In this blog, Jessica Collier, Portfolio Manager in the Languages, Literature & International Engagement team at AHRC, talks about the 4th EqUIP academic symposium, which was hosted by AHRC and took place in Gurgaon, India between the 28-29th June 2016.
EqUIP – EU-India Platform for the Social Science and Humanities – is the first research collaboration platform between India and the EU specifically dedicated to Social Science and Humanities.
One of the key objectives of EqUIP is to support the networking of European and Indian researchers as well as identifying opportunities and priorities for future research collaboration between Europe and India.
This objective is being pursued mainly through the organisation of a series of six EqUIP Symposia. The forth symposium, which was hosted by AHRC, focused on exploring themes around the broader area of ‘Social Transformation, Cultural Expressions, Cross Cultural Connections and Dialogue’. Over 50 delegates from both Europe and India attended the event; these included academics who were experts in this field and funding partners involved in EqUIP.
Format of the 1st Day
A warm welcome was provided by the Director of RCUK India, Dr Nafees Meah, Dr Reena Marwah, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and Adam Walker from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Dr Jacqui Karn, the coordinator of EqUIP, from the Economic and Social Research Council Council presented a brief introduction to EqUIP. Followed by Professor Nandini Das, from the University of Liverpool, who acted as an expert convenor of the symposium, delivered a key note speech highlighting the main aims of the symposium.
Once introductions were completed, the delegates were invited to take part in a networking session, which allowed each academic from India the opportunity to meet and briefly discuss their work with each academic from Europe.
The afternoon consisted of presentations from both academics in India and Europe, followed by three thematic discussions,
whereby academics were asked to discuss the themes in more detail, identifying research priorities under each theme. The themes that were discussed were as follows:
- Historical, economic, social, political and religious linkages between Europe and India across time and space
- Cross-cultural communication and creative expression
- Migration, diaspora and cultural diversity
Format of the 2nd Day
On the second day of the symposium delegates were asked to reflect and discuss within their groups the opportunities and challenges associated with collaborative research. Finally, the delegates were then asked to rank the research priorities identified on the first day of the symposium.
Ranking research priorities which were identified in Thematic Discussions. Photos Courtesy of India-Attitude
Findings of the symposium will soon be made available on the EqUIP website.