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5th AEEII International Seminar

19–20/09/2022 | University of Cádiz

Exploring India Identities through the Colonial Relationship

Guidelines: Call for Papers
Poster: Seminar

2nd AEEII Webinar Series

10/12/2021– | Online

Spain-India Conversations [#2]

Webinar 4: Politics [19/01/2022]
Self-Respect as a Primary Ideal: On B. R. Ambedkar's Conception of the Political (Shaunna Rodrigues & Mario López Areu)

Webinar 5: Law [18/02/2022]
Presentation of the Book Sex and the Supreme Court: How the Law is Upholding the Dignity of the Indian Citizen (Saurabh Kirpal & Cristóbal Alvear)

Webinar 6: Sociology [23/02/2022]
Activism Patterns of the Indian American Diaspora (Prema Ann Kurien & Víctor L. Vélez)

Webinar 7: Music [15/03/2022]
The Music of India: Classical and Beyond (Manasi Prasad & Enrique Cámara de Landa)

Links: YouTube (Webinar 4 / Webinar 5 / Webinar 6 / Webinar 7)

Meet the Author

Webinar 1 [10/12/2021]
Radicalizing Her: Why Women Choose Violence (Nimmi Gowrinathan & Antonia Navarro-Tejero)

Webinar 2 [28/03/2022]
Contemporary Indian Poetry (Tishani Doshi & UdL Students/Lecturers)

Links: YouTube (Webinar 1 / Webinar 2)

Courses

16/02–09/05/2022 | Córdoba & Online

Courses for the Academic Community

Course 1 [16/02–13/03/2022]
Meditation

Course 2 [21/02–09/05/2022]
Chair Yoga

Course 3 [25–26/03/2022]
Ayurveda Nutrition Experience

More information: Booklet

7th AEEII International Conference

22–23/11/2021 | Online (University of Cantabria)

Indian Roots and Routes in Global Times: Cartographies of Independence, Diaspora and Resilience

Guidelines: Call for Papers
Poster: Conference | Plenary Talk | Plenary Session | Book Presentation | Art Workshop
Schedule: Programme | Book of Abstracts
Venue: University of Cantabria · Software: Zoom
Links: Website | Twitter (#AEEII7) | Youtube (Playlist)

1st AEEII International Doctoral Symposium

22–24/03/2021 | Online (University of Córdoba)

India Studies: Methodological Approaches to Theories of Affects and Resilience

Guidelines: Leaflet
Schedule: Programme
Venue: University of Córdoba · Software: Zoom
Links: Youtube (Playlist)

1st AEEII Webinar Series

11/12/2020–08/03/2021 | Online

Spain-India Conversations [#1]

Webinar 1: Literature [11/12/2020]
The Dystopian World (Manjula Padmanabhan, Prayaag Akbar, Antonia Navarro-Tejero & Jorge Diego Sánchez)

Webinar 2: Education [17/02/2021]
Peace Education and ESL: A Waldorf Perspective (Siobhan Bowers & Bindu Chowdary)

Webinar 3: Gender [08/03/2021]
Rape Culture and the Global Future (Chandra T. Mohanty & Antonia Navarro-Tejero)

Links: YouTube (Webinar 1 / Webinar 2 / Webinar 3)

4th AEEII International Seminar

09–10/11/2020 | Online (University of Cantabria)

Affecting India: Identities at the Crossroads of Emotion in a Global World

Guidelines: Call for Papers
Poster: Seminar | Plenary Lecture | Workshop
Schedule: Programme | Book of Abstracts
Venue: University of Cantabria · Software: Zoom
Links: Twitter (#AEEII2020) | YouTube (Plenary Lecture / Workshop) | Padlet (Workshop)

6th AEEII International Conference

27–29/11/2019 | University of Valladolid

Gandhi in Contemporary India: Seeking Peace amid Disorders

Guidelines: Call for Papers
Poster: Conference | Workshop
Schedule: Programme | Book of Abstracts
Venue: Faculty of Humanities (University of Valladolid) | Casa de la India | Museo Patio Herreriano
Links: Website | Twitter (@iconference2019)

3rd AEEII International Seminar

05–06/11/2018 | University of Córdoba

South Asian Women behind the Camera: the Visual Arts and Technology with Gender Perspective

Guidelines: The Spanish Association for Interdisciplinary India Studies invites papers, panels, and roundtable proposals for its biennial International Seminar. The AEEII was founded in 2007 at the University of Córdoba, where we held the first of a series of International Conferences exploring interdisciplinary aspects of India and its diaspora. Since then we have been alternating between Conferences and Seminars so that an international event is held every year. This year, we invite papers on cultural productions made by South Asian women in the Visual Arts. Across the wildly diverse landscape of South Asian visual arts—spanning countless genres and languages—women filmmakers, composers and authors are challenging the status quo, though female representation behind the camera remains dismally low, even by the still unequal international standards. We look forward to studies on films, documentaries, performances, plays, videoclips, artistic interventions, photography, sitcoms, etc., but also genres such as visual poetry, graphic novels and comics. Visual Art that uses technology as a means of activism is especially encouraged. Potential panel and round table themes include, but by no means are limited to:

  • How South Asian women are transforming the visual arts
  • Multiple feminist representations of India: The battle with censorship, fair representation in the visual art business, challenging conservative sexual mores, introducing experimentation in an industry dominated by men and often formulaic fare
  • South Asian women filmmakers in arthouse, regional cinema, from within mainstream Bollywood and globally
  • The lens and prism thorough which we look at female characters/artists/actors
  • Commerce and patriarchy
  • Women-centric stories
  • Female composers and music producers
  • Serials directed by women in digital platforms such as Amazon Prime Video and Netflix
  • Feminist campaigns in social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Female leading roles in theatre
  • Activism in digital platforms
  • Artists and representations beyond the gender label: trans and hijra communities
  • Visual art production in South Asian vernacular languages

You may submit an abstract for a paper, a panel proposal including abstracts and bios for all participants, or a proposal for a roundtable to aeeiindia@gmail.com and antonia.navarro@uco.es before October 1st. Abstracts must be around 250 words in English or Spanish and they must include the full name of the speaker(s), institutional affiliation(s), full title of the proposal, a 100-word biodata, and contact details. In keeping with the inclusive spirit of the Association, we offer fee waivers to Indian national scholars and all students who are unemployed. For the rest of the participants, we request a 20-euro fee. Please keep in mind that in order to participate at this International Seminar, you must be an AEEII member. Please join us once your proposal has been accepted. If you have any problem becoming a member, please contact our treasurer Maurice O'Connor at maurice.oconnor@uca.es. A selection of contributions will be published in the Association journal, Indialogs, in a special thematic issue (more information about the publishing opportunities coming soon). Please, visit the AEEII Facebook page for updates. The Seminar will also include a lively social and cultural programme in the historical city of Córdoba.

Poster: Seminar | Exhibition
Schedule: Programme
Venue: Faculty of Humanities (University of Córdoba) | Film Archive of Andalucía | Centro Social Rey Heredia

5th AEEII International Conference [10th Anniversary]

29/11–01/12/2017 | Autonomous University of Barcelona

Writing/Righting Wrongs: Misrepresentation, Discrimination, Inequality

Guidelines: Acts of injustice in or with the Indian subcontinent have been committed by previous generations in institutional, social, political or familiar contexts. This conference seeks to highlight some of these wrongs and discuss the various ways they have been or should be righted. This conference is likewise geared by an inclusionary energy that connects diverse manifestations of "Indianness" against the background of an Indoceanic geography. W/righting wrongs involves acts of remembrance whereby memory and history coalesce, and, as a result, a dynamics of self situated beyond the national/global dichotomy is delineated. The conference is intended to cover a wide range of disciplines so we welcome papers from historians, anthropologists, philosophers, art historians, environmental scientists, linguists and literary scholars and cultural studies practitioners. The topics proposed include but are not restricted to the following:

  • Reparations for social wrongs: Dalits, tribals and subalterns
  • Reparations for mass crimes and ethnic violence
  • Acknowledging historical misrepresentations: imperial oversights, stereotypes in historical novels, the silencing of minorities
  • Historical culpability: the legacy of colonialism, the connivance of the colonized
  • Uncovering lost treasures in art, literature and music
  • Rethinking Indian philosophies
  • The role of the cinema: escapism or social commentary?
  • Religious revivals
  • Reinterpreting the epics
  • Memories of the Partition: healing the wounds
  • Questioning gender constraints: the voices of women, alternative sexualities
  • Life writing: new approaches
  • Reviewing environmental policies: ecological disasters
  • Indian languages: Hinglish, translation policies

200-word abstracts in either English or Spanish plus a 100-word bionote should be sent to india.uab@gmail.com. A selection of the papers will be published in no. 6 of Indialogs: Spanish Journal of India Studies (April 2019) after blind review by external assessors. Deadline for proposals: 01/06/2017. Notification of acceptance: 01/07/2017.

Poster: Conference
Schedule: Programme
Venue: Faculty of Humanities (Autonomous University of Barcelona) | Casa Asia
Links: Website

1st AEEII Symposium

24&27/11/2017 | University of Salamanca

Classical/Modern India(s) in English

Schedule: Programme
Venue: Faculty of Philology (University of Salamanca)

4th AEEII International Conference

30/11–02/12/2016 | University of Oviedo

Yoga: Corporeal and Spiritual Bodies in India

Guidelines: Call for Papers
Poster: Conference
Schedule: Programme | Book of Abstracts
Venue: Faculty of Humanities (University of Oviedo)
Links: Website | Twitter (@aeeii2016Oviedo)

2nd AEEII International Seminar

22–23/10/2015 | University of Zaragoza

India: the Subcontinent with a Thousand Faces

Poster: Seminar
Schedule: Programme (1) | Programme (2)
Venue: Faculty of Humanities (University of Zaragoza)
Links: YouTube (Filosofía y Letras Zaragoza)

3rd AEEII International Conference

29–31/10/2014 | University of Salamanca

Oceans, Seas, Rivers: Crossings in Indian Societies and Cultures

Guidelines: One of the three most important early urban civilizations in the Old World, and the largest, the Indus Valley Civilization was based in the Indus River Valley as was indeed the case with Ancient Egypt's Nile Valley and Mesopotamia's Tigris and Euphrates. Unsurprisingly, in all three civilizations, rivers had an important role to play in settlement and urbanization. The decline of the Indus Valley Civilization has been linked to a possible change in the river's course and drought, which drove the population eastward to finally settle in the Indo-Gangetic plain, cementing the foundations of Ancient Vedic India. What stands out however is the salient role that rivers have subsequently played in the Indian ethos. Rivers are considered holy in Hinduism and specifically, the Ganga is personified as a goddess in the scriptures, with its waters believed to absolve all sins, and certain cities on its banks considered to be important pilgrimage sites. Water is a primary element in Indian art and culture. As the source of all life, it is considered a symbol of fertility and purification. Creation myths in Indian mythology make multiple references to water. These myths are present in architecture, sculptures and paintings with multiple iconographic and decorative motifs related to water. This religious and cultural significance of water bodies in India presents a sharp contrast with the current day-to-day reality of urban and rural water access. According to the 2013 report published by the UNICEF and FAO, India has about 16 percent of the world's population as compared to only 4 per cent of its water resources with per capita water availability of around 1,170 cu. m./person/year. Some of the crucial issues faced by the water sector in India include (a) climate change-affected rainfall which results in floods and droughts in different areas; (b) water pollution and deficient waste management; (c) indiscriminate groundwater extraction; and (d) inter-state disputes on river water access and providing safe drinking water.
The Spanish Association for Interdisciplinary India Studies holds its third International Conference and welcomes papers from a variety of fields (including politics, literary criticism, sociology, philosophy, history, ecology, anthropology, technology, economics, and others) which explore water as constitutive of the Indian experience in national and diasporic contexts. Suggested topics include:

  • Oceans/seas/rivers as borders (geographical, political, cultural)
  • The role of oceans/seas/rivers in rituals and religious rites
  • The photographic/cartographic/literary/film representations of oceans/seas/rivers
  • The concepts of trans-oceanic distances and proximity
    • Trans-oceanic diasporas: chronologies, settlements, characteristics, etc.
    • Marine and river routes
    • Trans-oceanic linguistic changes
  • Maritime economy and the exploitation of water as a resource
  • Ecological approaches to oceans/seas/rivers
  • The representation of water in the plastic arts
  • Water and architecture: Monuments specifically built for water collection and conservation
  • Eco-Aesthetics: Reflections in modern art on the importance of water in urbanization processes and community developments
  • Water and governance
    • Water rights issues
    • Water as a resource and its agricultural and industrial exploitation
    • Water management and sustainable use
    • Water access and gender/class issues

Please send 250-word abstracts by July 6, 2014, along with a 50-word bio-note, to antonia.navarro@uco.es and taniya.gupta@gmail.com. Abstracts will be evaluated by the Conference Academic Committee and authors will be informed of their acceptance by end-July 2014. Papers should not exceed 10 pages (2,500–3,000 words; 20 minutes delivery) and they can be presented either in English or Spanish. A peer-reviewed selection of the conference papers (in the English version) will be considered for publication under the format of a book, and are due by November 30, 2014.

Schedule: Programme | Book of Abstracts

Venue: Faculty of Geography and History (University of Salamanca)

Registration: It includes admission to all sessions, exhibits, excursions and receptions. Be sure to register before September 17, 2014, to receive the early-bird discount. Those graduates and postgraduates who want to attend the conference can obtain a certificate of attendance and/or participation at special reduced price, after being evaluated positively, equivalent to 20 hours / 2 credits ECTS.

Registration Fee

Early Bird

After 17th September

Participants

€150

€180

AEEII Members

€110

€140

Students/Attendees

€25

Download the registration form and fill it with your personal details and choices for the conference. Send the form along with payment proof via email, fax or post to:

     Bank: Banco Santander
     Account holder: Fundación Cultural Cencillo de Pineda
     Concept: Registration Conference-your full name
     Account number: ES94 0049 1843 42 2510186102
     — — — — — — — — — —
     Postal address
     Dr. Francisco Giner Abati
     Dpto. de Psicología Social y Antropología
     Avda. de la Merced, 109-131
     37005 Salamanca (España)

Fee Waiver: The Organising Committee has launched a fee waiver for Indian participants having funding difficulties for attending the Conference. Those participants interested in applying for the fee waiver must fill in the application form and send it via email to aeeiindia@gmail.com by September 19th. The Organising Committee will assess all the applications received and will communicate their positive acceptance to those participants who have obtained the fee waiver.

Travel Information:
From Madrid: Located at a distance of 200 kilometers from Madrid, Salamanca is well-connected to the Spanish capital. By road, take the A-6 highway till Ávila and then change to the A-50, with a travelling time of around two hours and fifteen minutes. From Adolfo Suárez Airport, Barajas, there are frequent buses to Salamanca from terminals T1 and T4. The trip lasts two hours and forty minutes approximately. Consult timetables and buy tickets online at the Avanzabus website. Frequent buses also leave every day from the Méndez Álvaro Bus Terminal "Sur - Méndez Álvaro" (Méndez Álvaro, 83, 28045 Madrid - 914684200) for Salamanca. Express buses usually take two and a half hours and normal buses take around three hours. Prices range between €16.00 and €23.00 (one-way trip) depending on the bus type. The Salamanca Bus Terminal (Avenue Filiberto Villalobos, 71 - 923236717), the final stop for all these buses, is a 15/20 minutes walking distance from the Plaza Mayor and a mere 600 metres from the Conference site, the College of Archbishop Fonseca. Trains leave for Salamanca from the Chamartin station in Madrid (C/ Agustín de Foxa, s/n. - 902320320). The first train leaves at 8:45 and the last train at 21:13. The journey lasts approximately two and a half hours and ticket price is around €20.00. Tickets can be bought in person at the station or online at the Renfe website. The train station at Salamanca (Paseo de la Estación s/n - 902240202) can be reached in 10/15 minutes by car from the city centre. A taxi from the train station to the Conference site will cost around €5.00.
From Barcelona: There are currently four weekly flights between Barcelona and Salamanca (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays departing from Barcelona at 15:20 and arriving at Salamanca at 16:40. The return flight leaves Salamanca at 17:10 and reaches El Prat Airport at 18:30). Flights are operated by Air Nostrum. There is a bus service to the city bus terminal from the Matacán-Salamanca airport, which is some 15 kilometres outside the city. Tickets cost €3.00 and the trip lasts around 25 minutes. You can also travel to Salamanca from Barcelona by train. There are daily trips and passengers must change trains at Zaragoza. Departure from Barcelona is at 14:10 and the arrival time in Salamanca is at 22:36. For the return trip, departure is at 6:00 and arrival in Barcelona at 14:20. Tickets can be bought in person at the station or online at the Renfe website. The train station at Salamanca (Paseo de la Estación s/n - 902240202) is within 10/15 minutes driving distance from the city centre. A taxi from the train station to the Conference site will cost around €5.00. The Renfe Iñigo bus company (923236054 en Salamanca y 932700978 en Barcelona) makes two daily trips from Barcelona at 8:45 and 22:15 (arriving in Salamanca at 20:00 and 9:00 respectively) and from Salamanca at 10:00 and 20:00 (arriving in Barcelona at 21:15 and 7:00 respectively). Tickets can be bought at the Renfe Iñigo website. The Salamanca Bus Terminal (Avenue Filiberto Villalobos, 71 - 923236717), the final stop for all these buses is a 15/20 minutes walking distance from the Plaza Mayor and a mere 600 metres from the Conference site, the College of Archbishop Fonseca.

Accommodation: Please find below a list of hotels that might be of interest to you. These are suggestions made on the basis of their proximity to the conference venue as well as their room prices. Viajes El Corte Inglés offers us a choice of three hotels with the following prices per night. Prices include VAT as well as breakfast. Reservations and any modifications to the same must always be communicated in writing to Viajes El Corte Inglés. We request you to make your reservations by the 12th of October, at the latest, to avail of the prices mentioned below. Reservations will be confirmed upon receipt of payment. All reservations will be on a first come, first served basis. The terms of cancellations are dictated by the conditions set down by each hotel. To reserve, send the following form to mariomartin@viajeseci.es at Viajes El Corte Inglés.

Hotel

Single Room

Hotel Petit Palace Las Torres ***

€115

Hotel Silken Rona Dalba ****

€75

Hotel San Polo ***

€66

Another option is the Hotel Sweet Home Salamanca which offers both single and double rooms at the below prices (VAT and breakfast included). To make reservations, visit their website.

Room type

Sunday–Thursday

Friday–Saturday

Single

€22 person/night

€26 person/night

Double

€19 person/night

€23 person/night

Social Events:
Wednesday, 29th October | 21:00 Welcome Reception, Caballerizas Restaurant. We invite all our conference participants to a reception at the Caballerizas restaurant in Salamanca, a place that is part of the University of Salamanca's history and is located next to the Cathedral. In the past it has proved to be very popular with people who have visited the University for different events.
Thursday, 30th October | 21:00 Conference Dinner, La Hoja Restaurant. In order to not repeat the same venue, and to provide all participants with an opportunity to explore the culinary delights of Salamanca, we have shifted the conference dinner to the La Hoja Restaurant in San Pablo street in the City Centre. The menu will consist of drinks, entrées, mains, desserts and coffee. The price is the same; €25.00 per person. To pay via Paypal account or with credit/debit card, please click on the button below:

Friday, 31st October | 12:30 Guided Historical Tour of the University. (Free of charge)

About Salamanca: "Salamanca, a city that enchains the will of all who have tasted the amenities of life in that fair seat of learning", said Miguel de Cervantes about this city, and there's no denying that he was right. A student city par excellence, its University was founded in 1218 and it is the oldest university in Spain. It also has a valuable artistic-historical heritage, especially Renaissance and Baroque, which led to its being declared a World Heritage City in 1988. To explore its streets on foot and enjoy the sight of its spectacular Plaza Mayor, its cathedrals, the famous House of Shells or the façade of the University building, especially at dusk, when the stone acquires a golden sheen, is a feast for the senses. Far from losing its glory with the passage of time, Salamanca has retained it while also adapting to modern life. A good example is precisely the site of this conference: the Palace of Archbishop Fonseca, a unique 16th century building with one of the most spectacular Renaissance patios in Spain. It also boasts of all the comforts and latest technology necessary to create an optimal academic programme and at the same time enjoy the beauty of this location. For all these reasons, we are sure that the incomparable setting of the city as well as the University of Salamanca will enable all our participants to take full advantage of the interesting and engaging academic programme offered within the youthful and lively atmosphere of Salamanca. Welcome!
Where to eat: In the city centre of Salamanca there is a wide variety of restaurants and bars that offer both daily menus and à la carte at a wide range of prices. The university dining hall in the Peñuelas de San Blas street (fixed lunch menu: €5.40) is very close to the conference venue. We also recommend the Colegio Mayor de Oviedo, which is located within the university campus, and also has dinner menus (price: €4.50). The Fonseca Palace also has a restaurant which offers a fixed lunch menu at €10.00 and a dinner menu at €8.25. For more information, visit this link.

Interesting Links:

1st AEEII International Seminar

02–03/05/2013 | University of Cádiz

Imagining India: Perspectives on its Cultural Manifestations

Poster: Seminar
Schedule: Programme
Venue: Faculty of Humanities (University of Cádiz)

2nd AEEII International Conference

23–26/11/2011 | University of La Laguna

Other Indias: The Richness of Indian Multiplicity

Guidelines: The Spanish Association for Interdisciplinary India Studies holds its second International Conference and welcomes papers from a variety of fields (including politics, literary criticism, sociology, philosophy, history, ecology, anthropology, technology, economics, and others) which consider the multiplicity of the Indian mosaic. We invite proposals that look into the ways in which India (and the Indian subcontinent) is represented and explored, with special emphasis on difference in plurality, and diversity in unity. Other topics may include cultural assimilation, shadows of India in the Western world and vice versa, the rewriting of the Indian canon, the problematization of Indian idiosyncrasy and the narration of the various Indian diasporas in the world, among other possibilities. We will also include parallel sessions with miscellaneous papers not strictly related to the topic. Complete affiliation of author(s), and paper title, as well as telephone, fax, mail and e-mail addresses, should be submitted before June 30, 2011. Abstracts (around 250 words) will be evaluated by the Conference Academic Committee and authors will be informed of their acceptance by end-July 2011. Papers should not exceed 10 pages (2,500–3,000 words; 20 minutes delivery) and they can be presented either in English or Spanish. A peer-reviewed selection of the conference papers (in the English version) will be considered for publication under the format of a book. Please, email abstract and bio-note to the organizing committee (jioliva@ull.es) by the end of June. Conference details, including list of plenary speakers, will follow shortly.

Poster: Conference

Schedule: Programme | Tentative Programme

Venue: Faculty of Philology (University of La Laguna) | Apartamentos Bellavista

Registration: It includes admission to all sessions, exhibits, excursions and receptions. Be sure to register before October 15, 2011, to receive the early-bird discount. Those graduates and postgraduates who want to attend the conference can obtain a certificate of attendance and/or participation at special reduced price, after being evaluated positively, equivalent to 20 hours / 2 credits ECTS.

Registration Fee

Early Bird

After 15th October

Participants

€150

€180

AEEII Members

€110

€140

Students/Attendees

€25
Credits awarded

Download the registration form and fill it with your personal details and choices for the conference. Then make a bank transfer to the following bank account. Then you can either mail your registration form with payment proof, send it via fax or scan the documents and email them. The information about postal address, fax number and email address is here. Make sure you clearly state your full name in your bank transfer order.

     Bank: Cajacanarias (Banca Cívica)
     Account holder: AEEII 2011 Juan Ignacio Oliva Cruz
     Concept: Inscripción AEEII 2011 + name and surname
     Account number: ES06 2065 0067 6814 0011 9759
     BIC/SWIFT Code: CECAESMM065
     — — — — — — — — — —
     Postal address
     AEEII 2011 ­ Universidad de La Laguna
     Dr. Juan Ignacio Oliva Cruz
     Dpto. de Filología Inglesa y Alemana
     Facultad de Filología
     Campus de Guajara s/n
     La Laguna (38071)
     Tenerife, Canarias, España
     Fax number: 0034 922317611
     Email: jioliva@ull.es

Fee Waiver: The Organising Committee has launched a fee waiver for those participants finding fund difficulties for attending the Conference. Those participants interested in applying for the fee waiver need to fill in the form and send it via email to aeeiindia@gmail.com by September 25th. The Organising Committee will assess all the applications received and will communicate their positive acceptance to those participants who have obtained the fee waiver via email by October 1st 2011.
Update: The following is a list of the approved fee waivers.

  • Abdul Momin Chowdhury
  • Bandana Chakrabarty
  • Biljana Doric
  • Elisa Zenck
  • Irfanullah Farooqi (25 euros, student fee)
  • Jasbir Jain
  • Jayshree Singh
  • Kanchi Vashisht
  • Mini Nanda
  • Neenu Kumar
  • Pawan Singh (25 euros, student fee)
  • Ramya Swayamprakash
  • Rina Ramdev
  • S Asha
  • Saugata Bhaduri
  • Simi Malhotra
  • Srikishan Rai
  • Urmil Talwar

Travel Information: To get to Tenerife there are two airports in the island, Tenerife-North "Los Rodeos" and Tenerife-South "Reina Sofía". Tenerife-North is much nearer the two venues of the conference (5–10 minutes driving distance to La Laguna and 30 minutes to Puerto de la Cruz), but it is more of a national airport, mainly for those who come in transit from Madrid or Barcelona. Tenerife-South, on the other hand, is the international airport and it is located in Granadilla de Abona (at about 1 hour driving distance to La Laguna and 1 hour 30 minutes to Puerto de la Cruz); most of the low-cost companies land there but there are regular green buses (TITSA company) which take you to the capital of the island: Santa Cruz de Tenerife (please, do not confuse it with Puerto de la Cruz, which is another town!), at an estimated price of about 7 euros. The main venue of the conference will be the Faculty of Philology, University of La Laguna, in Guajara Campus (Plaza del Rector D. José Carlos Alberto Bethencourt, 38071, La Laguna - Tenerife), and Apartamentos Bellavista (C/ Eucaliptus, 4, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz - Tenerife). To move between the Metropolitan Area, there is a tram that goes two-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to La Laguna every 5 min. Single tickets cost 1 euro. The trip from Santa Cruz de Tenerife / La Laguna to Puerto de la Cruz takes 40–50 minutes by regular bus (TITSA company), depending on traffic. Here is the link of TITSA schedules.
Visa Issues: To help you with the process of visa application, the names of all participants from South Asia have been sent to the Embassy of Spain in New Delhi. Please, check this website and follow the guidelines, and please do not forget to stay clearly the purpose of your visit, along with submission of all the documents.

Accommodation: This is a list with some hotels that might be of your interest. We have tried to select those which seem to be nearer and more adequate in terms of price and proximity, 5–10 minutes walking distance to the conference venue. You will also find a link with each hotel's webpage in case you may need further information. Apartamentos Bellavista has arranged especial prize for AEEII-Tenerife Conference. Please, indicate it in your reservation. Especially for those who come from abroad, you have the chance to make your reservation on-line by clicking on the links below.

Conference Venue

Apartamentos Bellavista ***

Single Room

€35 w/o breakfast
€39 w/ breakfast

Double Room

€44 w/o breakfast
€52 w/ breakfast

Triple Room

€55 w/o breakfast
€67 w/ breakfast

Social Events: Complementary to the academic programme planned for this conference, the organising committee has arranged the following social activities which we hope you will enjoy.

  • Walking Visit to La Laguna (UNESCO World Heritage Town)
  • Recital: Coral Universitaria de La Laguna and brief visit to La Laguna University Central Campus
  • Walking Tour in Puerto de la Cruz by night
  • Half-Day Excursion to "Las Cañadas del Teide" National Park

About Tenerife: The island of Tenerife is not only the largest volcanic island of the Canarian archipelago, but it is also home to the highest mountainous peak in Spain: Mount Teide (3718 metres). It is a continent in miniature, surrounded by beautiful landscapes that vary from green Pine and Laurel forests, to brownish moors, moulded by lava eruptions, dark sandy beaches and huge and impressive sea cliffs. Spanish colonial architecture can be enjoyed by walking in the historical towns of La Orotava and San Cristóbal de La Laguna (UNESCO World Heritage City since 1999), the place where the first University in the Canaries was founded in the 18th century. During the conference, we will have the opportunity of visiting "Las Cañadas del Teide National Park" (which is the most visited park in Spain), together with touring the cities of La Laguna and Puerto de la Cruz, in the renowned Orotava valley, at the very foot of Mount Teide. We dearly hope that the most promising academic programme of the venue comes to terms with the leisure activities planned and the outstanding beauty of the fortunate islands, as they have been called ever since ancient Roman times to present day. Enjoy it!

Interesting Links: Tenerife Island | Islas | TripAdvisor | Spain-Tenerife | VirtualTourist

1st AEEII International Conference

29/06-02/07/2009 | University of Córdoba

India in Canada, Canada in India: Managing Diversity

Guidelines: The Spanish Association for Interdisciplinary India Studies is organizing the first International Conference after its recent creation and invites papers from a variety of fields, including politics, literary criticism, sociology, philosophy, history, ecology, anthropology, technology, economics, and others, which consider the relationship between India and Canada in all its possible manifestations. We will also hold parallel sessions with miscellaneous papers not related to Canada. Complete affiliation of author(s), and paper title, as well as telephone, fax and (ordinary) mail and e-mail addresses, should be submitted before December 31, 2008. Abstracts will be evaluated by the Conference Academic Committee and authors will be informed of their acceptance by mid-January 2009. Papers should not exceed 10 pages (2,500–3,000 words, 20 minutes delivery) and they can be presented either in English or Spanish. A selection of the conference papers (in the English version) will be considered for publication. Please, email a 300-word abstract and a brief CV to the organizing committee (aeeiindia@gmail.com) before the end of the year.

Schedule: Programme & Book of Abstracts

Venue: Faculty of Humanities (University of Córdoba) | Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs | Viana Palace

Registration: It includes admission to all sessions, exhibits, and the Welcome Reception. Be sure to register before April 27th 2009 to receive the early-bird discount.

Registration Fee

Early Bird

After 27th April

Participants

€130

€160

AEEII members

€90

€100

Students/Attendees

€15
Credits awarded

Download the registration form and fill it with your personal details and choices for the conference. Then make a bank transfer to the following bank account. Then, you can either mail your registration form with payment proof, send it via fax or scan the documents and email them. Make sure you clearly state your full name in your bank transfer order.

     Bank: CajaMadrid
     Address: C/ Gondomar, 9. C. P. 14003 (Córdoba, España)
     Bank telephone number: 957497024
     Account holder: AEEII
     Concept: AEEII 2009 + participant's name
     Account number: IBAN ES54 2038 9858 5230 0030 2814
     BIC/SWIFT Code: CAHMESMMXXX
     — — — — — — — — — —
     Postal address
     Cristina M. Gámez Fernández
     Dpto. de Filología Inglesa y Alemana
     Colonia de San José, 3
     Campus de Rabanales
     Universidad de Córdoba
     14071 Córdoba (España)
     Telephone numbers: +34 957212112/2059
     Fax number: +34 957218427
     Email: aeeiindia@gmail.com

Fee Waiver: The Organising Committee has launched a fee weaver for those participants finding fund difficulties for attending the Conference. Those participants interested in applying for the fee weaver need to fill in the application form and send it via email to aeeiindia@gmail.com by April 20th. The Organising Committee will assess all the applications received and will communicate their positive acceptance to those participants who have obtained the fee weaver via email by April 24th 2009.
Update: As you already know, the organising committee of the Conference has offered fee waivers. It has been a complex process as first, there has been a very large number of applications, and second the world crisis has caused an important financial shortage also affecting our funds to cover fee waivers. Together with fee waiver applications, we have been kindly suggested to cover local hospitality (accomodation and food expenses) as well, but fee waiver applicants must know that, contrariwise to Indian practice, Conferences in Spain (and also in most European countries) do not cover local hospitality. Thus, only fees can be financially supported by our Association. This decision has been made consistently with our strong commitment to India. Therefore, it has been our aim to support twelve Indian scholars and students interested in participating in the First Conference organised by the AEEII, providing the greater economical difficulties that Indian colleagues face when visiting European meetings. Our congratulations to the colleagues who have obtained our fee waiver:

  • Gunjeet Aurora
  • Saugata Bhaduri
  • Paromita Chakravarti
  • Anil Dhingra
  • Smita Jha
  • Simi Malhotra
  • Seema Malik
  • Masrufa Nusrat
  • Seema Kashyapsharma
  • Rajiv Saxena
  • Vishnupriya Sengupta
  • Jayshree Singh

The rest of participants are strongly recommended to make their bank transfer not later than next Friday 24th April, so as to benefit from early bird registration. We also want to remind you of the advantages of becoming a member of the Association.

Travel Information: When planning your trip to Córdoba, keep in mind that the closest airports are in Sevilla, Málaga and Madrid. From those cities, it is very easy to take a high speed train to Córdoba. For more information about schedule and fares, see Rail Europe or Renfe. In case you prefer to take a bus, these are some companies which run to Córdoba: Alsina Graells (+34 957278100) and Secorbus (+34 902229292). Once you get to the train station or to the bus station (one building just in front of the other), you can either choose to take a taxi (it should not be more than 6 euros), a bus (line 5) or even to go to the hotel on foot if you want to start enjoying our city. On foot it should not take longer than 15 minutes. Check this map to see the distance between the rail-way/bus station (Plaza de las tres culturas) and Facultad de Filosofía y Letras (Plaza del Cardenal Salazar). How to get to Atocha Renfe train station from Barajas airport. (Look for the Metro sign in the Arrivals area leading to the Metro station located within the airport). Tickets can be bought from the counter or from automatic vending machines.

  • Estimated Time: 0 h. 45 min. 15 secs. MTWTFSS: Take the PINK line (Line 8) from the Airport Metro station till Nuevos Ministerios. In Nuevos Ministerios take the NAVY BLUE line (Line 10) until Tribunal. In Tribunal change to the LIGHT BLUE line (Line 1) till Atocha Renfe.
  • Estimated Time: 1 h. 0 min. 25 secs. MTWTF:Take the PINK line (Line 8) from the Airport Metro station till Mar de Cristal. In Mar de Cristal take the BROWN line (Line 4) till Diego de León. From Diego de León take the GREY line (Line 6) till Pacífico. Board the LIGHT BLUE line (Line 1) in Pacífico till Atocha Renfe.

Taxis are also available at the airport and generally cost between 35 to 40 euros (including airport supplement) for a trip to Atocha Renfe. A discount is available on train tickets for passengers making a flight connection. Please retain your boarding passes as you will be required to produce them as proof at the counter if you wish to avail of this discount. For information on timings and ticket prices of trains to Córdoba (duration of journey, approximately two and half hours), please consult the following link. To help you with the process of visa application, the names of all participants from South Asia have been sent to the Embassy of Spain in New Delhi. Please, check this website and follow the guidelines, and please don't forget to stay clearly the purpose of your visit, along with submission of all the documents.

Accommodation: There is also a youth hotel in Córdoba. If you are interested in exploring this option, please do check the following webpage. These prices will be available until May 15th. After that date, the hotels may change the fee. To book, send the following form to Javier Martín Párraga (javier.martin@uco.es).

Hotel

Single Room

Double Room

Almanzor *

-

€40.00/night
(w/o Breakfast)

Tryp Los Gallos ***

€63.56/night
(w/ Breakfast)

€72.12/night
(w/ Breakfast)

Social Events: The Conference invites participants to walk through the magic atmosphere of the narrow streets of the city of Córdoba and to relinquish the exquisiteness of its old picture in history. The Conference organisers kindly propose participants should attend the range of cultural activities which have been scheduled for the week. Amongst these, the emblematic Mosque-Cathedral, the voices of past in the Archaeology Museum, what life was like in the times of the Jewish and the Muslim by having a look at The Casa Sefarad and The Casa Andalusí, the palace of power and splendour at Madinat Al-Zhara, the symbol of opulence and Christian reign reflected through the gardens of The Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos and its adjacent Baths, in which quietude and the murmuring waters regale the ear, are highly recommended to visit. Not only will senses be delighted but the sense of knowledge will be also satisfied since organisers have proposed that visits should be guided.

  • Guided Tapas Route in the Jewish Quarter
  • Andalusi House
  • Guided visit to The Mosque-Cathedral
  • Flamenco Performance
  • Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs
  • Guided visit to The Caliphal Alcazar Baths
  • Night tour Fernandine Churches
  • Guided Visit to The Ruins of Madinat Al-Zhara

Price: €15 (entrance fees and transport included; food and drink not included). More information: Rosalía Villa (vijir22@hotmail.com)

About Córdoba: Córdoba is a city with an enormous heritage of culture and monuments. Due partly to its strategic position on the River Guadalquivir and partly to the wealth of remains left by the different peoples who inhabited the city, Córdoba has become a privileged city in the very heart of the history of the Western World: its vast Caliphal (Arabic) civilization, during the Middle Ages, was the most brilliant in the Europe of its day and forged lasting links between East and West. For tourists, it is one of the most frequently visited of all Spanish cities, mainly because of its enormous historical interest and artistic heritage. Such influential figures in Roman civilization as the philosopher Seneca or the poet Lucan were born here, and in the 10th century Caliphal (Arabic) Córdoba became the most refined and advanced civilization in Europe where scholars, poets, doctors, philosophers and mystics lived, some of whom achieved world-wide fame, such as the philosopher Averroes or the Jewish doctor Maimonides. The heritage dating from after the Christian conquest is equally impressive: churches, convents, hospitals, palaces and numerous stately homes surround the marvellous, unique building that is the Mosque-Cathedral and make Córdoba one of the greatest monumental cities in Europe. In 1994, the UNESCO recognised the universal importance of the historic buildings in Córdoba, by extending the limits of the World Heritage Site beyond the Mosque itself to include the whole of the historic quarter.
Brief History of the City: The first proper settlement was established in Córdoba in the late Bronze Age (8th/9th century B.C.). After the arrival of the Phoenicians and Greeks on the peninsula, Córdoba became known as an important mining and commercial centre, since the River Guadalquivir was then navigable as far as this city. In the 2nd century B.C., the general Claudius Marcellus founded the city of Corduba as the capital of the Roman province Hispania Ulterior. Córdoba thrived under Roman rule, and a great number of monumental and public buildings were raised, such as the recently-discovered amphitheatre. After Hispalis became the provincial capital and as the final dismemberment of the empire drew closer, Córdoba sank into cultural and economic stagnation, which lasted through the whole period of the Visigoth occupation. In the 8th century, Arabic troops landed on the Mediterranean coast and and easily took over the weakened Visigoth kingdom. Muslims settled in Córdoba, where they lived in harmony with their Christian counterparts. In the year 756, Córdoba was proclaimed the capital of the independent Emirate of Al-Andalus, and Abd al-Rahman I carried out the first major enlargement of the Great Mosque of Cordoba and rebuilt the city walls and the Alcazar (castle). With Hisham I and Abd al-Rahman II, the mosque was enlarged further, but it was in the rule of Abd al-Rahman III that Córdoba really came into the limelight. In the year 929 Córdoba was proclaimed Capital of the independent Caliphate thus creating a schism with Damascus, and converting Córdoba into the religious, political and administrative centre of the entire Islamic kingdom in the west. One of the Caliph's first acts was to build the dazzling, but short-lived, royal residence of Medina Azahara outside the city walls. The rule of Alhaken II, son of Abd al-Rahman III, heralded an era of stable government and the period of greatest cultural splendour in Córdoba. Alhaken II and Almanzor, vizier of Hixam II, were responsible for further enlargements of the mosque. The Caliphate finally collapsed in 1013, and the city became one of the interim Taifa kingdoms. In 1236, the troops of Fernando III "the Saint" arrived in Córdoba, and after the conquest of the city, it was resettled with Christians. Fernando III had 14 new churches built, all of which became known as Fernandine Churches in the king's honour. During the 14th century, the massive death rate, as well as chronic shortages of food and money, plunged the city into a severe economic and social crisis. In the 15th century, the Christian Monarchs mustered their troops in Córdoba before making the final move against the kingdom of Granada, and they received in this city Christopher Columbus, who showed them his plan to travel to "the Indies". During the 16th century, Cordoba went through a period of economic splendour thanks to the textile, jewellery and leather industry, and King Felipe II built the Royal Stables and the Gate of the Bridge. However, the city entered into complete decline under the Borbon rule. At the beginning of the 19th century, Córdoba suffered under the weight of the French occupation, and the Carlist disputes impoverished the city's economy even further. It was not until the mid 20th century that Córdoba started to recover some of its lost splendour and importance. New artistic and cultural projects started, thanks to which the city of Córdoba finally came to terms with its rich and impressive historical legacy.

Places of Interest:

  • Mosque-Cathedral: It is one of the most amazing buildings in the Western world. The complete evolution of the Omeyan style in Spain can be seen in its different sections, as well as the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles of the Christian part. Do not miss the chance to admire its forest of columns with red and white arches or to have a walk around the orange-tree courtyard.
  • Castle of the Christian Monarchs (Alcázar): In the 14th century, Alfonso XI built the present castle, which mainly had a defensive function and which was later used as a royal residence by Spanish monarchs. The Roman mosaics, the Arab baths, the two courtyards and the renaissance gardens in Arab style count among its most interesting elements.
  • The historic centre and the Jewish Quarter ("La judería"): The Jewish Quarter, once the home of the Jewish community, is the best-known part of Cordoba's historic centre, a labyrinth of winding, narrow streets and flower-filled courtyards that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994 and that is one of the largest in Europe. Do not leave Córdoba without having visited the picturesque "Plaza del Potro", "la calleja del Pañuelo" —a narrow alleyway with a delicious small fountain— and "la calleja de las Flores", with its wonderful view of the bell-tower of the Cathedral.
  • Medina Azahara: This magnificent city palace was built for Abd-al Rahman III at the foot of the Sierra Morena mountains five miles away from the city. Today only a small part of the city, including Abd al-Rahman III's palace, has been excavated, but the large archaeological site is certainly worth visiting.
  • The Roman Bridge and the Calahorra Tower: The view over the Mosque-Cathedral, with the river, the Gate of the Bridge and the Roman Bridge itself, is one of the most wonderful sights of Córdoba. The Calahorra Tower, originally gateway to the city, stands at the south end of the Roman Bridge.
  • Royal Stables: King Felipe II ordered the Royal Stables to be built and here he bred the Spanish horse, also known as the Andalusian horse.
  • The Synagogue: Situated in the heart of the Jewish Quarter of Córdoba, it is unique in Andalusia and one of the three best preserved Medieval synagogues in the whole of Spain.
  • Gates and City Walls: The Roman walls were maintained by the Moors and later Christian rulers, and extensive portions of these walls still stand today, together with several gates, such as the Almodovar or the Seville Gate.
  • The Fernandine Churches: The so-called Fernandine Churches are a group of religious buildings built under the reign of King Fernando III "the Saint" after the Christian conquest of Córdoba in 1236. The church of Santiago, of San Lorenzo and of Santa Marina are among the most beautiful ones.

Where to eat: Some of Córdoba's traditional dishes are "salmorejo" (a cold, creamy paste made from tomato, bread and olive oil), "boquerones en vinagre" (pickled whitebait), "rabo de toro" (bull's tail) and "flamenquín" (serrano ham and pork rolled fritter).

  • Traditional food: Casa Pepe de la Judería (Romero, 1), Sociedad de Plateros (Deanes; Ambrosio de Morales; María Auxiliadora, 25), Almudaina (Campo Santo de los Mártires, 1), El Churrasco (Romero, 16), El Caballo Rojo (Cardenal Herrero, 28), Mesón San Basilio (San Basilio, 19), Bodegas Campos (Los Lineros, 32), El Barril (Concepción, 16), Casa Salinas (Puerta de Almodóvar, s/n), Mesón Juan Peña (Av. Doctor Fleming, 1), San Cristóbal (Rodolfo Gil, 4)
  • International food: China Town (Chinese food; Paseo de la Victoria, 23), Confucio (Asian food; Av. Gran Capitán, 46), Gaucho's (Argentinian food; Avda. de la Libertad, 4), Pizzaiolo (Italian food and a great variety of dishes; San Felipe, 5 & Av. El Brillante, 97)
  • Fast food: Burger King (Concepción, 12) & Burger King Mezquita (Cardenal Herrero, 42), Mc Donald's (Centro Comercial El Arcángel & Av. El Brillante), Oh La La (Plaza de Colón, 21; Concepción)

Interesting Links: Infocordoba | Andalucía (Córdoba) | Tourism | Andalucía | City Council

AEEII Founding Conference

07-10/03/2007 | University of Córdoba

India in the World

Poster: Conference (1) | Conference (2)
Schedule: Programme & Book of Abstracts
Venue: Faculty of Humanities (University of Córdoba)