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H-ASIA November 25, 2008 Remembering James Heitzman (October 27, 1950-November 15, 2008) (x-post Indology-with editorial modifications) *********************************************************************** From: christoph.emmrich@UTORONTO.CA Obituary: James Heitzman "James Heitzman (October 27, 1950-November 15, 2008), historian of South Asia and urban studies scholar, passed away in Stanford hospital, California, while receiving treatment for cancer. He received his Doctorate in history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985 and an M.S. in Information Studies from Drexel University in 1989. He held numerous professional appointments including as a research analyst in the Library of Congress (1987-1988); a history professor in Cazenovia College, NY (1989-1997) and Georgia State University, Atlanta (1997- 2004); and as the Director of Summer Sessions, University of California, Davis (2004-2006). He is remembered for his love of South Asia and his life-long commitment to furthering knowledge of the region's history and society. His numerous publications and research interests (in Buddhism, Chola history, the medieval world, cities, Bangalore, science and technology) include books such as _Gifts of Power_ (1997), _The World in the Year 1000_ (2003), _Network City_ (2004), and _The City in South Asia_ (2008)." (Re-printed from The Hindu, November 24th 2008) For those of us who knew and worked closely with James this has come as a sudden and sad loss. He was not just a fine scholar of medieval South India, doing path-breaking work on issues of Chola historiography and agriculture, but a larger-than-life figure, a perceptive reader and editor of the works of others and a staunch and loyal friend. He also had a wonderful and ironic sense of humour -- particularly about the vagaries of the academic life -- which had so much defined his own existence. He is survived by his wife Smriti Srinivas, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis with whom he enjoyed an extraordinarily creative scholarly collaboration in the last decades of his life and by his 3 children including the youngest, one-year-old Maitreyi Heitzman. Srilata Raman Assistant Professor, Modern Hinduism University of Toronto. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ed. note: James Heitzman was a remarkable individual--a truly dedicated scholar who entered the profession in a time of economic constraint, but who continued as an active student of his field, making very important contributions and expanding our understanding of pre-modern South Asia, especially South India and to the dynamics of urbanism both in medieval South India and in 21st century Bangalore. That he be snatched by illness at such a young age is one further illustration of the tragic consequences of this Kali Yuga. I have listed some of his many publications below. FFC _The city in South Asia_ Abingdon, Oxon, England; New York: Routledge, 2008. ISBN: 9780415343558 (hardback) 9780203483282 (ebook) _Network city : planning the information society in Bangalore_ New Delhi; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004. ISBN: 0195666062 9780195666069 _The world in the year 1000_edited by James Heitzman, Wolfgang Schenkluhn. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2003 ISBN: 0761825614 _Gifts of power: lordship in an early Indian state_ Delhi; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997. ISBN: 0195639782 9780195639780 _India : a country study_ (by James Heitzman; Robert L Worden; Library of Congress. Federal Research Division) Washington, D.C.: Federal Research Division, Library of Congress, 1996 5th ed ISBN: 0844408336 9780844408330 _Bangladesh : a country study_ edited by James Heitzman and Robert L. Worden. Federal Research Division, Library of Congress ; 2nd ed. Washington, D.C. : Federal Research Division, 1989) [Rev. ed. of: Area handbook for Bangladesh / coauthors, Richard F. Nyrop ... et al. 1975.] LCCN 89600298 "Middle Towns to Middle Cities in South Asia, 1800-2007" _Journal of Urban History_ 35: 1 (2008): 15-38 ISSN: 0096-1442 "Warrior goddess versus bipedal cow: sport, space, performance and planning in an Indian city" pp 139-172 in _Subaltern sports: politics and sport in South Asia_, James Mills, editor. London: Anthem Press, 2005 ISBN: 1843311674, 1843311682 "Urban geography and land measurement in the twelfth century: the case of Kanchipuram" [with S. Rajagopal] _Indian Economic and Social History Review_ 41: 3 (Jul-Sep 2004) 237-269 ISSN: 0019-4646 "Geographic information systems in India's 'Silicon Valley': the impact of technology on planning Bangalore" _Contemporary South Asia_ 12: 1 (Mar 2003) 57-84 ISSN: 0958-4935 "Intersecting paths in early South Asian historiography" _Indian Economic and Social History Review_ (Delhi) 39: 1 (Jan-Mar 2002) 101-111. ISSN: 0019-4646 "Urbanization and political economy in early South India: Kancipuram during the Cola period" in Kenneth R. Hall _Structure and society in early South India: essays in honour of Noboru Karashima_ New Delhi; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001. ISBN: 0195651502 9780195651508 "Sports and Conflict in Urban Planning: The Indian National Games in Bangalore" _Journal of Sport & Social Issues_ 23: 1 (1999): 5-23 ISSN: 0193-7235 "State formation in South India, 850-1280" in Hermann Kulke, editor, _The State in India, 1000-1700_ Delhi; New York: Oxford University Press, 1995 ISBN 0195631277 9780195631272 "Nepal : historical setting" in _Nepal and Bhutan : country studies_ (by Andrea Matles Savada; Library of Congress. Federal Research Division) Washington: Federal Research Division, Library of Congress, 1993. 3rd ed ISBN: 0844407771 9780844407777 "Ritual polity and economy: the transactional network of an imperial temple in medieval South India" _Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient_ 34: 1 (Feb 1991) 23-54 ISSN: 0022-4995 "Information Systems and Development in the Third World." _Information Processing and Management_ 26:4 (1990) 489-502 ISSN: 0306-4573 "Temple urbanism in medieval south India" _Journal of Asian Studies_ 46: 4 (Nov 1987) 791-826 ISSN: 0021-9118 "State formation in South India, 850-1280" _Indian Economic and Social History Review_ (Delhi) 24: 1 (Jan-Mar 1987) 35-61 ISSN: 0019-4646 "Early Buddhism, trade and empire" pp. 121-137 in Kenneth A. R. Kennedy, Kenneth and Gregory L. Possehl, editors _ Studies in the archaeology and palaeoanthropology of South Asia_ New Delhi: Oxford & IBH: American Inst. of Indian Studies, 1984 LCCN 83906915 ****************************************************************** To post to H-ASIA simply send your message to: <H-ASIA@h-net.msu.edu> For holidays or short absences send post to: <firstname.lastname@example.org> with message: SET H-ASIA NOMAIL Upon return, send post with message SET H-ASIA MAIL H-ASIA WEB HOMEPAGE URL: http://h-net.msu.edu/~asia/