European Studies


The field of European studies has over the decades engaged in extensive research of the plurality and diversity of Europe. Consequently, any focus on Europe has been of an elaborated yet contested one. Moving beyond the “tunnel history” which risks ignoring the relations of domination, exploitation and exclusion of non-Europe that has shaped Europe to the present day, CES aims to contextually study socio-political and legal transformations that continues to reinvent the region and engage in interdisciplinary diffusions – a shift from eternally studying Europe as the “inside” to Europe “inside-out”. The Centre for European Studies (CES) intends to build an unprecedented and discursive community of researchers who can engage and debate their approaches in open floors together with peers from other continents, academic traditions and cultures.  

Founded in 2011, CES at the Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA) aims to establish plural observers who will endeavour to study Europe, Europeaness and its myriad identities as a reflexive concern through three core research groups:    

  • Anthropology of Europe
  • European Politics, Culture and Society
  • New Democracies of Europe

Centre for European Studies is now a part of Globus Research Clusterfunded by EU commission’s Horizon 2020 project. The cluster is led by Prof. Helene Sjursen, ARENA Centre for European Studies,University of Oslo, Norway.   

Earlier,CES has coordinated and published the European edition of the Jindal Journal of International Affairs (JJIA) Volume 2 Issue 1. It was released by Cord Meier-Klodt, Acting Ambassador, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, New Delhi. Through its research networking, CES has coordinated and concluded JSIA MoUs with Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wrocław, Poland; Centre for European Studies, Katholieke Universiteit (KU), Leuven, Belgium,Institute for European Global Studies, Basel University, Switzerland and Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University, The Netherlands.

Pedagogy and CES

CES solicits graduate coursework and dissertations as well as convenes monthly meetings with graduate students to promote research discussions and reflect on their subject-specific specializations. CES has built an elective MA course entitled ‘Europe and the World‘ integrated into JSIA’s MADLB since Winter/Spring semester 2013 taught by Dr. Rohee Dasgupta. The course addresses key issues in European governance such as, European integration, EU policy-making, European federalism,

democratisation/constitutionalisation and European identity. Through ‘internal mapping’ of its borders the course provides students with a deep understanding of the changing role of the state, nations and nationalisms within European society. It studies the liberal-democratic compromise of the European ideology and its impacts on transitions of 1968, 1989 and the rediscovery of ‘civil society’ and cosmopolitanism. Contemporary European trends such as ideological convergence and the politics of risk and security; political participation and populism in western and post-Communist Europe; the challenges of multiculturalism and transnational integration: ‘governance’, ‘legitimacy’ and the diffusion of state power are scrutinized. The course is an overview of the trajectories of post-ideological, post-democratic and post-statal in Europe today and their influences on world politics.

From Winter/Spring 2015 CES will offer a second elective course entitled ‘The Idea of Europe‘. The course will be taught by Professor Kalyani Unkule, Assistant Professor, Centre for European Studies and Assistant Dean, International Collaborations, JGLS. The course will focus on European successive reconstitutions in history. Europe’s place in global history as an imperialist core will be reassessed in light of innovations in historiography. The European integration project will be studied in depth to deepen critical understanding of concepts such as federalism, sovereignty, legitimacy and economic and political union. Within present-day EU, Eastern Europe will be analysed as a separate mnemonic community as an exercise in further appreciating the nature of Eurocentricism. The impact of the global financial crisis on Europe will be comprehensively visited to gain critical grasp over the nature of globalisation and the backlash against it as evident in current debates and events. 


MA Dissertations in CES, JSIA [MADLB 2012-14] 

  • Nitin Arya – Trans-regionalism between the European Union and Latin America
  • Amit Kumar Jha – Turkey and EU enlargement: Problems and prospects for membership
    Work in progress paper:
  • Uma Singh – Green Politics of the Kyoto Protocol: EU and the rest

MA Dissertations in CES, JSIA [MADLB 2011-13]

  • Sonamika Bishnoi – Cultural Diplomacy of France, Britain and India: A Comparative Study
  • Purnima Kajal – Cosmopolitanism in Europe: From Vision to Praxis
  • Khushboo Saif – Euro-Islam and Islamic Feminism

Keeping political and inter-cultural translatability in focus, CES-JSIA has built modern European languages like French and Spanish as elective modules within the MADLB. 

To enhance its pedagogical aims, CES in association with the JSIA will engage in grant writing to create an Indo-European network of staff exchange as well as enable students, upon completion of key MADLB course components, to conduct independent and interdisciplinary field/archival research within European studies for their MA dissertations.



Nitin Arya – Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaíso, Chile 

Courses taken:

Advanced level Spanish (B2)

Transnational Actors and International Processes: Latin America as an Actor 

Uma Singh – Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Courses taken:

Contemporary challenges in Environment and society

Diversity: conflict and consensus

Motivation, Leadership and Power


Anupam Hazarika – Faculty of Arts, KU Leuven, Belgium

Courses taken: 

Linguistic Aspects of Ethno-Cultural Diversity  

Main Political Currents in Modern Europe  

Global Environmental Politics

Purnima Kajal – School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Indiana University

Courses taken:

Political Economy and Public Policy 

Introductory Comparative & International Affairs 

Practice of Diplomacy

Khushboo Saif – Faculty of Arts, KU Leuven, Belgium 

Courses Taken:

Linguistic Aspects of Ethno- Cultural Diversity 

Introduction to Islam

Ethnic Relations

CES Resources

  • Collegium Budapest promotes culture and the sciences by giving internationally recognized academics and young researchers an opportunity to pursue research of their choice in an international, intellectually stimulating environment.
  • SIEPS carries out multidisciplinary research in current European affairs. 
  • CITSEE– Europeanisation of Citizenship in the Successor States of the Former Yugoslavia.
  • FRAGEN project aims to collect the most important texts from the feminist movements in Europe of the second part of the 20th century.
  • BASEES [British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies] 

Research Foundations

  • The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. They implement a number of initiatives including education, research and media.

India and Europe

  • The Goethe Institute, is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach.
  • EuroIndia Research helps Indian organisations access and benefit from EU funding in Research and Development. EIRC will achieve this through a permanent platform for co-operation between India and the European Union that will promote co-operation at a research level. 
  • DAAD India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Srilanka – Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, or German Academic Exchange Service is a joint organisation of German institutions of higher education and student bodies to promote academic co-operation worldwide, especially through the exchange of students, scholars, academics, and scientists.

Europe and Asia Institutes

  • The Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya has successfully established itself as one of Southeast Asia’s leading institutions for social science postgraduate research and teaching.
  • The University Research Priority Program (URPP) Asia and Europe of Zurich University explores exchanges and encounters that have taken and continue to take place between Asia and Europe in the areas of culture, law, religion and society.

European Studies in India

  • The Centre for European Studies is a multi-disciplinary department within the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.


  • German Law Journal delves in developments in German and European jurisprudence in English
  • The European Journal of International Law one of the leading journals in international law is based at the European University Institute, the Universities of Florence, Munich and Paris II and the Michigan Law School.
  • Maastricht European Studies Papers (MESP) is the official interdisciplinary online journal of the European Studies programme at Maastricht University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 
  • Transitions online (TOL) is a nonprofit organization established to strengthen the professionalism, independence and impact of the news media in the post-communist countries of Europe and the former Soviet Union. 
  • Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe (JSAE)
  • The European Management Journal (EMJ) is a generalist, academic review covering all fields in management studies. It is published by Elsevier with six issues a year.
  • Europe-Asia Studies is the principal academic journal in the world focusing on the history and current political, social and economic affairs of the countries of the former ‘communist bloc’ of the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and Asia.
  • The Asia-Europe Journal is a quarterly journal dedicated to publishing quality academic papers and policy discussions on common challenges facing Asia and Europe that help to shape narratives on the common futures – including both risks and opportunities – of Asia and Europe.
  • The Journal of Indo-European Studies serves as a medium for the exchange and synthesis of information relating to the anthropology, archaeology, mythology, philology, and general cultural history of the Indo-European speaking peoples. 
  • Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe seeks to provide a radical critical analysis that is sympathetic to democratic, labour, feminist and ecologist movements from contemporary economic, social, cultural and political perspectives and developments in the region bounded by Germany in the west and Russia in the east. 
  • Democratiyais a free quarterly on social-democratic and anti-totalitarian politics and culture. 


Diplomacy and leadership


NGOs, IGOs and Think tanks

Minority Rights Research


Events in CES are three-fold in nature – they include an academic seminar series, a public lecture series and joint seminars with related research centres in OPJGU.

Europe in-contexts seminars in CES focus on studying different geo-political areas of Europe as well as the key contexts such as mechanisms of governance, democracies, cultures, rights, socio-histories, subjectivities, conflicts and contested politics that have shaped Europe since 1945. The purpose of the seminar series is to contribute towards shaping the focus of three core CES research groups: Anthropology of Europe, European Politics, Culture and Society and New Democracies of Europe.

CES Public lectures are based on collaborations with diplomatic missions of European nations in New Delhi to foster perspectives on interregional dialogues and political cultures. The first public lecture was given by Dr. Pavel Svítil, Minister Counsellor, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan. The second public lecture was given by Dr. Jules Naudet, Head of Politics and Society Research Area, The Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH), French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, New Delhi. The third public lecture was delivered by Silvia Costantini  First Counsellor, Political Affairs, Delegation of the European Union to India. The fourth public lecture was delivered by Dr. Cesare Onestini, Deputy Head, Delegation of the European Union to India.

CES joint seminars are held in collaboration with research centres and research programmes from all schools within O.P. Jindal Global University. The first-joint seminar on Cosmopolitical Modernities was held in association with the Collaborative Research Programme on Law, Postcoloniality and Culture, JGLS. 

CES in association with the Polish Institute in Delhi organized a photo exhibition (22nd August – 5th September 2014) on Ryszard Kapuściński and invited Professor Bogdan Góralczyk, Centre for Europe, University of Warsaw to deliver a public lecture.

With JSIA-JGU’s new membership in the Global Studies Consortium (GCS), CES organized a public lecture by Professor Mark Jurgensmeyer on What is Global Studies?

Student Experiences

Affiliation with CES has been instrumental in developing my knowledge on topics like Regionalism, Interregionalism and Political Economy. Regular interaction with the faculty at CES not only helped me identify my research interests but also learn to systematically conduct my research in these areas. I can easily say that the course ‘Europe and the World’ was the most interesting course I took at JSIA. The various readings provided and the student led seminar discussions provided for an enriched learning experience during the course.  

I spent a semester as an exchange student at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) in Chile where I took courses with a focus on Latin America as well as advanced Spanish Language courses. While pursuing the MADLB, I got the opportunity to work as an intern at the think tank Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) in New Delhi where my paper on the trade bloc Mercosur was published in February 2013. I continued to pursue my research interests utilizing my experience as an exchange student at PUCV in Chile, as a research intern at ICWA and the courses I took at JSIA by choosing to do my dissertation on the topic ‘The Political Economy of Interregional Relations: Understanding Interregionalism between the European Union and the Latin American and Caribbean Region’ at CES.

I am currently working at the Embassy of Perú in New Delhi at their Economic and Commercial Wing.  

Purnima Kajal – MA(DLB) 2011-2013

Coming from a humanities background, I was always inclined to study IR and with the purpose of bringing my research interests to fruition, I became a part of the Centre for European Studies. The mainstream division of the centre in three research groups drew my attention and I found myself profoundly interested in understanding the various paradigms attached to the region, except for its marked boundaries that define it from the outside.The information process through various seminars and lectures was challenging yet very informative.  

After a series of events and readings I found myself highly disposed to study cosmopolitanism and socio-political aspect of Europe via a lens of multiculturalism. The study abroad programme at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, further provided me with ample research material to intensify my research interest, and while there, I also wrote a paper on multiculturalism in Europe. It also inspired me to conduct my research and write my MA dissertation on Cosmopolitanism in Europe. Later, amidst all the informative CES Europe in context seminars, one by Prof. Idesbald Goddeeris, on Mental mapping: Europe’s internal borders from a historical perspective, gave a fresh outlook to the region which helped me understand the focus areas that I needed to study.

Doing my research under CES and the mentoring I received not only helped me attain a perspective, it also inspired me to conduct my research with sheer dedication.  

After conducting my MA dissertation in CES, I was also inspired to take the research further and do a Ph.D. in the same. And thus, I am now pursuing a Ph.D. in European and International Studies at King’s College, University of London.

The research journey at CES has been highly enlightening and I was able to identify my genre of studies. 

Sasanka Kanuparthi – MA(DLB) 2013-2015

Based on the emphasis laid in the classroom while doing the course on Europe and the World, contentious issues like Reconciliation, Nationalism, European Identity, etc. caught my imagination and my interest to engage with the area of study increased. The guidance I received through the readings and the course instructor on case study analyses and theories, especially pertaining to the breakup of the Former Yugoslavia was instrumental in creating the necessary knowledge base. The consequences of Identity Politics and Nationalism in the Balkans intrigued me to the extent that I began to look for study and internship opportunities. 

I recognized the need to pursue an internship concerning the conflicts in the Balkans and took up an opportunity in the multi-ethnic yet divided country of Bosnia & Herzegovina, to understand the workings of Reconciliation in a post conflict society. My learning in the internship was focused on appreciating the political and administrative challenges, methodical asymmetry in reconciliation programs and the domestic hurdles in implementing them as these remain to be some of the major issues that require restructuring. Keeping in the mind the future of the relationship between states in a post-war transition phase and EU, there is a need to work towards lasting solutions. After going through a valuable learning curve in Bosnia, I plan to take up an opportunity to study a semester abroad at KU Leuven in Belgium to establish a higher level of understanding in the specific fields of conflict in Eastern Europe and Balkans to be able to analyze, articulate the recommendations and probable steps for resolution.   

Khushboo Saif – MA(DLB) 2011-2013

I have obtained my Bachelors in Political Science (Honors). I was keen in pursuing an interdisciplinary course in International Relations, thus joined Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA). I was fortunate to be a part of European studies center at JSIA. The holistic approach, individuality of the subject, the committed teaching staff, path breaking methodology and its execution galvanized my experience to perfection. It was an amalgamation of professional display and quality academic interaction.   

Being a part of Center for European Studies gave me an opportunity to enhance my understanding of Islam in Europe as I attended my fall semester studies at Katholieke Universitiet Leuven, in the Master of European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives (MAES) program. I undertook three modules: Introduction to Islam; European Perspectives on Religion and The Linguistic Aspects of Ethno- Cultural Diversity. These modules gave me a significant amount of clarity on my field of interest for further study. I have an in-depth knowledge of International Relations and European Studies. I have also written my dissertation on ‘Euro- Islam and Islamic Feminism’ as I wanted to understand that why Muslim women are denied their rights in the name of their religion- Islam. 

I found the seminars in CES useful in many ways: it gave me a perfect synopsis of the comprehensive series of the academic discussions, a great network and fantastic sources. 

I am presently working at G. D. Goenka University where this interdisciplinary approach is being incorporated.    

Uma Singh -MA (DLB) 2012-2014

My experience in studying at CES in JSIA and at Leiden University has been extremely valuable. Frequent discussions, reading materials and presentations broadened my learning and gave me a clear perspective of things. Two years of intense and vast learning experience has given a new direction and perspective towards building my future prospects much better.Along this journey of knowledge, I realized my interest towards European studies and hence from my second semester, I specifically took courses related to European perspectives, especially in environmental studies based on European Union and Germany and their active role as a leader in Climate Change.   

This interest in the environment from European lens led me to do a study abroad in my third semester at Leiden University, in the Netherlands which gave me an opportunity to personally see the European way of life by interacting with renowned professors and students from all across the world. I took courses in Humanities and behavioral sciences which opened my knowledge towards diversity, environment and society.  Here, I learnt some basic but important ways to write project proposals which would definitely help me in the future.  Also, chairing an audience was the experience which I undertook for the first time here. I remember being very nervous and even spoke for more time than what was required and was thus marked negatively. But in all, I took it as a learning experience.  

While writing my dissertation on the topic, ‘Strategic partnership between EU and India on Climate Change’, I felt that both, India and EU have a great scope to work towards climate change. EU and India through multilateral cooperation can become examples for other countries to work towards a better healthier environment. Now that I have got my MA (D.L.B), I intend to work towards environmental governance. 

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