Dr. Amita Satyal

Dr. Amita Satyal

Visiting Faculty (Associate Professor)

Dr. Amita Satyal is Visiting Faculty at Nalanda University and is currently affiliated with the School of Historical Studies. Her PhD in South Asian History was completed at University of California, Berkeley, USA. The main focus of her doctoral work was on the interconnected histories of commerce spanning the Indian sub-continent and Central Asia up to the 16th century. Lately, Dr. Satyal's research interests have shifted towards focus the emergence of ethical considerations in South Asia's early business history. She has more than a decade's experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students in History. In USA, she taught History at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, USA for several years. At Rutgers, she developed and taught courses in South Asian History as well as across areas and themes with an interdisciplinary approach. Prior to that (as a graduate student completing her PhD studies), she taught undergraduates at University of California, Berkeley and was conferred the Outstanding Student Instructor Award in 2002 for her teaching. She also taught undergraduate history courses at the University of Delhi affiliated colleges. Her teaching and
research interests span History (Asia & World), Contemplative Traditions, History of Religions, Early Buddhist Tradition and Connectivities. She has published internationally on topics in the history and culture of India and Asia, ranging from the prehistoric world to the spread of Buddhist Traditions to 21st century India. In the recent past, Dr. Satyal also worked in the area of revamping education in state-run schools and promoting school leadership such that it facilitates deep learning at all levels.

Teaching interests

History of Buddhism; History of the Early Buddhist Tradition; Engaged Buddhism; Ancient Indian Religions; Study of Religion; South Asian/Asian History; History of Silk Roads; Indian Ocean Studies; Globalization – Prehistory, Meaning, Challenges; Big, Deep Histories; History of Mobility & Networks; Interdisciplinary Convergences – Sciences & Humanities; History of Education; History of Happiness; History of Altruism; History of Contemplative Practices; Applied Wisdom; Business Ethics; Study of Consciousness; 21st Century Educational Leadership.

Research interests

Ideas and Practices in the Early Buddhist Tradition; Buddhist History; History of Vipassana; Indian History; Silk Roads; South Asian & World History – Intersections; Business Ethics –South Asian Tradition; History of Contemplative Practices; Mindfulness in Education

Publications (Peer-Reviewed & By Invitation) Articles in Multi-Volume Collection:

  • Satyal, A. (2012). "Gautama Buddha c. 500 BCE" in Cultural Sociology of West, Central, and South Asia, Volume 4, Parts I, II, Prehistory to 1200 (eds., A. Stanton, E. Ramsamy, P. Seybolt, C. Elliott) Vol 4: IV27-IV28. Sage Publications Inc, New York.
  • Satyal, A. (2012). "Economy" in Cultural Sociology of West, Central, and South Asia, Volume 4, Parts I, II, Prehistory to 1200 (eds., A. Stanton, E. Ramsamy, P. Seybolt, C. Elliott) pp. IV22-IV23. Sage Publications Inc, New York.
  • Satyal, A. (2012). "Pastoral Nomadism" in Cultural Sociology of West, Central, and South Asia, Volume 4, Parts I, II, Prehistory to 1200 (eds., A. Stanton, E. Ramsamy, P. Seybolt, C. Elliott) pp. IV49-IV51. Sage Publications Inc, New York.
  • Satyal, A. (2012). "Persian Achaemenid Empire c. 530 BCE" in Cultural Sociology of West, Central, and South Asia, Volume 4, Parts I, II, Prehistory to 1200 (eds., A. Stanton, E. Ramsamy, P. Seybolt, C. Elliott) pp. IV52-IV54. Sage Publications Inc, New York.
  • Satyal, A. (2012). "Turkish and Mongol Impact" in Cultural Sociology of West, Central, and South Asia, Volume 4, Parts I, II, Prehistory to 1200 (eds., A. Stanton, E. Ramsamy, P. Seybolt, C. Elliott) pp. IV140-IV142. Sage Publications Inc, New York.

Book Chapter:

  • Satyal, A. (2012). ‘Making culture portable’: Silk Road merchants and monks as a bridge between Indian and East Asian Buddhism,” in Buddhism in East Asia (ed. Anita Sharma) 18-52. Vidyanidhi Prakashan, Delhi.

Journal Article:

  • Satyal, A. (2001) “Hijras and the Politics of Empowerment in Contemporary India,” in Harvard Asia Quarterly, No. 3: 4-11. Harvard University Press, Cambridge.

Scholarly Presentations: International Conferences/Seminars:

  • Satyal, A. (2010) “Making Culture Portable: Silk Road Merchants and Monks as a Bridge Between Indian and East Asian Buddhism” in ‘Merchants and Monks from the Silk Road and Beyond'. Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi, Delhi.
  • Satyal, A (2009) “Culture of Mughal Indian Overland Commerce”. Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick.
  • Satyal, A (2002) “Trading Worlds of Indian Merchants in the Middle Ages” in 'Mapping the Story of Early Trade'. Office of Resources for International and Area Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
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