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28
Nov

img_9270On Thursday November 24th the IE Humanities Center hosted the second conference of the Cycle India: Present and Future, focusing this time on the subject of politics, under the title “Politics: the Largest Democracy”. This event was dedicated to the complex Indian political reality and the discussion panel included IE University’s IR Professor Babita Bhatt, Universidad Complutense’s Professor and expert on India Eva Borreguero and IE’s IR Academic Director Daniel Kselman, who acted as moderator.

Professor Kselman introduced the conversation speaking about the incredible diversity of India, a country with more than a billion people and 22 official languages and remembering how this “diversity in democracy” was thought impossible to survive at the time of its independence as, for example, Britain thought it was rather a civilization than a nation. However, as professor Kselman said “the diversity glues the country as they need one another” specially after configuring a multi party system, despite the different interests of state-level democracies, as well as national and regional parties, which has contributed to a progressive institutionalization of democracy.

img_9272Professor Bhatt started the discussion on the first thematic block of the event focused on domestic policies of India, centered on the two parties that have ruled India since the independence, namely, the Indian National Congress (I.N.C.) and Bharatiya Janata Party (B.J.P). After explaining the common view of each of them (I.N.C. is considered a dynastic party of the Nehru-Gandhi family and B.J.P. a pro Hinduist nationalist party), it was inevitable to talk about current Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi. Professor Bhatt gave an exhaustive description of the controversial figure, often compared to Trump or Putin and of his intention to project an image of a C.E.O rather than a politician, of an honest man who is an example of social promotion (he comes from a humble background), dedicated to his country (a single man whose only concern is the welfare of the Indians) with a successful record (as governor of Gujarat he got its economy increased by double figures during his term in office). The panel then analysed his two years in office and the recent issue of the demonetization and how could it affect the average citizen as well as politics in terms of party funding.

The second block was dedicated to India’s foreign affairs and its capacity to equate its economic position with its international influence. Professor Borreguero was quite clear India in expressing that “India has too many internal problems to become a global player and too many img_9234differences with his neighbours” referring to Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. The moderator ask both speakers on the lasting Pakistani-Indian Conflict on Kashmir. Both experts agreed that the more likely scenario was interspersed periods of tension and calm between the two nuclear powers, since an external enemy is always useful in domestic policy, and that an open conflict or a long lasting peace was quite a remote scenario.

As a conclusion, Prof. Borreguero insisted on the “elastic” capacity of the Indian democracy to face present and future challenges and Prof. Bhatt pointed out that maybe the biggest threat was the growing Indian middle-class who does not necessarily perceive democracy as a form of government leading to economic growth.

The moderator invited the audience to give their insights in all of these issues and the discussion was enriched by the comments of IE’s students.

21
Nov

The Other Side of Susana Torres “Digital Humanities”

Written on November 21, 2016 by Susana Torres Prieto in IE Humanities Center, Video

In this video Digital Humanities Prof. Susana Torres proposes a new approach to the humanities because, she says, today’s students are iconic – they learn from what they see. This is just one of several reasons she believes that in this digital era the humanities matter more than ever.

Published in the The Other Side of IE Professors

6
Oct

Cycle of conferences “India: Present and Future”

Written on October 6, 2016 by Fernando Dameto Zaforteza in IE Humanities Center, IE University

IE Humanities Center is glad to announce that, following the great success of the Cycle “Russia: Past and Present”,  during the Academic year 2016/17 will organize cycle of conferences entitled “India: Present and Future” directed by Humanities Professor Susana Torres and hosted by IE University.

Program of lectures

Thursday October 20th 2016
Pradeep Bhargava (CaixaBank) and Patricia Gabaldón (IE Business School)
Economy: The emergence of a new player

Thursday November 24th 2016
Babita Bhatt (IE School of International Relations) and Eva Borreguero (Universidades Complutense de Madrid)
Politics: The largest democracy

Wednesday January 18th 2017
Eugenio Luján (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and Veena Venugopal (The Hindu Business Line)
Visions. India from Within

Wednesday March 15th 2017
Namita Gokhale (Jaipur Literary Festival) and Malashri Lal (University of Delhi)
Literature: 3000 years of tradition 

Thursday April 20th 2017
María de Muns (Colores de Calcuta) and Ramón Álvarez (Manos Unidas)
Cooperation in the ocean of diversity

Thursday May 2017
William Dalrymple and Javier Moro (Authors)
Visions. India from Without

 

28
Sep

IE Foundation Humanities Prize 2016 Award Ceremony

Written on September 28, 2016 by Fernando Dameto Zaforteza in IE Foundation Humanities Prize, IE Humanities Center

RDR_2600 IE Foundation Humanities Prizes 2016 were awarded on the evening of Thursday September 22nd at the Ritz Hotel Madrid. The event was attended by a large audience consisting of the winners, their families, jury members and IE’s International Advisory Board.

The ceremony began with the institutional notes by  IE Foundation  President Diego de Álcazar and Vice President Rafael Puyol. The President’s speech focused on the importance that IE gives to the Humanities, a central part in both academic and extracurricular life. In his words RDR_2643“the Humanities enhance the qualities students need to excel in their future careers”. Vice President Puyol offered an overview of the IE Foundation’s work and of the Prizes. As a piece of advice he remenbered Leonard Cohen’s words when receiving the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature: “Being awarded is not the end of anything –it is only a tool that will allow me to keep doing better what I have been awarded for”.

After the institutional notes the Prizes were given to the winners. Besides the Honorary Merit Diploma all winners will receive 100 copies of th book contaning all awarded works. Once all the works the diplomas were delivered the first prizes in Poetry and Short Story proceeded to read their winning works, the poems in fRDR_2673ull and excerps of the short stories . All readers carried on the task with extreme passion and dramatic skills – special mention deserves LLB student Joy Cierrea Archer Holmes for her impressive recital.

The event was closed by the President congratulating the winners, calling the IE Foundation Humanities Prizes 2017 and inviting all attendees to share their views with the award winners in a cocktail served at the hotel’s garden.

List of winners. Short Story in Spanish: 1st. María Isabel Macías Núñez (MCC 2016) for “Un hombre con el abrigo largo”. 2nd. RDR_2697Elisa Carrara (MVDM 2016) for “Una expresión sardónica”. 3rd. Sofía Quetglas Diz (MIM 2016) for “De vuelta a Barcelona”. Special mention to María Isabel Macías Núñez (MCC 2016) for “Muerte en María de Molina”. Short story in English: 1st. Do Xuan Hoang (BAR 2020) for “Aroma”. 2nd. Alyssa Flora Najafi (MVDM 2016) for “Death Valley”. 3rd. Marieke Elisah Lensvelt (MVDM 2016) for “The Other Side”. Poem in Spanish: 1st. Sofía Rondán González (MIR 2016), for “Nadie”. 2nd. María Isabel Macías Núñez (MCC 2016), for “Primer round”. 3rd. Jesús Arcenegui Méndez (Madrid, Spain, 1997, Bachelor in International Relations, 2019) for “Quiero”. Poem in English: 1st. Joy Cierrea Archer Holmes (LLB 2017), for “Beautuful Imperfectiums [sic]”. 2nd. Sumedha Sharma (MCC 2016), for “One Place – A Haiku”. 3rd. Malak El Halabi (MMRCB 2016), for “23”. Photography: 1st. Nathalie Lagard (BAR 2017) for “Rendez-vous”. 2nd. Romain O. Lepoutre (BAR 2019), for “Hangman”. 3rd. Jazmin C.Harb Andrade (MVDM 2016) for “Dancejazz”. Video: 1st. Montserrat Gutiérrez Mesegue (BAR 2018) for “Apparently”.

21
Sep

Humanities Faculty at Hay Festival Segovia 2016

Written on September 21, 2016 by Fernando Dameto Zaforteza in IE Humanities Center, IE University

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Namita Gokhale and Miguel Larrañaga

Hay Festival Segovia 2016 began last Saturday September 17th and will last until Sunday 25th. This year will also see big names of the universe of the arts and letters such as writer Deborah Levy or actress Julie Christie. The present edition has India as invited country, in order to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Indian Spanish Diplomatic Relations.

On Monday 19th Humanities Professor Susana Torres had a conversation with journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, Former Editor at The Times of India. The event was an overview of Dr. Padgaonkar extraordinary life, from his times of doctoral student at l’Université Paris-Sorbonne to his leadership of India’s most relevant opinion maker. With an exquisite intellectual approach he shared with the audience several insights to understand the course of Indian’s history since its independence from the United Kingdom.

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Dileep Padgaonkar and Susana Torres

On Tuesday 20th Vice Rector Miguel Larrañaga held a conversation with writer and cultural activist Namita Gokhale. This interesting talk versed on two themes, her literature works and the Jaipur Literature Festival. With an amazing pedagogic style Ms. Gokhale decostructed the main themes in her literature, based in women and love. Her speech was clear and well structured, a pleasure to hear and learn. She also talked about the Jaipur Literature Festival, a project she launched 10 years ago and now co directs with writer William Dalrymple.

These two talks were the perfect warmup for this edition of Hay Festival Segovia and for this years IE University’s cycle of conferences India Present and Future. This series of lectures will officially start on October 20th with a talk on Indian Economy by Pradeep Bhargava (Chief Representative India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh La Caixa) and Patricia Gabaldón (Assistant Professor of Economic Environment at IE Business School) Chaired by Kiron Ravindran (Associate Dean of the Masters in Management Programs at IE Business School). And will also include renowned personalities such as the above mention Namita Gokhale or Spanish writer Javier Moro, among many others. Stay tuned!

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