South Asia Expert Seeks Academic Position in Anthropology

Prem Saran (
28 Jul 1995 13:54:29 -0700

Subject: South Asia Expert Seeks Academic Position

I am a senior official of the Government of India, having worked in the
elite Indian Administrative Service for the last seventeen years to date.
I have a Bachelor's degree in Chemical engineering, an M.B.A. from the
Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, an M.A. in South Asian
Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. and Ph.D.
in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

I seek a tenure-track University teaching position in Anthropology. My
areal interest is South Asia, and my topical interest is the Anthropology
of Religion, specifically Tantrism. I have been researching in the field
of Tantrism for the last fifteen years, being myself an initiate into a
traditional eastern Indian cult for about that duration

My first book, "Tantra: Hedonism in Indian Culture", was published in
1994 by DK Printworld (an international imprint of Concept Publishing
Company, New Delhi), with a Foreword by Prof. Mattison Mines, Chairman of
the Anthropology Dept. at The Univ. of California, Santa Barbara. My
second book (based on my dissertation fieldwork on the Nepalese Tantrism
of the Kathmandu Valley) is tentatively titled "Yoga, Bhoga, and
Ardhanariswara: Individuality, Eudaemonism, and Gender in South Asia",
and would possibly be published by Penguins India in the near future.

My teaching experience consists of courses in the Anthropology of South Asia
which I taught during two summer terms at the University of California,
Santa Barbara, in addition to five terms as a Teaching Assistant in the
Anthropolgy Dept. there during my Ph.D.

For References, one may contact the following:
1. Prof. Mattison Mines, Chairman, Dept. of Anthropolgy, Univ. of
California, Santa Barbara.
2. Prof. Arjun Appadurai, Dept. of Anthropology, Univ. of Chicago; he was
my Thesis Advisor during my M.A. in South Asian Studies at the Univ. of

My e-mail addresses are:
1. Until September 29, 1995:
2. After September 29, 1995, contact