Upcoming Events

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Graduate Information Hours

Through December 31, 2019
UChicago Center in Delhi

Jan. 2

Meet with us at the UChicago Delhi Center during the Graduate Information Hours, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm from Monday to Friday, to learn more about our graduate programs and the application process. You can book an appointment here.

If you are unable to visit us at the Delhi Center, please leave your query regarding our graduate programs and the application process here.

Creative Criticality in Colonial and Indigenous Archives

Through April 23, 2019
UChicago Center in Delhi

Apr. 22

As the discipline of postcolonial studies has expanded beyond nationalist frameworks of analysis, new paradigms have emerged for understanding the cultural and political agency of minority, indigenous, and otherwise subordinated people. This workshop proposes to investigate such paradigms of cultural agency in a comparatist framework, bringing together a conversation about how writers, artists, and scholars are engaging colonial and indigenous archives in the contexts of the Americas, South Asia, and Australia in bold, daring, and creatively agential ways. In this regard, the central question that this workshop proposes to ask is: how do the contents of these archives change when cast in the forms of alternative, indigenous, and minoritized knowledge systems. Over the course of two days, participants will engage this problem of the archive via reconsiderations of such topics as caste-class-race divides, translation, alternative historicities/pasts/temporalities, global indigeneity, and archival technology. These participants will represent a broad range of regional knowledge-bases, including scholars from Kolkota, Bangalore, Dhaka, Nepal, Australia, and the Americas (North America, Mexico, and Central America).   

Demystifying Social Impact Careers: Conference Series

Time TBA
UChicago Center in Delhi


All around the world, more and more people are questioning traditional career paths and wondering how they can set up their careers so that they don’t have to choose between making a living and making a difference. Indians are no exception. And yet, it is still unclear what one’s options are if one doesn’t want to follow the traditional routes and wants to work towards making the country, and the world, a better place.

In India especially, there is still a prevailing mentality that social sector careers necessarily mean self-sacrifices and low prestige. But this does not take into account the wide growth in options in the social sector in recent years – from social enterprises to
impact investing to fellowship programs to even traditional NGOs offering better opportunities than in the past.


Professional medical associations are considered key stakeholders in shaping and influencing health policy. Yet, there has been limited research and discussion on their role in the context of low- and middle-income countries. In the increasingly globalized world of biomedicine, there are considerable lessons and ideas to be drawn from examining the experiences of organized medicine and policymaking across countries. In this workshop, we will share new research on the role of professional medical associations in policymaking, and discuss the experiences of practitioners in influencing policy. In two interactive sessions, panelists will share their research and experiences, and as a group, we will discuss emerging themes, methodological challenges, and ideas for further research and action. 

Physicians around the world play a major role in shaping and influencing health policy. However, few researchers have systematically explored organized medicine in the context of developing countries, including India. In the increasingly globalized world of biomedicine, there are considerable lessons and ideas to be drawn from examining the experiences of organized medicine and policymaking in different countries. This public lecture brings together academics, practitioners and others interested in the role of professional medical associations as key stakeholders in shaping health policy. Our panelists will draw on exciting new research from India and the U.S that explores the role of these associations in shaping contemporary policy debates. We will examine critical questions in the context of dynamic policy environments in both countries - whose voices do the associations represent? How do they engage with policymakers and the policy process? And, what is the future for these associations in the face of growing corporatization and patient activation? 

Efforts to intervene into situations of egregious exploitation through direct rescue play an important role in anti-trafficking programmes across the globe. In some instances, rescue is legally required whether one has consented to work in that sector or not. India’s Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act (ITPA) has targeted cisgender women who sell sexual services for rescue since the early days of independence, regardless of whether they work voluntarily or under direct force. Recently Parliament considered a new anti-trafficking bill that would expand this rescue mandate beyond the sale of sexual services to other situations as well. While on its face a directive to rescue victims of trafficking is clearly laudable, research suggests that forced rescue and detention in specific should both be closely examined and reconsidered as solutions to the severe problems of human trafficking. Disrupting Traffick? provides a forum for researchers, policy makers, heads of protection homes, human rights experts, activists, and those who have experienced rescue and rehabilitation interventions to share with each other their perspectives on the present use of the ITPA and Sec 370 and 370A and together outline a way forward.

May 20

This three-day workshop--part of an ongoing book history initiative between the University of Chicago and South Asian institutions--will provide graduate students and early career scholars an opportunity to receive basic training in the paleography and codicology of South Asian material texts and provide more advanced scholars an opportunity to share approaches, receive feedback on current research, and reflect critically on traditions and trends of textual criticism, scholarly editing, book history, and the digital humanities. Participants will interact and learn from scholars working on different languages, regions, time periods, and traditions, making new comparative work possible and helping to establish a network of scholars working on pre-colonial material texts. 

Information Session: Graduate Studies in the Humanities

4:00–5:00 pm
American Center, Kolkata


Join Professors Thibaut d'Hubert, Associate Professor, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago and Tyler Willliams, Assistant Professor, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago for an informational session about wide range of graduate programs in the Humanities Division at the University of Chicago.


Jul. 8

The eighth annual Summer Institute Program is designed for international faculty, with courses to help you integrate law and economics into teaching and research.