Janet Tiwary Kamphorst

1965 –
cultural history
writer and publisher
India (Rajasthan)

Curriculum vitae

1965born in New Delhi, July 14th
1984-1987school for journalism, Utrecht
1991-1996MA languages and cultures of South and Central Asia, Leiden University, including a one-year course Indian history at the Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
1997-2001anthropological fieldwork and historical research in India (1997, 1998 and 1999-2001), Research School CNWS, Leiden University
1998-2004research assistant (PhD), Research School CNWS, Leiden University
2008PhD under the supervision of D.H.A. Kolff, Leiden University
2009course printing techniques and desk top publishing, Competence Factory, Amsterdam
2009-2013publisher at Fairbooks, Den Haag
2008-2013consultant art projects; research and organisation

Special activities and positions

  • Organizer of Indian art & educative projects: Haagse kinderboekenmarkt (2010-2012), Legermuseum Delft (2008), Galerie Kemps & Co Eindhoven (2012), Madhubani Art Projects Bihar (2009, 2011, 2012)
  • Organizer of Art & children’s book projects for Fairbooks (Den Haag), 2010
  • Writer, editor and peer reviewer for JESHO, Brill Academic Publishers (Leiden), India Nu (Landelijke India Werkgroep, Utrecht), Vice Versa (Den Haag), and Wanawake (NGO Noord-Zuid Relaties Amsterdam), 1987-present
  • Translator Hindi-Dutch/English for Dutch and international translation bureaus, Van der Hoop Films (Amsterdam) and Fundeon Child Learn projects (Den Haag), 1997-present


2000  “Narrative traditions of Rajasthan.” Newsletter IIAS 21, online
2001  “Rajasthani history and epic.” Paper read at the 18th Rajasthan History Congress, Chaupasni: Rajasthani Research Institute.
2002  “Oral and written traditions in Rajasthan (Pābūjī).” In: W.M. Callewaert and Dieter Taillieu (eds), Devotional literature in South Asia: current research 1997-2000 : proceedings of the eighth International conference on early literature in new Indo-Aryan languagues, Leuven, 23-26 August 2000 , New Delhi, pp. 109-113.
Prem su gata hum, documentary oral traditions of Rajasthan, Leiden: Faculty of Social Studies, Leiden University.
2003  “Sacrificial heroism in medieval Marwar.” In: T. Damsteegt (ed.), Heroes and heritage: the protagonist in Indian literature and film, Leiden: CNWS, pp. 184-205.
“Devotional and heroic-epic poetry: form and function.” Paper read at Bhakti in Current Research, the ninth international Conference on early devotional literature in new Indo-Aryan languages, Heidelberg, 23-26 July 2003.
2004  “The deification of South Asian epic heroes: methodological implications.” In: J. Jansen and H.M.J. Maier (eds), Epic adventures: heroic narrative in the oral performance traditions of four continents, Muenster (Literatur Forschung und Wissenschaft 3), pp. 89-97.
2006  “Rajasthani battle language.” In: T. Damsteegt (ed.), Voices from South Asia: language in South Asian literature and film, [articles based on papers read at the 18th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, Lund , 2004], Zagreb: Bibliotheca Orientalica , pp. 33-78.
2008  In praise of death: history and poetry in medieval Marwar (South Asia), [Leiden]. – PhD thesis Leiden; also published as e-book
“The poetry of militarized masculinities (South Asia),” paper read on the Birkbeck College Seminar Masculinity as a Historical Category, London: University of London.
2009  “The oral, scribal and printed transmission of poetry (South Asia),” paper read at the workshop Colloquium Documenting Oral Traditions in the Non-Western World, Leiden: Institute for Area Studies.
2012  Snoep voor je ogen, docentenhandleiding, Den Haag: Fairbooks.