Anthony Cerulli

Credentials: Professor of South Asian Studies

Position title: Director, Center for South Asia

Email: acerulli@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 262-3915

Address:
1232 Van Hise Hall

Education
PhD, University of Chicago
MA, Yale University
BA, Loyola University Chicago

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Research Interests
Anthony’s primary fields of research are medicine and religion. Many of his projects incorporate ethnography, history, and philology to explain how and why people study and use texts in South Asia to heal and promote well-being. His research also contributes to discussions in the medical humanities (in Asia and elsewhere), and his photography exhibits and publications explore links between art-making, history, and ethnography.

Anthony’s research has been supported by the Kluge Center (2021-22); Library of Congress Asian Division (2017); Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2015); National Endowment for the Humanities (2021, 2012-13); Institut d’études avancées de Paris (2012-13); European Institutes for Advanced Studies (2012-13); American Council of Learned Societies (2011); and Fulbright-Hays (2004-05). He was Directeur d’études invité at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris, and he is the Editor of India Review.

Anthony welcomes inquiries and applications from students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in the areas of history of medicine and medical anthropology in South Asia, religion in South Asia, and global medical and health humanities.

PUBLICATIONS & EXHIBITIONS

Visit Anthony’s Humanities Commons page for a full list of publications (many downloadable) and exhibitions

  • Books and edited volumes

2022, The Practice of Texts: Education and Healing in South India. Oakland: University of California Press.

2020, Medicines and Memories in South Asia. Co-edited with Lisa Brooks and Victoria Sheldon. Asian Medicine 15, no. 1.

2018, The Gift in India in Theory and Practice. Co-edited with Miriam Benteler. International Journal of Hindu Studies 22, no. 2.

2013, Medical Texts and Manuscripts in Indian Cultural History. Co-edited with Dominik Wujastyk and Karin Preisendanz. New Delhi: Manohar Press.

2012, Somatic Lessons: Narrating Patienthood and Illness in Indian Medical Literature. Albany: State University of New York Press.

  • Recent articles, chapters, and essays

2022, “L’art dans l’archive: Manuscrits dans l’histoire de l’Inde” (trans., Nicolas Filicic). In L’Arthaśāstra. Introduction et extraits par Marinette Dambuyant et photographies et postface par Anthony Cerulli, 251-268. Paris: Les Belles Lettres.

2021, “Pedagogy, Philology, and Procedural Medical Knowledge.” South Asian History and Culture 13, no. 1: 135–155.

2021, “Disease: Discourse and Interpretation in Premodern South Asia.” Religion Compass 15, no. 12: 1–10.

2021, “Allegory and History, Life and Embodiment.” In Body and Cosmos: Studies in Early Indian Medical and Astral Sciences in Honor of Kenneth G. Zysk, edited by T. Knudsen, J. Schmidt-Madsen, and S. Speyer, 209-232. Leiden: Brill.

2020, “Epilogue: Healing Concerns in South Asian Texts, Histories, and Societies.” Asian Medicine 15, no. 1: 183-196.

2020, “Introduction: Medicines and Memories in South Asia.” Co-authored with Lisa Brooks and Victoria Sheldon. Asian Medicine 15, no. 1: 3-9.

2020, “Archival Aesthetics: Framing and Exhibiting Indian Manuscripts and Manuscript Libraries.” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 43, no. 3: 455-477.

2018, “Politicking Ayurvedic Education.” Asian Medicine 13, no. 1-2: 298-334.

2018, “Gifting Knowledge for Long Life.” International Journal of Hindu Studies 22, no. 2: 235-255.

2018, “The Gift in India in Theory and Practice.” Co-Authored with Miriam Benteler. International Journal of Hindu Studies 22, no. 2: 191-196.

2016, “Body, Self, and Embodiment in the Sanskrit Classics of Āyurveda.” In Refiguring the Body: Embodiment in South Asian Religions, edited by B. Holdrege and K. Pechilis, 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, edited by Fabrizio Ferrari and Thomas Dähnhardt, 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.”

  • Recent photography exhibitions and publications

2022, L’Arthaśāstra. Introduction et extraits par Marinette Dambuyant et photographies et postface par Anthony Cerulli (17 photographs). Paris: Les Belles Lettres.

2020, “Manuscriptistan.” Chazen Museum of Art, Faculty 2020 Exhibition, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI (group exhibit: Jan–Aug, 4 pieces).

2019, “Manuscriptistan.” Kamin Gallery, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (solo exhibit: Sep–Dec, 62 pieces).

2019, “’Manuscript Country’: Landscapes of South Asian Manuscript Libraries” (photo-essay). Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania Libraries Blog.

2018, “Manuscriptistan 01” and “Manuscriptistan 04.” Light, 07 (Fall): 10-11.

COURSES & SEMINARS

• REGULAR OFFERINGS
Gateway to Asia: Trek and Encounter (ASIAN 100)
Health and Healing in South Asia (ASIAN 218)
Ethnography in Asia (ASIAN 655)
Introduction to Buddhism (ASIAN 308)
Introduction to Hinduism (ASIAN 306)
Perfectible Bodies in Religion, Medicine, and Politics (ASIAN 505)
Religion in South Asia (ASIAN 274)

• OCCASIONAL OFFERINGS
The Mahābhārata
Theory and Method in the Study of Religion