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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 The 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 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.

State-Permeated Capitalism in China and India – Talk w/ Tobias ten Brink

Politics Talk: Tobias ten Brink

Tuesday, April 15 @ 6:00 pm

Wolff Conference Room
6 East 16th Street, Room 1103, New York

Tobias ten Brink State Permeated Capitalism in China and India   Talk w/ Tobias ten BrinkThe Politics Department at The New School for Social Research presents Tobias ten Brink, Heuss Lecturer Department of Politics, NSSR  and Senior Researcher Frankfurt University, who will deliver a talk entitled: “State-Permeated Capitalism in China and India: A Global Political Economy Perspective.”

Tobias ten Brink just earned his “Habilitation” on “Capitalist Development in China” from the Goethe-University Frankfurt. In 2012/13 he was a Visiting Scholar at the MIT, Cambridge (Department of Political Science), and at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China. Since 2012 he has been a senior researcher at the DFG-project “A ‘BICS’-Variety of Capitalism? The Emergence of State-Permeated Market Economies in Large Emerging Countries.”

He belongs to a new generation of researchers who systematically use insights from the comparative and international study of capitalisms for the analysis of China and other large emerging economies. He also conducts research on questions of the transformation of the state and the state system.

His articles have appeared in Critical Asian Studies, dms – der moderne staat, Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, China: An International Journal, Leviathan and Critique Internationale. His book Geopolitik, which he wrote at the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research, has been awarded by the German Publishers & Booksellers Association in the category “Humanities international” in 2010.  Recent Books include Global Political Economy and the Modern State System, 2014, Leiden/Boston: Brill. Chinas Kapitalismus. Entstehung, Verlauf, Perspektiven [China's Capitalism: Emergence, Trajectory, Paradoxes], 2013, Frankfurt/New York: Campus.

Jayashree Vivekanandan on Environmental Governance in South Asia (Audio)

P3310098 e1396445250587 291x300 Jayashree Vivekanandan on Environmental Governance in South Asia (Audio)In case you missed our recent talk on the Environmental Governance in South Asia with Professor Jayashree Vivekanandan, not to worry. You can listed to her talk below, which runs about 20 minutes, followed by another 30 minutes of Q&A. She is Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations, South Asian University, New Delhi, India.

Professor Vivekanandan’s talk focused on the Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KSLCDI) and its potential relations to questions of interest to international relations (IR) scholars, in particular state sovereignty and citizenship. The KSL is an area of approximately 31,000 km2, and covers parts of India, China (TAR) and Nepal. One of the most interesting, and provocative, questions she asked was what would it mean to place the idea of “ecological citizenship” at the heart of the KSLCDI?

Some of the topics she covered in her talk included:

  • Whether or not creating wildlife corridors between isolated natural areas will be enough to sustain long-term biodiversity in the region
  • The challenges of a transboundary conservation initiative when there is not an open policy of sharing information between all three countries
  • Implications of reproducing the artificial development binaries of nature vs culture in a region where this understanding is often foreign to local communities, who are far more integrated into the local landscape in both their thinking and their practices
  • What it might mean to be a “Kailash citizen” or an “ecological citizen” for whom national boundaries are meaningless ideas, and what these border biographies might look like in practice
  • Problem of China excluding Tibetan communities from any participation in the development of the KSL project on the China side, while using the rhetoric of “collaboration” and “conservation” to further disenfranchise nomadic communities within the project area
  • How notions of mobility challenge both the KSL and state notions of sovereignty and legibility
  • The challenges of using an ecosystem level analysis within traditional IR and development discourses

There were many other interesting issues discussed, as well as some comparison with her other work looking at the Sunderbands and the issue of tigers in environmental and state discourses. So take a listen for all the details.


3rd Annual India China Conversations Symposium, April 14th

ES Feb2014 Updated 200x300 3rd Annual India China Conversations Symposium, April 14th The Third Interdisciplinary Symposium for Emerging Scholars on India China Studies is part of the India China Institute’s continuing commitment to build a community of scholars who are engaged in research that focuses on new and innovative approaches to understanding India-China relations. 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. read on

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