Pandey Receives American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship
The Writing Program is pleased to announce that Iswari Pandey, Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, has received a Senior Research Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies. This competitive fellowship is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and includes a generous stipend and round-trip airplane tickets for research overseas.
Iswari's project, "Ways of Writing: Composing (in) Global English, Globalizing Composition," expands on his ongoing research into the practices of teaching and learning English composition in South Asia in the context of globalization. As part of Iswari's fellowship, he will spend the Summer and Fall of 2009 doing research in India and Nepal. His project, among others, analyzes the partial adoption of American textbooks and instructional practices in South Asia, as well as the transnationalization of American English and South Asian languages and cultures.
Of his exciting project, Iswari writes, "South Asia's history (or rather histories) of complicated relationships with the English language, the long tradition of writing within the region characterized by remarkable linguistic and cultural heterogeneity, and the region's integration into world economy all make literacy in English there a site of contested loyalties and citizenship. . . . My project will also have direct relevance to educators in language and literacy in the US, where issues of difference, multilingualism, and globalization have recently gained much attention."
Iswari anticipates that his research will result in a book, which he plans on writing upon his return to Syracuse in the Spring of 2010.
—story by Emily Dressing