Christian Lee Novetzke is a Professor in the South Asia Program, the Comparative Religion Program, and the International Studies Program at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, where he holds a College of Arts and Sciences Endowed Professorship. Novetzke also serves as the Associate Director of the Jackson School and the Director of the Center for Global Studies. He teaches and writes about religion, history, and culture in South Asia, as well as theoretical issues in the study of religion in general and its intersection with historiography.
Novetzke was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship this year. His profile as a current Guggenheim Fellow, awarded in 2018, can be read here.
Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The Foundation offers Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed. According to their website, the Foundation receives approximately 3,000 applications each year and approximately 175 Fellowships are awarded each year.
Novetzke will use his time as a Guggenheim Fellow to advance two projects. The first takes up the role of “devotionalism” or bhakti in the creation of political ethics in Maharashtra over the last seven hundred years. The second project, with collaborator Dr. Sunila S. Kale, is on yoga as a political idea. Novetzke and Kale are writing a book to be published by Columbia University Press. Some of their written work can be read on The Wire.
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