Two scholars from Cambridge and Hebrew Universities have been appointed to the University of Chicago to invigorate scholarly dialogue concerning Indian literature, philosophy and politics.
Sir Christopher Bayly of Cambridge University, an expert on post-18th-century Indian history and British imperial history, will join the faculty of South Asian Languages and Civilisations for spring quarter of 2014 and 2015.
David Shulman of Hebrew University, who studies the history, religion, poetry and languages of Southern India, will be in residence for spring quarter of 2016 and 2017.
The two scholars will be appointed to Indian Ministry of Culture Vivekananda Visiting Professorship at the university.
"The arrival of these distinguished scholars and teachers will invigorate scholarly dialogue concerning Indian literature, philosophy, politics, and social history. The University looks forward to their contributions and anticipates great accomplishments," said Martha T Roth, dean of the Division of the Humanities and the Chauncey S Boucher Distinguished Service Professor of Assyriology.
The Indian Ministry of Culture Vivekananda Visiting Professorship was established to commemorate the legacy of the Hindu spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda and to enrich the university's renowned programme for the study of the Indian subcontinent.
The professorship is supported by a USD 1.5 million gift to the University from the Indian Ministry of Culture.