E.A. (Elizabeth) Cecil MA

  • Guest researcher
  • South Asian & Tibetan Studies

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 1927
E-Mail: e.a.cecil@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS India en Tibet
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Witte Singel 25/M. de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 1.01b

Research Project

Elizabeth joins LIAS for the final year of her PhD studies. She will complete her dissertation in Leiden with the support of a Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the  American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).

Elizabeth's dissertation, entitled "Mapping a Contested Landscape: Religion, Politics, and Place in the Making of Pāśupata Identity," investigates the growth of the earliest Shaiva devotional movement (i.e. the Pāśupatas) in early medieval northwest India.  Through an interdisciplinary approach that unites philological work on Sanskrit texts and inscriptions with the study of material culture, her research explores the ways in which sanctified spaces were used to materialize an early Śaiva identity.

More broadly, Elizabeth's teaching and research interests include Indian devotional movements, Sanskrit narrative literature, Indian epigraphy, the material and visual cultures of South Asia, and practices of pilgrimage in South Asia.

Home Institution: Brown University, USA

Term of stay

Academic year 2015-2016

Last Modified: 11-12-2015