The Story of King Yaśōdhara in the Religious and Cultural Environment of Karnāṭaka
This project, funded by the German Research Foundation, focusses on the Yaśōdharacarite (“The Story of [King] Yaśōdhara”) of Janna - a key text in Kanarese literature, created during a time of transition in Karnāṭaka: While until the end of the first millennium the members of the ruling dynasties were predominantly close to Jainism, towards the middle of the 12th century the Vīraśaivas gained more and more power. ... read more
Spatial Texts, Cartography and Pilgrimage Practices in North India
This ongoing project builds on previous research on the visualization of space in religious maps as well as spatial texts that have been produced in the context of pilgrimage practices in Vārāṇasī. The focus...read more.
Alain Daniélou and the Construction of Śaivism
This project is carried out in collaboration with the India-Europe Foundation for New Dialogues (FIND). It aims at reconstructing Alain Daniélou’s philosophy of life...read more
Sacrality and power: The tradition of the Śaṅkarācāryas of Śṛṅgerī
The Śaṅkarācāryas of Śṛṅgerī (Karnataka, Chikkamagaluru district) are considered the representatives of the southern tradition of the Śāṅkara sampradāya, as evidenced by the designation of their maṭha as śrī-śrī-jagadguru śaṅkarācārya mahāsaṃsthānam dakṣināmnāya śrī śāradā pīṭham. This long-term project....read more.