Research Institutes

The Center for Contemporary India Studies

Center Overview

India is becoming the focus of worldwide attention, due to its rapid economic development.
Amid this situation, various large-scale changes are taking place in its spatial structure, including the rapid growth of large cities, the widening of regional disparities, and the development of industry clusters.As well as using the geographical information system (GIS) to accumulate and express spatial information, this Center conducts area studies based on fieldwork, in order to examine spatial structures and social change in the increasingly complex nation that is modern India.This Center is a research hub established jointly in the 2010 academic year by the National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU) and this university, as part of the NIHU's Contemporary India Area Studies (Japanese Page) project to promote area studies.Under this project, this Center and another six bases within Japan are working in partnership to form hubs for Contemporary India Area Studies and build a network uniting them.

Message from the Center

Over the last 40 or more years, Hiroshima University has conducted ongoing area studies focused on South Asia, with a primary focus on India.In particular, as the core of these endeavors, the Hiroshima University Research Center for Regional Geography (closed in March 2006) was at the forefront of such studies in Japan.As a facility that transcends the boundaries between faculties and graduate schools, this Center is promoting Contemporary India Area Studies by making use of this accumulation of knowledge and experience, while linking individual researchers more organically to research networks.The outcomes of the Center's research are presented at domestic and international symposiums and workshops, as well as in various publications.