UT Libraries event | Digital Scholars in Practice, Jishnu Shankar: Talking about the Language for Health in India
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 -
12:30 to 13:30
Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) , Learning Lab 4
Dr. Jishnu Shankar (Department of Asian Studies)
Dr. Jishnu Shankar, senior lecturer in the Department of Asian Studies, will discuss his work on the “Language for Health in Hindi and Urdu” website, a collaborative project which attempts to teach the language of health and medicine for higher level students of Hindi and Urdu.
Jishnu Shankar is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Asian Studies and the Hindi-Urdu Flagship Program. His longstanding interests in online efforts to teach Hindi include the joint creation (with NYU and Columbia University) of the “Language for Health in Hindi and Urdu” website which attempts to teach the language of health and medicine for higher level students of Hindi and Urdu.
Besides teaching language Jishnu also conducts research on the Aghor tradition of ascetics in India and has also translated books from this tradition. An international authority on the tradition, his main publications include titles in Hindi, Aghor Vachan Shastra (The Scripture of Aghor Wisdom) and Bhagawanramleelamrit (The Nectar of the Divine Play of Bhagwan Ram), and in English, The Book of Aghor Wisdom and Mysteries of the Aghor Master. Dr. Shankar serves as the “Scientific Advisor” on the board of the Venetian Academy of Indian Studies (VAIS).