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

6:00 pm Nepal: A Year Since The Earthquake @ Orozco Room (712)
Nepal: A Year Since The Earthquake @ Orozco Room (712)
May 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Nepal: A Year Since The Earthquake @ Orozco Room (712)
A Discussion on International Crisis Group’s Report Nepal’s Divisive New Constitution: An Existential Crisis The International Crisis Group, in partnership with India China Institute (ICI), will present its latest report, “Nepal’s Divisive New Constitution: An read on
6:00 pm Public Talk & Book Launch: China... @ Lang Center (Rm 202)
Public Talk & Book Launch: China... @ Lang Center (Rm 202)
May 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Public Talk & Book Launch: China's Future @ Lang Center (Rm 202)
Join India China Institute for a discussion on what the future holds for China with David Shambaugh. Book Description China’s future is arguably the most consequential question in global affairs. Having enjoyed unprecedented levels of 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 America and Latino Studies (CLALS), and the International Centre read on

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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

old Chinese roof
What makes a city a home?
What makes a city a home? As I continue refining my research question, I begin to dig into the heart of the problems I was looking at — the tension of history and progress. And in my lament over the loss of historical markings of a place in its becoming a city, I discover that read on
Baboon and Young, 1951 by Pablo Picasso
Still in NY
“Baboon and Young (1951) shows Picasso’s power of metaphorical transformation at its height. Now please look closer…” I stopped paying attention to the audio guide. Here I was in MOMA, trying to navigate a room swarmed with visitors speaking many different languages, and despite all the bustle and buzz I felt a pause, a little read on
Exploring The Sacred Art of Tibet
  My ticket to New Delhi and Ladakh is booked, and I’m super excited. I will be in New Delhi for two weeks, and then will be going to Ladakh for two weeks, at the far north of India next to Tibet. What I have been lately pondering about is the importance of actions for depicting read on
Chinese façade in Tangra, Kolkata © Flippy Whale | Flirck
Kolkata’s three Chinatowns
This title is perhaps more a provocation than an accurate statement. It is probably truer to say that Kolkata has only one Chinatown in the central area – and it is dwarfing. Yet Kolkata does have three distinct areas that keep a close relation with the Chinese migrants and Chinese Indians of the city: Chinatown, read on