Free Rubin Museum Tour and Social on Aug 22nd

Vajravarahi New Acquisitions Rubin Free Rubin Museum Tour and Social on Aug 22ndNew School students, don’t miss out on an exciting chance to visit the Rubin Museum of art for FREE during the close of Orientation Week events. That’s right, totally free, all you have to do is RSVP before Friday Aug 22nd at noon.

We will be taking a group of 40 lucky students on a free hour long tour with Rubin Museum staff, followed by an hour of tasty Himalayan food and drinks in the upscale K2 Lounge at the Rubin. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn about a great Southeast Asian art and culture resource just around the corner from The New School campus.

Event details are right here.

RSVP now by going here.

We will be meeting at 4:40 pm on Friday Aug 22nd, outside of 66 Fifth Ave where are offices are located. Be sure to be on time, as the tour starts promptly at 5pm at the Rubin. We look forward to seeing you all there!


Sacred Himalaya Initiative – Seeking Qualified Post-Doc

mt sample background 300x200 Sacred Himalaya Initiative   Seeking Qualified Post DocAs part of the new Sacred Himalaya Initiative (SHI) being launched this year, the India China Institute (ICI) at The New School is looking to hire a qualified postdoctoral candidate for an 18-month position working on this new research project. The position will run from July 2015 to January 2017, and will involved teaching two courses at The New School, as well as 6-8 months of fieldwork and research in the Himalaya as part of this new Initiative.

Full details on the job requirements and description can be found here.

More details about the SHI, which builds on the past three years of work through the Everyday Religion and Sustainable Environments in the Himalaya (ERSEH) initiative, can be found on the Sacred Himalaya Initiative (SHI) page here. This new effort will focus on the idea of sacred landscapes and sustainable futures in the Himalaya, and will be focused on a series of pilgrimage routes and areas linked to the sacred Mount Kailash, a holy site for millions of Himalayan and South Asian religious communities (Buddhist, Jain, Hindu, Bonpo, Sikh, and local animist). Exploring how issues such as development and climate change connect with notions of the sacred and everyday religion will be a main focus of the post-doc candidate’s research and project support.

This position will be open for applicants until November 1, 2014.

Student Research and Travel Grants (2015) – Apply Now

 Student Research and Travel Grants (2015)   Apply Now

Former Student Fellow Nick Krebs in China.

We are happy to announce that the application period is now open for the 2014-15 Starr Foundation Student Research and Travel grants. ICI will be offering six New School students a $3,000 grant to support their research in India or China in 2015. Each year these Student Fellows engage in exciting research projects around some topic of interest to their academic studies.

Applications are being accepted until October 15, 2014.

You can learn more about the details of Starr Foundation students grants right here.

Want to know more?

Meet our past Student Fellows right here, or follow the latest blog posts from the current group of Student Fellows conducting research right now in China and India.

Join ICI @ The Block Party

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The New School’s Annual Block Party

It’s Party Time!

Block Party that is. That’s right. It’s that time again when everyone floods back into NY for the start of the fall semester. And as usual, that means it’s time for another New School Block Party. This year The New School will host its 18th Annual Block Party, scheduled to take place Thursday, August 28th from 4:30 – 7:30 PM. As in past years, the Block Party will take place on 12th Street, which will be shut down between 5th and 6th Ave. and will feature lots of information tables, free food, music and fun.

The India China Institute will also be there with our info table, so if you are around drop by our table and say hello, and be sure to check out our upcoming events, talks, and student travel grant announcements! As always, just look for the big India China Institute banner on our table. We hope to see you there Aug 28th.

More event details here.

ICI Embarks on a New Economies and Societies Research Initiative This Fall

slider CESIC 300x147 ICI Embarks on a New Economies and Societies Research Initiative This Fall Beginning on October 17, ICI will be introducing Colloquium on the Economies and Societies of India and China (CESIC), a series of private events at The New School. The 3-part series will be hosted by ICI Research Director and Professor Mark Frazier and Sanjay Ruparelia, a former ICI Fellow and a professor at The New School’s Eugene Lang College. Academics from both the school’s faculty and from surrounding educational and research institutions are invited to deliver papers and participate in discussions geared towards enhancing the larger Economies and Societies Initiative. For each monthly discussion during the 2014 fall semester, the presenter is required to distribute his/her paper to participants beforehand.

The Economies and Societies Initiative is a broad program that encourages research collaboration on the social and political formations that have both informed and emerged from the capitalisms of China and India. Research includes both contemporary and historical manifestations of capitalisms in India and China. Interested academic faculty, both from The New School and NYC-based colleges and universities are invited to contact us at if interested in attending one of the 3 events slated for this fall.

Hong Kong Baptist University Pre and Post-PhD Fellowships: Deadline July 15, 2014

The Max Weber Foundation and the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) are accepting applications from PhD candidates and post-doctorates for a new joint programme on Migration, China, and the Global Context. There are three positions available for PhD students and one for the post-doctoral position.

Each of the three Studentships includes a monthly stipend of HK$20,000 for 36 months (Full Time) to cover HKBU tuition fees and living expenses. Recent PhD graduates are encouraged to apply for the Postdoctoral Scholarship (on one-year term and subject to renewal) covering salary and fringe benefits according to the candidate’s experience.

The programs start on October 1, 2014. Please visit the Hong Kong University Website for application instructions:

American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship Competition


india American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship CompetitionThe American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) welcomes applicants for their fellowship competition from a wide variety of disciplines to apply for funding to conduct research in India. In addition to applicants in the Humanities and Social Science AIIS encourages applicants in fields such as Development Studies, Natural Resources Management, Public Health, and Regional Planning. Applications can be downloaded at their website:

To read the full announcement you can download the pdf here: Fellowship Announcement India 2014


Call for Papers: The Fourth Interdisciplinary Symposium for Emerging Scholars on India China Studies

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The India China Institute at The New School, in collaboration with our partners in India and China invites the submission of papers for the Fourth Interdisciplinary Symposium for Emerging Scholars on India China Studies. The symposium will be held at the following locations and dates:

China: Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China December 12-13, 2014

India: Panjab University, Chandigarh, India December 19-20, 2014

United States: The New School, New York City, New York, April 13-14, 2015

This unique initiative is designed to provide a platform for researchers pursuing an advanced degree (MPhil/PhD), and young scholars who received their PhDs within the last 5 years, to present their ongoing research. Advanced Master’s degree students from professional fields such as law, design, and architecture are also welcome to apply. We look forward to creative interventions from any discipline, methodology, or combination thereof that address any aspect of China or India’s economic, social, cultural, and political development. Papers with a strong analytical focus on India-China interactions, comparisons, and impact will be given preference. Only papers not previously published will be accepted.

The symposium is a part of ICI’s continuing commitment to build a community of scholars who are engaged in research that focuses on innovative approaches to understanding India China relations. For nine years ICI has provided a space for the establishment and strengthening of scholarly networks for emerging scholars of India and China who wish to share their research and explore opportunities for advancing individual and collaborative scholarship. 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.

This symposium consists of three separate events. The first event will be held on in China for emerging Chinese scholars conducting research on India, and the second will be held in India for Indian scholars conducting research on China. Top Indian and Chinese scholars will be invited to join US-based scholars in a special international symposium at The New School in the spring of 2015.

Symposium presenters will also be invited to submit their papers for a standard blind peer review for publication in the India China Working Paper Series.

For more information, please visit our Working Papers page here.

Download China CFP (PDF)

Download US CFP (PDF)

Download India CFP (PDF)


Please send all paper submissions and queries related to the event to


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!

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.

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