October 2014 - July 2015
Joydeep Bagchee’s current project is a study of the critical editions of the Indian epics, the Mahābhārata and the Rāmāyaṇa. His work will create the necessary tools for the evaluation and use of these editions and will help us understand, read, and preserve these classic works of world literature along with their commentarial traditions.
Bagchee received his PhD in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research in New York. His doctoral thesis was on the problem of time in Heidegger’s early writings and in Being and Time. Following research work at Humboldt–Universität zu Berlin and at Albert–Ludwigs–Universität, Freiburg i. Breisgau, he continued work as a post-doctoral fellow under the direction of Prof. Dr. Arbogast Schmitt at Philipps–Universität Marburg and Freie Universität Berlin. His current research focuses on the intersection of the textual sciences, philology, textual criticism, and the history of science, with the aim of illumining how contemporary ideas of scholarship and especially of historical rigor developed. He has co-authored a book with Dr. Vishwa Adluri, Hunter College, New York on the subject—The Nay Science: A History of German Indology (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), and is close to completing a second book titled Philology and Criticism: A Guide to Mahābhārata Textual Criticism (London: Anthem Press, forthcoming in 2014). Bagchee serves as editor on the standing editorial board of Oxford Bibliographies Online: Hinduism.