South Asia Unbound: Within and Beyond Foreign Affairs Ministries - Institutions of International Relations in South Asia

The panel studies the institutions created within South Asia as tools of global outreach, as well as the ways South Asians engaged with extant institutions for internationalist aims.

International historians have shown that governmental and nongovernmental organizations, most prominently the League of Nations and United Nations, have played key roles as both actors and arenas for internationalism. Collectively, this theme explores institutions as spaces of internationalism while also using them to reflect on different scales of global engagement.

Organised by NIHSA - the New International Histories of South Asia network, this series of workshops gathers an interdisciplinary group of scholars from across the world to investigate states, institutions, networks, communities and individuals as agents of South Asian global engagement at the local, regional, national and supra-national levels, spanning the time before and after independence and indeed going back to pre-colonial times.

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Tanja Bührer (University of Bern), "Foreign Relations between the British East India Company and South Indian States and the Global Transformations of Internationalism during the Long Nineteenth Century"

Professor Swati Chawla (O.P. Jindal Global University), “Himalayan, not Chinese or Indian: Bhutan, Sikkim and Tibet at the Twilight of Empire, 1946-49”

Marc Reyes (University of Connecticut), “In the Circle of Great Powers: India's National and International Quest to Master the Atom"


Dr Avinash Paliwal (SOAS)