ICI supports research, teaching and discussion on India, China and the United States.


The India China Institute (ICI) at The New School supports research, teaching and discussion on India, China and the United States, with special focus on making comparisons and understanding interactions between the three countries as well as their joint impact on the rest of the world. ICI is the hub of an international network of scholars, leaders, and opinion-makers working to promote academic and public understandings of India and China.  

Scholarly Network

From graduate students and junior faculty to prominent senior scholars, the India China Institute works with an impressive network of leading thinkers on India and China. Find out more about the work being done by our scholars and scholarly resources on India China.

Emerging Scholars

This initiative provides an opportunity for young scholars from India and China to present their ongoing research in a formal academic setting. An annual international conference in NY offers an important venue for up and coming scholars to showcase their work.

Student Fellows

Since the inception of ICI, active engagement with students has been central to the dissemination of information concerning India China studies. Every year ICI supports a group of students as they head to India and China to conduct academic research and fieldwork.

Upcoming Events

all-day Kailash Cartographies Art Exhibi... @ Aronson Gallery - The New School
Kailash Cartographies Art Exhibi... @ Aronson Gallery - The New School
Mar 13 – Apr 2 all-day
Kailash Cartographies Art Exhibition @ Aronson Gallery - The New School
Kailash Cartographies is an exhibition of artists from India, China, Nepal, and the US exploring conceptions of sacred geography, particularly in the Himalayas.  Devotees encounter the sacred through ritual, art, and acts of pilgrimage and read on
4:00 pm Roundtable Discussion: Harvard-Y... @ Hirshon Suite (205)
Roundtable Discussion: Harvard-Y... @ Hirshon Suite (205)
Mar 29 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Roundtable Discussion: Harvard-Yenching Institute Young Scholars @ Hirshon Suite (205)
  The India China Institute is pleased to be hosting several emerging scholars from the Harvard-Yenching Institute. This is an exciting opportunity for New School members to learn about and provide feedback on the research read on
5:00 pm Kailash Cartographies | Closing ... @ Aronson Gallery & Kellen Auditorium
Kailash Cartographies | Closing ... @ Aronson Gallery & Kellen Auditorium
Mar 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Kailash Cartographies | Closing Reception & Faculty Talk @ Aronson Gallery & Kellen Auditorium
Sacred Landscapes Talk Come listen as New School faculty members and ICI staff share their insights from fieldwork in India, Nepal and Tibet as part of a three-year Sacred Himalaya Initiative focused on religion, ecology read on

Sacred Himalaya

A three-year, Luce funded initiative, the Sacred Himalaya Initiative (SHI) explores the interconnections between everyday religion, ecology and sacred landscapes linked to Mount Kailash in Tibet.


Urbanizers of China and India is a new, multi-year engagement to explore new dimension of inequality & the pursuit of social justice from the perspective of those who are making the 21st century cities of India and China.

Spatial Politics of Work

The Spatial Politics of Work Initiative (SPW) aims to explore the new modes of work, manufacturing, and making which are taking place across India, China, and the United States.

Economies & Societies

Our latest project for the Economies and Societies Initiative is a special colloquium bringing senior scholars together, called the Colloquium on the Economies and Societies of India and China (CESIC).

Mountains and Sacred Landscapes Conference (2017)

*Register Now* ICI is excited to be partnering with the ISSRNC, CLALS, and ICIMOD on the Mountains and Sacred Landscapes Conference, April 20-23, 2017 at The New School. The conference will feature hundreds of presentations from a wide range of scholars working on issues of religion, nature and culture around the world. New School students/staff/faculty can register for free. Contact ICI for details about registration discounts.

Student Fellows Blog - Fieldnotes From India & China

homesick // sick of home
Art and locality – Ladakh
Retrospective: Pearl of the Orient