2008 International Conference of CELAO

(Consejo de Estudios Latinoamericanos de Asia y de Oceania), 2008.

The Third International Conference of Consejo de Estudios Latinoamericanos de Asia y de Oceania (CELAO: Latin American Studies Council of Asia and Oceania), was organized by the Centre of Canadian, US and Latin American Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in collaboration with the School of Social Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) between December 3-5, 2008 at the Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. The overarching theme of the conference was ‘Contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean’. It witnessed the participation of delegates from across the Asia-Pacific, the Latin American and the Caribbean regions and from all over India. The Conference was formally inaugurated on December 3, 2008 with the inaugural address by Hon. Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Union Minister of External Affairs, India, followed by Prof. Won-Ho Kim’s (President CELAO) address. The Inaugural Session was chaired by Prof. B.B. Bhattacharya, Vice Chancellor Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, alongside Prof Omprakash Mishra, Acting Vice-Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University and Member Secretary, Global India Foundation, Kolkata. The Vote of Thanks was tendered by Prof .Darvesh Gopal, Indira Gandhi National Open University.

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Pic A: From L to R: Prof. Abdul Nafey, President, Organising Committee, CELAO and Professor, School of International Studies, JNU; Prof. Omprakash Mishra, Pro-Vice Chancellor, IGNOU and Member Secretary, Global India Foundation; Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Union Minister of External Affairs, Government of India; Prof. B.B. Bhattacharya, Vice Chancellor, JNU; Prof. Won-Ho Kim, President CELAO; Prof. Darvesh Gopal, Professor IGNOU.

Pic B: Prof. Omprakash Mishra addressing the delegates.

Pic C: Admiral P J Jacob chairing the session on security issues.

Global India Foundation was represented by Admiral P. J. Jacob, Chairman, Global India Foundation, who chaired a session on security issues at the conference, Dr. Lopamudra Bandyopadhyay, Ms. Sreya Maitra, Ms. Sayantani Sen and Ms. Amrita Chowdhury, who presented papers and participated in the deliberations of the Conference. Dr Bandyopadhyay delved deep into the security issues of Latin America through her paper ‘Sendero Luminoso: A Case Study in Exotic Terrorism’ whereas Ms. Maitra’s focus was primarily on Brazil and her paper was titled ‘Democratisation of Brazil: Past Trends and Prospects’. Ms Sayantani Sen and Ms Amrita Chowdhury presented a joint paper titled ‘The Continuity of Discontinuities: Dilemmas of Change in Latin America’ highlighting developmental issues in Latin America. The Conference explored various issues ranging from Development, Foreign Policy, Security and State and Politics in the Latin American region in course of its deliberations.

To view the working drafts of the papers, please click on the hyperlinked names above.