Hindavi Workshop

Braj and Beyond: Hindavi Reading Workshop

August 5–6, 2022
University of Washington, Seattle

Applicants: Thank you for applying to participate in our workshop. Applicants were notified of their acceptance status via email on May 26

Accepted participants:

By June 14th: Please confirm your registration, pay your participation fee, and upload a scan of the original work you propose to read. The registration form contains important details about lodging and workshop logistics. Please read each section carefully.

This page will be updated with further workshop details as they are finalized.

The South Asia Center at the University of Washington, Seattle invites submissions for a workshop in the scholarship of Old Hindi and its associated vernaculars. This is a rare opportunity for scholars to read together texts related to their research in the company of other experts in order to widen their inter-disciplinary engagements with pre-modern primary source texts. Scholars are invited to submit 500-word abstracts describing the primary text they would like to discuss in the workshop. Each session will focus on helping the presenter polish a short translation of the piece they have selected for the workshop. This in-person workshop will take place in Seattle on August 5–6, 2022. Housing will be provided, and travel reimbursements up to $500 will be provided to all presenters selected for the workshop.

The selected texts may be in Braj, Awadhi, Khari Boli, Rajasthani, Purbia, Dakhani, Rekhta, or Punjabi and associated vernaculars. The selected texts need not be literary or religious works. We welcome submissions that include historical works, correspondence, inscriptions, and other textual forms as well. Submissions in any script are welcome, but authors may be asked to provide a Romanized text to aid participants not familiar with lesser-known scripts. Please contact Prof. Purnima Dhavan (pdhavan@uw.edu) and Heidi Pauwels (hpauwels@uw.edu) with inquiries.

The application deadline is May 15, 2022. If selected you will be asked to submit a copy of the text you would like to discuss in the workshop, along with a preliminary discussion and vocabulary list, by July 5. Participants will be informed of selection by May 31 and should confirm participation and pay the workshop fee by June 14.

Workshop Schedule

August 5–6, 2022
Full day workshop on Friday, August 5
Half day workshop on Saturday, August 6 (through mid afternoon)

Travel, Lodging and Meals

The UW South Asia Center will provide the following for participants selected to present:

  • Lodging (up to 3 nights)
  • Meals (Thursday dinner if needed; Friday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner if needed)
  • Travel reimbursements of up to $500 for airfare and ground transport


Participants selected to present are responsible for a one-time fee to offset hospitality costs:

  • Student participant: $100
  • Faculty participant: $175

Application Deadline: Sunday, May 15, 2022

Applicants will be notified of selection by May 31, 2022.

Supported by the UW South Asia Center’s National Resource Center grant, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Co-sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages & Literature, Department of History, and Simpson Center for the Humanities.