Elizabeth Cecil


Elizabeth Cecil is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at Brown University, USA. Her dissertation is provisionally entitled “Mapping a Contested Landscape: Religion, Politics, and Place in the Making of Pāśupata Identity.” Her work investigates the growth of early Śaiva religiosity in medieval northwest India through an interdisciplinary approach that unites philological work on Sanskrit texts and inscriptions with the study of material culture. From August 2011-May 2013 Elizabeth was a visiting Research Fellow in the Institute of Indian Studies at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Hans T Bakker. In Groningen, she also joined the international team of scholars working on the editing and analysis of the Skandapurāṇa. From July 2013-December 2014 Elizabeth will be in India studying Hindi and conducting dissertation research at temple sites, museums, and archives in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh. Her dissertation research is supported by funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), and the American Councils for Overseas Education.