Building on Trust: Theology, Religion and Hindu Studies

Tuesday 23rd November 2021 08:16 EST

The relationship between the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Theology and Religion has matured over more than two decades – working together to help develop the study of religion at Oxford.

With generous support from the OCHS, scholars from the OCHS have regularly been employed by the faculty to teach, tutor, and supervise students, and the Centre has also funded research positions, including that of the Professor of Hindu Studies and Comparative Religion.

By working cooperatively, the field of Religious Studies in Oxford has been enriched and Hindu Studies established. With a view to consolidating this productive partnership the Faculty and the Centre are pleased to announce a new phase in their relationship.

They have established two new Research Lectureships, with Dr Jessica Frazier and Dr Rembert Lutjeharms appointed as the first post holders. Both will work part-time for both institutions, funded fully by the OCHS.

The posts will consolidate Hindu Studies in Oxford, attracting more students, and encouraging new teaching, research, and publication. It will also ensure the broader study of religion, and comparative religion and philosophy.

Lord Dholakia, Chair of the Board of Governors, OCHS said, “The fact that Hindu Studies is being so recognised at this academic level, that the OCHS is the catalyst between the subject and the University, and the prospect of students of all backgrounds gaining access to a more serious consideration of these cultures, is an excellent step forward in education in this country.”

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