Friday, October 6, 2017
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Birkelund Board Room
Leela Gandhi, Associated Director of the Center for Contemporary South Asia, joined the Brown faculty in 2014 as the John Hawkes Professor of Humanities and English. Gandhi is a literary and cultural theorist whose research and teaching focus on transnational literatures, postcolonial theory and ethics, and the intellectual history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She received her B.A. from the University of Delhi, her M.Phil. and D.Phil. from Oxford University, and before coming to Brown she taught at the University of Chicago, Delhi University, and La Trobe University. Gandhi has had several publications, including being a founding co-editor of the journal Postcolonial Studies and editorial board member of Postcolonial Text. She is a Senior Fellow of the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University.
Bhrigupati Singh completed his PhD in anthropology at Johns Hopkins University in 2010 and is currently an assistant professor of anthropology at Brown, a faculty fellow at the Watson Institute and joint associate director of the Center for Contemporary South Asia. He has published numerous articles on issues of religion, politics, media, and popular culture, in journals including Cultural Anthropology, American Ethnologist, and Contributions to Indian Sociology. His recent book, titled Poverty and the Quest for Life: Spiritual and Material Striving in Rural India (University of Chicago Press, 2015; Oxford University Press – South Asia 2015), was awarded the Joseph Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences, the Award for Excellence in the study of religion (analytic-descriptive) by the American Academy of Religion, and was a finalist for the Clifford Geertz Book Prize.