Mumbai summer school opportunity for second year Global Studies undergraduates

Second year undergraduates from the School of Global Studies have an exciting opportunity to attend a summer school in Mumbai this year, thanks to a grant from the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).

UKIERI aims to enhance educational linkages between India and the UK. The ‘ Study in India’ scheme provides grants to UK Higher Education Institutions to not only increase the levels of outward student mobility in the UK, but also to support the internalization of Indian higher education institutions and to establish links with a potential for future partnership and research collaborations.

The school, in partnership with the University Global Engagement Office and the Tata Institute for Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai, has secured funding for a two-week summer school, to take place in June 2020.

‘Intersectional Inequalities: Migration, Sexualities and Gender’ will be open to all current second year Global Studies undergraduates. Thirty students will have the chance to engage in theoretical debates, emerging empirical evidence and challenges for policy in the fields of migration, urbanization, sexualities, gender and socio-economic marginalization in India and South Asia. While in Mumbai, lectures and participatory seminars will be combined with field visits to informal settlements and NGOs working with the city’s marginalised groups.

Head of the School of Global Studies, Professor Elizabeth Harrison said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to gain insights and make valuable connections as Global Citizens. TISS and Sussex faculty have a distinguished history of research collaboration and this summer school will help to cement these partnerships.”

The summer school will be co-taught by Professor of Migration and Development Priya Deshingkar and Dr Paul Boyce , Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development, from Sussex, along with Professor Ashwini Kumar and Dr Ketki Ranade from TISS.

Professor Richard Follett , Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor - International said: “I am delighted that we have partnered with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), one of India’s finest universities and an institution I know well.

"TISS and Sussex faculty have a distinguished history of research collaboration with a shared institutional focus on International Development. Both universities are also fully committed to providing rich and purposeful international opportunities to our respective students.

“I fully believe that the next generation of UK thought leaders, policy makers and entrepreneurs need to better understand India. This summer school will not only introduce our students to Indian society, but it will also give them a chance to reflect on globalisation and the challenges of development and environmental sustainability. We hope that this is the beginning of a long-term mobility scheme which will enable students and researchers from both universities to work collaboratively together.”

Thanks to funding from the British Council, flights, accommodation, subsistence, tuition and other minor expenses will be covered but students will be asked to raise 200 as contribution to the total cost. The Summer School will not be part of the degree classification but will be formally assessed. Selection will be competitive, based on a combination of personal statement and evidence of commitment to academic work, and priority will be given to those students who might otherwise not be able to participate in study abroad due to family commitments, financial circumstances, or lack of experience and confidence for this type of initiative.

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By: Stephanie Allen
Last updated: Thursday, 16 January 2020

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