India Branch Office

The India Branch Office (IBO) of the Max Weber Stiftung (MWS) in New Delhi promotes research with a focus on history, culture, economic, and social sciences as well as the development of research contacts and cooperation between the Indian, German, and international humanities and social sciences. The first project under the guidance of the IBO was the MWS Transnational Research Group „Poverty Reduction and Policy for the Poor between State and Private Actors: Education Policy in India since the Nineteenth Century“. A selection of the research results of this successfully completed British-German-Indian joint project can be found here: Publications of the Transnational Research Group

At present, the India Branch Office provides workplaces for guests, promotes the research stays of scholarship holders and also organizes conference and lecture series as well as workshops. In addition, the IBO acts as an important platform for a large variety of cooperative research projects:

“Education and the Urban in India”
A major project focusing on the past and the present with partners Jawaharlal Nehru University, Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai, and National Institute of Advanced Studies Bengaluru.

“Selling History: Tourist Guides, Bazaar Histories, and the Politics of the Past”
A joint project with Jawaharlal Nehru University to explore the popular historical awareness in India and the ways in which it constitutes political beliefs. This research scheme is also part of the M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies: Metamorphoses of the Political (ICAS:MP).

“Archives of Indian Labour/Divisions of Labour – Histories of Formalisation and Informalisation in Postcolonial India”
The research project with the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS) at the University of Göttingen aims to establish a digital archive of Indian labour history.

“Medialisation and Empowerment of Women” (International Standing Working Group)
The ISWG is an essential part of the project “Knowledge Without Borders” and is run jointly with the GHI London, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the OI Beirut, and the GHI Rome.

“Bilderfahrzeuge. Aby Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology”
A third-party funded project of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with the Humboldt University of Berlin, the University of Hamburg/Warburg Haus, the Warburg Institute, the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, and the University of Basel.

Lecture series “Max Weber Lecture Series”
Twice a year, two lectures are given by internationally renowned scientists whose research focus is not on India. The individual lectures are held in Delhi and at another research location outside the Indian capital.