By training I am a South Asianist, specializing in the transformation of Hindu traditions during the colonial and postcolonial era. However, when I joined the Religion Department at Illinois Wesleyan University in 1992, I was the sole ‘Asianist.’ As such I was asked to provide coverage of the religious traditions of both South and East Asia. Accordingly, over the years I created a range of lower- and upper-level courses dedicated to such topics as ‘Asian Religious Literature,’ ‘Asian Religious Practice,’ and ‘Religion in Contemporary Japan,’ along with selected courses focusing on South Asia and Hinduism.
How to CiteHatcher, B.A., 2009. Imagining Modern India: The Genesis and Goals of a Course-in-the-Making. ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts, 17(1), pp.97–107. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ane.217