Visiting Fellow, Department of Historical Studies / Center for South Asian Civilizations, UTM 2013-14
Shaman Hatley is Associate Professor at the Department of Religion at Concordia University, Montreal, where he has taught courses on subjects such as devotional traditions of medieval India, on ritual and the body in Tantra, Taoism, and Sufism, and on Kashmir Śaivism. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania for his investigation of the cult of yoginīs in the early Śaiva Tantric work Brahmayāmala, which broke new ground in the academic study of early Tantra. Besides being a scholar of Tantric Śaivism, Professor Hatley’s interests comprise yoga, ritual, and goddesses as well as religion in premodern Bengal. Some of his publications include “From Mātṛ to Yoginī: Continuity and Transformation in the South Asian Cults of the Mother Goddesses.” In Transformations and Transfer of Tantra in Asia and Beyond, edited by István Keu, pp.99-129l. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2012; “Tantric Śaivism in Early Medieval India: Recent Research and Future Directions.” Religion Compass 4, 10 (2010): pp. 615-28, and “Mapping the Esoteric Body in the Islamic Yoga of Bengal.” History of Religions 46 (2007): 351-68. During his time at the University of Toronto Professor Hatley will be co-organizing (with Srilata Raman) a conference celebrating the work and person of Alexis Sanderson. He will be conducting a reading group on Śaiva Tantric literature and will deliver a lecture on his ongoing research.
Tung Lin Kok Yuen Distinguished Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies 2012-13
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Geoffrey Samuel is Professor at the Department of History, Archaeology and Religion at the University of Cardiff where he is also Director of the Research Group on the Body, Health and Religion. His fields of research and teaching are religion in Tibetan societies, Tibetan and Indian medical practices, Asian technologies of consciousness, religion and modernity, the anthropology of dance and music as well as shamanism and ‘nature religions’. His research interests extend from Tibet to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Among his most influential works are The Origins of Yoga and Tantra: Indic Religions to the Thirteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge and New York, 2008) and Civilized Shamans: Buddhism in Tibetan Societies (Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC. 1993; Paperback edition 1995; also Asian edition, Mandala Book Point, Kathmandu, 1995). At the University of Toronto Geoffrey Samuel has given several talks, is teaching two undergraduate courses and will be holding a conference.
Tung Lin Kok Yuen Distinguished Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies 2010-11
Will Tuladhar-Douglas is Lecturer in the Anthropology of Environment and Religions at the University of Aberdeen and Director of the Scottish Centre for Himalayan Research. His fields of interest comprise the religious literature of the Mahāyāna Buddhist Newars, the ethno-ecological and commercial networks of traditional Newar medicine merchants as well as the ecological and social contexts of particular species such as bats, lapsi trees, shrews and dogs. An important contribution to Newar Studies is his book Remaking Buddhism for Medieval Nepal. The Fifteenth-Century Reformation of Newar Buddhism (London: Routledge, 2006). At the University of Toronto Will Tuladhar-Douglas gave several talks, taught two undergraduate courses and held a workshop on diasporic vegetable farming in the Greater Toronto Area.
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Visiting Scholar 2011
Mona Schrempf is Lecturer at the Central Asian Seminar at the Humboldt University, Berlin. Her fields of interest are the medical anthropology, the performing arts and the oral historiography of Tibet and the resurgence of the Bon religion. She has published and edited prolifically and is the author of the forthcoming book Making the Modern Tibetan Family-Tibetan Women’s Experiences with State Birth Control in Post-Mao China (1980-2007). At the University of Toronto Mona Schrempf conducted two undergraduate seminars on performance, healing and ritual and gave one public lecture, previewing her forthcoming publication.