* 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 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:

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):

Vacancy for an Administrative Assistant

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


Geetha B Nambissan (2020), “Caste and the Politics of the Early ‘Public’ in Schooling”: Dalit Struggle for an Equitable Education, Contemporary Education Dialogue. DOI:

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:

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