David and Eileen Shulman at JIAS.


Professor David Schulman,  one of the greatest living Indologists, visited JIAS in early September. He was a cures of the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa, Wits University, and JIAS.

A literary scholar, philosopher and activist, he has written more than 20 books on poetry, myth and aesthetics in South Asia over the past 400 years. His most recent works are Tamil: a Biography (Harvard University Press, 2017) and More than Real: A History of the imagination in South India (Harvard University Press, 2015).

His moving account of his work on the West Bank and Gaza as a member of the peace group Ta’ayush, which takes its name from the Arabic for “living together”, was published as Dark Hope: Working for Peace in Israel and Palestine (Chicago University Press, 2007).

Between 1992 and 1998, Schulman was Director of the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem.