Education and the Urban in India since the Nineteenth Century

Topic of the research project: Relationship between education practice and the changing urban in modern India

Names of cooperation partners (lead of the cooperation project):  Dr Indra Sengupta (MWS India Branch Office, New Delhi, and the German Historical Institute London); Professor Nandini Manjrekar (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai); Professor Geetha B. Nambissan (Jawaharlal Nehry University, New Delhi) and Professor Shivali Tukdeo (National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore)

Project funding organisations: Max Weber Stiftung


Project description

The research group, which started in mid-2018, examines the relation between education and the many aspects of the urban as a category, such as urbanisation, societal change and urban culture, in a society that has undergone rapid and complex processes of urbanisation since independence from colonial rule in 1947. A special focus of the group is on marginalisation and its relationship with education and the urban. The project takes a multi-sited approach to understanding the way in which marginalisation in education is configured in the urban space. The core group consists of four principal investigators who investigate specific aspects of education in four different cities of India (Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata), along with postdoctoral researchers and a network of scholars working on the theme in both larger and smaller urban centres. External scholars are invited to take part in conferences and workshops and contribute to the working papers on the theme.

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