Centre for Studies of South & South-East Asian Societies

About the Centre
The Department of Political Science has opened a Research Centre namely “Centre for Studies of South & South East-Asian Societies”. The Faculty Members of the Department of Political science have variety of research interests which represent constantly evolving sub-disciplines within the rich and broad scholarship of Political analysis and theory. We strongly believe that creating a platform with specific research interest will help both the institution a platform with specific research interest will help bothy the institution and individual faculty  to become a hub in the broader networks of knowledge transaction in the subcontinent and beyond . The Centre will facilitate research in areas related to cultural transformation, infrastructural transition, electoral behaviour, humanitarian intervention, evolving modes of inequality, ethnic and economic tensions. Each sector of research Interest will be developed as a semi-autonomous focus group by the individual features who are formal parts of the centre. The Centre will seek to access networks of knowledge production and funding globally. It will also help project the University Department on the regional and global registers of scholarship by connecting the Departmental infrastructure with international scholarly networks. This connection is projected to be involved in wider pedagogic practices for research training, workshops and focus courses.
Vision and Mission

  • The Centre will make connections with various countries of South and South-East Asian regions for better understanding the society, politics and economy.
  • To establish a bridge between our university with other universities and institutions of these two regions.
  • To generate funds from various sources in order to scholarly contribution on these two regions.
  • To glorify our university through various research activities which will serve for the grater society.    

1 Dr.DebasishNandy Coordinator

2. Dr.Asis Mistry Joint Coordinator

3.  Dr.Himadri Chatterjee Joint Coordinator

Board of Advisors
·  Dr. Sanjay Bhardwaj (Professor and Director, Centre for South Asian Studies, SIS, JNU, New Delhi, India)
·  Dr. Ganga Thapa (Professor. Department of Political Science, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal)
·  Dr. Anil Kumar Mahapatra (Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, Fakir Mohan University, Balasore, Orisa, India)
·  Dr. Mahesh Ranjan Debata (Director, Centre for Inner-Asian Studies, SIS, JNU, New Delhi, India)
·  Dr. Li Thai Ha (Senior Lecterer, Department of Economics, RMIT University, Ho-Chi-Minh City, Vietnam)
·  Dr. Ramakrishnan Dharmar (Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, Kamraj University, Madurai, India)
·  Dr. Biswanath Chakraborty (Professor, Department of Political Science, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, India)
·  Dr. Martin Malek (Faculty Member, Institute for Strategy and Security Policy, National Defence Academy, Vienna, Austria)
Negotiations and Dialogues
The Centre aims to connect with South and South-East-Asian states. In order to understand the diplomatic, political and cultural aspects we have started to talk with a number of academicians and diplomats of these two regions.
3. Organized Events
1. The Centre has already organized an international Conference in association with the mother Department-Political Science on 9th September, 2018.  The title of the conference was” Nationalism, Ethnicity, Religion and Security in South Asia”. It was funded by MaulanaAbulKalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), Kolkata. Recourse persons had come from, Austria, Bangladesh, Jawharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Kamraj University, Madurai, Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad, Sikkim University, RabindraBharati University, Kolkata, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, Burdwan University. A number of good papers were presented by scholars and academicians of respective fields across the India. The conference proceeding was published in digital form. This copy is available on our university website.
2. One Day International Symposium was organized on “Borders and Migrants in South Asia” on 21st January, 2019. Prof. Pradip Mehbub (Department of Public Administration, Rajsahi University, Bangladesh), Sri Pankaj Dutta (Former I.G. West Bengal Police), Dr. Asoke Kumar Ray (Formerly associated with Delhi Based Think Tanks on Border Studies).
3. “International Seminar on “Security, Migration and Environment: The Asian Perspective” (12th December 2019)
Recourse Persons:

  • Professor Sanjay K. Bhardwaj, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Dr. Christain Ploburger, Thammasat University, Bangkok
  • Dr. Anil Kumar Biswas, the University of Burdwan, West Bengal

4. International Scholars’ Meet (9th September 2019) [ A 20-member group of students came from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh (DURS) in the event for interacting with  the research scholars of the department of Political Science, Kazi Nazrul University]
Recourse Persons:

  • Professor Biswanath Chakraborty, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata
  • Dr. Mahesh Ranjan Debata, Centre for Inner Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Dr. R. P. Pradhan, BITS, Pilani, Goa Campus

5. One Day National Seminar on Connecting South-East and Middle-East
Resource Persons:

  • Professor Raj Kumar Kothai, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal
  • Dr. Bijay Kumar Das, Department of International Relations, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  • Dr. Bibhuti Bhuson Biswas, Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi, Jharkhand
  • Dr. Pradipta Roy, Scottish Church College, Kolkata
  • Dr. Angana Guha Roy, Research Associate, Delhi Policy Group, New Delhi

6. Dr. Saber Ahmed Chowdhury (Associate Professor), Department of Peace and Conflict Studies had delivered a special lecture on “Radicalization of Bangladesh: The Peace Dialogues” on 1st April, 2019.
7. Special lecture organized by the Centre in November, 2018,   January and February, 2019 by Prof. PradipMehbub , Department of Public Administration, Rajsahi University, Bangladesh
8. National Level seminar on “Connecting South-East and West Asia” (July, 2019).
9. International Webinar on “Media, Politics and State in Present Global Order” (14th June 2020).
Recourse Persons:

  • Professor Sanjay K. Bhardwaj, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Dr. D. B. Subedi, University of New England, Australia
  • Dr. Sailendra Bahadur Singh, Associate Professor in Pacific Journalism and Head of USP Journalism, Fiji
  • Professor Pranab Kumar Pandey, Department of Public Administration, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh

10. International Webinar on Global Order during COVID-19 and After
Resource persons:

  • Professor Tulshi Kumar Das, Department of Sociology, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet , Bangladesh
  • Dr. Mahesh Ranjan Debata, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Dr. Himanshu Sekhar Mishra, Senior Editor (Government and Parliament Affairs), ND TV
  • Professor Anil Kumar Mohapatra, Fakir Mohan University, Balashore, Odisha

11. Online Special Lecture Series by the International Speakers
(i) Speakers: Dr. Rajendra Baikadi, PhD, PDF (China), Golda Meir Post-Doctoral Fellow, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. (7th June, 2020)
Topic: The Potentialities and Challenges of Social Work in South Asian Societies
 (II) Speaker: Dr. Gulabmir Rahmani, Department of Sociology, Baglan University, Afghanistan (8th June, 2020)
Topic: Topic: Democracy, Civil Society and Human Rights in Afghanistan
(III) Speaker: Dr. Md. Shafi Mostofa, Associate Professor, Department of World Religious and Culture, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh (10th June 2020).
Topic: From the End of Cold War to COVID-19 (COVID-19 and Clash of Narratives)
4. Collaborative Programmes

  • Two Days National Level Conference on “Parliamentary Democracy in South Asia: Problems and Prospects” was organized by the Department of Political Science, Kanchrapara College on 26th and 27th February, 2019 in collaboration with “Centre for Studies of South and South-East-Asian Studies”, Kazi Nazrul University.
  • One Day National Level Symposium on “The Post-Cold War India’s Foreign Policy” was organized by the Department of Political Science, Vidyasagar College, Kolkata on 27th February, 2019. In collaboration with “Centre for Studies of South and South-East-Asian Studies", Kazi Nazrul University.
  • Collaborative National Seminar on ‘Understanding Human Rights in the 21st Century: Theory & Practice’ in association with IQAC cell and Seminar Subcommittee of Mrinalini Datta Mahavidyapith, Birati, Kolkata on  20th December (Tuesday), 2022.
  • Collaboration for an add an course titled Human Rights & Gender Studies 2023 with Mrinalini Datta Mahavidyapith, Birati, Kolkata.

5. Lectures on YouTube Channel
A number of lectures on various themes related to our Centre have been uploaded on our Departmental You Tube Channel.
6. Upcoming Events

  • Special Lectures will be organized by the following eminent academicians:
  • Professor Sibasish Chatterjee (Department of International Relations, Jadavpur University, Kolkata)
  • Dr. Mahesh Ranjan Debata (Director, Centre for Inner Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
  • Ambassador, Ashok Mukherjee (Former Indian Ambassador to U.S.A., U.K, UAE, Afghanistan)
  • Dr. Sanjay Bhardwaj (Chairperson, Centre for South Asian, Studies, JNU, New Delhi)
  • International Conference of “Energy Security Issue and India’s Foreign Policy”
  • Monograph on Electoral Politics in South Asia
  • Dr. Himanshu Sekhar Mishra, Senior Editor (Government and Parliament Affairs), ND TV
  • International Conference on India’s South and South-East Asia Policy since 1991

Book Publication by the Centre

Debasish Nandy (Ed.) Connecting Asia: Understanding Foreign Relations, Organizations and Contemporary Issues, Kunal Books, New Delhi, ISBN: 9789389224948.

  • International Journal

The Centre has already published the first issue of its international journal in September, 2018. It is an international peer reviewed quarterly journal. The name of this journal is: “International Journal of South and South East-Asian Societies”. It is also available on our university website. There are a number of noted academicians in the editorial board of this Journal. The Editorial Board of this journal is as follows----

  • Editor in Chief---Dr.DebasishNandy
  • Joint Editor—Dr.Himadri Chatterjee &Dr.Asis Mistry

Other Editorial Board Members

  • Dr.Jose Aims RicarrteRocina—Professor, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines
  • Dr.Tulshi Kumar Das, Professor, Shajalal, University, Shilet, Bangladesh
  • Dr. Mahesh Senanayake, Professor, Colombo University, Sri Lanka
  • Dr.BiswanathChakraborty, Professor, RabindraBharati University
  • Dr. Ramakrishna Dharmar, Professor,MaduraiKamraj University, Tamil Nadu
  • Dr.Rajashree Das Gupta, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Prof. R. Radha Krishnan, Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad, India

Non-Residential Visiting Fellows of the Centre

  1. Professor Tulshi Kumar Das, PhD   (September 2023)

            Department of Social Work,
            Shahjalal University of Science & Technology,
           Sylhet-3114, Bangladesh


                              (December 2023-January 2024)                 

2. Sajal Roy, PhD

Institute for Culture and Society
Western Sydney University
Sydney, NSW, Australia

                       (June 2023- September 2023)

3.Dr Scott N Romaniuk is an International Newton Fellow of the British Academy and Royal Society at the University of South Wales, Faculty of Life Sciences and Education as well as a Visiting Fellow at the university’s International Centre for Policing and Security.