The 1st All India Conference of East Asian Studies (AICEAS) was held virtually by the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), New Delhi and the Department of International Relations & Governance Studies (IRGS), Shiv Nadar University (Delhi NCR) on 21 and 22 March 2022.
H.E. Taro Kono, Director, Liberal Democratic Party Public Affairs Department; former Minister, Administrative Reform and Regulatory Reform; former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defence, Japan delivered the Keynote Address. There were three Special Panel's reflecting diverse aspects, such as, East Asia and the Soft Power Diplomacy, Transforming Strategic Order in East Asia: Regional Developments and National Responses, and, India's Engagement with East Asia in the Post-RCEP Era. Apart from the Special Panels, there were five Thematic Panels on- Disruption: China and East Asia, In Transition:Security & Economics, In Flux: Political Economy, Kaleidoscope: Literature & History, and, Shape-Shifting: Culture & Society. Prof. Kim Yeon-chul, former Minister of Unification, Republic of Korea; former President, Korea Institute for National Unification and Professor, Inje University, Republic of Korea delivered the Valedictory Address.
Eminent and young scholars from over 20 institutions from India and abroad, showcased recent scholarship on various facets of East Asia over 10 sessions spread across two days.
The GP Deshpande Award - instituted by the ICS and his immediate family, for the best paper presented by a young scholar under the age of 40, at the annual All India Conference of East Asian Studies for 2022 was awarded to Ms. Nidhi Maini, Doctoral Candidate, Department of East Asian Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Delhi, for her paper titled, "Shufu no Tomo: Dressing Up the Interwar Japanese Women".