Hinduism; Religion in South Asia; Medical Humanities; History of Medicine in India; Sanskrit Language and Literature; Kerala History and Culture
Ph.D., University of Chicago
M.A., Yale University
B.A., Loyola University Chicago
Humanities Commons: https://hcommons.org/members/acerulli/
Florence Tan Moeson Fellowship, The Library of Congress (2017)
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2015)
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2012-13)
European Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship (2012-13)
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (2011-12)
Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship (2004-05)
Current projects include an edited volume on ethnographies of the gift in India; an English translation of a Sanskrit allegory (Jīvānandanam); a monograph exploring changes in education in Ayurveda (one of India's classical medicines) from 1890 to 1975; and a multi-volume / multi-exhibit photoethnography project on the aesthetics of manuscript archives in India.
2012. Somatic Lessons: Narrating Patienthood and Illness in Indian Medical Literature. SUNY Series in Hindu Studies. Albany: State University of New York Press.
2016. "Body, Self, and Embodiment in the Sanskrit Classics of Āyurveda." In Refiguring the Body: Embodiment in South Asian Religions, Barbara Holdrege and Karen Pechilis (eds.), 59-88. Albany: State University of New York Press.
2016. "Mineral Healing: Gemstone Remedies in Astrological and Medical Traditions." Co-authored with Caterina Guenzi. In Soulless Matter, Seats of Energy: Metals, Gems and Minerals in South Asian Religions and Culture, Fabrizio Ferrari and Thomas Dähnhardt (eds.), 73-93. Sheffield and Bristol, CT: Equinox.
2016. "അവസാനം മലയാളം വായനക്കാർക്ക് ജീവാനന്ദനം എത്തിച്ചേർന്നു." ആമുഖം - പി. കെ. വി. ആനന്ദ് (ട്രാൻസ്), ജീവാനന്ദനം, 3-9. തൃശ്ശൂർ: കുന്നത്ത് മന ആയുർവേദം പുസ്തകങ്ങൾ." ["At last, the Jīvānandanam has arrived for Malayalam readers." Preface to P.V.K. Anand (trans.), Jīvānandanaṃ, 3-9. Thrissur: Kunnath Mana Ayurveda Books.]
2015. "Unpuzzling an Aporia: Theorizing Acts of Ritual and Medicine in South India." Journal of Ritual Studies 29/2: 25-43.
2015. "Storytelling and Accountability for Illness in Sanskrit Medical Literature." In Disease, Religion, and Healing in Asia: Collaborations & Collisions, I. Vargas-O'Bryan and Z. Xun (eds.), 86-101. London: Routledge.
2014. "Editors' Introduction: Roundtable on Intellectual Freedom, Vigilantism, and Censorship in India." Co-authored with Eswaran Sridharan. India Review 13/3 (August): 274-276.
2014. "Nathaniel Hawthorne's Warring Doctors and Meddling Ministers." Co-authored with Sarah Berry. Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature 47/1 (March): 111-128.
2013. "Mad Scientists, Narrative, and Social Power: A Collaborative Learning Activity." Co-authored with Sarah Berry. Journal of Medical Humanities 34/4 (December): 451-454.
2013. "Zoroastrianism." In Religions of the World: An Introduction to Culture and Meaning, Lawrence Sullivan (ed.), 283-304. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
2013. "The Joy of Life: Medicine, Politics, and Religion." In Medical Texts and Manuscripts in Indian Cultural History, A. Cerulli, K. Preisendanz, and D. Wujastyk (eds.), 159-179. New Delhi: Manohar Press.
2012. "On the Allegorization of Action for Health." eJournal of Indian Medicine, 5/1: 25-35.
2011. "Calculating Fecundity in the Kāśyapa Saṃhitā." In Health and Religious Rituals in South Asia: Disease, Possession and Healing, Fabrizio Ferrari (ed.), 114-126. London: Routledge.
2010. "Āyurveda." In Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Volume II: Texts, Rituals, Arts, and Concepts, K.A. Jacobsen, H. Basu, A. Malinar, V. Narayanan (eds.), 267-280. Leiden: Brill (revised online ed., 2013).
2009. "Know Thy Body, Know Thyself: Decoding Knowledge of the Ātman in Sanskrit Medical Literature." Co-authored with Brahmadathan U.M.T. eJournal of Indian Medicine, 2/3: 101-107.
2009. "Narrative Wellbeing: Ānandarāyamakhin's The Joy of Life (Jīvānandanam)." Indian Journal of History of Science, 44/2: 231-246.
2009. "On the Nature of the Patient in Sanskrit Medical Literature." In Ashtanga Hridaya Sathram, N.K. Mahadevan (ed.), 74-77. Kottayam: Sreekrishna Ayurveda Kendra.
2008 "Mental Disease in the Āyurvedadīpikā of Cakrapāṇidatta." In Navathy Pranamam (essays for V.M.C. Shankaran Namboodiri on his 90th birthday), V.M.D. Namboodiri (ed.). Venkitangu: Ullanoor Mana Trust.
2011. "കേരളം അനുദിനം/keraḷaṃ anudinaṃ/Kerala Everyday." The Little Theatre, Rochester, NY (September-October, 20 pieces).
2011. "South India Snaps." Mercer Gallery ("Director's Choice"), Monroe Community College-SUNY (April-June, 16 pieces).
2010. "Malabari Manorama: Scenes from Kerala." Demarest Hall, Hobart & William Smith Colleges (January-February, 25 pieces).
Foundations of Asian Civilizations
Health & Healing in Sout Asia
History of Medicine in India
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Asia
Perfectible Bodies in Religion, Medicine, and Politics
Religion in South Asia
Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion
Trekking Through Asia