Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Ellen Gough — What Makes a Jain not Hindu? Religious Identity and the Indian Festival Calendar

Friday, March 6, 2020

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer Street 

Ellen Gough is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Emory College of Arts and Sciences. Ellen Gough received her B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her M.A. in the Study of Religion from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and her Ph.D. in Asian Religions from Yale University (2015).

Her work focuses on the religious traditions of India, in particular Jainism. At present, her research centers on Jain Tantra, with other teaching and research interests including ritual theory, Jain and Hindu festivals, astrology, meditation, yoga, and material culture. She has published several articles and book chapters on the history and present-day uses of some important Jain maṇḍalas. Her current manuscript examines the life of a single Jain mantra, from its inception at the outset of the first millennium, to its use in medieval tantric initiations and meditative exercises, to its popularity as a source of healing today.

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