Recent Conferences
International Webinar on May 5th 2020
Talk by President of African Development Bank at IIC organiseded by ASA/PRIASA on 1st February2013
Round Table on "China in Francophone and Anglophone Africa: Implications on India", 24th August 2012 at School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Conference to Establish Asian Africannist Network at Seoul, Korea on 27-29 April 2012
Symposium on “Indian Diaspora in Francophone and Lusophone Africa: Comparing Opportunities for Indian Foreign Policies” 27th September 2011,Conference Room-001 School of International Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University
Talk by Nigerian Foreign Minister on 17th April 2011 at 5 PM
International seminar on 'India-Africa Enduring Partnership: Emerging Areas of Co-operation' at Mumbai organised by African Studies Association of India (ASA India) and Centre for African Studies, University of Mumbai on 2-3 March, 2011
Round Table on
Public lecture cum discussion by Prof. Denis Venter on "The Imperatives of Democracy and Governance for African Renewal" at Conference Hall I, India International Centre on 27th January 2011 at 6:30 PM
ASA Interaction with visiting Journalist from Africa January 2011
International Seminar on India and South Africa: Political, Economic, Strategic and Diaspora Relations, 2-3 December, 2010 in collaboration with ASA India and IIC
Lecture cum discussion with Highcommissioner of the Republic of Gambia, 9th November 2010
Round Table on China and Africa: Perspective from India on 7th September 2010 at SIS, JNU
A talk by Prof. Peggy Levitt, 18 August 2010 at IIC
Teaching , Researching and Resourcing African Studies in India" on 19th March 2010 at Centre for African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
International Seminar on “India and Africa: An Emerging Partnership” SIOS and Teen Murti Bhavan in Collaboration with ASA India on 4-5th March 2010, Inaguration by External Affairs Minister Mr. S. M. Krishna and Valedictory by MOS Sashi Tharoor
International Seminar on India and Africa: Partnership for Capacity Building and Human Resource Development organized by African Studies Association of India in collaboration with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) & IIC on 9-10 Feb. 2010
South Africa under Globalisation: Issues in Foreign Policy and Development at New Delhi (JNU) on 11-12 Nov 2009
Asia - Sudan Internation Seminar organised in collaboration with Denmark School of International Studies at New Delhi (at IIC) on 10-11 Nov. 2009
International Seminar on India and SADC: Role and Importance of South Africa’ , Organised by African Studies Association of India and Punjabi University on 9-10 October 2009 at Punjabi University, Patiala.
International Seminar on India and North Africa under Globalization’ Organised by African Studies Association of India and Academy of Academy of Third World Studies on 18-19 February 2009 at JMI New Delhi.
International Seminar on India and South Africa: Political, Economic, Strategic and Diaspora Relations, 2-3 December, 2010 in collaboration with ASA India and IIC

Call for Papers
Concept Note
India and South Africa have long historical relationships: both were British colonies, a large number of Indians were taken to South Africa as indentured workers during the colonial period, and Karam Chand Gandhi was a common crusader against colonial and discriminatory regimes. It is said that South Africa gave Mahatma Gandhi to India, as it was only after returning from South Africa that Gandhi took an active role in the freedom struggle in India.<br />
Since the establishment of a democratic South Africa in 1994, Indo-South African relations grew from the base of the sterling contribution an independent India made to the fight against apartheid. Bilateral relations between the two countries have shown strong growth since 1994. Trade grew from a figure of US$3 million in 1992-93 to US$4 billion in 2005-06. Both countries have decided to increase bilateral trade to US$12 billion by 2014. Moreover, Indo-South African relations is not confined to bilateral relations alone, it also extends to India&rsquo;s political, diplomatic, and economic interests in the southern African region, in the African continent as a whole, and under the framework of the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) grouping. The IBSA Dialogue Forum was created to promote co-operation and to establish consensus on issues of trade, poverty alleviation, intellectual property rights, social development, agriculture, climate change, culture, defence, education, etc. Besides this, both countries have also established a co-operative relationship in the global context of restructuring and democratising the institutions of global governance like the UN, the WTO, the World Bank, the IMF, etc. This was the precursor to the India-South Africa strategic partnership signed at the Red Fort in New Delhi on the occasion of in the 50th anniversary of India&rsquo;s independence. Thus, the Red Fort Declaration marks a new era in the strategic partnership between the two countries.

India and South Africa are littoral states to the Indian Ocean and thus are located in each other&rsquo;s strategic neighbourhood. They have common, as well as competing, interests in the Indian Ocean region, around the Western Indian Ocean islands, across the sea lanes of communication, and in the threat of piracy in the northern part of the Indian Ocean. South Africa has welcomed the Indo-US nuclear deal and supported India in the nuclear supplier group, but both countries have different perspectives on the NPT and nuclear disarmament. Both countries are legitimate aspirants to permanent membership on the UN Security Council. India-South Africa strategic relationships reflect these complementarities and competing interests. Among the various dimensions of Indo-South African relations, the most prominent is the fast-growing Indo-South African economic relations. Trade relations have grown exponentially over the last decade and a half, and bilateral trade was US$7.5 billion in 2009. For India, South Africa is not only a gateway to the SADC but to the entire African continent. It has also gained importance as a central hub for IBSA economic initiatives. Clearly, South Africa as an emerging economy also competes with India in several economic sectors; South Africa finds Indian economic influence undercutting South African interests in southern Africa and in the SADC. There has been a growing involvement of Indian multinationals in the South African economy and President Jacob Zuma&rsquo;s largest ever delegation of South African CEOs on his state visit to India earlier in 2010, also including numerous CEOs of Indian origin, signifying the involvement of the Indian diaspora as a driver for Indo-South African co-operation.

The strength of the Indian diaspora in South Africa is more than a million; in fact, around half of the Indian diaspora in Africa is located in South Africa. It remains a strong heritage resource and represents the oldest cultural link between the two countries. People of Indian Origin (PIOs) are professionally and educationally important members of South African society and they, too, are facing challenges of reconstruction and redistribution policies in post-apartheid period. As the rest of Africa, South Africa and India are trying to use their diasporas, and the diaspora within, as a resource and a driver to promote economic linkages under globalisation, the PIOs in South Africa is a very important latent resource. The recently-held PBD Africa 2010 in Durban, sponsored by the government of India to commemorate 150 years of Indian migration to South Africa, and the intense and high-level participation by South African provincial and central government representatives, signals a clear move to build additional bridges between India and South Africa through diaspora linkages.
The proposed seminar will therefore focus on the following sub-themes, though it will not necessarily be confined to them:
1. Indo-South African Political Relations: Historical Goodwill and Current Issues
2. Indo-South African Economic Relations: Challenges of South-South Co-operation
3. Indo-South African Strategic Relations: Strategic Partnership and Competing Interests
4. Indo-South African Diaspora Relations: 150 Years of Indian Migration to South Africa
Please submit Abstracts (200 to 300 words) by 1 November 2010 and Completed Papers by 25 November 2010, to Professor Ajay Dubey, African Studies Association of India, Centre for African Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Email at


Date: 29-Jan-2011
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