About the China Studies Centre

Dr Joe Thomas Karackattu 
Faculty In-charge

The IITM China Studies Centre was established at IIT Madras in April 2011 with a view to creating an academic centre dedicated to a long-term study of China. The establishment of this Centre is in response to an urgent need felt in the academic, policy and strategic communities’ to come up with a dynamic enough framework that provides an understanding of contemporary China and its global role.

Brief on IITM China Studies Centre

The IITM China Studies Centre (IITM CSC) was established at IIT Madras in April 2011 with a view to creating an academic centre dedicated to a long-term study of China. The establishment of this Centre is in response to an urgent need felt in the academic, policy and strategic communities’ to come up with a dynamic enough framework that provides an understanding of China in the contemporary times and its implications in the global arena.

The Centre envisions a research programme encompassing the following broad areas:

  • Political change and restructuring in China, Centre-State Relations, Chinese Model for Governance and Public Policy, Chinese Nationalism and National Identity
  • Public Sphere and the impact of ICTs on participation in China
  • Integration with the Global Economy and Sustainability, International Trade and Investment under the Socialist Market Economy, Development Alternatives, Infrastructure Development in China.
  • China’s Current Foreign Policy Priorities and Security Environment, Defence Doctrine and Technology, China’s Strategic Developments, China as a Regional Power.
  • Global Concerns and Chinese Responses; Tibet and Taiwan: Impact on Regional and Global Politics. China and India: Prospects for Cooperation, Competition and Conflict.

 COURSE TITLES:

  • Future Urbans: Relational Perspectives of Chinese, East Asian and Indian Cities
  • Infrastructure & Housing: Opportunities and Challenges
  • Urbanisation and Development
  • International Relations: Theory and Practice
  • China in Contemporary Global Politics
  • State, Politics and Foreign Policy in China
  • Introduction to Chinese Language
  • Chinese II
  • Political-economy of modern China
  • State and Development in Modern China
  • Conflict and Economic Interdependence

 CHINESE LANGUAGE:

The Centre would like to work extensively with Chinese language sources in its research and also encourage students to familiarize themselves with China through an understanding of Chinese language. With an aim to building Chinese language expertise, the Centre currently offers an introductory course in the language to IITM students.

 ABOUT WEBSITE:

The Centre has a bilingual website, in Chinese and English as a platform for an exchange of ideas between scholars working on China. Scholars from all over the world are invited to write analytical articles in the Centre’s focus areas. Details of all upcoming and past events organized by the Centre is available on the website. The site is available at www.csc.iitm.ac.in

 ACADEMIC POSITIONS AT IITM CSC:

The Centre offers permanent and visiting faculty positions for Indian and foreign scholars. The period for visiting faculty positions range from one semester (six months) upto a maximum of two years. These positions are open to scholars generally working on aspects related to Chinese economy, society, politics and foreign policy. The Centre also offers short-term visiting positions to scholar working in China who would like to collaborate with faculty at IITM Madras. The  faculty positions in China Studies Centre is open to scholars from:

  • Areas Studies
  • Chinese Language & Literature
  • International Relations
  • Economics
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Development Studies
  • Urban Studies
  • Environment Policy and other related disciplines.

Sustained engagement with China in any one of these fields through publications is desirable.

 POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS:

The Centre offers post-doctoral fellowships for a two-year period in its areas of focus. Candidates who have recently submitted or expect to submit their doctoral thesis within six months are eligible to apply.

 DOCTORAL PROGRAMME:

The Centre welcomes doctoral research candidates to apply in the following areas of interest:

  • Chinese Domestic Politics
  • Chinese Foreign Policy
  • China’s Security and Defence Policy
  • Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in China
  • Urbanization in China
  • Space, Society and/or Security in China
  • Social Change in China
  • China’s Maritime History
  • Sino-India Relations
  • China’s Energy Security
  • Climate Change and its Impact on China
  • India-China Boundary Studies
  • Chinese Economy
  • Healthcare in China

Students who qualified UGC/NET or JRF (the validity of the certificate based on UGC norms) are eligible to apply towards doctoral programmes in CSC. All doctoral candidates enrolled at the Centre are entitled a research fellowship on par with UGC JRF/SRF norms.

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