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Her dissertation, “Beyond Seeing: Darshan as an Embodied Multi-Sensory Practice in Contemporary Transnational Gaudiya Vaishnavism” focuses on the study of daily practices in Hindu religious traditions, primarily contemporary transnational Vaishnava communities, through ethnographic, visual anthropology, and phenomenological methods. Her research is supported by active participation in the Ethnographic Forum, Practices concentration, and Emory’s Visual Scholarship Initiative. Beyond interests in ethnography, visual anthropology, devotional/bhakti traditions, and performance traditions, Anandi is focused on research and teaching in the areas of transnational religion, visual/material culture, and digital humanities/digital pedagogy.
received her M.A. in Religion and Islamic Studies from the University of Toronto, where she focussed her research on medieval Sufism and Islamic thought. She is currently a Phd Student in the West and South Asian Religions program, where she is exploring the connection between Islamic conceptions of wisdom and their expression in Arabic aphoristic writings. She seeks to determine the pedagogical function of aphorisms in the Islamic tradition, emphasizing the influence of the genre within Islamic scripture (Qur'an and Hadith) and medieval Sufi writings. While it is known that aphorisms have played a role as oral teaching tools in the Islamic tradition from the time of the Prophet Muhammad and between teachers and students up to this day, Rose is also exploring their unique pedagogical function in written collections. She will connect this research to her other interests, such as Women in Islam, by exploring how aphorisms have functioned in place of a teacher in historical settings which excluded women from formal religious learning. She will also seek to explore how the genre creates space for new, modern interprations to emerge, as individual readers become interpreters of Islamic wisdom outside the confines of traditional circles and systems of learning. Rose's secondary tradition is Buddhism, and she plans to undertake a comparative study of the master-disciple relationship in Buddhist and Sufi spirituality. Rose is the Graduate Assistant to the Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Exploration Fellowship (IDEAS). She works to create opportunities for Emory undergraduate students to re-examine the nature and value of the liberal arts education through interdisciplinary learning and research and through increased student-lead academic, intellectual, and community programming.
received her undergraduate degrees in physics and astronomy from The University of Texas at Austin (2004) and completed her master's degree in religion at Duke University (2011), where she studied the intersections of religion and Indian classical dance. Her master’s thesis focused on oral history performances of dancers from South and East Indian classical dance traditions in the US, which became the subject of an accompanying documentary film.
I received by B.A. in Comparative Literature and African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures from Rutgers University, New Brunswick (2014), where I wrote my honors thesis about women’s narratives in the Vana Parva of the Mahābhārata. I received my M.A. in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies from Columbia University (2016). My M.A. thesis focused on gender representations in pre-modern Telugu texts. I am proficient in Telugu, Hindi, Sanskrit, and French, and have training in classical Carnatic music.
The goal of the study of social and behavioral science at Duke is to catalyze pioneering social science research and methods across the social and behavioral sciences by creating new knowledge relevant to contemporary social problems. We focus our research on facilitating access and creating data sources relevant to understanding social problems. By enhancing the skills of researchers, strengthening research teams and training the next generation of social science researchers we translate our findings so that they can influence contemporary understanding of social problems and, in turn, influencing policy debates and solutions.
My area of study resides in Person, Community, and Religious Life concentrating in Practical Theology and Religious Education. My bachelor’s degree is in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and I spent several years working as a marketing manager in corporate America focusing intently on the needs of women and families of color. Following that career, I received an MA in Practical Theology from Regent University (2011) and an Mdiv from Candler School of Theology (2014). Throughout my theological studies, I have concentrated on liberation theologies and pedagogies which were utilized in my work as a theological instructor in a state prison for women and as a resident in the University Chaplain’s Office focusing on inter-religious learning. As such, my desired areas of research stem from a compelling sense of urgency and responsibility to teach and write practical theology that focuses intently on the lives of marginalized women, particularly those who are and have been imprisoned. I desire to utilize feminist and womanist theology and ethics, liberation pedagogies, and strategies of caring for marginalized populations, to construct a womanist practical theology that facilitates teaching and caring for women in prison and beyond.