Alexandra (Sandra) Anna Enrica van der Geer

1963 –
South Asian geomythology, animals in art

Curriculum vitae

1963born in Amsterdam on January 23
1981final examination VWO, Amersfoort
1981-1988veterinary medicine, Utrecht University, examination in 1988
1984-1992indological studies, Utrecht University, examination in 1992
1992library assistant for the Prof. Jan Gonda collection, Utrecht University library
1992-2000director of non-profit publishing company Talen Insituut Console
1993-1997research assistent (aio), CNWS Research School, Leiden University
1996teaching Sanskrit at India Institute, Amsterdam (one season)
1998PhD under the supervision of H.W. Bodewitz, Leiden University
1998language engineer, Polderland Language & Speech Technology, Nijmegen
1999scientific documentalist, Documentatie Centrum South Asia, Leiden University
1999-2002scientific assistant, project digitalization of collection of historical photographs, Kern Institute, University of Leiden
2003-2004postdoctoral fellow South Asian art at Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University
2005-2008associate researcher, Museum of Palaeontology and Geology, National University of Athens, Greece
2012promovenda (evolution of mammals on islands) at Naturalis, Netherlands Biodiversity Center, Leiden
2014PhD paleontology, Utrecht University

Special activities and positions

  • Lay-out and production VVIK Newsletter, 2002-present
  • Treasurer of the Vereniging Vrienden van Instituut Kern, Leiden, 2001
  • Secretary of the Vereniging Vrienden van Instituut Kern, Leiden, 1999-2005 (excl. 2001)


1995 Samskrtabhāsa B2: Sanskrit voor gevorderden, Leiden: Talen Instituut Console.
Samskrtabhāsa B1: Sanskrit voor beginners, Leiden: Talen Insituut Console.
Isco sa limba mea. Sardijns in 10 lessen, Leiden: Talen Instituut Console.
Woordenboek Nederlands-Sardijns, Leiden: Talen Instituut Console.
Ittesisiat, Sardijns voor op vakantie, Leiden: Talen Instituut Console.
1998 The Bhāsa problem: a statistical research into its solution, Leiden. – PhD Thesis Leiden.
2006 “Fossils and myths in North India: is there a connection between the Siwalik Hills and the Mahābhārata?” In: The 19th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, 27-30 June 2006, Leiden the Netherlands. Abstracts: p. 124.
2008 Animals in stone: Indian fauna sculptured through time, Leiden (Handbook of Oriental Studies 2,21). – Also available as e-book.
“Fossil folklore from India: the Siwalik Hills and the Mahâbhârata.” Folkore 119: 71–92.
2010 “Dierportretten in steen in Zuid-Azië door de eeuwen heen.” Aziatische Kunst 40,3: 2–16.
2011 Wilde beesten boek, Den Haag, 22 pp.
“Early popular literature in India.” In: A.J. Andrea (general ed.), World History Encyclopedia, 21 vols, Santa Barbara (CA), Era 3: Classical traditions 1000 BCE-300 CE, pp. 177–178.
“The origin of drama.” In: A.J. Andrea, op. cit., Era 3, p. 177.
“Early medieval South Asian art – The Pala School.” In: A.J. Andrea, op. cit., Era 4: Expanding regional civilizations, 300-1000, pp. 172–173.
“The export of Pala art.” In: A.J. Andrea, op. cit., Era 4, p. 172.
“The Pala dynasty of North India.” In: A.J. Andrea, op. cit., Era 4, pp 307–309.
“The Pala school of art.” In: A.J. Andrea, op. cit., Era 4, p. 308.
“Indian industries.” In: A.J. Andrea, op. cit., Era 5: Intensified hemispheric interactions, 1000-1500, pp. 518–521.
“Gujarat, a centre of manufacturing and commerce.” In: A.J. Andrea, op. cit., Era 5, p. 520.
“Warriors by caste: the Rajputs. In: A.J. Andrea, op. cit., Era 5, pp. 679–681.
“Rajput origins.” In: A.J. Andrea, op. cit., Era 5, p. 680.