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Dr. Perundevi Srinivasan

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Education:

Ph.D., George Washington University

Areas of Expertise:

Religious Texts and Practices in South Asia
Comparative Goddess Scholarship
Gurus, Saints and Healers in South Asia
Asian Civilizations

Office Hours, Spring 2014
Clare Center 204
518-782-6442

Mondays 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
and by appointment

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Meet Dr. Srinivasan:

Perundevi Srinivasan received her Ph.D in interdisciplinary Human Sciences from George Washington University in 2009 and was a postdoctoral associate with the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis in 2009-2010.  She was a recipient of a research fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies.  She was awarded research grants by L & L. Dallapiccola Foundation of Scotland to pursue her research on the performance aspect in goddess worship in South India. She was also awarded research grants from M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation in Chennai, India for her field research on the sexuality of male actors performing female roles in ritual theater in south India. She has published three poetry collections and several articles and translations in Tamil.

Dr. Srinivasan has taught at the George Washington University, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and Claremont McKenna College in the United States and at University of Manitoba in Canada. Professor Srinivasan’s primary teaching and research interests are in religious traditions of South Asia, especially in popular religious practices engaging with colonial and post-colonial modernity, comparative goddess scholarship, Indian mythologies and epics, epistemologies of body and subjectivity, popular devotional movements in medieval South Asia, Gurus and Healers in South Asia, Theories and Methodologies in the Study of Religion, comparative religious cosmologies, Gender and Performance, and global feminisms.

COMING events

    On Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Sarazen Student Union 243, Sr. Nancy Kehoe, RSCJ, Ph.D., will lecture on the topic "Wrestling with our Inner Angels: Spirituality and Mental Illness." The event is co-sponsored by the Consultation Center of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany and Siena College’s Social Work Department, Psychology Department, Franciscan Center for Catholic Studies and Office of the Chaplain. All are welcome. For more information, contact Dr. Carla Sofka of Siena's Social Work Department. - See more at: http://webdev.siena.edu/academics/schools-departments/departments/religious-studies/religious-studies-department-coming-events/#sthash.NILM7Ok9.dpuf
    On Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Sarazen Student Union 243, Sr. Nancy Kehoe, RSCJ, Ph.D., will lecture on the topic "Wrestling with our Inner Angels: Spirituality and Mental Illness." The event is co-sponsored by the Consultation Center of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany and Siena College’s Social Work Department, Psychology Department, Franciscan Center for Catholic Studies and Office of the Chaplain. All are welcome. For more information, contact Dr. Carla Sofka of Siena's Social Work Department. - See more at: http://webdev.siena.edu/academics/schools-departments/departments/religious-studies/religious-studies-department-coming-events/#sthash.NILM7Ok9.dpuf
  • On Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., the Franciscan Center for Catholic Studies is co-sponsoring a lecture by Greg Barrett, author of The Gospel of Father Joe: Revolutions and Revelations in the Slums of Bangkok, and The Gospel of Rutba: War, Peace, and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq. The latter book won a 2013 Catholic Press Book Award. Place: Boland Room, Fr. Benjamin Kuhn Alumni House. For more information, please contact Dr. Tom Dickens.

  • On Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.., the Hayyim and Esther Kieval Institute for Jewish-Christian Studies will sponsor the Eighth Annual Town of Colonie Jewish Association Lecture. Fr. Dennis Tamburello, O.F.M., Professor of Religious Studies at Siena College, will speak on the topic "Adventures in Interfaith Dialogue."

    On Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Sarazen Student Union 243, Sr. Nancy Kehoe, RSCJ, Ph.D., will lecture on the topic "Wrestling with our Inner Angels: Spirituality and Mental Illness." The event is co-sponsored by the Consultation Center of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany and Siena College’s Social Work Department, Psychology Department, Franciscan Center for Catholic Studies and Office of the Chaplain. All are welcome. For more information, contact Dr. Carla Sofka of Siena's Social Work Department. - See more at: http://webdev.siena.edu/academics/schools-departments/departments/religious-studies/religious-studies-department-coming-events/#sthash.NILM7Ok9.dpuf

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