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Enrica Garzilli is the author of the first official biography of Giuseppe Tucci, the famed Italian scholar, explorer and spokesperson of Fascism in Asia.
She is the editor of the International Journal of Tantric Studies and the Journal of South Asia Women Studies, and former professor at the universities of Delhi, Perugia, Harvard, Macerata, and Turin. After graduating in Sanskrit (Doctor, 110/110) from the University of Rome La Sapienza with pupils of Tucci, she published her first book, The Spandasaṃdoha of Kṣemarāja, a critical edition and translation of the 12th cent. philosophical text in Sanskrit, never before translated. She won the national competition for admission to the post-doc Master in Computer Science (Rome la Sapienza); a post-doc Master's in History (University for Foreigners of Perugia); and then she graduated at the Harvard Law School (1994-1996).
A bit of my life now. I won a Fellowship from the Cultural Exchange Program between the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Government of India, as Research Affiliate at the University of Delhi. My teacher and supervisor, and my beloved guru, was the pandit Nityanand Sharma, who specialized in Dharma (Hindu law) and poetry, and was president of PGDAV College. I spent two wonderful years in India..
During my fifteen-year teaching career, I have been a professor at various Italian and foreign universities, teaching principally Sanskrit, Indian Studies, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zen, History of Indian Law, Human Rights and the History of Asia. From my studies of ancient South Asia I have then broadened my geopolitical and temporal horizons to cover contemporary times and countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tibet.
From 1991 to August 1996, I taught at Harvard University, where I was a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions, Lecturer at the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies, and Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Oriental Series, Opera Minora, which I inaugurated with the volume Translating, Translations, Translators: From India to the West (Cambridge, 1996).
I was admitted to the Graduate Program at Harvard Law School as a Visiting Researcher (y. 1994-1996), attending courses on International Law and Human Rights. But my most beloved teacher was the lawyer, William P. Homans Jr., a champion of civil rights and the first attorney opponent to the Vietnam War.
My love for Computer Science and Social Media persisted throughout these endeavors. In 1995 I co-founded the first online academic peer-reviewed journals, the International Journal of Tantric Studies - IJTS, which can be found in print and for Kindle as well, and the Journal of South Asia Women Studies - JSAWS, which you will soon find in print and on Kindle.
In 1997 I co-established, together with other scholars, the Asiatica Association, an NGO open to all bona fide scholars whose studies concern the knowledge of Asian countries and the encounter between Asian values, Human Rights values, and Western values. In 2002, we organized our first international symposium, in Milan: Understanding Indian Women: Love, History and Studies. Among the speakers was the famed scholar, ex-dancer, and founding director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in Delhi, Ms Kapila Vatsyayan.
In Italy I became a Professor of Sanskrit, Nepalese Studies, South Asian History and India Law at the University of Perugia; from 2000-2006 I conducted research and was a Professor of Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, and South Asian Institutions at the University of Macerata.
Thanks to my years spent in Asia, I have become increasingly interested in contemporary politics, its institutions and its relations with the West. From 2002 I began researching and publishing on contemporary India, Nepal, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Until 2012 I taught History of Pakistan and Afghanistan in the Department of Political Science at the University of Turin. From 1996 to 2004 I also worked in the summer months as a Research Assistant at Harvard University, and as an expert on Asian issues for public institutions. In February 2014 I won the competition, Scientific National Abilitation, sector 14/B2--History and Institutions of Asia.
Since 2006 I have been publishing in leading Italian newspapers and magazines such as Limes, ISPI - Institute for International Policy Studies Il Sole 24 Ore, Il Fatto quotidiano online etc.
A complete and updated list of my publications can be found on Academia.edu, and many of my books can be viewed here, along with a few photos.
Before I forget: I am a thoroughly passionate - yet tentative - gardener. Tucci is my paramaguru.