South Asian Studies

South Asian Studies

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Interviews with scholars of South Asia about their new books.

Stephen Harris, "Buddhist Ethics and the Bodhisattva Path: Santideva on Virtue and Well-Being" (Bloomsbury, 2023)

July 20, 2024

Buddhist Ethics and the Bodhisattva Path

Stephen Harris
Hosted by Malcolm Keating

An influential eighth-century Buddhist text, Śāntideva’s Bodhicaryāvatāra, or Guide to the Practices of Awakening, how to become a supremely virtuous …

A Conversation with Paromita Vohra

July 19, 2024

Filmmaker, Artist, Writer

This is the Global Media & Communication podcast series. This podcast is a multimodal project powered by the Center for Advanced Research in Global Co…

Reid B. Locklin, "Hindu Mission, Christian Mission: Soundings in Comparative Theology" (SUNY Press, 2024)

July 18, 2024

Hindu Mission, Christian Mission

Reid B. Locklin
Hosted by Raj Balkaran

For some four hundred years, Hindus and Christians have been engaged in a public controversy about conversion and missionary proselytization, especial…

Jonathan Connolly, "Worthy of Freedom: Indenture and Free Labor in the Era of Emancipation" (U Chicago Press, 2024)

July 13, 2024

Worthy of Freedom

Jonathan Connolly

In Worthy of Freedom: Indenture and Free Labor in the Era of Emancipation (University of Chicago Press, 2024), Jonathan Connolly traces the normalizat…

Rory Lindsay, "Saving the Dead: Tibetan Funerary Rituals in the Tradition of the Sarvardurgatipariśodhana Tantra" (WSTB, 2024)

July 11, 2024

Saving the Dead

Rory Lindsay
Hosted by Raj Balkaran

Saving the Dead: Tibetan Funerary Rituals in the Tradition of the Sarvardurgatipariśodhana Tantra (WSTB, 2024) explores Tibetan funerary manuals based…

Darshana Sreedhar Mini, "Rated A: Soft-Porn Cinema and Mediations of Desire in India" (U California Press, 2024)

July 7, 2024

Rated A

Darshana Sreedhar Mini
Hosted by Priyam Sinha

In the 1990s, India's mediascape saw the efflorescence of edgy soft-porn films in the Malayalam-speaking state of Kerala. In Rated A: Soft-Porn Cinema…

Neena Mahadev, "Karma and Grace: Religious Difference in Millennial Sri Lanka" (Columbia UP, 2023)

July 6, 2024

Karma and Grace

Neena Mahadev
Hosted by Jessica Zu

Around the turn of the millennium, Pentecostal churches began to pepper majority-Buddhist Sri Lanka, setting off a sense of alarm among Buddhists who …

Ellen Gough, "Making a Mantra: Tantric Ritual and Renunciation on the Jain Path to Liberation" (U Chicago Press, 2021)

July 6, 2024

Making a Mantra

Ellen Gough
Hosted by Kshitij Jain

Jainism originated in India and shares some features with Buddhism and Hinduism, but it is a distinct tradition with its own key texts, art, rituals, …

Hindutva and the Muslim Subject

July 4, 2024

Hindutva and the Muslim Subject

Sheheen Kattiparambil and Shvetal Vyas Pare
Hosted by Radio Reorient

In this episode we celebrate the release of a special issue of the ReOrient journal, ‘Hindutva and the Muslim Subject’, edited by Sheheen Kattiparambi…

Aaron Sherraden, "Śambūka's Death Toll: A History of Motives and Motifs in an Evolving Rāmāyaṇa Narrative" (Anthem Press, 2023)

July 4, 2024

Śambūka's Death Toll: a History of Motives and Motifs in an Evolving Rāmāyaṇa Narrative

Aaron Sherraden
Hosted by Raj Balkaran

According to Vālmīki's Sanskrit Rāmāyaṇa (early centuries CE), Śambūka was practicing severe acts of austerity to enter heaven. In engaging in these a…

Nimmagadda Bhargav, "Stringers and the Journalistic Field: Marginalities and Precarious News Labour in Small-Town India" (Routledge, 2023)

July 2, 2024

Stringers and the Journalistic Field

Nimmagadda Bhargav
Hosted by Khadeeja Amenda

Stringers and the Journalistic Field: Marginalities and Precarious News Labour in Small-Town India (Routledge, 2023) is one of the first ethnographic …

Souvik Mukherjee, "Videogames in the Indian Subcontinent: Development, Culture(s) and Representations" (Bloomsbury, 2022)

July 1, 2024

Videogames in the Indian Subcontinent

Souvik Mukherjee
Hosted by Xenia Zeiler

While there has been considerable research on digital cultures in the Indian Subcontinent, video games have received scant attention so far. Yet, they…

Swapnil Rai, "Networked Bollywood: How Star Power Globalized Hindi Cinema" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

June 29, 2024

Networked Bollywood

Swapnil Rai
Hosted by Priyam Sinha

Swapnil Rai’s book Networked Bollywood: How Star Power Globalized Hindi Cinema (Cambridge UP, 2024) brilliantly navigates the intricate landscapes of …

Shyam Ranganathan, "Yoga - Anticolonial Philosophy: An Action-Focused Guide to Practice" (Singing Dragon, 2024)

June 27, 2024

Yoga - Anticolonial Philosophy

Shyam Ranganathan
Hosted by Raj Balkaran

Providing a decolonial, action-focused account of Yoga philosophy, Yoga - Anticolonial Philosophy: An Action-Focused Guide to Practice (Singing Dragon…

Sorayya Khan, "We Take Our Cities with Us: A Memoir" (Ohio State UP, 2022)

June 27, 2024

We Take Our Cities with Us

Sorayya Khan

Today’s book is: We Take Our Cities With Us (Ohio State UP, 2022), by Sorayya Khan. After her mother’s death, Sorayya Khan confronts her grief by revi…

Reeju Ray, "Placing the Frontier in British North-East India: Law, Custom, and Knowledge" (Oxford UP, 2023)

June 26, 2024

Placing the Frontier in British North-East India

Reeju Ray
Hosted by Arighna Gupta

Placing the Frontier in British North-East India: Law, Custom, and Knowledge (Oxford UP, 2023) is a study of the travels of colonial law into the Nort…

Ishita Tiwary, "Video Culture in India: The Analog Era" (Oxford UP, 2024)

June 26, 2024

Video Culture in India

Ishita Tiwary
Hosted by Priyam Sinha

Ishita Tiwary’s book Video Culture in India: The Analog Era (Oxford UP, 2024) is an unprecedented attempt in foregrounding the diverse media history o…

Saqib Khan, "Tribe-Class Linkages: The History and Politics of the Agrarian Movement in Tripura" (Routledge, 2024)

June 26, 2024

Tribe-Class Linkages

Saqib Khan

Tribe-Class Linkages: The History and Politics of the Agrarian Movement in Tripura (Routledge, 2023) is a historical study of the development of agra…

Edward A. Alpers and Thomas F. McDow, "A Primer for Teaching Indian Ocean World History: Ten Design Principles" (Duke UP, 2024)

June 25, 2024

A Primer for Teaching Indian Ocean World History

Edward A. Alpers and Thomas F. McDow
Hosted by Ahmed Almaazmi

A Primer for Teaching Indian Ocean World History: Ten Design Principles (Duke UP, 2024) is a guide for college and high school educators who are teach…

Shuchi Kapila, "Postmemory and the Partition of India: Learning to Remember" (Palgrave MacMillan, 2024)

June 25, 2024

Postmemory and the Partition of India

Shuchi Kapila
Hosted by Lilly Goren

Dr. Shuchi Kapila, Professor of English at Grinnell College, has a new book that explores the India/Pakistan Partition in 1947 through the lens of mem…