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India Research Programme

TRG 1: Poverty and Education in India

The Transnational Research Group (TRG) Poverty and Education in India (2013-17) focuses on social and educational policy in India since the nineteenth century. It consists of a number of multi-perspective and interdisciplinary research projects on seven thematic areas. The research of the TRG lends itself to regional and global comparative perspectives. It is the first research group of its kind at an institute of the Max Weber Stiftung.

TRG 2: Education and the Urban in India

The second TRG, for a period of 2-3 years, starts in late 2017. It aims to examine the relation between education and the urban in a society that has undergone rapid and complex processes of urbanisation in the seven decades since independence from colonial rule in 1947. The project will take a multi-sited approach to understanding the way in which education is configured in the urban space, and will thereby try to conceptualise and problematise the category of the urban in education. Its core group consists of four principal investigators who investigate specific aspects of education in four different cities of India; postdoctoral researchers and a network of scholars working on the theme.

ICAS: MP TM1: History as a Political Category

In the pre-phase of ICAS (a virtual research centre funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research BMBF) from July 2015 to June 2018 the module will concentrate primarily on three areas of inquiry: (a) controversial representations of history in textbooks; (b) the use of specific historical master narratives in films (historical documentaries etc.) and public debates on historical films; (c) heritage politics in the context of colonial rule and postcolonial nation-building. In all these three areas India has been at the centre of recent international debate on ‘history as a political category’. Locating this module in India, therefore, connects it not only to an extremely lively research environment, but also to exciting ongoing public debates on ‘the public life of history’.