2015 Student Research Fellows Prepare to Travel to India and China

ICI is pleased to introduce the six recipients of the 2015 Starr Foundation Student Research Fellowship Grant. We selected undergraduate, graduate and PhD students from a number of academic disciplines to receive a $3,000 study/research grant to support an independent study project in India or China.

As in previous years, our fellows will be blogging about their travels. Please visit the Student Blog for regular updates and to check out  previous posts from student fellows.

Janson Cheng is a MFA graduate student in Transdisciplinary Design in Parsons The New School. Prior to Parsons, he graduated from China Academy of Art, majoring in environmental art design. He will be researching food systems in India.

Ricardo Goncalves is an MFA graduate student in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons The New School. He  previously worked in capacity building initiatives for youth development, social entrepreneurs and corporate social responsibility. His main interests include informal learning, social entrepreneurship and well being. Ricardo will be researching Chinese value chains and emerging livelihoods.

Karolina Kopek is an undergraduate student in the Psychology department at Eugene Lang College The New School. She is interested in feminism and gender studies, which will be the focus of her independent study project in Shanghai.

Andrew Kuech is a PhD Candidate pursuing a dual degree in Politics and Historical Studies at The New School for Social Research. His doctoral research examines comparatively the production and development of Chinese and Taiwanese political imagery of the United States during the 1950s and 60s. He will be looking at Rival Chinese Nationalisms and Images of “America” in the PRC and Taiwan, 1949-1965.

Atiba Rougier is a graduate student in the Anthropology department at the New School for Social Research. He will be looking at the intersections of Biomedicine, Biomedical Ethics, Philosophy, and Anthropology in India.

Kate Wallace is an undergraduate student in the Design and Technology department at Parsons The New School for Design, . She started her fellowship  in December of 2014 to travel to India,using her winter break to begin her independent study in India. As a volunteer with tripMD, she researched how design and technology can be used to make high quality healthcare accessible worldwide.



Spices and Democracy? L.H.M. Ling’s Latest Article on The Silk Road for HuffPo

The New School and former ICI fellow Professor L.H.M Ling published “Learning From the Silk Roads: Spices and the Demos,” a continuation of articles centering onThe Silk Road, for The Huffington Post. In this latest piece she continues her discussion on the comparison between spices and democracy with her colleague, Professor Rao. Here is an excerpt:

A focus on spices – or food, more generally – changes our perspective on politics, generally, and world politics, especially. Rather than centering all attention on the palace, we shift to the kitchen. After all, isn’t that where the spices turn into objects of desire? Without the artistry of cooks and their co-workers fashioning nutmeg into an exquisite flavor, for example, how would we know the value, not just the cost, of nutmeg? It would remain an ingredient only.

You can read the rest of the article on the The World Post / Huffington Post website.

New School Students Create Crowdsourcing Campaign For New Research Initiative


Students from Professor L.H.M Ling’s An Evening on the Silk Road summer trial course have created a crowd funding campaign to assist them with travel expenses to present their research initiative, The Global Intimate. This initiative will explore topics that were central to Professor Ling’s course, such as food and the Silk Road, to create alternative ways to problem solve in the international arena.

The students are crowdsourcing funds to support them with the upcoming projects (from the Indiegogo website):

  • The Global South Caucus International Studies (GSCIS) Conference, Singapore, January 2015- Attendance for the students(14)  to present their findings and innovative concepts to the field’s leading scholars, practitioners and students


  • Presentation at Jawarhalal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, January 2015- The Global Intimate has been invited to present a workshop at JNU, India’s premier university. All local hospitality costs will be provided, however they need to pay for  their transportation costs from Singapore following the GSCIS Conference.


  • Academic Research- The students are committed to researching, producing and disseminating cutting-edge concepts (like “difference without alienation” described above) to build a new future for world politics. This includes the maintenance of a blog, continued production of their documentary tracking the journey of this educational experiment, publication of papers into scholarly journals, and a book manuscript that will serve as the foundation for future works.


  • Summer 2015 Community Short Course- In the Summer 2015, The Global Intimate will be offering a summer short course in partnership with The New School to community members and anyone interested on how to think creatively about international relations. This course is an adaptation of previous sessions on the Silk Road and food- sure to tantalize the appetites of all.


For more information, please visit The Global Intimate Indiegogo Campaign website.





China Town Hall to Feature Former President Jimmy Carter and Tansen Sen

PHILADELPHIA (September 29, 2014) — China’s rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of all Americans. To help illuminate this important international relationship, Saint Joseph’s University (SJU) will host the National Committee on United States-China Relations’ (NCUSCR) eighth annual China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, on Thursday, Oct. 16.

This year, the NCUSCR has partnered with The Carter Center of Atlanta, Ga., and will present the 39th president of the United States, Jimmy Carter, in a live, interactive webcast that will be streamed nationally in 70 locations. Held locally in SJU’s Wolfington Teletorium in Mandeville Hall, this national day of programming on China is designed to provide Americans the opportunity to discuss U.S.-China relations with leading experts. Stephen A. Orlins, president of NCUSCR, will moderate the webcast. The national audience, including SJU students and guests, will submit questions.

Known as a champion of human rights throughout the world, James Earl Carter Jr. was elected Chief Executive of the United States on Nov. 2, 1976. President Carter counts among his administration’s significant foreign policy accomplishments the Panama Canal treaties, the Camp David Accords, the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union, and the establishment of U.S. diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China.

In 1982, President Carter became University Distinguished Professor at Emory University in Atlanta, and founded The Carter Center to address national and international public policy issues, working to resolve conflict, promote democracy, protect human rights, and prevent disease. He is the author of 28 books, most recently A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, published in April 2014. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

The webcast is followed by a presentation on-site at 8 p.m. by Tansen Sen, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Baruch College, City University of New York. Sen, an expert in Sino-Indian relations, has authored numerous books and articles on the topic. He is currently working on two book projects: one examines cross-cultural trade in Asia during the 14th and 15th centuries, and the second is titled India, China, and the World: Networks of Exchange and Interaction.

A reception at 6:15 p.m. will be followed by welcoming remarks by SJU Professor of History James Carter, Ph.D. An expert on the history of Chinese-Western relations, Carter is a fellow of the National Committee’s Public Intellectuals Program. Carter is the author of two books and numerous journal articles on China.

“Saint Joseph’s is honored to again be chosen to host the China Town Hall,” says Carter. “The program offers an innovative use of technology to bring experts into conversation with citizens to improve understanding of the U.S.-China relationship, which is among the most important bilateral relationships, not only for these two countries, but for the entire world. Having President Jimmy Carter speak with us is a rare chance to hear a former President bring his first-person experience of that relationship.”

China Town Hall schedule:

6:15 p.m. – Reception.

6:45 p.m. – Welcoming remarks from James Carter, Ph.D., professor of history, Saint Joseph’s University.

7 p.m. – Live webcast with Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States.

8 p.m. – Commentary and discussion with Tansen Sen, Ph.D., associate professor of history, Baruch College of the City University of New York.

9 p.m. – Adjourn.

Mandeville Hall is located at the intersection of 54th Street and City Avenue. This event is free and open to the general public. The Starr Foundation underwrites China Town Hall; SJU’s international relations and Asian studies programs are sponsors of event.

Source: St. Joseph’s University News

Block Party Highlights

Thanks to everyone that came out to visit our table and say hello during the 18th Annual New School Block Party. We had a great time, and got to meet and talk with lots of new students, as well as returning ones, about the amazing work we are doing here at the India China Institute. Here’s a few photos of our student RAs hard at work during the event.

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Application Deadline for The Emerging Scholar's India AND China Symposiums Extended to September 30

Emerging Scholars Transparent LogoThe deadline for application submissions for the Emerging Scholars Symposiums for India and China have been extended to September 30, 2014. The deadline for the New York City symposium remains the same. 

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.

Please visit the Emerging Scholar’s information page  for the updated application information.

Free Rubin Museum Tour and Social on Aug 22nd

Vajravarahi (Vajrayogini); Bhutan; 18th century; Pigments on cloth; C2009.18New School students, don’t miss out on an exciting chance to visit the Rubin Museum of art for FREE during the close of Orientation Week events. That’s right, totally free, all you have to do is RSVP before Friday Aug 22nd at noon.

We will be taking a group of 40 lucky students on a free hour long tour with Rubin Museum staff, followed by an hour of tasty Himalayan food and drinks in the upscale K2 Lounge at the Rubin. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn about a great Southeast Asian art and culture resource just around the corner from The New School campus.

Event details are right here.

RSVP now by going here.

We will be meeting at 4:40 pm on Friday Aug 22nd, outside of 66 Fifth Ave where are offices are located. Be sure to be on time, as the tour starts promptly at 5pm at the Rubin. We look forward to seeing you all there!


Sacred Himalaya Initiative – Seeking Qualified Post-Doc

mt backgroundAs part of the new Sacred Himalaya Initiative (SHI) being launched this year, the India China Institute (ICI) at The New School is looking to hire a qualified postdoctoral candidate for an 18-month position working on this new research project. The position will run from July 2015 to January 2017, and will involved teaching two courses at The New School, as well as 6-8 months of fieldwork and research in the Himalaya as part of this new Initiative.

Full details on the job requirements and description can be found here.

More details about the SHI, which builds on the past three years of work through the Everyday Religion and Sustainable Environments in the Himalaya (ERSEH) initiative, can be found on the Sacred Himalaya Initiative (SHI) page here. This new effort will focus on the idea of sacred landscapes and sustainable futures in the Himalaya, and will be focused on a series of pilgrimage routes and areas linked to the sacred Mount Kailash, a holy site for millions of Himalayan and South Asian religious communities (Buddhist, Jain, Hindu, Bonpo, Sikh, and local animist). Exploring how issues such as development and climate change connect with notions of the sacred and everyday religion will be a main focus of the post-doc candidate’s research and project support.

This position will be open for applicants until November 1, 2014.

Student Research and Travel Grants (2015) – Apply Now

Nick Krebs Student Fellow

Former Student Fellow Nick Krebs in China.

We’re happy to announce that the application period is now open for the 2014-15 Starr Foundation Student Research and Travel grants. ICI will be offering six New School students a $3,000 grant to support their research in India or China in 2015. Each year these Student Fellows engage in exciting research projects around some topic of interest to their academic or professional interests. So if you have ever thought about going to India or China, here’s your chance!

Applications are being accepted until Monday, October 27, 2014.

Want to know more about this grant, and what past Student Fellows did? Simple. You can meet our past Student Fellows right here. While you’re at it, take a look at the latest blog posts from the current group of Student Fellows conducting research right now in China and India. This is the best way to see what you could be doing a year from now.

To learn more about the details of Starr Foundation student grants click here.


Join ICI @ The Block Party


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.

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