Faculty Updates - 2013
Tej Bhatia has
been named a Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute Faculty Fellow
at SU. Institute Fellows will conduct research, work on interdisciplinary
teams, teach courses, and use shared instrumental resources to further aspects
of their scholarship that are within the framework of the FNSSI.
taught "Bollywood & Beyond: An Intro to Indian Cinema" for the
third time in Spring 2012 and took her fourth group of students to India for
the SU Abroad "Bollywood Snapshots: Internships in Mumbai" program in
May-June 2012. She is the new Director of the South Asia Center along with
Ann Gold has had
two publications come out in 2012. “Scenes of Rural Change” appears in The
Cambridge Companion to Modern Indian Culture and “Yogic Language in Village
Performance” in David White’s Yoga in Practice. In addition to these
publications, Gold has given a number of invited lectures at the University of
Iowa, University of Michigan, Amherst College, and University of London,
University of Oxford, UK.
Prema Kurien was
the author of a chapter in the book Public Hinduisms, which explored the nature
of American Hinduism and had an article in Qualitative Sociology which focused
on the intersections of religion and ethnicity among second-generation Indian
American Christians. Kurien also received the Jack Shand Research Award from
the Society of Scientific Study of Religion.
Iswari Pandey has
a new book in the works. Global English, Remedial English: Caste, Class, Nation
is going to be released by Routledge is in summer of 2013. The book is based on
his research conducted in India in 2010.
presented "Integrating the Art of Healing with the Science of Food"
at the National Conference on an Integrated Approach to Healing with Foods at
Women's Christian College, Chennai. Additionally she gave four presentations on
Integrative and Functional Nutrition and Ayurveda as a compliment to Modern
Dietetics, which were presented at Lady Irwin College, Nirmala Niketan-College
of Home Science, Ethiraj College for Women and JBAS Women's College in August.
book, Under the Banyan Tree: Relocating the Picturesque in British India (Yale
University Press 2013) is hot off the press. She also just completed 2 major
research projects about the art collections of Elihu Yale (the chief benefactor
of Yale University) and portraits of Elihu Yale at Yale University. Both
projects focus on Yale's career as an East India Company administrator and
diamond merchant in Fort Saint George (Madras/ Chennai) in the late 1600s/early
1700s. The results of these projects are being published in the December 2012
volume of the Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin.
Cecilia Van Hollen
received the 2012 Steven Polgar Paper Prize from the Society for Medical
Anthropology for the Best Paper Published in Medical Anthropology Quarterly in
2011-12. She also gave a talk titled, “Birth in the Age of AIDS: Women,
Reproduction, and HIV/AIDS in India” as part of Georgetown University’s “Global
India” Series in February 2012. Cecilia was also a Visiting Professor at the
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown this Fall.
Susan S. Wadley
presented a paper, “Likhiya: Mithila Women ‘paint’ their Stories” at the
American Anthropological Conference annual meeting in November. In May, she
presented a paper “Narrative Styles in Mithila Art” at the folklore conference
in honor of Margaret Mills at Ohio State University. She also published,
“Intensive Village Studies in India” in Changing Village India, edited by Brij
Raj Chauhan and S. Satyanarayana.