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South Asia Speaker Series offers exhibit

The South Asia Speaker Series at HWS will present “Malabari Manorama: Scenes from Kerala,” a photography exhibit by Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Anthony Cerulli.

“The majority of the pictures were taken between 2004 and 2005, when I was a Fulbright-Hays fellow in India.  At that time, I was living in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, conducting research at Kerala University and doing fieldwork with a family of traditionally-trained physicians in a remote region in the central part of the state,” explains Cerulli. He adds he hopes this event, a social reception to kick off the spring semester, will “Bring people out to learn about the South Asia Speaker Series (SASS) at HWS, which starts its second semester next week.”

This year’s SASS will feature some exciting HWS and non-HWS speakers this semester.  Cerulli’s photographs will be the backdrop for what he and SASS co-organizers, Vikash Yadav, assistant professor of political science, and Feisal Khan, assistant professor of economics, hope will be a big turnout for the remaining SASS events.

The photography exhibit and social reception will take place in the Demarest Hall Lounge (1st floor) on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. There will be a modest assortment of snacks, including Indian food and Chai tea.

This event is sponsored by the Provost’s Office and Departments of Religious Studies, Economics, and International Relations. For more information, or special needs assistance, please contact Cerulli at

Joining HWS in 2008, Cerulli received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, his M.A. from Yale University and his B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago.  During a Fulbright Fellowship in 2004-05, he studied in India and England.

Cerulli recently published, in 2009,  “Know Thy Body, Know Thyself: Decoding Knowledge of the Atman in Sanskrit Medical Literature” (with Brahmadathan U.M.T.) in Journal of Indian Medicine and “Narrative Wellbeing: Anandarayamakhin’s The Joy of Life (Jivanandanam)” in Indian Journal of History of Science, 44.2 (June).  Two articles, “Calculating Fecundity in the Kasyapa Samhita” in Health and Religious Rituals in South Asia: Disease, Possession and Healing, and “Ayurveda” in Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Volume II: Texts, Rituals, Arts, and Concepts are forthcoming in 2010.

He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Oriental Society, the International Society for Iranian Studies, the Kerala Council for Historical Research and the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine.

He is also the managing editor of India Review, a significant peer-reviewed academic journal published by Taylor & Francis, Routledge.