In addition to the following list of current students in the department, see the information on an annual conference at the University of Chicago organized and run by graduate students involved in South Asian studies, and the list of recent dissertations successfully defended in the department.
firstname.lastname@example.org My research interests lie in the interface between regional cultures and cosmopolitan values and in processes of cultural translation in medieval South Asia. I intend to focus on processes of community formation and configuration of composite notions of authority during the Sultanate period in Bengal. I am currently studying Sanskrit and Bangla.
email@example.com I am interested in literary and educational practices in nineteenth-century Kerala. My dissertation examines texts such as early novels, literary journals, and grammars to see how literati sought to fashion Malayalam into a modern vernacular language. In particular, I am interested in the ways in which they attempted to persuade readers of the relevance of this project, how each form of text was conducive to it, and how they articulated the possibilities of a newly styled language.
firstname.lastname@example.org I hope to dive into Nayaka period Madurai through the eyes of some of its major poetic enterprises. I am interested in intertextual and interlingual connections between different textual genres in Sanskrit and Tamil, as well as visual images, that share time and space. Specifically, I hope to focus on Nīla Kaṇṭha Dīksita's poetic and outer-poetic realms.
email@example.com I am interested in studying the cultural and political consequences of ‘Naxalite’ translations of Marxisms in India from the late 1960s through the 80s, as also their exchanges with, and overlaps and divergences from different socio-political movements during this period. My general interests lie in critical theory, and in questions of cultural translation and knowledge production.Bangla, Hindi and Telugu are the languages I am looking to work with.
firstname.lastname@example.org Jo is fascinated by the metalinguistic techniques developed by South Asian grammarians to describe language. She wants to know much more about vyākaraṇa and the transmission of grammatical literature, and hopes in the process to learn why and how certain topics in the tradition are hotly argued.
email@example.com Ishan works primarily on Bengali and Sanskrit literature from roughly 1400-1700 CE. He focuses on biography and drama. He also reads Braj, Avadhi, Hindi, Urdu and some Classical Greek and Arabic.
firstname.lastname@example.orgMy interest lies in the crossroads between literary criticism and literary historiography. I am fascinated by the way in which books determine the course of social and cultural history. I want to work with the aesthetic and the political components of book publishing in the progressive circles of mid-20th century Bengal.
email@example.comI have a deep interest in, and admiration for, the various systems of grammar that have developed in South Asia; in particular Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī and the commentaries thereon. My research focuses on not only systemic issues within the grammars themselves, but also what role these grammars played in other disciplines such as poetics, commentatorial literature, and philosophy. Along the way I hope to develop teaching materials through which Pāṇinian grammar would be more accessible to students of Sanskrit.
firstname.lastname@example.org Eric studies the literary history of South India and the Deccan, particularly the articulation of shastric knowledge systems in literary endeavors after the 10th century. He is also interested in the way these intellectual efforts and social movements were theorized at later moments in Indian historical writing and didactic literature.
email@example.com Andrew’s research centers around the literary landscapes and print culture of late-colonial India. More specifically, his work aims to engage how the production and dissemination of texts in Urdu, Persian, Hindi, and Sanskrit enabled Indian activists and intellectuals to revisit and reforge the past in order to address sociopolitical concerns of the present.
firstname.lastname@example.org I am an archaeologist pursuing a joint degree in Anthropology and SALC. My research examines the socio-economic interactions between the Jain monastic communities and early polities of Tamil Nadu and Kerala during the Early Historic Period (c. 500 BCE - 500 CE). This research utilizes spatial and statistical analysis of archaeo-historical materials, ancient sites, and monuments, as well as textual analysis of classical Tamil literature and inscriptions.
email@example.com My leading interests belong to the Sanskrit epics and their many re-tellings in Sanskrit drama and poetry. I am also acutely curious about the place of the Mahābhārata, the Rāmāyaṇa, and their kāvya offshoots in works of Sanskrit poetics. I hope that future language study in Malayalam, Persian, and Hindi will broaden the scope of my inquiries into these topics (and introduce me to many more!).
firstname.lastname@example.org I study the history of slavery, abolition and lower-caste political mobilization in nineteenth-century south India and work with material in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu.
email@example.com I am interested in philosophical definitions of himsa and ahimsa, sacrifice, karma and guna theory as they were reworked in the early twentieth century by nationalists and caste radicals like Ambedkar. Relatedly I am interested in the Buddhist turn in Ambedkar's thought and his long and sustained engagement with Hindu scripture. I hope to work with material in Hindi, Marathi and Sanskrit.
-- Jamal is interested in premodern south Indian literature, especially works composed in classical Telugu and Sanskrit.
firstname.lastname@example.org Emma is a student of Mughal history, and the Persian and Urdu languages.
email@example.com Ayelet Kotler's research focuses on Indo-Persian literature. She is mainly interested in the Mughal translation movement, and specifically its literary and philological motivation. Ayelet hopes to better understand the nature of the cultural relations between Sanskrit and Persian literati in the court, while working on translation discourses and practices in premodern South Asia.
firstname.lastname@example.org Elizabeth Lhost's research interests lie at the intersection of law, society, language, and religion. Her dissertation, "Between Community and Qānūn: Documenting Islamic legal practice in 19th-century South Asia.," explores the lives and livelihoods and qazis and muftis in British India. She recently completed twelve months of archival research in India and the United Kingdom and is currently writing up the results of her work.
email@example.com Jane is a student of Persian, Indo-Persian, and Urdu literature; her interests include poetics and literary theory, Indo-Persian cultural history, Islam and sufism in South Asia, and Islamic intellectual history.
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firstname.lastname@example.org Daniel Morgan's work explores the interconnections between Shariah-minded legalism and Sufi mysticism in 19th-century North India.
email@example.com Thomas Newbold is a student of Persian and Bengali hoping to explore historiographical practices in Bengal between the early modern period and the colonial period. He is also more generally interested in the history of early modern Eastern India and in that of the early Company state.
firstname.lastname@example.org Ahona is interested in the cultural and literary history of modern India and work on ideas of memory and nostalgia in the late 19th and early 20th century in Bengal. Her other interests include book history in South Asia, the Bengal Art School, and poetry.
email@example.com Sanjukta is interested in the intellectual histories of cities in India, particularly of Delhi and Calcutta, during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In order to reach a broad-based understanding of the urban, she hopes to explore a wide range of texts in Urdu, Hindi, Bangla, and English.
firstname.lastname@example.org Itamar is interested in the manners by which medieval Jain scholars have engaged in mediating complex Jain teachings and ethical imperatives through literary works, and in the ways by which these endeavors served for the establishment of a communal identity vis-a-vis other traditions.
email@example.com Gautham Reddy is interested in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Telugu literature.
firstname.lastname@example.org My research is focused mainly on modern theater, and I am interested in studying the relationship between print, performance and nationalism with reference to theater journals/magazines in post-Independence India (1950s - 1980s). Apart from English, I hope to work with sources in Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati.
email@example.com I am interested in the history of Catholicism in South India in the 17th and 18th centuries. In my research, I hope to explore the mechanisms of cultural and literary translation involved in the processes of evangelization by missionaries (mainly Jesuits), as well as the indigenous responses and appropriation of Christianity in those centuries. More generally, I am interested in the history of conversion, translation, and devotional texts and practices in pre-colonial South India. I aim at working with sources in Sanskrit and Tamil.
firstname.lastname@example.org I am an historian of Indian philosophy, working primarily in the traditions of Vedanta. Some of my other interests include Vaishnavism, particularly the Visnu and Bhagavata Puranas, the Bhagavad-gita and the tradition that developed around Caitanya, and Hinduism in the context of modernity. My dissertation research is on the history of soteriology in early Advaita Vedanta, focused on the origins of the idea of mahavakya.