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Dr. John Caldwell

John Caldwell
Teaching Associate Professor
Faculty advisor, Pakistani Students’ Association (PakSA)

asiaweb@email.unc.edu
New West 222

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Professional Biography

I was born and grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and I lived in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Virginia before coming to North Carolina in 1996.  I studied Hindi-Urdu at the University of Michigan in the late 1980s, and in December 1990 I made my first trip to South Asia.  Since then I have traveled to India and Pakistan many times.  I began teaching Hindi-Urdu on the UNC Summer in India Study Abroad Program which I have co-directed every summer since 1999. I was on the team that developed the Hindi and Urdu learning websites A Door Into Hindi and Darvazah: A Door Into Urdu.  From 1996 until 2009 I also served as Outreach Director of the North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies.  I co-host Geet Bazaar, the Triangle’s weekly South Asian radio show, and I play bassoon semi-professionally in the Raleigh and Durham Symphonies and the North Carolina Wind Orchestra.

Research

My research interests include South Asian film and media culture, the music of South Asia, comparative musicology, second language learning and technology, and poetry and poetics.

Courses

  • HNUR 101: Elementary Hindi-Urdu I
  • HNUR 102: Elementary Hindi-Urdu II
  • ASIA 164: Music of South Asia
  • ASIA 164: Music of South Asia
  • HNUR 203: Intermediate Hindi-Urdu I
  • HNUR 203: Intermediate Hindi-Urdu I
  • HNUR 220: Introduction to the Hindi Script (Devanagari)
  • HNUR 221: Introduction to the Urdu Script (Nastaliq)
  • HNUR 305: Advanced Hindi-Urdu I
  • HNUR 305: Advanced Hindi-Urdu I
  • HNUR 306: Advanced Hindi-Urdu II
  • HNUR 306: Advanced Hindi-Urdu II
  • HNUR 308: Hindi-Urdu Languages across the Curriculum Recitation
  • HNUR 411: Health and Medicine in South Asia
  • HNUR 411: Health and Medicine in South Asia

Publications

“The Movie Mujrā: the Trope of the Courtesan in Urdu-Hindi Film” in Southeast Review of Asian Studies, volume 32 (2010), pp. 120-8.

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