Anthony Cerulli is Professor of South Asian Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and Director of the Center for South Asia at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His primary field of research is the critical study of medicine, religion, and the body. His past and current projects incorporate ethnography, history, and philology to explain how and why people in south India do things with texts to heal and promote wellbeing. His research also contributes to the medical humanities and explores links between art-making and ethnography.

Current and Ongoing Projects include…

  • translation of a Sanskrit allegory about medicine and the body, Life Delighting (Jīvānandanam)
  • photo-ethnography project—Manuscriptistanabout the aesthetics of manuscripts and archives in India;
  • a study of Hanuman’s “medicine journey” to retrieve life-saving herbs in the Sanskrit Rāmāyaṇa for a volume on religion and medicine in Asia.

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