Exciting New Blog explores Non-Western Approaches to the World

grapes1 Exciting New Blog explores Non Western Approaches to the WorldThe students in ICI Faculty Committee and New School Professor L.H.M. Ling’s course, “Non-Western Approaches to the World”, organized a research initiative that provides deeper engagement in re-imagining international relations today. An Evening on the The Silk Road  serves  as a context to learn about alternative ideas of what comprises international relations.

Professor Ling’s class  selected food as the lens through which they learned about the social, political, economic and spiritual relations of the past. Cross-cultural interaction on the Silk Road is analyzed by considering four elements: thinking, doing, being and relating. Their research was guided by the following abstract questions by which they thought about the future of the international system:

 

  • Thinking: How did the various peoples along the Silk Road understand difference?
  • Doing: What did they do about it?
  • Being: What was their worldview?
  • Relating: How did their worldview help them deal with Others?

 

The research project and this accompanying blog  to produce a summer short course for June 2015. Students conducting research for this summer short course will not only learn about the Silk Road but also gain practical experience in how to conceive of a course, design a syllabus, and teach it as a trial run during Spring 2014. Through a valued partnership with Chartwells, the university dining service, students will embark on multiple food excursions to learn about sourcing Silk Road ingredients in modern day Manhattan. Check back regularly for more updates….and recipes!

 

Discussion on Parliamentary Elections in South Asia, @NYU on April 28th

taj mahal agra india hd 1024x768 Discussion on Parliamentary Elections in South Asia, @NYU on April 28thParliamentary elections were recently held in Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh and are currently ongoing in India. With elections taking place in Burma (Myanmar) and the groundbreaking Sri Lankan provincial elections in 2013, Elections in South Asia will discuss the meaning and consequences behind elections in South Asia. Please view the above link for more information on the speakers.

Former ICI fellow and current ICI visiting scholar Vamsi Vakulabharanam will be speaking at this event.

Event Details :

Monday, April 28 3.00-6.30pm
Institute for Public Knowledge 20 Cooper Square

Free and open to the public

3.00-4.30 p.m: South Asia (2013-16)

Moderator: Kanchan Chandra

  • Saadia Toor (The Significance of Pakistan’s 2013 Elections)
  • Dina Siddiqi (Performing Democracy in Bangladesh in the Wake of Shahbagh)
  • Tim Aye-Hardy (Prospects for Democracy in Burma’s 2015 elections)
  • Vasuki Nesiah (Interrupting Governance in Sri Lanka)

4.30 – 5.00: Reception

5.00-6.30 p.m: India in 2014

 Moderator: Kanchan Chandra 

  • Rob Jenkins (Patronage Politics in the 2014 Elections)
  • Jinee Lokaneeta (Shifting Discourses on Human Rights in the 2014 elections)
  • Vamsi Vakulabharanam (Indian Political Economy and the 2014 Elections)

 

ICI Welcomes Two Additional Visiting Scholars for Spring 2014

vamsi ICI Welcomes Two Additional Visiting Scholars for Spring 2014Cui Zhiyuan 130 ICI Welcomes Two Additional Visiting Scholars for Spring 2014The India China Institute (ICI) is pleased to welcome professors Vamsi Vakulabharanam (University of Hyderabad) and Cui Zhiyuan (Tsinghua University) as visiting scholars this spring, joining our previously announced scholars, Professors Qin Gao (Fordham University, New York) and Manoranjan Mohanty (Council for Social Development, New Delhi).  Dr. Vakulabharanam and Dr. Cui will join them in participating in the upcoming Third Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium for Emerging Scholars, serving as discussants. In addition both professors will be present at an ICI-hosted public lecture featuring a discussion led by Dr. Cui April 29th. More biographical information on all of our visiting scholars will be available shortly.

State-Permeated Capitalism in China and India – Talk w/ Tobias ten Brink

Politics Talk: Tobias ten Brink

Tuesday, April 15 @ 6:00 pm

Wolff Conference Room
6 East 16th Street, Room 1103, New York

Tobias ten Brink State Permeated Capitalism in China and India   Talk w/ Tobias ten BrinkThe Politics Department at The New School for Social Research presents Tobias ten Brink, Heuss Lecturer Department of Politics, NSSR  and Senior Researcher Frankfurt University, who will deliver a talk entitled: “State-Permeated Capitalism in China and India: A Global Political Economy Perspective.”

Tobias ten Brink just earned his “Habilitation” on “Capitalist Development in China” from the Goethe-University Frankfurt. In 2012/13 he was a Visiting Scholar at the MIT, Cambridge (Department of Political Science), and at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China. Since 2012 he has been a senior researcher at the DFG-project “A ‘BICS’-Variety of Capitalism? The Emergence of State-Permeated Market Economies in Large Emerging Countries.”

He belongs to a new generation of researchers who systematically use insights from the comparative and international study of capitalisms for the analysis of China and other large emerging economies. He also conducts research on questions of the transformation of the state and the state system.

His articles have appeared in Critical Asian Studies, dms – der moderne staat, Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, China: An International Journal, Leviathan and Critique Internationale. His book Geopolitik, which he wrote at the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research, has been awarded by the German Publishers & Booksellers Association in the category “Humanities international” in 2010.  Recent Books include Global Political Economy and the Modern State System, 2014, Leiden/Boston: Brill. Chinas Kapitalismus. Entstehung, Verlauf, Perspektiven [China's Capitalism: Emergence, Trajectory, Paradoxes], 2013, Frankfurt/New York: Campus.

Jayashree Vivekanandan on Environmental Governance in South Asia (Audio)

P3310098 e1396445250587 291x300 Jayashree Vivekanandan on Environmental Governance in South Asia (Audio)In case you missed our recent talk on the Environmental Governance in South Asia with Professor Jayashree Vivekanandan, not to worry. You can listed to her talk below, which runs about 20 minutes, followed by another 30 minutes of Q&A. She is Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations, South Asian University, New Delhi, India.

Professor Vivekanandan’s talk focused on the Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KSLCDI) and its potential relations to questions of interest to international relations (IR) scholars, in particular state sovereignty and citizenship. The KSL is an area of approximately 31,000 km2, and covers parts of India, China (TAR) and Nepal. One of the most interesting, and provocative, questions she asked was what would it mean to place the idea of “ecological citizenship” at the heart of the KSLCDI?

Some of the topics she covered in her talk included:

  • Whether or not creating wildlife corridors between isolated natural areas will be enough to sustain long-term biodiversity in the region
  • The challenges of a transboundary conservation initiative when there is not an open policy of sharing information between all three countries
  • Implications of reproducing the artificial development binaries of nature vs culture in a region where this understanding is often foreign to local communities, who are far more integrated into the local landscape in both their thinking and their practices
  • What it might mean to be a “Kailash citizen” or an “ecological citizen” for whom national boundaries are meaningless ideas, and what these border biographies might look like in practice
  • Problem of China excluding Tibetan communities from any participation in the development of the KSL project on the China side, while using the rhetoric of “collaboration” and “conservation” to further disenfranchise nomadic communities within the project area
  • How notions of mobility challenge both the KSL and state notions of sovereignty and legibility
  • The challenges of using an ecosystem level analysis within traditional IR and development discourses

There were many other interesting issues discussed, as well as some comparison with her other work looking at the Sunderbands and the issue of tigers in environmental and state discourses. So take a listen for all the details.

 

3rd Annual India China Conversations Symposium, April 14th

ES Feb2014 Updated 200x300 3rd Annual India China Conversations Symposium, April 14th The Third Interdisciplinary Symposium for Emerging Scholars on India China Studies is part of the India China Institute’s continuing commitment to build a community of scholars who are engaged in research that focuses on new and innovative approaches to understanding India-China relations. The Emerging Scholars program also draws on The New School’s tradition of fostering horizontal and vertical knowledge sharing across disciplines and amongst scholars in different stages of their careers. read on

2014 Student Research Fellows Blog About Their Summer Research Experiences

The six recipients of the Starr Foundation Student Research Fellowships are preparing to embark on their travels. Each student received a $3,000 study/research grant to support an independent study project or to defray the cost of attending a New School Program in India, China, or the Himalaya region.

As of March 25th the students will be blogging about their travels and documenting the exciting experiences they are destined to have this summer. Read below to see what each student is planning to explore.

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Mikaela Kvan: Mikaela will look at China’s labor laws and use China as a baseline to evaluate the growth of Cambodia’s garment industry through the voices of women who work at various levels throughout the garment manufacturing process. The research will assess the physical effects of the growth of this industry on emotional outcomes in identity and personal expression, and will take place in Shenzhen, China and Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

 

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Carolina Coviello: Carolina will explore and define the improvement in Chinese labor standards. She will also investigate how this process has impacted both the manufacturing market and the relationship between China and the international companies, like Adidas, which have outsourced there.

 

 

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Tomas Uribe: Tomas will conduct research on music as a tool for empowering youth in order to analyze and evaluate the applicability and relevance of music education in the lives of at-risk youth based on two case studies in Mumbai (Mewsic) and New Delhi (Music Basti).

 

 

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Joseph Wheeler: Joseph will engage in discourse with women working toward gender equality externally (via national reform) and internally (via community reform) in India. He will explore how the Uniform Civil Code is understood by both sides, the advantages and disadvantages of both solutions to this complex problem, as well as the lived ramifications of discriminatory Personal Law and real world persecution of religious minorities.

 

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Tim Rosenkranz: Tim will explore how the nation-state of India is reproduced as a commoditized tourist destination; and what are the emerging conflicts of such an effort of the nation-state as actor of both the public interest and private enterprise.

 

 

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Marina Kaneti: Marina will travel to Hong Kong, Guandong, and Shanghai to conduct research of archival collections at several locations. This research, part of a broader PhD Dissertation work, will examine the links between migration and business at the end of the nineteenth – early twentieth century.

 

 

You can also read the experiences of previous Research Fellows on the blog. Please visit the Student Research Fellows Blog for new postings throughout the summer.

ICI Student Job Opportunities for Fall 2014

The India China Institute (ICI) is currently looking for New School graduate and undergraduate students for paid, part-time positions  for the Fall 2014 semester. Positions available are:

  • Events Coordinator
  • Research Associate
  • Web Design and Social Media

Events Coordinator Position

The Events Coordinator will assist in tasks relating to research projects within the institute, as well as with internal administrative needs. This position requires good educational standing; excellent writing and communication skills; close attention to details; ability to work under pressure and in a fast-paced environment; demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to work independently as well as effectively in groups; and strong interpersonal & organizational skills.

Previous experience organizing and coordinating public events is desirable. Previous work experience within The New School is plus.

Student will assist in coordination of events such as conferences, symposia, public lectures and film screenings. Duties may include creation of promotional materials and communication with university and external populations, maintenance of events’ calendar and website, coordination of speakers, development and maintenance of databases/mailing lists, outreach to outside vendors and companies on behalf of the ICI, liaising with university offices such as Career Services, Audio-Visual, and Catering, and scheduling rooms for events.

 

Research Associate Position

The Research Associate will assist in tasks relating to research projects within the institute, as well as with internal administrative needs. This position requires good educational standing; excellent writing skills; demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to work independently as well as effectively in groups; and strong interpersonal & organizational skills. The person in this position is expected to communicate clearly and courteously; to develop and maintain positive relationships with professors, consultants, collaborators, co-workers, field sites, and funders. The ideal candidate will also have advanced skills in Excel and be attentive to university policies & procedures.

Preference will be given to students who are:

  • Creative
  • Detail-oriented
  • Organized
  • Able to work under pressure and in a fast-paced environment Interested in India and/or China
  • Federal Work Study students are strongly encouraged to apply

Web Design and Social Media Associate Position

ICI is looking for a highly motivated individual to fill a part-time position to maintain India China Institute’s website and social media pages. Must be a self- starter who has the ability to work independently, but can collaborate with multiple team members as needed. Should be open to the office tasks of the ICI.

This position will be responsible for assisting in the development and maintenance of India China Institute website (WordPress based) and social media pages, primarily uploading content.

Ideal Candidate Profile:

• Knowledge of WordPress.
• Knowledge of HTML, CSS and Php
• Experience with cross browser markup HTML and CSS.
• Knowledge of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter
• Keen eye for detail and organization
• Ability to multitask and communicate effectively with team members. • Resourceful and positive attitude with excellent communication skills • Other Web Application and Programming skills/capabilities a plus.

For All Positions:

Both graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to apply. Compensation commensurate with experience. If interested, please email your resume and cover letter by Tuesday, April 15 to Grace Hou, Office Manager:  houg@newschool.edu.

Only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview within the following 2 weeks. Successful applicants will be required to attend training in the beginning of May.

About the India China Institute:

The India China Institute (ICI) fosters study, research, and connections amongst India, China, and the United States. Based at The New School in New York City, ICI is a hub of international network of people, institutions, and activities that:

• Nurtures a growing community of scholars and experts on India and China
• Supports innovative research on India and China, their interactions, and joint impact on the world
• Promotes new ways of teaching about India and China at The New School and its institutional partners
• Serves as public resource through its interactive website and public events
Established in 2005 with a generous gift from the Starr Foundation, the Institute has since received several multi-year grants from prominent foundations.

 

ICI Welcomes Spring 2014 Visiting Scholars

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ICI’s Sanjay Ruparelia Lectures on India’s Series of Landmark National Acts

March 21 DTP Flyer 150x150 ICIs Sanjay Ruparelia Lectures on Indias Series of Landmark National ActsIndia China Institute Faculty Advisor and former ICI Fellow Sanjay Ruparelia will be giving a lecture on the emergence of landmark national laws that will have long-lasting effects on the social, economic and public services in India. Professor Ruparelia, who was part of the 2008-2010 Prosperity and Inequality cohort of Fellows that worked with ICI between 2008-2010, is currently an assistant professor in the Politics department at The New Schools’ Eugene Lang College.

Hosted by the Development Thought & Policy @New School multidisciplinary seminar series on Friday, March 21st, 2014 the lecture will take place between 4:30-6:00pm at 55 W. 13th Street, 2nd Floor.

Please RSVP at development.newschool@gmail.com

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