Lectureship in Hindi at SOAS (forwarded)
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From: Mike Hutt, SOAS <MH8 at soas.ac.uk>
To: d.wujastyk at ucl.ac.uk
Subject: Re: Lectureship in Hindi
LECTURESHIP IN HINDI
Applications are invited for the post of Lecturer in Hindi in the
Department of the Languages and Cultures of South Asia at the School of
Oriental and African Studies in London, for appointment in September
1997. The successful candidate will teach Hindi language and literature
from introductory to advanced levels, and will undertake research and
publication in Hindi language and literature or a related field of South
Asian studies. S/he will also contribute to undergraduate and Masters
courses on South Asian culture and literature, though much of the
teaching is likely to relate to the study of Hindi language and texts.
The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant field and a
demonstrated commitment to the active pursuit of research.
The School of Oriental Studies, as it was first called, received its
Royal Charter and became a college of the University of London in 1916.
In 1943 it moved to its present premises in Bloomsbury, which have since
been greatly extended with the completion of the New Building in 1973
and the addition of the Brunei Gallery in 1995. The School is located
in central London, just off Russell Square and close to the British
SOAS is now one of the leading centres of Asian and African Studies in
the western world, and its academic staff complement of about 200 is the
largest concentration of scholars concerned with the whole of Africa and
Asia at any university in the world. It consists of five Language and
Culture departments (focusing on East Asia, South East Asia, South Asia,
the Near and Middle East, and Africa) plus departments of Anthropology
and Sociology, Art and Archaeology, Development Studies, Economics,
Politics, Geography, History, Law, Linguistics, Study of Religions and
Music. The Library contains nearly 1,000,000 items and acts as a
national lending library for the fields it covers. The School sees its
role as providing for the integrated study of all aspects of Asian and
The Department of the Languages and Cultures of South Asia
The Department offers the widest coverage in the United Kingdom of
research and teaching related to the languages, literatures and cultures
of the principal countries of South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh,
Sri Lanka and Nepal. Its primary commitment is to the teaching of
language and literature, but the teaching programme also includes
'English-medium' courses in literature, film studies, folklore, music,
religion, and civilisation.
Amongst the modern languages, the Hindi and Urdu sections form a core,
while teaching and research is also conducted in Bengali, Gujarati,
Nepali, Panjabi, Sinhalese and Tamil. The classical languages
Sanskrit, Pali, and Prakrit are also taught in the Department. Recent
changes to the degree structure have been designed in part to maximise
the potential of teaching in those languages for which there is only one
teacher in post; the 'South Asian Studies' degree promotes the study of
language and literature in the context of the broader culture of the
area. In 1996 the Department also established a single-subject BA in
Hindi, providing an opportunity for more intensive study of Hindi
language and literature. Members of the Department teach into various
inter-departmental Masters courses and degrees, and 1998 will see the
launch of a new Department-based MA in South Asian Cultural Studies.
Members of the Department
Dr Stuart Blackburn, Lecturer in Tamil.
Tamil language and literature; folklore; oral literature; literary
Dr Rachel Dwyer, Lecturer in Gujarati and Indian Studies.
Gujarati language and literature; Gujarati Vaishnavism; Gujarati
diaspora; comparative Indian literature; Indian popular culture.
Dr Michael Hutt, Senior Lecturer in Nepali.
Nepali language and literature; Nepalese art; contemporary change in the
Dr Amrik Kalsi, Senior Lecturer in Hindi and Urdu.
Hindi and Urdu language and literature; Panjabi language.
Dr Javed Majeed, Lecturer in Urdu.
Urdu literature; comparative literature in British India; Iqbal.
Dr David Matthews, Senior Lecturer in Urdu and Nepali.
Urdu and Nepali language and literature; Islam in South Asia.
Dr William Radice, Lecturer in Bengali.
Bengali language and literature; Tagore; 19th century Bengal; literary
Professor Christopher Shackle, Professor of Modern Languages of South
Asia in the University of London.
Panjabi and Urdu languages and literatures; regional languages of
Pakistan and North-West India; Islam in South Asia; Sikhism.
Dr Rupert Snell, Reader in Hindi.
Hindi language and literature; Vaishnava bhakti verse; Braj 'Riti'
Dr Renate Sohnen-Thieme, Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit.
Sanskrit language and literature; classical Indian religions; folklore
Dr Richard Widdess, Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology with reference to
Traditional musics of South Asia, their history, structure and practice;
the history of raga; Indian musical notations; the dhrupad style of
North Indian vocal music;
Professor J.C. Wright, Professorial Research Fellow
Sanskrit language and literature; Vedic; Pali and Prakrit; poetic
theory; palaeography and epigraphy; Indo-Aryan philology; classical
Hindi is offered within a number of different undergraduate programmes:
the new 4-year degree BA Hindi (in which year 3 is spent in India), the
'flagship' degree; 3-year South Asian Studies; and joint honours of
'two-subject' degrees (available in both 3-year and 4-year formats, i.e.
with or without a 3rd year in India) in which Hindi combines with
another discipline taught in the school. Individual Hindi courses are
also available to students on other programmes. First-year classes in
these various categories have a total of some 40 students; later years
have smaller groups. The new appointee will teach Hindi alongside Dr
Rupert Snell and Dr Amrik Kalsi.
In recent years the Department has increased its range of courses which
are not language-specific, as part of a policy of making South Asian
studies more widely available (and attractive) to a larger body of
students including those whose primary interest or expertise is not
linguistic; the list now features South Asian Culture, South Asian
Literature in English, South Asian Folklore, Devotional Hinduism,
Foundations of Nepali Culture, and Cinema and Society in India. This
development is an important plank in our student recruitment strategy,
whose success is vital if we are to maintain our present levels of
staffing and language coverage. The new departmental MA, to come fully
on stream in 1998-99, has been devised with similar aims in mind.
The successful applicant will have a PhD in Hindi or a closely related
subject, and a proven track record in published research.
Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to:
o undergraduate teaching in Hindi language and literature
o undergraduate courses on South Asian Culture
o the development of further undergraduate course options
o courses in Hindi literature within MA Comparative Literature and other
o a new departmental MA on South Asian Cultural Studies (from 1998)
o the supervision of undergraduate dissertations ('Independent Study
o the development of teaching materials for language and literature
o the development of new examinations for students returning from 8
months in India
o to supervise MPhil/PhD research
o to share departmental administrative and tutorial duties
o to participate in the seminars and other occasional activities of the
South Asia Centre
o to consider contributing a volume to the departmental series SOAS
South Asian Texts (published by Oxford University Press, Delhi)
Closing date: Friday 25 April 1997
SOAS is an equal opportunities employer.
The appointment will date from 1 September 1997. It will be made on the
Lecturer A scale (#15,593 - #20,424 p.a.) or Lecturer B scale (#21,277 -
#27,196 p.a.), depending on qualifications and experience, plus London
Allowance, currently #2,134 p.a. Membership of USS will be available.
Potential applicants are encouraged to seek further information from the
Head of Department, Dr Michael Hutt or the Executive Officer, Susan
Madigan (SOAS fax 0171 436 3844 or Departmental 0171 323 6240/6251.
E-mail <mh8 at soas.ac.uk> or <sm2 at soas.ac.uk>).
An application form and further particulars may be obtained from the
Personnel Office, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh
Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG (tel: 0171 323 6189 between
10:30am and 12.30pm, fax: 0171 636 2779, email: personnel at soas.ac.uk).
Overseas candidates may apply directly by letter, and all applications
should be supported by a full curriculum vitae and the names, addresses,
fax and telephone numbers of three referees.
School of Oriental and African Studies London
fax 171-436-3844 or 171-436-2664
e-mail mh8 at soas.ac.uk
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