R. Radhakrishnan awarded SALA Distinguished Achievement Award for Outstanding Scholarship
The South Asian Literary Association (SALA) has awarded its Distinguished Achievement Award for Outstanding Scholarship to R. Radhakrishnan, Distinguished Professor of English and comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine. SALA’s executive committee bestows this award each year to someone of particular distinction in scholarship in South Asian literary studies.
Radha is an international expert on critical theory. His publications include numerous authored and edited books, including Diasporic Mediations: Between Home and Location (University of Minnesota Press, 1996), Theory in an Uneven World (Wiley-Blackwell, 2003), History, the Human, and the World Between (Duke University Press, 2008), Theory after Derrida (Routledge, 2009), and Edward Said: Dictionary (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). In addition to numerous publications in prestigious journals, edited columns and multiple fellowships, he is also a translator of contemporary Tamil fiction into English. He has also published poetry in both English and Tamil, with a volume of poems in Tamil.
“The South Asian Literary Association has had a long tradition of providing a dynamic location between Home and World for scholars and thinkers of the South Asian Diaspora whose work enables, in the words of the great subaltern historian and theorist, Ranajit Guha, ‘the existential to tangle with the epistemological.’ To be honored by this association takes the form of a double empowerment: as a person and as a scholar. I am deeply grateful to be a small part of this lively and interdisciplinary collective,” Radha said.
The award was conferred in Seattle, WA on January 9, 2020 at SALA’s annual conference, where Radha was the keynote speaker.
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