[INDOLOGY] Invitation to the First Academic Retreat of the Mithila Studies Network

Pranav Prakash pranavprakash12 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 27 15:33:19 UTC 2024

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We are delighted to announce the first academic retreat of the Mithila
Studies Network that will take place virtually during the week of *May
20–24, 2024*. Our retreat will introduce interested participants to our
network’s collaborative research projects and offer support and mentorship
to new research projects on Mithila Studies. This retreat will pave the way
forward for an in-person research workshop at the Australian National
University, Canberra, tentatively planned for *September or October 2025*.

Mithila Studies Network was founded by Coralynn V. Davis, Christopher L.
Diamond and Pranav Prakash to cultivate cutting-edge research and
scholarship on Mithila-related subjects with a view to making lasting
contributions to the broader humanities, social sciences and arts. As our
inaugural venture, we organized a day-long hybrid symposium at the 50th
Annual Conference on South Asia, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,
US, on October 19, 2022. Building on the success of our symposium, we have
edited a special issue for *Asian Ethnology*, which initiates new lines of
inquiry within Mithila Studies while also illustrating the productive ways
in which research on Mithila Studies can transform the broader academy. To
learn more about our research work and academic outreach, please visit our
website: www.mithilastudies.org.

Our virtual retreat this May is designed as an opportunity for interested
participants—those with whom we’ve already engaged and those we have yet to
meet—to develop their own research projects on Mithila Studies and to seek
any kind of support and assistance from our collaborative network. Over the
course of approximately two hours in retreat, we expect to share our
individual research ideas, brainstorm thematic, methodological and
theoretical overlaps, and consider scholarly formats together. Please note
that our retreat is not a venue for presenting academic papers.

If you wish to participate in our retreat, please register using *this
online form*
<https://www.mithilastudies.org/event/2024-online-research-retreat/> by *the
deadline of May 1, 2024*.

If you know of anyone who would benefit from our planned retreat and
research network, please forward our email to them. We would very much
appreciate your help in spreading the word. If you have questions about our
retreat or network, please reach out to us at contact at mithilastudies.org.
We are eagerly looking forward to your participation in the retreat.


Coralynn, Christopher, Pranav

*Coralynn V. Davis *

Presidential Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Bucknell University,

*Christopher L. Diamond*

Lecturer in Hindi, Australian National University, Australia

*Pranav Prakash*
Junior Research Fellow, Christ Church, University of Oxford
Director of Studies for Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Christ Church,
University of Oxford
Website <http://www.pranav-prakash.com> | LinkedIn
<https://www.linkedin.com/in/pranav-prakash-570573167/> | X Twitter
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