Swati Chattopadhyay Receives an American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Fellowship
Professor Swati Chattopadhyay has received an American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) Senior Fellowship for conducting research on her digital humanities project, "Mapping the Ephemeral." As we learned from her talk last year for the IRC Digital Image Lab Series: Mapping, this collaborative project brings together architectural analysis, ethnography, urban history, and GIS mapping tools to chronicle the temporary pavilions, or pandals, that are built in Kolkata, India, for the Hindu religious festival of Durgapuja each year and to address the challenges of documenting temporary structures.
AIIS grants are designed to enable scholars who specialize in South Asia to pursue further research in India and to establish formal affiliation with an Indian institution. AIIS fellows contribute to scholarship and understanding of India through publications, papers presented at scholarly conferences, interaction with their colleagues, enhanced teaching and service to the profession