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AEEII

Letter of the President

Juan Ignacio Oliva Cruz, Presidente

Juan Ignacio Oliva Cruz, AEEII Chairperson

Dear members of the AEEII:

This is my first communication to you as President, after having been elected at the 3rd International Conference of the Association (29th - 31st October 2014), held at the University of Salamanca and titled "Oceans, Seas, Rivers: Transits in Indian Society and Culture". The conference was a success, not only due to the variety and dynamic nature of the papers and the four plenary lectures (Román Álvarez, Rafael Iruzubieta, Janet Chawla and Nuzhat Kazmi), but also due to the agreeable environment and hospitality, as well as the interactions and debates between the different disciplines under study. I would therefore first of all, like to thank the USAL organising committee: José Antonio Martín, Estíbaliz Cuesta, José Luis Fuertes and Chloé Signés, headed by Dr. Francisco Giner Abati, for their hard work and courtesy. I would also like to thank the outgoing Executive Board of the AEEII: Taniya Gupta, Felicity Hand, Maurice O’Connor and Bernd Dietz, who have been efficient intermediaries and collaborators in this formidable task. Secondly, I must acknowledge the work carried out by my predecessor, the first President of the AEEII and foremost proponent of the idea of constituting an academic group on India studies, comprised of intellectuals dedicated to interdisciplinary studies on India, in its many, innumerable facets. To Antonia Navarro Tejero I express my sincerest thanks and my best wishes for all her future endeavours. Finally, my gratitude to the General Assembly of Members for their confidence in me and I would like to convey my willingness to carry out whatever task may be required of me during these two years of my mandate.

It has now been seven years since the AEEII was formed at the University of Córdoba in Andalusia, after a conference where an enthusiastic group of researchers first planted the seeds of this venture. In these seven years, we have held two successful international conferences which were well received, both inside and outside Spain: in 2009, at the University of Córdoba itself, on multicultural relations between Canada and India; and in 2011, at the La Laguna University in the Canary Islands, on the multiplicity of "other" alternative and possible Indias. At the same time, we also conducted lectures at the University of Cádiz, seminars and meetings. The launch of Indi@logs, our e-journal edited by Felicity Hand, was an especially significant event, being the first Spanish journal dedicated exclusively to India studies, and of which the second edition will be published in April 2015. This is evidence of our enthusiasm and desire for this project to evolve, grow and bear fruit. For this, we must join forces, share our ideas and develop them. I am certain that the next Conference to be held in 2016 will spur us on to greater efforts.

With warmest regards and best wishes,


Juan Ignacio Oliva
President, AEEII