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New Director for Humanities and Global Cultures Brings Ocean View to UVA

Published November 3, 2016 in News

By: Jane Kelly | University Communications

As the second head of the University of Virginia’s Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, Debjani Ganguly is helping chart the course of the study of the humanities at the University as it heads into its third century.

Speaking recently in her sunny office in Wilson Hall, Ganguly, who is also a professor of English, said her role is giving her the opportunity “to help shape the agenda for the humanities at UVA in very significant ways.”

She arrived on Grounds in January following a competitive application process and replaces former director Michael Levenson, who founded the institute in 2011. The institute is housed in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

The world literature scholar came to UVA from Australian National University in Canberra, where she was the director of the Humanities Research Center for seven years.

Debjani Ganguly

In her new role, Ganguly is helping the College spearhead a major new initiative dedicated to the study of the “Global South” – work that is being funded by a $3.47 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The term Global South was originally coined to define developing countries primarily in the Southern Hemisphere.

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