Why South Asia and Why Hindi?

Mar 22, 2017
04:00 PM to 05:15 PM
124 Sparks

Dr. Gabriela Nik. Ilieva, New York University

Dr. Ilieva will discuss characteristics of ancient and modern South Asia from the intellectual heritage of ancient South Asia as encoded in ancient texts such as the Rig Veda and the Natya Shastra to the impact of the modern Hindi boom in both the U.S. and India as evidenced by diaspora and local needs, professional needs, and Internet presence. 

Dr. Ilieva is a Clinical Professor of South Asian Studies at New York University. She teaches Hindi language courses, as well as Ancient Indian Literature and Modern South Asian Literature courses. Her research focuses on the way language encodes certain socio-cultural meanings and, specifically, on the formulation of gender (self/)identity in Hindi and Sanskrit literature as a dynamic process through which Indian social contexts are actively constructed by applying the so-called ‘doing/performing gender’ approach. Dr. Ilieva’s studies are also informed by pragmatics in its employment of inductive methodology in a rigorously empirical approach and by critical discourse analysis, in an effort to examine discourse structures that reproduce or challenge relations of power and dominance in Indian society. In addition, she has examined Medieval Indian poetics, namely the schools of alankaara (ornaments) and dhvani (suggested meaning) in comparison with Ancient Greek and Roman Rhetoric and some contemporary European literary theories. In the field of foreign language pedagogy, most recently she has been involved in teacher education and training in project- and standards-based instruction, curriculum design and use of authentic materials. Dr. Ilieva has also been working on examining the differences in the oral performance of Hindi and Urdu heritage and foreign language learners with focus on differentiated pedagogical approaches to teaching.

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