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* In line with the policy of the Government of India, the Max Weber Stiftung India Branch Office has now reopened. However, due to the uncertainties caused by the Covid-19 related crisis, we continue to operate with restricted public access and limited hours. Most of the staff are still working from home but they can be reached via email.

If you need to visit the office, please send an email to info@mwsindia.org beforehand to check the opening hours.


Publication of Working Paper 8

The eighth paper of our Education and the Urban in India working paper series has just been published: 

Razak Khan, Place of Knowledge: Education and Urban History in Rampur. Click to read or download the paper


Indo-German Research Day
Thursday, 3 December 2020

Meet premier Indian and German universities, funding bodies and research organisations under one roof!

For a list of participating institutes, registration and more details click here


Internship at DWIH

The DWIH New Delhi is looking for an Intern from January 2021 to support its online activities and communications work.

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A Discussion on the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020

Organised jointly by DWIH and MWS IBO

Date: 14 October
Time: 14:00- 15:00 IST

Moderator: Dr. Katja Lasch

14:00- 14:30: Presentations by project partners of MWS IBO
Geetha B Nambissan (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
Nandini Manjrekar (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai)
Shivali Tukdeo (National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru)
14:30- 15:00: Discussions and Q&A


ICAS:MP advertises the position of Programme Assistant [closed]

The M.S. Merian-R. Tagore International Centre for Advanced Studies “Metamorphoses of the Political” (ICAS:MP), a project of the Max Weber Stiftung India Branch Office, is looking for a Programme Assistant. The position is for two years with the possibility of extension.

The candidate will be employed by the Max Weber Foundation, which is a family-friendly, equal opportunity employer dedicated to fostering workplace equality for both men and women.

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DWIH Web Talk Series: Social Impact of COVID-19, Indo-German Perspectives

Date: 15-17 September 2020. Organiser: DWIH New Delhi

The COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be one of the greatest challenges that the modern world has ever faced. Its impact has been felt on all areas of life – personal and professional, social and political, economic and academic. Since it is a global crisis, it requires a global response. Through this web-talk series, DWIH New Delhi and its supporters sought to utilize perspectives from India and Germany to understand several aspects that have had an impact on the society.

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Video Recordings of the Web Talk Series

Day 1: Authoritarianism and Democracy in Times of the Pandemic

Day 2: What about us? The Migrant Labour Dilemma during the Pandemic

Day 3: The Big Digitalization Rush – How Higher Education and Research Organizations in India and Germany respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic


ICAS:MP Short-Term Fellowships for the academic year July 2021-June 2022 [Closing date: 31 October 2020]

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The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, has published the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020:

https://www.mhrd.gov.in/sites/upload_files/mhrd/files/NEP_Final_English_0.pdf


In May 2020 the Max Weber Stiftung appointed the first official Academic Advisory Board for its India Branch Office.


The Max Weber Stiftung is now a supporter of the German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH): https://www.dwih-newdelhi.org/en/


Vacancy for an Administrative Assistant
[Closed]

The Max Weber Stiftung is looking for an Administrative Assistant for its India Branch Office (MWS IBO) in New Delhi. The post shall begin as soon as possible but no later than 1 November 2020.

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Our latest Annual Report is out (see below)


Annual Reports

Annual Report 2019

Annual Report 2018


Virtual Conference on Archiving, Recording and Representing Feminism: The Global History of Women’s Emancipation in the 20th Century

The conference is the second meeting of the International Standing Working Group (ISWG)on Medialization and Empowerment

10-11 December 2020

Convenors: Christina von Hodenberg and Jane Freeland (German Historical Institute London)

Partners: Max Weber Stiftung India Branch Office, German Historical Institute Washington DC, German Historical Institute Rome, Orient Institute Beirut

Venue: This is an online event that will take place on Zoom. Access details will be emailed to participants closer to the event. Please click here to register for the workshop via Eventbrite.

Conference Programme

For more details click here.

Publications

Geetha B Nambissan (2020), “Caste and the Politics of the Early ‘Public’ in Schooling”: Dalit Struggle for an Equitable Education, Contemporary Education Dialogue. DOI: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0973184920946966

Nandini Manjrekar ed. (2020), Gender and Education in India: A Reader, New Delhi: Aakar Books.

Yamini Agarwal (2020), “Teaching Identity in Schools: Learning to be Sikh in India”, Sikh Formations. DOI: 10.1080/17448727.2020.1741183

Shivali Tukdeo (2019), India goes to School: Education Policy and Cultural Politics, New Delhi: Springer Nature.

By our former TRG fellows

Arun Kumar (2019), “Letters of the Labouring Poor: The Art of Letter Writing in Colonial India”, Past & Present, 246 (1), 149-190.

Arun Kumar (2019), “The ‘Untouchable School’: American Missionaries, Hindu Social Reformers and the Educational Dreams of Labouring Dalits in Colonial North India”, Journal of South Asian Studies, 42 (5), 823-44.

Vidya Subramanian (2019), “Parallel partnerships: Teach for India and New Institutional Regimes in Municipal Schools in New Delhi”, International Studies in Sociology of Education Journal. DOI: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09620214.2019.1668288

Colloquium on Education and the Urban in India since the Nineteenth Century (online)

24-25 September 2020

The virtual colloquium was organised by the ‘Education and the Urban’ Research Group of Max Weber Stiftung India Branch Office (MWS IBO)

Convenors: Indra Sengupta (MWS IBO & German Historical Institute London), Debarati Bagchi (MWS IBO), Yamini Agarwal (MWS IBO)

Speakers: Akash Bhattacharya (Azim Premji University, Bengaluru), Nandini Manjrekar (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai), Debarati Bagchi (MWS IBO), Geetha Nambissan (Former Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi), Yamini Agarwal (MWS IBO) and Shivali Tukdeo (National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru)

Programme

Thursday, 24 September
2-3 pm: Akash Bhattacharya (Azim Premji University, Bengaluru) – Education,
Infrastructure, Improvement: The Making of Suburban Uttarpara in the 19th Century
3-4 pm: Nandini Manjrekar (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai) – Public
Education in the Mill District of Bombay, 1900-1940
4-4.30 pm: Break
4.30-5.30 pm: Debarati Bagchi (MWS IBO, New Delhi) – Education Hubs in Sonipat: Exploring Land-University Nexus in the National Capital Region (NCR), India

Friday, 25 September
2-3 pm: Geetha B. Nambissan (Former Professor, JNU) – The Changing Urban and Education in Delhi: Privilege and Exclusion in a Mega City
3-4 pm: Yamini Agarwal (MWS IBO, New Delhi) – Urban Marginalisation, Exclusion and Education: A Study of Widows’ Colony in Delhi
4-4.30 pm: Break
4.30-5.30 pm: Shivali Tukdeo (National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru) – Urban Dislocations and Educational Strategies: Metro Colonies, Bengaluru

Upcoming Events

Virtual Conference on Archiving, Recording and Representing Feminism: The Global History of Women’s Emancipation in the 20th Century

The conference is the second meeting of the International Standing Working Group (ISWG)on Medialization and Empowerment

10-11 December 2020

Convenors: Christina von Hodenberg and Jane Freeland (German Historical Institute London)

Partners: Max Weber Stiftung India Branch Office, German Historical Institute Washington DC, German Historical Institute Rome, Orient Institute Beirut

Venue: This is an online event that will take place on Zoom. Access details will be emailed to participants closer to the event. Please click here to register for the workshop via Eventbrite.

Conference Programme

For more details click here


Fifth Max Weber Lecture

Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic the Fifth Max Weber Lecture, planned for autumn 2020, has been cancelled. The next Max Weber Lecture is planned for spring 2021

Panel Discussion on Education, Marginality and the Urban: Linkages and Intersections

An event of India Research Programme of GHIL

26 June 2019, German Historical Institute London

Participants: Isabel Ramos Lobato (ILS Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development Dortmund); Nandini Manjrekar (Tata Institute of Social Science Mumbai); Geetha B. Nambissan (JNU Delhi); Shivali Tukdeo (National Institute of Advanced Studies Bengaluru); Georgie Wemyss (University of East London) 


Concept Note (pdf file)

Conference Series: In Global Transit

Against the background of the continuing debate on global migration and its consequences, the German Historical Institutes in Washington, D.C. and London, in cooperation with the newly established Branch Offices in Berkeley (GHI West), New Delhi (India Branch Office) and Peking (China Branch Office), have developed a series of conferences on historical flight and migration research.

This way, the Max Weber Foundation aims to contribute to the analysis of these socially relevant and currently much discussed topics. The great potential provided by the new Branch Offices results from the possibility of bringing in new research approaches and perspectives from their host countries which are situated in regions particularly relevant for migration and flight. Additionally, “In Global Transit” strengthens the network between the new Branch Offices and the long established institutes of the Max Weber Foundation in Beirut, Istanbul, London, Moscow, Paris, Rom, Tokyo, Warsaw and Washington, D.C

19 – 22 May 2019, Berkeley, USA:
In Global Transit: Forced Migration of Jews and other Refugees (1940s-1960s)”

Interrogating Marginality: Education and the Urban


Sudhir Patwardhan: Painting, 2006. Image courtesy the artist

Venue: National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore
Dates:  12-14 November, 2018

The enormously diverse and engaging research on cityscapes, especially in the developing world has highlighted the numerous, at times contradictory purposes, imagery and narratives that go on to make the contemporary urban. Masterplans, strategic urban reforms, mega projects of infrastructure, transport and business operations form the part of much of the state-driven as well as transnationally supported visions of urbanism. Other visions including that of “occupancy urbanism”, for instance, construct the city through everyday practices that appropriate and interrupt the master-visions and generate expansive, complex micro networks (Benjamin, 2008; Anand, 2017;  ==). Urban marginality is constituted by a range of processes and factors that are bound of urban spatial coordinates as well as those that are outside of it; thus linking to different histories, locations and movements.

As they are forever under construction, urban landscapes can also be read as pedagogical sites involved in interactions, learning and meaning-making. With their own scripts and signs, cities become legible, open, barricaded and guarded. How do we make sense of the relationship between education and the urban? The much fraught history in India points out plurality, institutional expansion and significant re-structuring that has played a key role in determining this relationship (Pink & Noblit, 2017).  Shouldering the burden of nation-building, linguistic and regional identity formation, the schools and colleges in Indian cities also began to be prominently plugged in the processes of global information-economy that identified cities to be ideal nodes in the spread of global capitalism (Nambissan, 2017; Kenway et.al. 2017; Brenner & Schmid, 2015; Goldman, 2011; Upadhya & Vasavi, 2012).  Interestingly, a number of regional towns and towns in proximity with urban centers have undergone transformation in recent years, furthering the speculative urban growth and intensifying local dynamics.

Research on education in India, especially within sociology of education has a robust engagement with marginality in terms of rural and Adivasi regions. Works on higher education have paid attention to metropolitan universities and colleges, but urban questions seem to have been inadequately theorised. Outside of the consensus that education is central to thinking of urban publics, a rigorous scholarly engagement appears to be missing.

As researchers of contemporary India with broad disciplinary interests including history, sociology, cultural studies and critical policy studies, the collaborative collective of GHIL, JNU, TISS and NIAS hopes to pay attention to the void in both, education and urban research. Towards this, we are organising a two-day interactive workshops for junior scholars, a masterclass and a panel discussion at National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore. While urban marginality is at the center of the proposed interaction, we look at a number of issues, scholarly texts and engage in peer feedback.

Programme in pdf

Conference Series: In Global Transit

Against the background of the continuing debate on global migration and its consequences, the German Historical Institutes in Washington, D.C. and London, in cooperation with the newly established Branch Offices in Berkeley (GHI West), New Delhi (India Branch Office) and Peking (China Branch Office), have developed a series of conferences on historical flight and migration research.

This way, the Max Weber Foundation aims to contribute to the analysis of these socially relevant and currently much discussed topics. The great potential provided by the new Branch Offices results from the possibility of bringing in new research approaches and perspectives from their host countries which are situated in regions particularly relevant for migration and flight. Additionally, “In Global Transit” strengthens the network between the new Branch Offices and the long established institutes of the Max Weber Foundation in Beirut, Istanbul, London, Moscow, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Warsaw and Washington, D.C.

Overview of conferences: