The last six months or so have been a productive period for scholarly publications at the UW South Asia Center. So far during the 2020-21 academic year, South Asia Center faculty and graduate students published dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters on a wide range of international and South Asia-related topics.
Graduate Student Publications
Lily Shapiro published her article “Mobilizing Volume: Trauma, Surgical Skill, and Clinical Tourism in South India” in the 2020 issue of Medical Anthropology Quarterly. Saad Khan contributed an essay on queer activism and archives in Bangladesh for Shuddhashar Magazine. A book review of Amita Baviskar’s Uncivil City: Ecology, Equity, and the Commons in Delhi, written by Shelby House, is forthcoming in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies.
Faculty publications engaged critical issues in architecture and urban planning, science and technology studies, public health, religious studies, and beyond.
A new book from Vikramditya Prakash, released by Mapin Publishing, examines the multi-faceted work of Indian architect and artist Aditya Prakash, and Manish Chalana edited a new volume on Heritage Conservation in Postcolonial India (Routledge 2020). Sareeta Amrute edited a special section of Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, and Technoscience on computing, design, and technology in the Global South, and her article on racial bias and tech industries in the greater Seattle area was published in Cultural Anthropology.
Taking up questions of migration and development politics, Sunila Kale edited a special issue of The Journal of Peasant Studies on rural land dispossession in China and India, which featured her own writing on corporate social responsibility and rural aspirations in eastern India. Nathalie Williams addresses similar themes in her co-authored piece on development idealism in Migration and Development, forthcoming 2021. Alka Kurian’s chapter “Gender, War and Resistance: The Case of Kashmir” was published in South Asian Filmscapes: Transregional Encounters (UW Press 2020). Priti Ramamurthy published a research article on translocal householding in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and co-authored an essay on decolonial and postcolonial solidarity in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. Kale and Christian Lee Novetzke also contributed a book chapter on “The Yogic Ethic and the Spirit of Development” for an edited volume entitled Political Theologies and Development in South Asia: Transcendence, Sacrifice, and Aspiration (Manchester University Press 2020).
In their chapter for The Oxford History of Hinduism: Hindu Practice, Kale and Novetzke offered critical insights on the emergence of “Legal Yoga” in modern India. Turning attention to the ancient songs of the Gītagovinda and Bhāgavata Purāṇa, Heidi Pauwels opened new perspectives on “The Vernacular Pulse of Sanskrit” in an essay for The Journal of Hindu Studies. Joseph Marino, focusing on textual variation in early Buddhist literature, published his chapter on “The Gāndhārī ‘Discourse on Pleasure and Pain'” in a new book entitled Research on the Saṃyukta-āgama (Dharma Drum Publishing Corp. 2020).
In an article in The Indian Economic and Social History Review, Purnima Dhavan shed new light on Deccani literary communities in the 18th century, and she contributed a chapter on “Warriors and Zamindars in Mughal Punjab” for The Oxford Handbook of the Mughal World. Anand Yang‘s new book Empire of Convicts (UC Press 2021) delves into the stories of incarcerated Indians in colonial Southeast Asia.
Additionally, faculty experts across departments published new scholarship on Nepal and the Himalayas. David Citrin co-authored an article on cardiovascular disease trends in Nepal, and Randall Kyes co-authored a new study on viral resistance in Nepalese primates.