Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Anthony Cerulli recently convened a panel entitled, “Ritual and Healing in South Asia” at the 21st European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, held in Bonn, Germany. The conference is organized biennially by the European Association for South Asian Studies, of which Cerulli is a member.
As convener, Cerulli was in charge of proposing the panel and getting it accepted, getting the panelists together, and introducing the presenters and responding to their papers throughout the panel. Scholars on his panel came from Germany, England, Austria, the Netherlands, United States, India, and New Zealand.
He also presented a paper on the panel, “Ritual and Ritualization in Malayali Toxicology and Malayalam Texts.” The work is an ethnographic and textual account of a special snakebite treatment on which he’s been doing fieldwork and research for about six years among traditionally-trained toxicologists in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala.
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 is currently editing a book with Karin Preisendanz and Dominik Wujastyk (both at the University of Vienna), entitled Medical Texts and Manuscripts in Indian Cultural History. He’ll contribute a chapter to this volume as well. This past March, he was invited to give a talk, “Narrative Explanatory Models and Accountability for Illness in Sanskrit Medical Literature,” for the Health in Asia Symposium at the new Centre for the Humanities and Medicine at The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong.
In 2009, Cerulli published “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. Cerulli has been invited to give a talk in November titled, “An Allegorical Trope on Action and Wellbeing,” at the Asian Diversity in a Global Context Conference, at Københavns Universitet, Copenhagen, Denmark.