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Radha Blinderman Receives Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship for Academic Year 2019-2020

May 14, 2019

In support of her project entitled “What Makes ‘Sectarian Grammars’ Different: A Comparative Study of Jīva Gosvāmin’s Harināmāmŗtavyākaraņa,” Radha Blinderman has received a 2019-2020 Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship to conduct research in India, France, and Switzerland.

With an interest in placing Jīva Gosvāmin’s work in the historical context of what Sheldon Pollock terms “the period of innovation” (...

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Fall 2018 Certificates of Excellence and Distinction in Teaching Awards

March 14, 2019

Recognized by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, the following members of the Department of South Asian Studies have received Fall 2018 Certificates of Excellence in Teaching and Certificates of Distinction in Teaching. Partnering with GSAS and the Office of Undergraduate Education, the Bok Center’s certificates commend individual Lecturers, Preceptors, Teaching Fellows, Teaching Assistants, and Course Assistants for their teaching accomplishments. For more...

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Sunil Amrith Releases his New Book - Unruly Waters: How Rains, Rivers, Coasts, and Seas Have Shaped Asia’s History

December 14, 2018

Sunil Amrith’s new book, Unruly Waters: How Rains, Rivers, Coasts, and Seas Have Shaped Asia’s History, explores the tremendous influence of water in defining Asia’s past, shaping it’s present, and determining it’s future. From Unruly Waters: “Despite its ferociously wet climate of monsoons and cyclones, Asia contains less usable freshwater than any continent except...

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Iris Yellum Reviews Benjamin Siegel's New Book - Hungry Nation: Food, Famine, and the Making of Modern India

December 14, 2018

In her new review of Benjamin Siegel’s Hungry Nation: Food, Famine, and the Making of Modern India, Iris Yellum discusses how Siegel, “. . . who specializes in topics including economic history and history of medicine and the body, shows the centrality of food security to early Indian state-making in the mid-twentieth century. With an eye to politics, markets, and the ideological underpinnings of the Green Revolution,” writes Yellum “Siegel asks us to address how the disturbing coexistence of bounty and want came to be. . . .” Iris’s full piece...

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Spring 2018 Certificates of Excellence and Distinction in Teaching Awards

October 17, 2018

 

Recognized by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, the following members of the Department of South Asian Studies have received Spring 2018 Certificates of Excellence in Teaching and Certificates of Distinction in Teaching. Partnering with GSAS and the Office of Undergraduate Education, the Bok Center’s certificates commend individual Lecturers, Preceptors, Teaching Fellows, Teaching Assistants, and Course Assistants for their teaching accomplishments. For more information, visit the...

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Allison Aitken receives Fulbright Scholarship

May 1, 2018

Allison Aitken, PhD candidate in South Asian Studies, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to engage in research in India in 2019. As a Fulbright-Nehru PhD Student Researcher in India, she will undertake research in support of her dissertation, "Not One, Not Many, and No Final Ground: Śāntarakṣita’s Mereological Anti-realism as Metaphysical Infinitism," which takes up the Madhyamaka philosophy of the eighth-century Indian Buddhist thinker, Śāntarakṣita, undertaking a rational reconstruction of Śāntarakṣita’s thought utilizing conceptual resources from contemporary metaphysics. Her study...

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Allison Aitken receives Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in Buddhist Studies (ACLS)

May 1, 2018

Allison Aitken, PhD candidate in South Asian Studies, received a 2018 Dissertation Fellowship from the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies, administered by the American Council of Learned Societies. During her time as a 2018 Dissertation Fellow of the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, she will undertake research, both at Harvard and abroad in India, in support of her dissertation on the Madhyamaka philosophy of the eighth-century Indian Buddhist thinker, Śāntarakṣita. In her dissertation, "Not One, Not Many, and No Final Ground: Śāntarakṣita’s Mereological Anti...

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Fall 2017 Certificate of Distinction in Teaching Awards Announced

March 7, 2018

Congratulations to the following members of the Department of South Asian Studies for their achievement:

CERTIFICATES OF TEACHING EXCELLENCE
for Lecturers and Preceptors

   Richard Delacy, HIND-URD 101A and HIND-URD 102A
   Hajnalka Kovacs, HIND-URD 101A
   Anand Venkatkrishnan, SANSKRIT 101A and SANSKRIT 102AR

CERTIFICATES OF DISTINCTION IN TEACHING
for Teaching Fellows, Teaching Assistants and Course Assistants

   Lee Ling Ting, SANSKRIT 101A

Sangam Professorship in Tamil

November 9, 2017

The Department of South Asian Studies is extremely pleased to announce the efforts to establish an endowed chair of Sangam Tamil in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. This effort, sanctioned by the University, is an undertaking by the worldwide Tamil community that has been spearheaded by Dr. Janakiraman and Dr. Sambandam, see ...

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