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India-Taiwan specialist to be first Centenary Visiting Fellow

Dr Joe Thomas Karackattu

Dr Joe Thomas Karackattu, first Centenary Visiting Fellow

8 July 2013

Dr Joe Thomas Karackattu has been awarded the first SOAS Centenary Visiting Fellowship, joining the School between October and December 2013.

Proposed by Dafydd Fell, on behalf of the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies (CTS), Dr Karackattu is Assistant Professor (China Studies Programme) in MMAJ Academy of International Studies, Jamia Milia Islamia University, Delhi.

His research areas cover India-Taiwan relations, China-India relations and Taiwan’s external relations more broadly. Indeed, he is one of the first to publish academically on India-Taiwan relations and his first book The Economic Partnership Between India and Taiwan in a Post-ECFA Ecosystem (Springer, 2013) has been well received.  He has also impressive early publications both in terms of journal articles and more policy relevant pieces. These are core areas that CTS covers in both teaching programmes and academic events programmes.

As part of his Fellowship Dr Karackattu will give two public talks related to his research, one on Taiwan-India relations and the second on China-India relations.

Dr Karackattu will also participate in informal discussions with CTS students working on Taiwan’s external relations. The students will benefit from Dr Karackattu’s recent extensive elite interviews and fieldwork in China-India-Taiwan relations.

He aims to make a start on his new book project during his SOAS stay. Since there are more Taiwan specialists in the greater London area than anywhere in the world, he hopes to visit thinktanks and academics to discuss his research ideas and conduct some interviews. As a book series editor Dr Fell hopes to work with him on designing the next book proposal.

Dafydd Fell said: ‘SOAS is the world’s leading centre for the study of Taiwan and so this visiting fellowship would be highly beneficial to both the school but also Dr Karackattu, giving him the chance to interact with the Taiwan Studies community in London and start work on his next book project.’

Graham Furniss, Pro-Director for Research and Enterprise, said: ‘We are delighted to be welcoming Dr Karackattu as the first Centenary Visiting Fellow at SOAS. This scheme will bring scholars to SOAS to enhance our presence as a hub for debate and discussion on issues that are important in the contemporary world. I look forward to meeting Dr Karackattu and getting to know his work.’