Wendy Doniger, the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School, also in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, the Committee on Social Thought, has been named the 2015 Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecturer by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).
Named for the first chairman of ACLS (1920-26), the Haskins Prize Lecture series is entitled “A Life of Learning” and celebrates scholarly careers of distinctive importance.
Professor Doniger will deliver her Haskins Lecture at the 2015 ACLS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.
Wendy Doniger’s research and teaching interests revolve around two basic areas, Hinduism and mythology. Her courses in mythology address themes in cross-cultural expanses, such as death, dreams, evil, horses, and women; her courses in Hinduism cover a broad spectrum that, in addition to mythology, considers literature, law, gender, and zoology. She has published over thirty books, including The Bedtrick; The Hindus: An Alternative History; and On Hinduism; three Penguin Classics translations; and a new translation of the the Kamasutra (with Sudhir Kakar). In progress are Hinduism, for the Norton Anthology of World Religions (2014); Faking It: Narratives of Circular Jewelry and Clever Women; Skepticism in the Shastras, or: The Manipulation of Religion for Politics and Pleasure in Ancient India (the 2014 Terry Lectures at Yale); and a novel, Horses for Lovers, Dogs for Husbands.
Among previous honors, Professor Doniger has received the American Academy of Religion’s Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion, the South Asian Literary Association’s Distinguished Scholar Award, and, in 2012, the University of Chicago’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring.