2012 Student Travel/Research Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce that the 2012 Student Travel/Research Grant Recipients have been chosen! Please see below for details.  Congratulations to all who were selected, and thank you to everyone who applied.

Alison Schuettingger is pursuing a Masters or Arts in psychology at NSSR. Alison is interested in community based holistic education and will do research on this approach through Indian research centers that teach and practice ecological sustainability. Drawing on the research of Escobar, she will explore the role that religion and traditional knowledge play in environmental sustainability and ask if sustainability is akin to native representations of nature.

Benedetta Valabrega is an undergraduate student in Design Management at Parsons.  Benedetta is interested in how India intends to deal with the incredible growth it is experiencing and how it will involve the demographic capital that has made this growth possible.  In particular, she wants to focus on how India is designing and performing what has been called “the biggest social project on the planet,” an identification scheme that plans to construct a national biometric database.  Based on her research on the experiment of this project, she will make connections and draw conclusions about I.D. systems as weapons to use control over society or to empower people and guarantee each single individual the rights he should have.

Chang-Chen Shen is a first year PhD candidate in Anthropology at the New School for Social Research.  His proposed ICI project is to study the life worlds of Chinese immigrants, both in New York City and in Fuzhou (the fist are international migrants, the latter, internal migrants, but both sets are illegal).  Shen plans to look at how these immigrants live in spaces not only considered illegal, but outside any semblance of civil society.  He will view first-hand how their experiences negotiating such illegal spaces in Fuzhou translate into migrants’ abilities to endure and live in New York City.  Chang-Chen will also investigate his hypothesis that the Chinese concept of min-jian can allow us to think differently about these spaces of “civil (il)legality”.

Miranda Ten Broeke is an undergraduate at Eugene Lang College.  A passionate dancer, Miranda started her dancing career at The Vanaver Caravan World Dance & Music Company (TVC) at the age of four.  TVC will partner with a women-run Indian NGO to build the Shakti Academy, a dance and healing-arts center for India’s gifted youth.  The ICi fellowship will allow Miranda to participate and contribute to the Academy which will provide a creative outlet for children and teens who cannot thrive in traditional school settings and have been discriminated against because of caste, sex, or means.  In addition, Miranda will teach in local schools, and learn authentic Indian and gypsy dance styles in an ongoing cultural exchange.   Miranda expects herself to draw on the connections she will make in India and b a resource for future students wishing to do the sort of work out in the world.

Nicholas Krebs is pursuing a Master degree in Urban Policy at Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy.  He has been leading service projects with two chapters of Habitat for Humanity for the last four years in South Dakota and Washington D.C. As a student fellow he would like to do a comparative study of the sustainability efforts in Habitat Housing in China and the US by participating in a Global Village Habitat build in Quangzhou City. From this he hopes to be able to define universal sustainability standards that could be used in Habitat housing developments internationally.

Sofya Omelchenko is an undergraduate student in Global Studies at Eugene Lang College.  A native of Russia, Sofya is fascinated by authoritarian regimes such as Russia and China and how they manage to keep power while at the time adapting to the new conditions of international world order.  In particular, she is interested in the civil society relationships with the state in both countries.  She will focus her research on the environmental sector of civil society, as environmentalism is fairly apolitical in its nature, yet offers a great insight on the functioning of the civil society.

New School Student Travel Research Funds

Applications are now closed for the Summer of 2012, but check back next fall for information on the Summer of 2013 program!

Six awards are available for undergraduate or graduate students to support a research project in India or China. The field visit must be undertaken by the end of summer in 2012. The funds could be used towards expenses such as airfare, local transportation, room and board, and interpreters.

Eligibility

* Must be a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student in any discipline
* For undergraduates, a minimum of 12 credits completed, and for graduate students, a minimum of 9 credits completed by the end of Fall 2011; planning to enroll in the Fall semester 2012
* Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3
* Must know a New School faculty member who can supervise the project
* Prior knowledge of India and China is not necessary. MA and PhD students specializing in India and China may apply, but priority will be given to non-specialists looking to deepen their knowledge of one or both countries.

Application Requirements

* A completed application form
* Curriculum vitae, including a list of academic accomplishments and interests
* Statement of purpose (maximum 3 pages, double-spaced) describing
* How the funds will be used to expand your knowledge of India and/or China
* Your proposed independent research project
* One letter of recommendation from a New School faculty member
* A signed New School Faculty Mentor Form
* Applications on any topic are eligible, but preference will be given to those addressing this year’s theme, Social Innovations for Sustainable Environments, with particular focus on social, political, and market barriers to addressing environmental challenges.

Award Requirements

Recipients of student travel/research funds are required to

* Embark on their field visits before the end of summer 2012
* Seek advice regarding their field visit through their academic advisors (Note however: ICI has limited resources and cannot assist students with travel logistics or obtaining local information.)
* Maintain regular contact with their faculty mentors during the entire project period
* Make a public presentation of their projects during the 2012 fall semester
* Submit a final written report on their projects by mid-November of 2012

To see the current and past rounds of Student Fellows, go here.

Director’s Message

Ashok Smiling 2013 Directors Message

Welcome to the India China Institute website!

On this site, you can access information on our programs, including public events and resources from the ever-growing ICI community.

Since our founding in 2005 with the generous support of the Starr Foundation, we have continued to enrich our commitment to critical inquiry and collaborative scholarship. This site is not just a place for us to announce our initiatives and events, it is also a space for both our fellows and visitors to discuss and share information on a wide variety of topics.

Along those lines, please drop us a line if you have a suggestion or comment, and remember to sign up for our mailing list to receive updates.

Sincerely,

Ashok Gurung
Senior Director, India China Institute
Faculty, Graduate Program in International Affairs, The New School

Director's Message

Ashok Smiling 2013 Director's Message

Welcome to the India China Institute website!

On this site, you can access information on our programs, including public events and resources from the ever-growing ICI community.

Since our founding in 2005 with the generous support of the Starr Foundation, we have continued to enrich our commitment to critical inquiry and collaborative scholarship. This site is not just a place for us to announce our initiatives and events, it is also a space for both our fellows and visitors to discuss and share information on a wide variety of topics.

Along those lines, please drop us a line if you have a suggestion or comment, and remember to sign up for our mailing list to receive updates.

Sincerely,

Ashok Gurung
Senior Director, India China Institute
Faculty, Graduate Program in International Affairs, The New School

2011 Student Travel/Research Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce that the 2011 Student Travel/Research Grant Recipients have been chosen!Please see below for details.  Congratulations to all who were selected, and thank you to everyone who applied.

Carol Wang is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at The New School for Social Research. As an ICI Student Fellow, she intends to examine the professionalization of activist methodologies with an emphasis on the role of rights documentation in the Chinese HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Jeff Bailey is a graduate student pursuing a Masters of Arts in Nonprofit Management at Milano New School of Management and Policy.  He is particularly interested in exploring the use of social entrepreneurship  in income-generation efforts by NGOs in China and the relationship between poverty reduction and environmental sustainability.

Elana Bulman is an undergraduate student at Eugene Lang College where she is majoring in Urban Studies.  As a student fellow, she will examine youth solutions to climate change in India using the “solutionary” method which focuses on developing initiatives that seek to actively create a positive future instead of taking a reactionary approach to environmental threats.

Elizabeth Catlin is an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Global Studies with a minor in gender studies at Eugene Lang College. Her purposed research project is to look at the issue of internal migration from rural to urban areas in China and how this relates to development in the country.

Bahar Tabakoglu is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the New School for Social Research.  She is working on a dissertation in which she is attempting to provide a comparative examination of Islamic labor unionism in Turkey and India.  This program will allow her to carry on her research in this field in India.

Anamaria Vrabie is a Fullbright fellow who is pursuing a Masters of Arts in International Affairs at the Graduate Program in International Affairs.  She is interested in using the opportunity afforded to her by the fellowship to research urban socio-spatial changes through looking at urban fragmentation and specialization of functions in Mumbai, Kolkata, and Ahmedabad and how correlate with the overall cultural policy in India.

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