The India China Institute (ICI) at The New School supports research, teaching and discussion on India, China and the United States, with special focus on making comparisons and understanding interactions between the three countries as well as their joint impact on the rest of the world. ICI is the hub of an international network of scholars, leaders, and opinion-makers working to promote academic and public understandings of India and China.  

Scholarly Network

From graduate students and junior faculty to prominent senior scholars, the India China Institute works with an impressive network of leading thinkers on India and China. Find out more about the work being done by our scholars and scholarly resources on India China.

Emerging Scholars

This initiative provides an opportunity for young scholars from India and China to present their ongoing research in a formal academic setting. An annual international conference in NY offers an important venue for up and coming scholars to showcase their work.

Student Fellows

Since the inception of ICI, active engagement with students has been central to the dissemination of information concerning India China studies. Every year ICI supports a group of students as they head to India and China to conduct academic research and fieldwork.

Upcoming Events

4:00 pm Chat & Chai – Information Sessio... @ Starr Foundation Hall, UL102
Chat & Chai – Information Sessio... @ Starr Foundation Hall, UL102
Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Chat & Chai - Information Session 2016 @ Starr Foundation Hall, UL102
Chat & Chai is an information session about the Student Travel & Research Grant through the India China Institute. The fellowship grant awards six undergraduate or graduate students with $3000 to support an independent study read on
all-day Mountains and Sacred Landscapes ... @ The New School
Mountains and Sacred Landscapes ... @ The New School
Apr 20 – Apr 23 all-day
Mountains and Sacred Landscapes Conference @ The New School
The India China Institute (ICI) at The New School, the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC), American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS), and the International Centre read on

Sacred Himalaya

A three-year, Luce funded initiative, the Sacred Himalaya Initiative (SHI) explores the interconnections between everyday religion, ecology and sacred landscapes linked to Mount Kailash in Tibet.


Urbanizers of China and India is a new, multi-year engagement to explore new dimension of inequality & the pursuit of social justice from the perspective of those who are making the 21st century cities of India and China.

Spatial Politics of Work

The Spatial Politics of Work Initiative (SPW) aims to explore the new modes of work, manufacturing, and making which are taking place across India, China, and the United States.

Economies & Societies

Our latest project for the Economies and Societies Initiative is a special colloquium bringing senior scholars together, called the Colloquium on the Economies and Societies of India and China (CESIC).

Student Fellows Blog - Fieldnotes From India & China

Art and locality – Ladakh
On Aug 13, we attended a local monastic festival and witnessed a beautiful ceremony of first having the site purified of obstacles. Then in the second part of the ritual having offerings in the honor of Padmasambhava by each one of the companions.  The most remarkable sacred art that we saw in Ladakh was at Alchi Monastery. read on
Retrospective: Pearl of the Orient
Looking back to my stay in Shanghai and feeling  little guilty for my delayed diary entry about it, I can’t help but feel a strange sense of nostalgia. The city, as advanced and cosmopolitan as it is, lingers on a heavy scent of history. Even its diversity stems from a geo-historical context. The Shanghai Urban Planning read on
Ladakh – Little Tibet
  Watching the rare documentary of The Yogis of Tibet offered a great insight into the ancient culture and practice of Tibetan throughout the years in Tibet and after their refuge to other regions. The hardship of their external environment allowed them to look inside and practice their daily rituals. The presence of Ladakhi military against read on
Ladakh Monasteries – Heaven on Earth
  I don’t even know how to put my experience in Ladakh in words. My days in Ladakh has been amazingly unbelievable. I had very little access to wifi every few days, so here is my belated post. Located by the Indus River and on the silkroad, Ladakh used to have an important strategic location, which read on