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

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

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Himalayan Art
  At The Rubin Museum, I visited the Gateway to Himalayan Art a couple of weeks ago. The exhibition was curated by Karl Debreczeny and Elena Pakhoutova and offered a broad perspective on  the greater Himalayan cultural sphere and specifically the Art of Himalayan Mountain through introducing different materials and methods for producing their sacred read on
Shophouses in Chaozhou
Drawing Near
The semester is ending and as my finals conclude one after another, my mind can draw more attention to my study that is about to commence. With advice from Professors Brian McGrath, David Leven and Lei Ping, I am in extremely good hands to execute my study of architecture, homeliness and homebuilding. This is an issue that read on
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