Lakshmi Ramgopal is a writer, musician, and historian based in Boston and Chicago. She received her PhD in Classics from the University of Chicago and writes about the occult, ancient history, and South Asian experiences for publications like Jezebel, Chicago Reader, and Broadly. Lakshmi performs ambient electronic music under the moniker Lykanthea and in 2014 released her debut EP Migration. Its melding of literary motifs, improvisation, and classical South Indian vocal traditions won praise from NoiseyChicago Tribune, Chicago Readerand more. Since then her musical practice has grown to encompass expansive, multidisciplinary, site-specific performances that include sound art, installations, performance art, and dance. She has been invited to speak or perform at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig's Wave-Gotik Treffen, and Yale University.

Lakshmi was the recipient of a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2014 and will be a resident artist at ACRE in August 2018. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Harvard University's Department of the Classics and is working on her first book and second album.

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"Mobility." In A Cultural History of Western Empires, ed. Carlos Noreña. Bloomsbury UK, 2018 (forthcoming in print).
"One and Many: Associations of Roman Citizens in Greece.” In Social Dynamics under Roman Rule. Mobility and Status Change in the Provinces of Achaia and Macedonia, Proceedings of a Conference Held in Athens, May 30th-31st 2014, MELETEMATA 74, ed. A.D. Rizakis, F. Camia, S. Zoumbaki, 407-425, 2017.

Freelance reporting:
Demystifying Pamela Colman SmithShondaland, July 2018
Magic Is for Everyone: Meet Some of the Artists Bringing Racial Diversity to TarotCatapult, August 2017
Revealing the Unwritten Obstacles Faced by Academics of ColorLiterary Hub, May 2017
Brown Girls is the Show About Women, Friendship and Love You've Been Waiting ForJezebel, Feb. 2017
'Go and Reclaim Your Tools': Meet the Woman Behind Black Witch UniversityBroadly, Oct. 2016
Avant-garde Pioneer Pamela Z Brings her Otherworldly Vocal Manipulations to ConstellationChicago Reader, Sept. 2016

UPcoming events

7.5 - musical performance: Five Lullabies by Lykanthea. Jefferson Park Library, Chicago, IL. 7pm, all ages, free.
7.8 - musical performance: Maalai. For Reinterpreting Religions (group show), Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL. 1:30pm, all ages, free.
7.15 - musical performance: Emporium Wicker Park, Chicago, IL. 9pm, 21+, free.
7.22 - musical performance: closing for A Half-Light Chorus with a multidisciplinary ensemble. Lincoln Park Conservatory, Chicago, IL. 3pm, all ages, free.
8.19 - musical performance: Arts + Literature Laboratory, Madison, WI. 9pm, $10, 21+.
9.28 - academic lecture: "Patrons at Home, Patrons at Rome: Asian Cities and Associations of Roman Citizens." New Scholars Symposium, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
10.27 - workshop: Responsible Witchcraft: Decolonizing Your Magic. HausWitch, Salem, MA. Ticket info TBA.