Instructor, Liberal Arts (2007). MA, Ethnology, 1975, University of Paris X; PhD, Indian Philosophy, 1983, Banaras Hindu University, India; Comparative Ethnology and Sociology with best mention, 1981, and D.Litt degree in Humanities with the best mention, 1995, University of Paris X. Publications: Les Nouveaus Cahiers; Serbo-Croate; Autrement; Islam and the Modern Age; Sarasvati 5; Criminal Gods and Demon Devotees. Awards: Lavoisier Fellowship, Harvard University, 1990-1992; Bourse de La Vocation, 1980.

Experience at SAIC

I have been teaching at SAIC since 2007. It is wonderful to artists as students.

Personal Statement

Elizabeth Chalier-Visuvalingam has doctorates in Indology, philosophy, and anthropology from Banaras Hindu University and the University Paris X, France. She has also been a Senior Visiting Fellow pursuing post-doctoral research at the Sanskrit Dept. of Harvard University. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Kathmandu Valley, Banaras, and other regions. Her French (postdoctoral) D.Litt. dissertation was published by Peter Lang in 2003. She has also published several articles, in both French and English, on the literature of minorities, particularly that of the Jewish communities in India, exploring such themes as the figure of the Other. She has taught at Boston University, Eötvös Loránd University at Budapest and is currently teaching French Language and Culture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and Western philosophy and French literature at the French International School of Chicago.

Current Interests

French Literature, French Philosophy (Derrida, Foucault, Sartre...), European Philosophy and Indian Philosophy (Abhinavagupta)


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