ICI supports research, teaching and discussion on India, China and the United States.


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 Reflections on the Cultural Revo... @ Room 529
Reflections on the Cultural Revo... @ Room 529
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Reflections on the Cultural Revolution - Student Movements in 1968 @ Room 529
Student Movements, 1968: In Industrialized Countries and in China A Public Talk by Professor Xu Youyu Thursday, September 29, 2016 – 4:00-6:00 PM 80 Fifth Ave, Room 529, The New School This year is the read on
4:00 pm Chat & Chai – Information Sessio... @ Klein Conference Room (#510)
Chat & Chai – Information Sessio... @ Klein Conference Room (#510)
Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Chat & Chai - Information Session 2016 @ Klein Conference Room (#510)
ICI’s annual Chat & Chai is an information session featuring Student Fellow presentations from past recipients of our Student Summer Travel & Research Grants. Each year ICI awards six undergraduate or graduate students with $3,000 read on
5:30 pm Global Himalaya and Sustainable ... @ Orozco Room (710)
Global Himalaya and Sustainable ... @ Orozco Room (710)
Oct 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Global Himalaya and Sustainable Futures @ Orozco Room (710)
Global Himalaya and Sustainable Futures: A Panel Discussion Tuesday, October 11th | 5:30-7:30pm Orozco Room (710), 66 W. 12th St. The New School Join the India China Institute and the Himalayan Universities Consortium for an 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

homesick // sick of home
I believe this duality is shared by many. As we are in one place, we tend to miss another. My exploration this summer was quite eclectic, to say the least. It is not easy trying to narrow it down to functional organization and its relationship to the sense of home a place cultivates. Indeed, spatial read on
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