Tansen Sen on ‘China’s Coming Storm’

We are excited to share the latest “China Man” column by ICI friend and scholar Tansen Sen from the Times of India. In this latest piece, “China’s coming storm: But it will survive the current crisis as it has done many times before,” Professor Sen delves into the current political situation in China, and offers some of his reflections on the future. Here is a brief excerpt from his piece:

Predictions of an impending collapse of Communist China are a common pastime among a handful of foreign scholars and commentators. These soothsayers have made their dire predictions almost every decade since the People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949. All have been proven wrong despite several disasters and political turmoil.

The Chinese leadership’s aptitude to institute prudent changes after each adversity seems to be a key reason for its endurance. Instead of a collapse, these changes have transformed China into an economic and geopolitical powerhouse.

Will President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang also respond to the current turbulence with prudent adjustments and prolong the rise of China?

You can read the entire piece online at the Times of India here.

Former ICKCBI Fellow on Indian refugee politics | Shreya Sen


We’re always excited to receive new articles and research updates from our network of scholars. This latest update comes from one of our former ICKCBI graduate students, Shreya Sen, who has just published an opinion piece in Refugee Review titled “Understanding India’s refusal to accede to the 1951 Refugee Convention.”

[bc_member avatar=”25″ name=”senshreya”] Here is an excerpt from her latest piece:

India is the largest refugee receiving country in South Asia. Refugee groups that have sought asylum in India include Tibetans, the Tamil from Sri Lanka, Partition refugees from erstwhile East and West Pakistan, the Chakmas from Bangladesh, Bhutanese refugees from Nepal, Afghans, Rohinyga and other refugees from Myanmar and refugees from Somalia, DRC and Sudan. In spite of having such a substantive asylum seeking and refugee population, India is a not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention or the 1967 Protocol. Neither has any domestic legislation in India been passed to protect refugees. The fate of individual refugees in India is essentially determined by protections that are made available under the Indian Constitution. The question often raised is why India, like several other nations in South Asia, has not ratified the 1951 Refugee Convention. This article analyzes a number of scholastic arguments that have been made to explain India’s refusal to accede to the Convention, and examines the existing legal set-up for refugees in India in order to arrive at an understanding of the context of non-accession. This opinion paper concludes that India will likely never be party to the Convention despite hosting numerous refugees on its soil, and argues that uniform domestic protection legislation must be enacted.

You can read the whole article online at Refugee Review here.

ICI Welcomes Three Visiting Scholars for Spring 2015

The India China Institute is pleased to welcome three visiting scholars to The New School campus this spring. As in previous semesters, scholars not only use The New School / ICI’s research facilities for their own initiatives, but often teach a course, host a series of public talks and meet with other scholars in the New York area. In addition senior fellows serve as consultants for ICI’s academic programming. Please see below to learn more about our spring scholars.

unnamed-6Partha Mukhopadhyay is a senior research fellow at the Centre for Policy Research. His last assignment was with the Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC), where he was involved in nurturing policy and regulatory frameworks for the flow of private capital into infrastructure projects.  Prior to this, he was with Export-Import Bank of India, as the first Director of their Eximius Learning Centre in Bangalore, and before that, with the World Bank, in the Trade Policy Division in Washington. He is currently a member of the Expert Committee on ICT for Indian Railways, Government of India and of the Working Group on Roads, National Transport Development Policy Committee and of the International Advisory Board of LIRNEasia, Colombo. Recently, he has worked with the Committee on Allocation of Natural Resources and the Committee for Consultations on the Situation in Andhra Pradesh.


unnamed-7Mukta Singh Lama Tamang is an anthropologist and teaches at the Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology at Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. He also serves as Research Director for a research project on Social Inclusion Atlas and Ethnographic Profile. His research interest includes indigeneity, history, memory, identity, social inclusion, equality and human rights in Nepal and South Asia. He received his PhD from Cornell University. He was a Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths College, University of London and Jawaharlal Nehru University in conjunction with a joint research project on “Social Inequality and Affirmative Action in South Asia.” He is currently working with ICI on the Sacred Himalaya Initiative.


unnamed-8Fulong Wu
is Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London. His research includes China’s urban development and planning and its social and sustainable challenges. He has recently completed a book Planning for Growth: Urban and Regional Planning in China (Routledge 2015). He is co-editor of Restructuring the Chinese City (Routledge, 2005), Marginalization in China (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), International Perspectives on Suburbanization (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), and Rural Migrants in Urban China (Routledge, 2013), editor of Globalization and the Chinese City (Routledge, 2006), China’s Emerging Cities (Routledge, 2007), and co-author of Urban Development in Post-Reform China: State, Market, and Space (Routledge, 2007), and China’s Urban Poverty (Edward Elgar, 2010).


Apply for The American Institute of Indian Studies 2015 Fellowship

The American Institute of Indian Studies recently announced its 2015 fellowship competition for both junior and senior fellows.

Junior fellowships: for Ph.D. candidates to conduct research for their dissertations in India for up to eleven months.

Senior fellowships: for scholars who hold the Ph.D. degree for up to nine months of research in India.

AIIS welcomes applicants from a wide variety of disciplines. It especially encourages applicants in fields such as Development Studies, Natural Resources Management, Public Health, and Regional Planning. The application deadline is July 1, 2015. Applications can be downloaded from the web site www.indiastudies.org. Inquiries should be directed to 773-702-8638 or aiis@uchicago.edu

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.

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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.

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