“In academic terms, my time at JNIAS (19 January – 1 June, 2008) has been very successful: I had the opportunity to engage in significant amounts of research, presented a total of five lectures at various venues in Delhi and Lucknow, and completed and submitted two articles.
“Freed of my teaching and administrative responsibilities in California, I was able to work through many books and articles. The JNU main library turned out to be not very well stocked in my field of research (eighteenth-century Anglo-Indian literary and cultural relations), but other libraries such as the library of the Centre for Arts and Aesthetics and the India International Centre library provided material that I had not brought along in the first place. Armed with this research, I presented various lectures at JNU, in Delhi and in Lucknow:
“The Long Eighteenth Century” in the
class, “Readings in English Literary Criticism”
“British Representations of India in the
“Visions of India: Textual and Visual
Representations of Jahangira, 1780-1830”
“Appropriations of India in the Eighteenth
“Sati in the European Enlightenment”
“In addition, I developed some of this material into three articles. (In the near future I hope to develop the material on British appropriations of India in the eighteenth century into an article as well).
“…My time at JNIAS was also made very pleasant and productive by the staff and the facilities. Administrative Director Mr. Jain handled the financial side of the fellowship professionally and provided assistance with things life faxing and communication. Main attendant Mr. Nanda was extremely helpful in making everyday life comfortable, from keeping the room in good working order to running errands on campus.
“…I very much appreciate the opportunity offered to me by JNIAS, and I look forward to acknowledging this opportunity in my publications and to spreading the word about JNIAS in the academic community in the US.”
Professor Norbert Schurer, California State University, USA.