Ananya Vajpeyi was the Charles Wallace India Trust Fellow 2017-18 and was at CRASSH in Michaelmas Term 2017 and Easter 2018. During her time at CRASSH she was working on a political biography of Sanskrit, aimed at narrating the long and continuing life of this language from ancient times to the present. While at CRASSH in 2019-20, Vajpeyi is completing two volumes about the legal and discursive career of the Śūdra, a caste category denoting the last in a four-tier social hierarchy that occurs throughout South Asian history, from the earliest texts of Sanskrit literature to the writings of B R Ambedkar, the architect of India's Constitution of 1950. Her long-term research projects on an intellectual life of Ambedkar and a political biography of Sanskrit are also ongoing.
Visiting Fellow 2019-20
October 2019 - August 2020