* In line with the policy of the State Government of Delhi, the Max Weber Stiftung India Branch Office has now reopened. However, we continue to operate with restricted public access and limited hours. Most of the staff members are working from home and they can be reached via email ( or phone (9311397351).

Call for Applications- ICAS:MP advertises multiple Short-Term Fellowships for the academic year July 2022-June 2023

[Closing date: 30 September 2021]

The M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies “Metamorphoses of the Political: Comparative Perspectives on the Long Twentieth Century” (ICAS:MP), a project under the aegis of the Max Weber Stiftung India Branch Office, advertises multiple fellowships for the academic year July 2022-June 2023.
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COVID 19 Donations for India

The devastation caused by the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in India is undoubtedly a humanitarian catastrophe. The news are heart-wrenching, but the reality is even worse: the lack of medicine, especially medical oxygen, hospital beds, and spaces for cremation and funerals leaves us speechless.
National and foreign media primarily report about the scarcity of medical resources in India’s cities; the dramatic socio-economic consequences of the lockdown for the poorer strata of the society in urban and rural areas only seem to play a minor role in media coverage these days, but it shall not be forgotten.
In this grim situation, solidarity is needed. For those of you who would like to help, we are herewith providing you with a list of organisations which claim to support those who have been particularly deprived in the current crisis, in both urban and rural areas, and who accept donations from foreign countries.

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Blog interview on Sebastian Schwecke’s edited volume Rethinking Markets in Modern India: Embedded Exchange and Contested Jurisdiction

Rethinking Markets in Modern India: Embedded Exchange and Contested Jurisdiction (Cambridge University Press, 2020) provides a rich array of vivid case studies – from colonial property and advertising milieus to today’s bazaar and criminal economies – to examine the friction and interdependence between commerce, society, and state. Saronik Bosu of NYU’s New Books Network interviews the volume editors, Sebastian Schwecke, head of the Delhi office of the Max Weber Stiftung and Ajay Gandhi, assistant professor at Leiden University.
Check out the interview here.

Annual Reports

Annual Report 2020

Annual Report 2019

Annual Report 2018

The last paper of the Working Paper Series Education and the Urban in India is published

Paper no. 14: Shivali Tukdeo and Amar Mali, Urban Dislocations and the Politics of Educational Access : Metro Colonies, Bengaluru

The Max Weber Stiftung is now a supporter of the German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH):

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.

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

Call for Papers: Winter School “Making and Un-Making Worlds of Coercion and Confinement” [Closed]

17-21 January 2022 New Delhi

The Winter School “Making and Un-Making Worlds of Coercion and Confinement”, organized by the Max Weber Stiftung – India Branch Office and the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, seeks to investigate how, across historical contexts, various forms of coercion and confinement were shaped and contested by multiple actors.

The Winter School is open to graduate students in history, sociology, anthropology, and archaeology, based in any part the world. We welcome paper proposals focusing on any geographical and chronological context.

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

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

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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ICAS:MP Short-Term Fellowships for the academic year July 2021-June 2022 [Closed]

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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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