The Centre has been fortunate to host two distinguished scholars this academic year. In autumn 2004,Vasudha Narayanan, Professor of Religion at the University of Florida and past president of the American Academy of Religion, came to the OCHS as the Tamil Krishna Goswami Visiting Fellow. She delivered the Wahlstrom Lecture, providing insight into the breadth of Hindu cultural expansion beyond the borders of modern India, with examples from Angkor Wat and other Cambodian sacred sites.
This spring,we welcomed Ashok Aklujkar, Professor of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, as our new Shivdasani Visiting Fellow. Educated at Poona and Harvard Universities, Prof. Aklujkar 's research has focused on Indian philosophy, language and literature. Here at OCHS he has been speaking on a wide range of topics, from the ancient connections between yoga and language, to the possibilities of creating new literature in Sanskrit.
OCHS will also be visited in May and June by Dr Nilima Chitgopekar of Delhi University, and Dr David Washbrook of St Anthony 's College, Oxford, who will be delivering the distinguished Majewski lecture.