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MemberDuncan McDuie-Ra

Professor Development Studies UNSW. Recent books Borderland City in New India: frontier to gateway (2016: Amsterdam University Press),  Debating Race in Contemporary India (2015: Palgrave/Springer), Northeast Migrants in Delhi: race, refuge, and retail (2012, Amsterdam University Press). Associate Editor South Asia: journal of South Asian studies (Taylor and Francis), Editorial Board Asian Borderlands Book Series (Amsterdam University Press), editor in Chief ASAA South Asia Book Series (Routledge), committee Asian Borderlands Research Network.

MemberAnthony Cerulli

Anthony Cerulli’s primary field of research is the critical study of medicine, religion, and the body. His past and current projects incorporate ethnographic, historical, and philological methods to explain how and why people in south India “do things with texts” to heal and promote wellbeing. His research also looks at the academic study of Asian medicines in/and the medical and health humanities and explores links between art, aesthetics, and ethnography. Anthony is also the creator of Manuscriptistan, a photo-ethnography art project probing the aesthetics of Indian manuscript cultures — @manuscriptistan [Twitter] & @manuscriptistan [IG] Anthony’s research has been supported by fellowships and awards from several organizations, including the Kluge Center, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, European Institutes for Advanced Study, American Council of Learned Societies, and the Fulbright-Hays Program.

MemberTiffany Yun-Chu Tsai

Dr. Tiffany Yun-Chu Tsai’s research on Chinese modernity and subjectivity, You Are Whom You Eat: Cannibalism in Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film, demonstrates that contemporary writers no longer use the trope of cannibalism to illustrate the split between tradition and modernity. They instead explore it as an allegory of cooperation between tradition and modernity, while also exploring people’s desire to cannibalize – metaphorically and literally – in a market economy. At The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Dr. Tsai is Assistant Professor of Chinese and Director of the Chinese Program in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures. She builds and teaches the curriculum of the Chinese Program, including all levels of Mandarin Chinese and advanced content courses, such as Contemporary Chinese Literature and Film, Chinese Cinema, Sinophone Cinemas, Taiwan Through Media, etc.

MemberGil Ben-Herut

Dr. Gil Ben-Herut is an Associate Professor in the Religious Studies Department, University of South Florida. His research interests include pre-modern religious literature in the Kannada language, South Asian bhakti (devotional) traditions, translation in South Asia, and programming for Digital Humanities. Ben-Herut’s book Śiva’s Saints: The Origins of Devotion in Kannada according to Harihara’s Ragaḷegaḷu (Oxford University Press) is the first study in English of the earliest Śaiva hagiographies in the Kannada-speaking region, and it argues for a reconsideration of the nature and development of devotionalism associated today with the Vīraśaivas. The book received the Best First Book Award for 2019 from the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA) and the 2020 Best Book Award from the Southeastern Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (SEC/AAS). Ben-Herut is currently co-translating selections from this hagiographical collection for a separate publication. This project is funded by the American Academy of Religion’s Collaborative International Research Grant. His extensive publications include a co-translation of a twelfth-century Kannada treatise about poetics, encyclopedic entries, a co-edited volume, book chapters, and peer-reviewed articles in the journals Religions of South Asia, International Journal of Hindu Studies, and Journal of Hindu Studies. Ben-Herut is the co-founder of the Regional Bhakti Scholars Network (RBSN), a platform for facilitating scholarly conversations about South-Asian devotional traditions, with annual events at national conferences, dedicated publications and special issues, as well as ongoing collaborations. Utilizing his copious experience in computer programming, Dr. Ben-Herut is leading several Digital Humanities projects, including ROSES (Rapid Online Search Engine for Scanned materials) and BHAVA (BHAkti Virtual Archive). The latter is funded by the American Library Association’s Carnegie Whitney Grant.

MemberWeihsin Gui

I am Associate Professor of English at the University of California-Riverside, where I am a member of the Southeast Asian Studies program, SEATRiP (Southeast Asia Text, Ritual, and Performance). I research and teach anglophone literatures from South Asia and Southeast Asia from postcolonial and globalizing perspectives. From 2014-2017 I was the contributor for Southeast Asia in the “New Literatures” section of the Year’s Work in English Studies. If you would like a copy of any of my journal articles or book chapters, please do not hesitate to contact me by email (weihsing@ucr.edu).