24th Social Research Conference: India’s World


On Tuesday and Wednesday, May 10 and 11, noted experts on India connect the dots between key issues in contemporary Indian life, including the nation’s government, economy, policy, and culture. This public conference engages speakers and audience in conversation, leading to deeper understanding of the ways in which India is influenced by the world, and the world by India.

Writer and anthropologist Amitav Ghosh will deliver the keynote address on Tuesday, May 10, at 6:00 p.m. in Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street.

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956, and spent his childhood in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and northern India. He studied in Delhi, Oxford, and Egypt and has taught at a number of Indian and American universities. His books include The Circle of Reason (1986), The Shadow Lines (1988), The Calcutta Chromosome (1995), The Glass Palace (2000), The Hungry Tide (2005), and Sea of Poppies (2008). He was awarded the Prix Médicis étranger for The Circle of Reason, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Ananda Puraskar for The Shadow Lines, the Arthur C. Clarke Award for The Calcutta Chromosome, and the 2001 Grand Prize for Fiction at the Frankfurt International e-Book Awards for The Glass Palace. Ghosh has written for the New Yorker, Granta, The New Republic, and the New York Times. His forthcoming book is River of Smoke.

The conference continues on Wednesday, May 11, at 9:30 a.m. in Tishman Auditorium, where a day-long session will be held. For information on the complete program, visit www.newschool.edu/cps/indias-world/program. Admission is $15 and free to all students and New School faculty, staff, and alumni with ID. To make reservations, email cps@newschool.edu or call 212.229.5776 x3.

This conference, which is made possible by generous support from the Ford Foundation in collaboration with the India China Institute at The New School, is 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.