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.

Tula Goenka 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 Susan Wadley.

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.

Sudha Raj 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.

Romita Ray’s 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.