School of Humanities

The School of Humanities is engaged in research in the broad areas of philosophy, psychology, literature, fine arts, and culture. Research in the School currently focuses on philosophical foundations of sciences; cognitive sciences; scientific and philosophical studies of consciousness; Indian psychology and philosophy; history and philosophy of biology; archaeometalurgy and analysis of ancient metals; and translations of literary classics in Kannada into English.

C N Vishnuprasad

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Currently working as Associate Professor at The University of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology (TDU), Bangalore. Dr. Vishnuprasad is a post graduate in biotechnology and obtained his PhD for the work on identification of modulators of GLUT4 translocation from medicinal plants. He has more than 15 years of research and teaching experience in different universities in India and abroad. He is currently involved in trans-disciplinary research in the area of Ayurveda Biology where the concepts of Ayurveda and modern biology are integrated to deepen the systems level understanding of biological changes in glucose and lipid metabolism related diseases like diabetes, obesity, NAFLD etc. He has several peer reviewed research publications, conference papers and book chapters to his credit. He is guiding PhD and M.Sc students at TDU. He has conceptualized and introduced an innovative transdisciplinary post graduate program, M.Sc Life Sciences (Ayurveda Biology), at TDU and currently he is one of the coordinators of this program.

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Pornima S Rajkarne

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Pornima Rajkarne is a doctoral student at the School of Humanities at NIAS. She is working with Dr. Navaratna on the Varakari Sampradaya of Maharashtra. Her research broadly deals with the spiritual practices, especially kirtan, and the worldview of the Varakaris. Her study lies at the intersection of neurotheology and symbolic anthropology. 

Pornima pursued biotechnology and shifted to the social sciences because of her interest in cultural studies. She holds a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Hyderabad and has been awarded the UGC-JRF in the same discipline. She has also worked as a content creator in science communication.

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Category Theory and the Ontology of Śūnyata

Notions such as śūnyata, catuskoti, and Indra’s net, which figure prominently in Buddhist philosophy, are difficult to readily accommodate within our ordinary thinking about everyday objects. Our thorough elaboration of the parallels between Buddhist philosophy and category theory can facilitate better understanding of Buddhist philosophy, and bring out the broader philosophical import of category theory beyond mathematics.

Assaying the eight metals of antiquity: Archaeometallurgical perspectives on Indian heritage

Archaeometallurgy pertains to the technological study of metallic archaeological artefacts and art objects to gain insights into the manufacturing techniques and history of technology. It can also help in the better classification of archaeological artefacts through studies on provenance and sources of metal.  Archaeometallurgy is increasingly becoming a widely inclusive discipline of archaeology that attempts to trace the history of ancient metal production, distribution and usage in antiquity and the related socio-cultural and economic ramifications.