Annual Asian International Relations Seminar in Delhi 

CIR students can participate in an intensive week-long seminar on Asian international relations at the University of Chicago’s Center in Delhi over spring break in March.  The seminar is led by Senior Lecturer Michael Reese and Lecturer Matthias Staisch. The event includes opportunities to meet South Asian scholars and international relations practitioners from the Indian government and regional think tanks who provide guest lectures on issues such as regional security and political economy, human rights, and climate change. 

Generous support from the University of Chicago Delhi Center will cover all student costs for the seminar, including international airfare, lodging, and most meals. 

All participants will join the seminar leaders for a working dinner several weeks before departure.  Required readings for the pre-departure seminar will be distributed in advance. 

Application Process

Students must complete an application and provide proof of a valid passport. Applications for the seminar are due by 5 pm on Monday, December 19. Once students complete the online application, they must send a scanned copy of their valid passport's id page to  The passport must expire no earlier than December 31, 2017. 

Students are encouraged to apply whether or not their empirical research focus is related to India or South Asia.  The seminar will take a very broad view of South Asian engagement in international relations, and thus is of limited “value added” for MA thesis research involving the region.  Rather we encourage interested students to think more generally about how the seminar might help them build the post-CIR professional life they envision, whether in the academy or beyond.  In short, the seminar is open to all. The trip will be limited to nine (9) students.

Sample Itinerary 

Friday - Saturday         Depart Chicago and arrive in Delhi.
Sunday Touring Delhi:  Visiting such sites as Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Old Delhi, Qutab Minar along with Art and Architecture Tour led by students from the Jesus & Mary College.
Monday - Tuesday Guest lectures on Asian International Relations and Security and Political Economies and Development.
Wednesday On this public holiday of Holi, seminar participants will experience the vibrancy of contemporary Indian religiosity. 
Thursday - Friday Guest lectures on Human Rights and the Environment and Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy and Grand Strategy.
Friday - Saturday Depart Delhi and arrive in Chicago.