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Current research project

Title / Titel Visions of the Social: The Transformation of State Planning in Postcolonial India
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Summary / Zusammenfassung The project “Visions of the Social: The Transformation of State Planning in Postcolonial India” investigates current transformations of state planning in India through ethnographic research, with a specific focus on social planning. Although social planning has been influencing people’s lives worldwide since the 19th century, it has become particularly relevant in India in recent time: in 2015, the Government of India decided to abolish the Planning Commission of India and with it, the five-year plans – the country’s postcolonial national planning tool. Instead, a new body of planning and governance was launched: the “National Institute for Transforming India”. Conceptualized as a “think tank”, the institute’s self-declared goals are to build up knowledge and skills, to promote innovation, to provide policy visions, and to react flexibly and quickly to issues that India faces today.

This Ambizione project examines current transformations in India by zooming in on two instances that reflect this historical shift in social planning: while the postdoctoral project tracks the reform of an institution firmly located in the era of five-year planning, the doctoral project studies supposedly novel modes of planning and their consequences for everyday lives. A comparative analysis of these cases will shed light on possibly changing regimes of knowledge and rationalities of governance in India as well as specific notions of ‘the social’ that transpire through practices of planning.
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Dr Sandra Bärnreuther (Project Leader)
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
SNF (Personen- und Projektförderung)
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Aug 2019 to Jul 2023