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PIIRS Global Seminar India, 2018
Haryana, India (Outgoing Program)
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Dept Offering Program: PIIRS Program Type: Study Abroad (summer)
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Program Features: Academic Study, Community Service, Field Work Degree Level: 1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students
Time Away: Summer Housing options: Dormitory, Hostel/Hotel, Provided by Host Organization
Program Group: PIIRS
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Indian Democracy in Motion
Ashoka University, Sonepat, Haryana, India
The Swani Family Global Seminar
July 2-August 10, 2018

Application Deadline, February 13, 2018

Offered at Ashoka University, an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research university with a focus on liberal arts, this seminar will cover how the Indian democratic experience is unsettling identities, unleashing new forms of mobilization and transforming the meaning of citizenship as Indians experience it.

About the Seminar
Many political scientists have described India as an “unlikely democracy.” As Tocqueville argued, democracy, in principle, transforms all the other social forms it touches, from religion to intermediate associations. This seminar will examine the ways in which the workings of Indian democracy have shaped and transformed the meaning of five institutional formations: constitutionalism, religion, the economy, caste and the city. The aim is not to provide a conventional or comprehensive overview of Indian democracy. It is rather to provide snapshots into the ways in which the Indian democratic experience is unsettling identities, unleashing new forms of mobilization and, in the process, transforming the meaning of citizenship as Indians experience it.

The seminar will be held at Ashoka University, just outside New Delhi. Weekly excursions include sites that are the focus of new forms of religious mobilization, a gram sabha (to experience the workings of village democracy) and, possibly, the Supreme Court of India. Week 6 will feature an immersive field visit to explore democracy and the politics of slum redevelopment.

Faculty Director
Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Vice Chancellor, Ashoka University. An Oxford University graduate in philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE), Mehta received a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University. He has taught at Harvard University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and New York University School of Law. He is on the editorial board of leading academic journals including the American Political Science Review, The Journal of Democracy, and India and Global Affairs. He won the Malcolm S Adiseshiah Award in 2010, the Infosys Prize in 2011, and the Amartya Sen Award for Social Science, 2013.

Seminar Administrator
Susan Bindig
153B Louis A. Simpson International Building

Distribution Requirements
The seminar fulfills the Social Analysis (SA) requirement and the requirements for the certificate in South Asian Studies.

Costs and Financial Aid
PIIRS Global Seminars cost between $6,000 and $8,000. Students accepted into a Global Seminar and receive term financial aid will automatically receive funding toward the course fee based on the level of term aid. Possibilities for additional financial support may be available through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE). Princeton Subsidized Student Loans, available from the Office of Financial Aid, are also highly recommended over charging costs to a credit card. Please consult Financing Options for Students and Parents 2017–18, specifically pages 1 to 2 and table 3, and contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

To ensure a place in the seminar, a $500 nonrefundable deposit will be charged to participants’ accounts on April 1; the balance of the course fee will be charged to accounts on May 15.

Students who accept a place in a Global Seminar and then, before the seminar begins, withdraw or cannot participate because they are no longer enrolled at Princeton will lose the nonrefundable deposit and any unrecoverable costs. There are no refunds after the start of the program.

PIIRS Global Seminars are made possible in part by the generous contributions of alumni and friends and ongoing efforts of the Office of Development.

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Summer 2019 04/01/2019 04/15/2019 TBA TBA
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