Overview of Past Conference
On Tuesday and Wednesday, May 10 and 11, speakers discussed key issues of contemporary Indian life—government, economy, education, and culture. This mission of this public conference was to engage both experts and the audience in conversations about the ways in which India is influenced by the world—and the world by India.
Our decision to devote an issue and a conference to India seemed long overdue given that India is home to more than 20 percent of the world’s population; a functioning multicultural democracy; an assertive global player in economics and politics; a nuclear power; and links Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, and Sri Lanka, among other countries. In addition, India is now home to the world’s most important experiment to connect capitalism, liberal democratic thought, and bold ideas about justice and social equality. While there have been many efforts to write India’s obituary, it is more alive today than it has ever been. This conference attempted to map the current Indian landscape, including its politics, its cultures, and its educational scene, and resists the normal stance of looking for single cliché (such as flat, hot, or crowded) to capture what is going on.
This conference was the 24th in the Social Research conference series, founded by Arien Mack in 1988. Arien Mack is Alfred and Monette Marrow Professor of Psychology at The New School for Social Research and editor of Social Research since 1970. Dr. Mack collaborated with Arjun Appadurai on this conference and the special issue of Social Research: An International Quarterly. Social Research: An International Quarterly is the flagship journal of The New School for Social Research. For a list of over 70 degree programs at The New School, visit degree programs. For a list of other events at The New School, visit the university calendar. For general information about The New School visit the quick facts page. For the history of this conference series, visit the Social Research conference series site.
This conference was made possible by generous support from the Ford Foundation in collaboration with the India China Institute at The New School.