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- The Centre of Excellence for Himalayan Studies (CHS) encourages students, scholars, practitioners, and members of the strategic community to contribute towards addressing issues of representation, knowledge creation, discourse, and policy interventions in the wider Himalayas. It aims to develop and utilise strong links – especially with the policy community and government agencies in a mutually- supporting exercise. The Centre’s main focus is on issues of contemporary relevance that will highlight issues related to the Himalayan belt and Central Asia on the and to develop a policy or problem-solving approach. Our four main themes are Borders and Identities, Economy, Environment, and Regional Geopolitics.
- Some suggested sub-themes include:
a. Borders and Identities
- ethnic minorities
- religious and cultural heritage
- sub-national diplomacy
- linguistic identities
- center-periphery relations
- sustainable development
- employment and migration
- urbanization and smart technological solutions
- cross-border economic linkages
- border trade
- infrastructure and connectivity
- climate change
- transboundary rivers
- impact of military and security infrastructure
- unresolved borders
- bilateral relations
- economic diplomacy
- multilateral initiatives
- The Centre has the following three types of publications:
a. Commentary: An 800-word piece - in the style of an op-ed/opinion piece that should be seen as an introduction to an issue of long-term concern/interest – the idea is to both respond to events as well as flag issues. References are hyperlinked.
b. Issue Brief: A 2,500-3,000-word piece – the equivalent of a policy brief, where you introduce a subject, have more space to provide context and explain the matter, and conclude with policy recommendations/way forward/next steps. References follow the Chicago Manual of Style with the specifics noted below.
c. Occasional Paper: A 4,000-7,000-word piece – this is a research article that aims to introduce early-stage research, supported by primary or secondary data, and a conclusion that both summarizes the paper and offers policy recommendations/way forward/next steps. References follow the Chicago Manual of Style with the specifics noted below.
- While the research themes indicate focus areas, these are not exclusive. The Centre is open to suggestions and supporting interesting ideas.
- You may submit a rough draft, a partial draft, or a short pitch (a paragraph or two summarizing your argument along with why it matters to our readers) paired with an outline and send it to us at the email Id <email@example.com >
- The more complete your submission is, the better feedback we can give you. Keep in mind that we only accept original content.
- CHS is happy to pay a modest honorarium for all publications.
- All submissions will be reviewed and involve feedback to the authors.
- All copyright to the articles will belong to the CHS but we have no objection to authors republishing/revising their articles for other publications with due acknowledgement that a version of the article first appeared as Commentary/Issue Brief/Occasional Paper at the CHS.
- Please send all drafts in an MS Word file, in Times New Roman, single-spaced throughout, with font size 12 and justified. Also, provide your name, designation, institutional affiliation, E-Mail, and Twitter handle (in case you have one), below the title.