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PIIRS Global Seminar India 2019
Haryana, India (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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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 1-August 9, 2019

Application Deadline, December 14, 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
Jayne Bialkowski
160 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
Program Fee: Global Seminars range in price from $6,000-$8,000. PIIRS provides generous funding to students admitted to the Global Seminars who receive term financial 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 2018-19, specifically pages 1–2 and Table 3, and contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information

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

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law that helps protect the privacy of student education records. Rights afforded to students under FERPA include the right to inspect and review your educational records, the right to seek amendment of those records and the right to prevent disclosure of information from the educational records without prior consent, subject to some specific exceptions.  

What PIIRS cannot disclose:
This includes, but may not be limited to:
  • Account and billing information 
  • Grades and transcripts
  • Health or medical information
  • Housing and contact information of student while abroad
  • Course or schedule information


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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 12/14/2018
02/15/2019 07/01/2019 08/09/2019

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