History of Religions; Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, Stockholm University
Postal address: Institutionen för etnologi, religionshistoria och genusstudier (EGR), Stockholms universitet, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
Visiting address: Universitetsvägen 10 B, Frescati
Web page: http://www.erg.su.se/
Contact person: Professor Peter Jackson, phone: +46 (0) 8 16 33 28
Stockholm University currently invites applications for a position as Senior Lecturer in History of Religions with focus on South Asian religions. The applicants are expected to have research and teaching experiences in the field of South Asian religions (preferably Hinduism and Buddhism) and relevant skills in Indian languages (Sanskrit, Pali or modern Indian languages). Deadline for applications is Thursday 15 November 2012. More information (only available in Swedish).
South Asia related research at the department:
Associate Professor Erik af Edholm has been one of Sweden’s leading scholars on Hinduism and South Asia since several decades. He has been engaged in research on different aspects of religion in South Asia: Saivism and Vaisnavism in South India; Myth; Hagiography; Theology; Agamic ritual, Iconography and Temple Architecture – especially in the Tamil area; Early reception of Indian Religion in Sweden; and Classical Indian interpretations (epistomologies) of trance experience (Yogipratyaksa, Jnanacaksus etc) in Indian religion; and Sandesakavya texts from South India. He defended his doctoral dissertation titled ”Jnancaksus. On Vision and Knowledge in Indian Religious Thought” at Uppsala University in 1989. In the thesis, Erik af Edholm examines some interrelated themes in Hindu, Buddhist and Jaina traditions. These parallel systems of thought share a number of concepts which once belonged to the pre-classical traditions of ascetic and sramanic circles and were closely connected with the cultivation of visionary experience.
Since the 1970’s he has also written a large number of books and articles on Hinduism and India, e g in the magazine Orientaliska Studier.
Professor Per-Arne Berglie defended his doctoral dissertation on ”
He has later conducted fieldwork in Taiwan, Vietnam, Burma and among Tibetans in Nepal. His latest publications include “
Dr. Urban Hammar (photo to the left) defended his doctoral dissertation thesis on ”
Dr. Hammar is now connected to the Forum for South and Central Asian Studies (ForSCASS), Department of Oriental Languages; Stockholm University, where he teaches Tibetan.
Dr. Pavel Volf defended his doctoral thesis at the department in 1994 on ”
PhD candidate Klas Nevrin (photo to the right) has worked on a doctoral dissertation on
Project abstract: The use of chant and recitation is rapidly becoming an important feature in many religious settings, most notably in several modern Yoga traditions, yet the phenomenon has received less attention in research studies on contemporary religions. This paper is. work in progress that will draw attention to the dimensions of aurality and orality in ritual theory. The paper will investigate the usefulness of various performance and body-oriented approaches in an attempt to understand oral performances of Yogasutra in the Viniyoga tradition. These approaches are considered relevant because in many ways the dimensions of aurality and orality, as evinced in recitation, destabilize a rigid mind-body discontinuity, and may be seen as a significant part of the endeavour to destabilize dichotomies that are otherwise common in studies on the ritual use of texts. Recitation is also discussed in terms of (a) various modes of reception and interpretation of texts, such as informative, performative and transformative; (b) "flow" and "deep play"; and (c) so-called "gnoseological hermeneutics". The resulting tentative framework of the analysis draws attention to tensions and subtleties in the relationship between meditation, ritual, and scholastic study.
PhD candidate Stefan Larsson is working on a project titled ”Sacred Madmen in Tibetan Buddhism”. It deals with a Tibetan Buddhist guru in the 15th Centrury AD, named gTsang smyon Heruka (1452-1507). This guru was considered to be a ”sacred madman”, a concept prevalent in Tibetan tradition.