Thursday, February 2, 2017


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A Newsletter from the India China Institute at The New School
Dear Naresh Kumar Sagar,

Welcome to the February 2017 issue of India China Insights!

Below you will find more about ICI's upcoming events, updates on our research initiatives, featured articles and more, all focused on exploring the connections between the social and political transformations in India and China. In addition, we'll keep you current on new developments from The New School community and our friends and collaborators from around the globe.

In this edition: We want to wish a happy Year of the Rooster to all our Chinese friends. As always, thanks from everyone here at the India China Institute for your continued support.
The ICI Team
Qiu Zhijie, Map of Utopia, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.
Qiu Zhijie, Map of Utopia, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.

Kailash Cartographies

Kailash Cartographies will feature artists from India, China, Nepal and the US who will consider this important peak in the Himalayan mountain range both as a location through which to understand issues of ecology and climate change and as a metaphorical and spiritual location that functions as a locus for grounding and identification for people who live far from the site. This exhibition is a collaboration between members of the India China Institute, Parsons AMT, the School of Media Studies and the SJDC Gallery. The exhibit is part of ICI’s ongoing Sacred Himalaya Initiative research project focused on Mount Kailash in Tibet.

To learn more about this exciting event visit our Events Calendar.


Mountains and Sacred Landscapes Conference

When: April 20-23, 2017
Where: The New School, NYC
The Mountains and Sacred Landscapes Conference (April 20-23, 2017) is now open for registration. Featured guests and speakers for this conference include Karenna Gore, Steve Paulson, David Rothenberg, Ed Bernbaum and Greg Cajete. A special talk on Himalayan Sacred Landscapes will also take place in partnership with the Rubin Museum of Art. New School faculty and students receive special registration discounts. Contact ICI for more details on how to register as a New School participant.

To learn more about the conference or to register visit the conference website.


China India Scholar-Leaders Announced

The India China Institute at The New School is pleased to introduce our first Cohort of China India Scholar-Leaders. This new Fellowship offers an intensive 18-month professional development experience for junior scholars focused on the theme of Prosperity and Inequality in India and China. The Fellows will be coming to New York City in May for a month-long academic residency. Meet our eight new Fellows and learn more about them in this highlight post.

For more details about this new Initaitive, please visit our Scholar Leaders page.


Updates from the ICI Network

The ICI network has been hard at work doing exciting research in India, China, Nepal and elsewhere in the past few months. Below are a few highlight posts from members in the ICI network. You can read all the latest posts, leave a comment, and more on our featured stories page.


Mountains Sentinels in Action

We’re excited to share a recent Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) post that featured several scholars active in the ICI network, among them professor Emily Yeh (US) and Shikui Dong (China). Read more...

L.H.M. Ling

New World Making

In her latest piece at the Huffington Post, “New World Making: China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ Policy,” former ICI Fellow Lily Ling looks at China’s ambitious new “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) policy and what it means for the future of Asia. Read more...


The Gradual Decay

We are pleased to share a recent post from former India China Fellow Mahendra Lama. In his latest article in the Kathmandu Post, “The Gradual Decay,” he discusses the various political dynamics of Darjeeling tea in India and the 1951 Tea Plantation Act. Read more...

L.H.M. Ling

Colonial Fear and Desire in 2016

A second article by Professor Ling in the Huffington Post, “Colonial Fear and Desire in 2016,” raises important questions about the collapse of globalization discourse, white nationalist politics, and colonialism today.


We are excited to share a new edited book from our 3rd Cohort ICI Fellows on environmental sustainability. More details about the book are on the Springer site.

"This book represents an important contribution to understanding and promoting environmental sustainability in a millennial context in these two ‘civilizational twins'... I highly recommend this important publication to researchers, designers, planners, policy makers, students, and others who are working on environmental sustainability in China or India and worldwide."

—Nitin Desai, Former Under-Secretary General for Economic & Social Affairs, UN
We are excited to share a new publication from former ICI Postdoctoral Fellow Georgina Drew on Hinduism and the political ecology of dams in India. More details about her book can be found on the University of Arizona site.

"A remarkable book, combining rigorous analysis, original methodology, and insightful conclusions. Drew has woven the various arguments about damming the Ganges into an engaging narrative in this model of careful research and clear writing."
—Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-editor of theRoutledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology


We want to congratulate the 10th Cohort of New School students who were awarded a Starr Travel and Research Grant to support their academic engagement on India and China. Students undergo a competitive application and interview process and commit to conducting field research in India or China for a minimum of three weeks during the spring or summer. Learn more about our Student Fellows in this post.

To learn more about the Starr Student Travel and Research Grants, visit here.


The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) invites applications from scholars from all disciplines who wish to conduct their research in India. Junior fellowships are given to doctoral candidates at universities in the U.S. to conduct research for their dissertations in India for up to eleven months. Senior long-term (six to nine months) and short-term (four months or less) fellowships are available for scholars who hold the Ph.D. degree. Scholarly/Professional development fellowships are available to scholars and professionals who have not previously worked in India. Creative and Performing Arts fellowships are available to practitioners of the arts of India. More information is available online:

 For more information please contact the American Institute of Indian Studies  (773) 702-8638. Email: Web site:

Application deadline is July 1, 2017

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