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Dagmar Wujastyk, PhD, MA

Associate Professor

Arts

History and Classics

About Me

I am an indologist specialized in the history and literature of classical Indian medicine (Ayurveda) and iatrochemistry (rasaśāstra), and South Asian history.


Research

In 2015 I was awarded an ERC Starting Grant for a project entitled "Medicine, Immortality, Moksha: Entangled Histories of Yoga, Ayurveda and Alchemy in South Asia.
The project examines the histories of yoga, ayurveda and rasaśāstra (Indian alchemy and iatrochemistry) from the tenth century to the present, focussing on the disciplines' health, rejuvenation and longevity practices. The goals of the project are to reveal the entanglements of these historical traditions, and to trace the trajectories of their evolution as components of today's global healthcare and personal development industries.
The project will be carried out by a team of three postdoctoral researchers at the department for South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at Vienna University, Austria and at Inform, Inform, London, U.K..


Teaching