The South Asia Institute cordially welcomes Belinda Cassandra Wise as new Branch Office Manager of Colombo starting from August 2019. Wise graduated in 2019 from University of Colombo with a Bachelor degree, specializing in Sociology. Her thesis focused on online interaction and was titled “An Exploratory Study of Online Interaction and Presentation of Self on Facebook”.
Prior to joining SAI, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Social Policy Analysis and Research Center (SPARC), University of Colombo and was involved in a project titled “Challenges of Municipal Solid Waste Management: Learning from post-crisis governance initiatives in South Asia”.
Her research interests focus on gender, social interaction, culture, and youth.
Further Information is available on her profile page.
The three-week intensive course “Lived Sanskrit Cultures in Varanasi” (Feb 17 to March 6, 2020) is now open for applicants till 31 October 2019. It is designed to impart a practice-oriented training in methods of cultural and religious studies, focusing on how Sanskrit texts are taught, applied, enacted, inscribed in spaces and lived by practitioners, women and men, in Varanasi.
Areas of study comprise teaching Sanskrit and the Veda, performing rituals, processions in Varanasi, Goddess Temples in Varanasi, Indian Calendrical Systems and a Crash Course in Spoken Sanskrit
The course is organized by Prof. Dr. Ute Hüsken (South Asia Institute, Head of Cultural and Religious History of South Asia), Prof. Dr. Jörg Gengnagel (Würzburg University) and Dr. Vinita Chandra (IIT / Banaras Hindu University).
Further information is available here.