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Research Project

Sastram

2019 – 2020

Project Summary

This interdisciplinary collaboration examined the forms and intersecting histories of South Asian practices of knowledge, with a focus on the geographical and historical spread of cultural norms and technologies.

Research Team

Whitney Cox

Whitney Cox

Associate Professor, South Asian Languages and Civilizations

University of Chicago

Whitney Cox’s main interests are in the literary and intellectual history of southern India in the early second millennium CE. Within that broad range, his research has concentrated on Sanskrit kāvya and poetic theory, the history of the Śaiva religion, and medieval Tamil literature and...

Thomas Hunter

Thomas Hunter

Lecturer in Sanskrit and South-Southeast Asian Studies

The University of British Columbia

Thomas M. Hunter lectures in Sanskrit and South-Southeast Asian Studies in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining UBC he worked for over twenty years guiding students from North America in their study abroad programs in Indonesia and India. He has...

Constantine Nakassis

Constantine Nakassis

Associate Professor of Anthropology and of the Social Sciences in the College; Associate Faculty of Cinema and Media Studies and Comparative Human Development

University of Chicago

Constantine V. Nakassis is a linguistic anthropologist with interests in language in culture; semiotics; film theory; mass media; brands; and youth culture. His regional focus is Tamil Nadu, India. He organizes the annual Chicago Tamil Forum...

Sarah Nooter

Sarah Nooter

Professor in the Department of Classics and the College

University of Chicago

Professor Nooter writes about Greek drama and modern reception and about poetry, the voice, embodiment, and performance. The core of her interest is the tightly wound formations of verse. Her research spreads outward from there to language, genre, and tradition. Professor Nooter’s 2017 book,...

Andrew Ollett

Andrew Ollett

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations

University of Chicago

Andrew Ollett studies the literary and intellectual traditions of South Asia, including works composed in Sanskrit, Prakrit, Apabhramsha, and Kannada, mostly falling within the first millennium of the common era. Ollett's research has focused on the “question of language”: the availability and...

Haun Saussy

Haun Saussy

University Professor with appointments in Comparative Literature, East Asian Languages & Civilizations, and Committee on Social Thought

University of Chicago

Professor Saussy's primary teaching and research interests include classical Chinese poetry and commentary, literary theory, comparative study of oral traditions, problems of translation, pre-twentieth-century media history, and ethnography and ethics of medical care.

His 2022 book,...

Gary Tubb

Gary Tubb

Anupama and Guru Ramakrishnan Professor; Department Chair, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations

University of Chicago

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