Reflections on the Cultural Revolution – Student Movements in 1968 @ 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 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution in China. To mark this extraordinary period in Chinese history, the India China Institute has organized several events that examine the revolution’s significance and its lasting impact on China and the world. The events will feature leading scholars on the subject, some of whom experienced the revolution firsthand.

Seminar Series:

Reflections of the Cultural Revolution is a seminar series with Xu Youyu, a Professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Science and a current Scholar in Resident at The New School. The cultural revolution was full of violence and suppression, and continues to be shrouded in conspiracy. This seminar series is comprised of four parts, with each part focusing on a different theme, and attempts to address some of the crucial questions concerning the movement. Professor Xu will deal with key controversies surrounding each theme and develop his own positions.

Xu Youyu was a teenager in the Red Guard at the time of the Chinese Revolution and witnessed the Tiananmen Square protest of 1989. As a pro-democracy activist, Xu was one of the most prominent signatories of the 2008 Charter 08 manifesto, which demanded political and humanitarian reforms in China.

This is the third lecture in this series with Professor Xu. This seminar will explore Mao’s motives in launching the Cultural Revolution. Was the movement a political purge under the disguise of anti-revisionism? Was it a fight for social ideals, or simply a power struggle?

To RSVP for the event click here.


Chat & Chai – Information Session 2016 @ Klein Conference Room (#510)
Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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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 to support an independent study project, or to defray the cost of attending a New School program in India or China. Students who spent the 2016 summer in India and China will present brief reflections on their work and experiences abroad.

You can read more about the 2016 Student Fellows and see photos of their trips on the Student Blog here.

The information session will provide information regarding the 2017 fellowship, offer information about job opportunities and volunteer positions with the India China Institute, as well as serve as a networking event for anyone interested in India and China. The event is free and open to all New School members.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

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Global Himalaya and Sustainable Futures @ Orozco Room (710)
Oct 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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 engaging panel discussion on the state of the Himalayas and questions of sustainable futures in the region. Panelists will present their insights and experiences from working in the region, and their thoughts on the future of the Himalayas from both a regional and global perspective. An RSVP is required for this event.

Eventbrite - Global Himalaya and Sustainable Futures

Featured speakers include:

  • Dr. Eklabya Sharma, ICIMOD
  • Prof. Pasang Sherpa, The New School
  • Prof. Alton Byers, University of Colorado
  • Ms. Lisabeth Hilton, Founding Director of The Third Pole
  • Prof. Mark Turin, University of British Columbia


Triple Play | 3 Films on Kashmir w/ Filmmaker Sarah Singh @ Theresa Lang Student & Community Center, 2nd floor
Oct 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

TRIPLE PLAY: Three films on Kashmir

Film Screening and Panel Discussion on Kashmir

Award-winning filmmaker and New School alumna Sarah Singh

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



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?


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 @SarahSingh.




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.

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).

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?

More details about the conference are available on the conference page here.