Assistant Professor of Hindi/Urdu • SALC Certificate Advisor
Asian Languages and Civilizations

Education

BA University of California, Los Angeles; MA/PhD University of California, Berkeley

Regional and Thematic Interests

The modern Hindi novel and other prose literature; early modern Hindi literature; Jain studies and literature; deterritorialized and diasporic literatures of South Asia; merchant culture and vernacular capitalism; satire

Profile

Rahul Bjørn Parson received a BA in English Literature from University of California, Los Angeles, and an MA and PhD in South Asian Studies/Hindi Literature from University of California, Berkeley. Before joining the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations at CU Boulder, he was a Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Postdoctoral Fellow) from April 2014-August 2016, at the Max-Weber-Kolleg for Advanced Social Studies, Universität Erfurt, Germany. In addition to developing his dissertation into a book manuscript, ‘The Bazaar and the Bari: Calcutta, Marwaris, & the World of Hindi Letters,’ he is conducting research on early-modern Jain writers with a view to explore non-western strands of individualization. He is a co-editor of the forthcoming volume “Religious Individualization: Types and Cases. Historical and Cross-cultural Explorations.”

Selected Publications: 

Ādhyātma: A Poetic Strand Jaina Individualization, in eds. Rüpke, Fuchs, Otto, Parson, “Religious Individualization: Types and Cases. Historical and Cross-cultural Explorations,” Forthcoming 2017.

Towards Indic Idioms of the IndividualTolerance, (Im)partiality, and Individualization in two Jain Intellectual Lineages, in eds. Rüpke, Fuchs, Otto, Parson, “Religious Individualization: Types and Cases. Historical and Cross-cultural Explorations,” Forthcoming 2017.

“Kānunimal kī bahas" The Lawyer’s Argument, in Shobna Nijhawan, Nationalism in the vernacular: Hindi, Urdu, and the literature of Indian freedom (Bangalore: Permanent Black, 2010)