1232 Van Hise Hall
Areas of Expertise:
religion in South Asia; Hinduism; Kerala history and culture; history of medicine in India; medical and health Humanities
Ph.D., University of Chicago | M.A., Yale University | B.A., Loyola University Chicago
Anthony Cerulli's research combines ethnographic, historical, and philological methods to address central issues in the study of religions and healing traditions in India. His past and ongoing projects explore how and why people "do things with texts" to heal and sustain wellbeing. To that end, his work looks at the intersections of premodern and modern literary cultures in India at sites of ritual healing, among Hindu communities, and in institutions of medical education.
Notable achievements: Florence Tan Moeson Fellowship (Library of Congress, 2017); Guggenheim Fellowship (2015); NEH Fellowship (2012-13); EURIAS Fellowship (2012-13); ACLS Fellowship (2011-12); Fulbright-Hays Fellowship (2004-05)
Current projects include: a translation of a Sanskrit allegory about medicine and the body (Jīvānandanam); an historical ethnography about medical education among contemporary college-educated and traditionally-trained practitioners of Ayurveda and changes in ayurvedic education in India from 1890 to 1975; a study of Hanuman's "medicine journey" to retrieve life-saving herbs in the Sanskrit Ramayana and some of the episode's iterative lives, both premodern and recent, in South Asia and elsewhere; a photoethnography project on the aesthetics of manuscript archives in India; and an edited volume on physicians and patients in premodern South Asia. He is the Managing Editor of India Review (since 2009) and an Associate Editor of Asian Medicine.
2012. Somatic Lessons: Narrating Patienthood and Illness in Indian Medical Literature. SUNY Series in Hindu Studies. Albany: State University of New York Press.
2018. The Gift in India in Theory and Practice. Co-edited with Miriam Benteler. International Journal of Hindu Studies, 22/2.
2013. Medical Texts and Manuscripts in Indian Cultural History. Co-edited with Dominik Wujastyk and Karin Preisendanz. New Delhi: Manohar Press.
2018. "Politicking Āyurvedic Education." Asian Medicine, 13/1-2.
2018. "Gifting Knowledge for Long Life." International Journal of Hindu Studies, 22/2.
2018. "The Gift in India in Theory and Practice." Co-Authored with Miriam Benteler. International Journal of Hindu Studies, 22/2.
2016. "Body, Self, and Embodiment in the Sanskrit Classics of Āyurveda." In Refiguring the Body: Embodiment in South Asian Religions, B. Holdrege and K. 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 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.
2019. "Manuscriptistan." Kamin Gallery, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (September-December, 40 pieces).
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, Rochester, NY (April-June, 16 pieces).
2010. "Malabari Manorama: Scenes from Kerala." Demarest Hall, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY (January-February, 25 pieces).
Foundations of Asian Civilizations
Health & Healing in South 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