Impressions of Identity in Myanmar

Written by Carlotta Panchetti. I let two weeks pass before putting some thoughts on (digital) paper to elaborate on my 3 weeks in Myanmar. Due to the country’s size (it is in fact the fourth biggest country in the world) and the difficulties in transportation, I only had the chance to scratch its surface, spending …

Successful blog series on Hindu Nationalism

By Professor Katharine Adeney IAPS was proud to organise a series of Blog posts on Hindu Nationalism. Contributors from comparative politics, history, journalism, law and political theory reflected on the various issues raised by the election of Modi and the BJP in 2014. The blog series ran in the week of Indian Prime Minister Modi’s …

Why Indians abroad succumb to ‘Modimania’

Honorary Professor Andrew Whitehead writes: “Of all the world leaders who have visited Britain, only Nelson Mandela and the Pope have addressed bigger public gatherings than Narendra Modi’s rally at Wembley,” boasts a spokeswoman for the UK Welcomes Modi organisation. It is billed as a grand community reception, and 60,000 Modi supporters – almost all …

Director’s thoughts

It’s been a great few months with IAPS.  We’ve had some fantastic speakers at our seminar series, from issues as diverse as ‘extraordinary rendition’, the ‘developmental state in east Asia’ to ‘nation building in Vietnam’.  Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to come and speak, but also to the audience who have asked …

India’s election hots up

The #IndiaVotes2014 blog hosted on Ballots and Bullets and associated commentary hots up.  IAPS Director, Katharine Adeney posted an article in The Conversation discussing the election campaign.  This week the blog has featured analysis of the Modi factor, by Dr James Chiriyankandath from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Dr Andrew Wyatt from the Univeristy of …

Ethnic autonomy in South Asia: a prelude to secession?

Within South Asia in 2014, the states of Nepal and Burma/Myanmar are currently undergoing constitutional redesign and experiencing demands for recognition of territorially concentrated ethnic groups.  Similar demands are being made in Pakistan, with demands for Seriaki and Hazara speaking provinces receiving more support in recent years.  India is one presidential pen stroke away from creating its …

Tri-campus workshop on Identity and Recognition

This event has now been postponed.  An update will be posted when more information is available.  A tri-campus workshop will be held at the University of Nottingham UK under the auspices of the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies (IAPS) and the Centre for the Study of Political Ideologies (CSPI).  We are inviting paper proposals from …

Ethnic Autonomy in South Asia – a road to secession?

As the debate over the Scottish referendum hots up this week, in my inaugural lecture this Thursday 20th Feb I consider the arguments made against granting autonomy to territorially concentrated groups (often termed ‘ethnofederalism’) because of the perceived dangers of increasing pressures for secession.  These arguments are prevalent in political discourse and were deployed against …

Ethno federalism in Nepal?

Dr Mara Malagodi came to talk to the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies (IAPS) on the 30th January 2014. Dr Malagodi was speaking on the topic of The Making of New Nepal? State Restructuring, Identity Politics and the Constitutional Impasse.  Her talk focused on explaining why waiting for federalism in Nepal was like ‘waiting …