Lakshmi Ramgopal is uncategorizable. Based in Boston and Chicago, she's a musician, a writer, and an ancient historian who holds a PhD in Classics from the University of Chicago and explores identity, mobility, and the concept of the archive from myriad perspectives. Lakshmi releases electronic ambient music and tours internationally as Lykanthea, the moniker under which she creates multidisciplinary sound, performance, and installation work that experiments with South Indian sound and movement traditions. Her debut EP Migration (2014) won praise from Noisey, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, and Public Radio International's The World. She also authors scholarship on cultural change in the Roman Empire and has written on South Asian American identity and the intersections of race and the occult for Jezebel, Shondaland, Atlas Obscura, Broadly, and more.
Lakshmi has been invited to speak and/or perform at Yale University, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, and Wave-Gotik in Leipzig, Germany. She was the recipient of a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2014 and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Trinity College from 2016-2018. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and working on her first book and second album.
"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.
Demystifying Pamela Colman Smith, Shondaland, July 2018
Magic Is for Everyone: Meet Some of the Artists Bringing Racial Diversity to Tarot, Catapult, August 2017
Revealing the Unwritten Obstacles Faced by Academics of Color, Literary Hub, May 2017
Brown Girls is the Show About Women, Friendship and Love You've Been Waiting For, Jezebel, Feb. 2017
'Go and Reclaim Your Tools': Meet the Woman Behind Black Witch University, Broadly, Oct. 2016
Avant-garde Pioneer Pamela Z Brings her Otherworldly Vocal Manipulations to Constellation, Chicago Reader, Sept. 2016
8.19.18 - musical performance: Arts + Literature Laboratory, Madison, WI. 9pm, $10, 21+.
9.28.18 - academic lecture: "Patrons at Home, Patrons at Rome: Asian Cities and Associations of Roman Citizens." New Scholars Symposium, Bates College, Lewiston, ME.
10.27.18 - workshop: "Responsible Witchcraft: Decolonizing Your Magic. "HausWitch, Salem, MA. Ticket info TBA.
2.22.19 - academic lecture: “Race in Antiquity” (working title). Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL.