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Poverty and Education from the Nineteenth Century to the Present

India and Comparative Perspectives


27–29 September 2017

Conveners: Max Weber Foundation Transnational Research Group - India ‘Poverty Reduction and Policy for the Poor between the State and Private Actors: Education Policy in India since the Nineteenth Century’
Venue: German Historical Institute London, King's College London


The Transnational Research Group on Poverty and Education in India would like to mark the end of its five-year funding period by discussing processes studied by the group in India in a wider comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. Research within the TRG concentrated primarily on seven designated research areas, namely on 1) nineteenth- and twentieth-century global educational reform movements; 2) the role of the private sector and of edu-business in the quest for universal elementary/school education; 3) caste discrimination and education policy; 4) the consequences of industrial restructuring, informalization of labour for access to elementary education; 5) education of the rural poor; 6) adult education and the popularisation of practical scientific knowledge; 7) the resignification of manual labour in industrial and technical institutions; 8) the impact of schooling on life histories.

This conference proposes to look at the overall topic of “Poverty and Education” in a way which allows us to look at themes which cut across some of these research areas and lend themselves to international comparisons.

All are welcome to attend the conference, but please register in advance:


Concept note (PDF file)

Conference programme (PDF file)