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ZHCES organises a seminar by Dr. Gunjan Sharma

ZHCES organises a seminar by Dr. Gunjan Sharma

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ZHCES organises a seminar by Dr. Gunjan Sharma
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Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies
School of Social Sciences


ZHCES Seminar Series



Schooling, Childhood and Aspirations in the Urban Margins


Abstract: This talk is based on an ethnographic study of a slum cluster and its neighbourhood state-run primary school in Delhi. Based on this study, the talk will explore how a State school, as a social and pedagogic institution, shapes the aspirations and worldviews of children in the urban margins. It will engage with the children’s everyday experience of marginality and exclusion as they negotiate the intersecting axes of caste, class, gender, and citizenship. In this process, it will make- sense of the political dynamics between the State and its margins while highlighting the role of schools and locating childhood in this context.


Dr. Gunjan Sharma
School of Education Studies
Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University Delhi


Bio: Gunjan Sharma is a faculty member at the School of Education Studies, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University Delhi, India. She teaches courses at research, postgraduate, undergraduate, and professional development levels, in the areas of education studies, education policy, teacher education, curriculum studies, child rights, and action research. Her research and publication focus is on education policy–politics at school and teacher education levels. Her doctoral research examined educational aspirations in the urban margins in a post Right to Education Act context in India. In 2016-17, she was awarded Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Fellowship in education policy. She has worked with various government and non-government organisations on matters of public policy and served in various capacities on the national-level teacher education reforms in India.


Date: 31 May, 2023 (Wednesday)
TIME: 03.00 pm
Venue: # 207, SSS-II

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A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.