The Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS) is designed to foster interdisciplinary research and teaching on economic and political development in modern India. It looks at India's socio-cultural context which is characterized by ethnic, religious, and linguistic diversity, an increasing embeddedness in global and transnational constellations, as well as social inequality and political conflict.
While the Centre includes the humanities, which contribute expertise in language, culture and religion of India, its distinguishing feature is a disciplinary stronghold in development economics and the social sciences. Its thematic and disciplinary focus sets itself apart from the majority of existing Indian Studies centres in Germany and Europe. This allows fruitful collaboration with researchers from all over the world.
Established by the University of Göttingen in September 2009, CeMIS is supported by the state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen).