Poet, Cognitive Scientist and Playwright; Associate Professor, California Institute of Integral Studies, USA
Pireeni Sundaralingam, San Francisco, CA, USA
Pireeni Sundaralingam is a science advisor to the Irish Government's Department of Art & Heritage, and a founding member of the Design and Vision committee for the United Nations Museum of Humanity. Prof. Sundaralingam held national fellowships in both cognitive science and poetry, and held cognitive science research posts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of California, Los Angeles, while her poetry has been published in over twenty journals and translated into five languages. Literary awards include the N. California Book Award, the PEN Josephine Miles Book award (for co-editing "Indivisible" the first anthology of American poets from South Asia), and the 2014 award for Individual Artist from the San Francisco Arts Commission. Her most recent play "War Harvest", exploring the lives of survivors of the Sri Lankan genocide, has been staged by the Asian American Theater Company and the Exit Theater in San Francisco. Prof. Sundaralingam's awards in interdisciplinary thinking include a fellowship from Berlin's Institut Für Raum Experimente and from the Leonardo International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology. She is an associate professor in the Department of Writing, Consciousness & Creative Inquiry at the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, USA. Prof. Sundaralingam is a Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar.