A Research Partnership between the School of Advanced Study, University of London, the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and Yale University

Project Summary

This project is hosted by: Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Research interests:
Academic Support
Project period:
01-May-2012 - 28-Feb-2015
Project summary:

The School of Advanced Study, University of London has formed a long-term partnership with Yale University and the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (that country's premier scholarly institution) to promote discussion, debate and joint research activities involving scholars at the three institutions and in their networks -- and to disseminate the results of those efforts. There is a great need for this. A few teams of leading researchers from the three countries, and the early formative activities by the partnership, have established that such collaborations hold great promise. But Indian scholars have far too little opportunity to engage in depth with academics and insights from leading Western research centres, and scholars in the West are only beginning to recognise the benefits to their own work which interactions with India's formidable research Provide details of what they are and how they would be addressed [up to 1000 characters] community offer. Many of India's best researchers have found it difficult or impossible to gain adequate access to case studies, perspectives, methods and other ideas from the West (including Western analyses of other developing nations), so that they have been cut off from insights that emerge from comparative work in and on countries other than India. Scholars in the West have similarly lacked exposure to evidence and analyses from India and to Indian perspectives on important themes -- which can enrich their work. A compelling example of this sort of enrichment can be found in a recent book by two immensely distinguished political analysts/theorists from the U.S. and an eminent Indian colleague -- which provides a major contribution to democratic theory and comparative law/constitutionalism. This tripartite partnership seeks to address these problems, and to provide scholars in all three countries with major new opportunities in this vein.

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Management Details

Lead researcher & project contact:

Name Position Institute Organisation Contact
Professor James Manor Senior Research Fellow Institute of Commonwealth Studies School of Advanced Study, University of London James.Manor@sas.ac.uk



Funder Grant type Award
Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Network Grant


Related Activities

Related websites:

Title Details
Dedicated webpage at the ICWS website


Related publications/articles:

Title Details Publication date
Globalization, Group Autonomy, and Political Space: Negotiating Globalized Interests in an Indian City

 Narendar Pani, "Globalization, Group Autonomy, and Political Space: Negotiating Globalized Interests in an Indian City", Seminar on The Social Dynamics of the Urban, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, 10–11 June 2013 (Draft for discussion, please do not cite)

Caste and Power in the Lands of Agri-Culture. Revisiting Rural North-West India

 Jodhka, Surinder S.

Changing Caste Relations and Emerging Contestations in Punjab

 Judge, Paramjit S.

Getting Beyond the Governmental Category: Contemporary Dalit Assertions in Kerala


Can Dalits Also Form A Dominant Caste? Changing Patterns of Power Relations in Rural Uttar Pradesh

 Singh, Jagpal

Land, Caste and Power: Politics of Land Distribution to Dalits in Madhya Pradesh

 Pai, Sudha

The Declining Power of Caste Hierarchies and Abram de Swaan's Concept of a "Social Consciousness"

 Manor, James

Dynamics of Caste System - Exploring the Complexity of Changes and Causation

 Thorat, S

Caste and the Democratic Imaginary: Notes from Bihar

 Thakur, Manish

Caste Hierarchy and Class Hierarchy: A Comparative Study of Tamil Nadu and Bihar

 Iyer, K. Gopal

From Hierarchy to Inequality; From a Social Consciousness Based on Caste to One on Class

 Breman, Jan

Caste Hierarchies and Substantive Discrimination through NREGA

 Kumar, Y. and Sah, D.C.

In Search of a New Vocabulary: A Preliminary Note on Caste and its Emerging 'System'

 Karanth, G.

The Implications of the Declining Power of Caste Hierarchies in Rural India: Issues for the Shimla Conference

 Manor, James

Persisting Hierarchies Perpetuating Inequalities. Historically Lived Realities of Dalits in Rural Himachal Pradesh

 Sharma, Satish K.

Caste and Exclusion: Issues of Theory and Policy

 Sheth, D.L.

Caste and Caste Based Discriminations Among Indian Muslims

 Falahi, Masood Alam

1 Notes on Caste and Class – partly critical of Manor’s arguments on the declining power of caste hierarchies

 Harriss, John