Carol M. Babiracki (Art and Music Histories) published the article, “Two Generations in the Fault-lines of India’s Musical Modernities,” in a special issue of the journal MUSICultures and presented the talk, “Dancing around Caste and Gender in India” at SU’s Tolley Minnowbrook Humanities Conference. She serves as consultant for two non-profits in Jharkhand, India, “Akhra” and “Kunjban Training Centre for Nagpuri Music and Dance.” The director of Kunjban and her long-time research partner, Mukund Nayak, received the Government of India’s Padma Sri Medal for artistic achievement in 2017.
Tej Bhatia (Languages, Literatures and Linguistics) had a busy year. He participated in a National Science Foundation Workshop on Collaborative Research, chaired and organized the 22nd International Conference on Local and Global Context of World Englishes, held at SU in Summer 2017, and had two entries in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics: “Bilingualism and Multilingualism from a Socio-Psychological Perspec- tive ” and “Intergroup Communication: India.”
Ann Grodzins Gold (Religion) is happy to announce the publication of her 2017 book, Shiptown: Between Rural and Urban North India by the University of Pennsylvania Press. She also has a chapter, “Discrepant ecologies in a North Indian qasba: Protected trees, degraded river” in the 2017 anthology, Places of Nature in Ecologies of Urbanism, edited by Anne Rademacher and K. Sivaramakrishnan (Hong Kong University Press).
Radha Kumar (History) published an article on policing, everyday conflict, and the FIR, in IESHR, and an- other on the police beat in Violence, Colonialism and Empire in the Modern World, edited by Dwyer, Nettelbeck and Ryan. In Spring 2018, she will be a Maxwell Faculty Fellow at SU’s Humanities Center.
Prema Kurien’s (Sociology) book, Ethnic Church Meets Megachurch: Indian American Christianity in Motion was published in July (2017). More information may be found on the webpage “Ethnic Church Meets Megachurch.”
Since returning from India in January 2017, Romita Ray’s (Art and Music Histories) research on the visual cultures of tea in colonial and modern India has been showcased in the Syracuse University Magazine (Spring 2017) and resulted in a talk titled, “Spatializing the Tea Plant” at the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University.
In 2017, Farhana Sultana (Geography) was a Visiting Fellow at the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) at Independent University, Bangladesh. Her research on climate change was fund- ed by SU’s Office of the Vice President of Research and a Maxwell’s Tenth Decade Project Grant.