Luis Cabrera

University of Birmingham

Title: Toward a Theory of Cosmopolitan Rights and Communal Values, 18 September 2013

Prof. Hari Mohan Mathur

Council for Social Development, New Delhi

Title: Displacement and Resettlement: Issues in Development, 25 September 2013

Prof. B. S. Chimni

School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Title: Imperialism and International Law, 23 October 2013   

Prof. Achin Vanaik

Transnational Institute, Amsterdam

Title: Imperialism and ‘Humanitarian Intervention’, 30 October 2013

Manoranjan Mohanty

Council for Social Development (CSD), New Delhi

Title: Imperialism and Land Struggles Today, 6 November 2013


Dr. Richa Kumar

Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Title: Elusive Empowerment: Information Provision and Disintermediation in Malwa, Central India, 22 August 2012

Prof. Shreekant Gupta

Delhi School of Economics

Title: Why Is It So Hard to Address Climate Change? A Political Economy Perspective, 12 September 2012

Dr. Reetika Khera

Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Title: Democratic Politics and Legal Rights in India: Food Security and Employment Guarantee, 19 September 2012

Dr. Priya Naik

Zakir Hussain College, University of Delhi

Title: Mimesis In Museums, Art and Sovereignty: Explorations on 'Why There Is No Non-Western IR Theory’, 10 October 2012

Dr. Jayashree Vivekanandan

South Asian University

Title: Ancient Or Recent? Debating The Origins of India’s Strategic Practice, 17 October 2012

Dr. Rakesh Pandey

Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi

Title: Thought, Tradition And The Search For New Systems In Modern India, 31 October 2012


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