The India China Institute puts on a series of events every year, ranging from speakers to exhibits to international conferences. Below is a list of our upcoming events. For the full calendar, please click here.

Upcoming Events

Triple Play | 3 Films on Kashmir w/ Filmmaker Sarah Singh @ Theresa Lang Student & Community Center, 2nd floor
Oct 27 @ 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm

TRIPLE PLAY: Three films on Kashmir

Film Screening and Panel Discussion on Kashmir

Award-winning filmmaker and New School alumna Sarah Singh

Panel – Mohamed Junaid and Prof. Nitin Sawhney in conversation with Sarah Singh

 5:45pm-7pm | Theresa Lang Community Center (55 W 13th St, NY)

Eventbrite - Triple Play: 3 Films on Kashmir w/ Filmmaker Sarah Singh

All three films are approximately 10 min each.

  • The Sky Below (segment from her award-winning documentary)
  • A Million Rivers (segment from her new surrealist fiction work)
  • Sufiyana: Music of the 21st Century (segment from a new film in progress)


These three completely different film works offers a rare opportunity to construct a cubistic portrait of a people, land, culture, history, and future, thereby expanding the narrative portrayal regarding one of the most disturbing and dangerous regional issues of our time. Kashmir is at the forefront of global politics, like a stick of dynamite between two nuclear nations. The region has been called a ‘frozen conflict’ in which many thousands of lives have been destroyed by a deadly cocktail of internal and external players over decades.

What are the possible outcomes or ways forward in what appears to be an increasingly hostile and desperate clash where ramifications echo across the world, and importantly, resonate immediately across Central, South, and East Asia?

The event is co-sponsored by The India China Institute, the School of Media Studies and the Engage Media Lab at The New School.

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About the Filmmaker

Sarah Singh was born in Patiala, Punjab, India and moved to the US in 1974. She is an award-winning filmArtist and has completed two feature-length films, several short film works, and is in the development of a third feature film. Sarah has worked in the film and TV industry for over a decade. Prior to that she exhibited paintings, drawings and photography. Starting from her first solo show in 1996 at the Prithvi Gallery in Juhu, Bombay, her work has been privately collected. She is on the Board of Advisors for Sindhi Voices Project and The Journal for Ethnic and Migration Studies.

You can learn more about Singh’s work on her website. You can follow Sarah on @sarahsinghNY.


The Sky Below  is a critically-acclaimed doc on the 1947 Partition of the Subcontinent and the Kashmir question.

A Million Rivers recently had its’ world premiere at the V&A Museum and will premiere in New York later this Fall. This is an opportunity to get a sneak preview of one of the main thematic aspects of this work. The film starts Om Puri, Lillete Dubey and Asif Basra as “the man from Kashmir”.

Music For the 21st Century is a new film series devoted to exploring music traditions and practices across the Subcontinent. This segment showcases a memorial concert for the world’s last known Kashmir Sufiyana master, Ghulam Mohammed Saznawaz.

Colloquium on the Economies and Societies of India and China – Devesh Kapur @ Orozco Room
Nov 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

THE DILEMMAS OF HIGHER EDUCATION: India in Comparative Perspective

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deveshAbout the speaker: Devesh Kapur was appointed Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of India in 2006. He is Professor of Political Science at Penn, and holds the Madan Lal Sobti Chair for the Study of Contemporary India. Prior to arriving at Penn, Professor Kapur was Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, and before that the Frederick Danziger Associate Professor of Government at Harvard. His research focuses on human capital, national and international public institutions, and the ways in which local-global linkages, especially international migration and international institutions, affect political and economic change in developing countries, especially India.

Abstract: In the last two decades the expansion of higher education in India has been the most rapid in human history after that of China. The talk will first document the characteristics of growth and change in higher education in India.  It will then address the tensions among the core goals of growth, access, cost and quality and the paradox of large skill premiums despite massive increases in supply even as underemployment among the college educated has been rising. Finally, the talk will examine the political economy of higher education in India, and why there has been so little change in the regulation of higher education and the governance of higher education institutions – and its consequences.

Colloquium on the Economies and Societies of India and China @ Orozco Room
Dec 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

December 5th – Ching Kwan Lee

Authoritarian Precarization: Mapping the Labor Politics of Recognition, Regulation and Reproduction in China

Abstract:This paper analyzes the making of precarity in China and identifies the various contested terrains constitutive of its politics. For each of the three periods of Chinese development since the Communist Revolution, viz. the Mao era of state socialism 1949-1979, the high-growth reform era 1980-2010, and the current period of crisis and restructuring since around 2010, she discuss the changing forms and meanings of labor precarity, their political economic drivers, and the shifting and uneven capacity of popular struggling for the recognition, regulation and reproduction of labor.
Mountains and Sacred Landscapes Conference @ 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 American and Latino Studies (CLALS), and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) are excited to announce an international conference on the theme of mountains and sacred landscapes, to be held at The New School in New York City from Thursday April 20th to Sunday April 23rd, 2017. The conference will include the latest research on the intersections or religion, nature and culture and will also feature special presentation from the India China Institute’s three-year research project on Sacred Landscapes and Sustainable Futures in the Himalaya (Sacred Himalaya Initiative).

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Diverse mountain communities from the Himalaya to the Andes to the Appalachians face growing pressures linked to social and ecological changes. Melting glaciers, shifting agricultural patterns, conflicts over mining and resource extraction, and risks to livelihoods, the consequences of increasingly erratic global climate change, pose unknown future challenges to many sacred landscapes, including mountain communities and ecosystems and those beings, human and nonhuman alike, who rely on these habitats. Scholars have even suggested we have entered a fundamentally new geologic epoch called the Anthropocene.

The conference seeks to critically explore how the idea of sacred landscapes is entangled with these communities, with a particular interest in topics related to mountain landscapes. Some of the issues we hope to explore include: major challenges and opportunities facing communities in the 21st century; religious conceptualizations of place and landscape; relationships between mountain spiritualities and peoples adapting to climate change; traditional ecological knowledge held by communities that can help address issues of social and ecological justice; the future of mountain and forest peoples; and the fate of more than human worlds inhabiting these diverse landscapes. What kinds of meanings shape and are shaped by the effects of climate change, mass extinction, human population growth and ecological degradation of mountains, forests, rivers and other sacred landscapes? How do ritual activities linked to sacred landscapes respond to environmental challenges, or not? How do mountains—as highly biodiverse ecosystems, as critical sources of water, energy, and materials, as repositories of tradition, and as sacred beings—remain vital components in ongoing processes of religious change? How do understandings of the sacred manifest within and across different landscapes, such as deserts, rivers or forests?