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Members of the Centre of Jaina Studies

J Clifford Wright
Honorary President, Centre of Jaina Studies
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Emeritus Professor of Sanskrit, University of London; Vedic religion, Classical Sanskrit literature, Middle Indian languages and cultures.

Peter Flügel
Chair, Centre for Jaina Studies
Peter Flügel

Jaina Studies; South Asian History & Culture; Anthropology & Sociology of Religion

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4776
  • Email: pf8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 341
  • Office Hours: Mondays 3-4pm

Crispin Branfoot
Member, Centre of Jaina Studies
Crispin Branfoot Architecture, sculpture and painting in South Asia, especially in southern India; pilgrimage and sacred geography; material religion; colonialism and material culture.
Rachel Dwyer
Member, Centre of Jaina Studies
Rachel Dwyer Hindi Cinema; Indian popular culture; Indian film; Hinduism; new middle classes; Mumbai/Bombay; Gujarati language and literature; Gujarati diaspora esp UK and East Africa; comparative Indian literature.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4294
  • Email: rd3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 457
  • Office Hours: Please e-mail for an appointment

James Mallinson
Member, Centre of Jaina Studies
James Mallinson
  • Tel: 020 7898 4368
  • Email: jm63@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 458
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 10.30am-12.30
Francesca Orsini
Member, Centre of Jaina Studies
Francesca Orsini Hindi Literature; North Indian literary cultures; Hindi; Urdu.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4242
  • Email: fo@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 419
  • Office Hours: Mondays 1-3pm

Peter D. Sharrock
Member, Centre of Jaina Studies
Peter Sharrock He is now focusing on the evidence in Indochina for the influence of tantric or esoteric Buddhism, developed in the great monasteries of the Ganges valley and diffused and developed in different ways through much of Asia.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4462
  • Email: ps56@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B406
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 3pm-4pm
Theodore Proferes
Member, Centre of Jaina Studies
Theodore Proferes
  • Tel: 020 7898 4637
  • Email: tp17@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 378
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 11am-1pm

Gurharpal Singh
Member, Centre of Jaina Studies
Gurharpal Singh

Professor Gurharpal Singh is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Professor in Inter-Religious Relation and Development in the Department of Study of Religions.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4108
  • Email: gs41@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 319
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-4pm
Renate Söhnen-Thieme
Member, Centre of Jaina Studies
Renate Sohnen Thieme Sanskrit language and literature; classical Indian religions; folklore and music of Baltistan

Vincent Tournier
Member, Centre of Jaina Studies
Vincent Tournier

Buddhism in Ancient and Early Medieval South Asia

  • Tel: 020 7898 4753
  • Email: vt6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 343
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 5-7pm or by email appointment
Cosimo Zene
Cosimo Zene

Anthropology of religion, theory in the study of religions, continental philosophy, Gramsci and religion, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, minorities (Dalits), mysticism and heresy, non-Western Christianities, Mediterranean anthropology; South-Asia (India, Bangladesh), Sardinia.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4783
  • Email: zc@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 340
  • On Sabbatical:All Year - 2014/15

Associate Members

Janet Leigh Foster
Associate Member, Centre of Jaina Studies
Janet Leigh Foster
Samani Pratibha Pragya
Associate Member, Centre of Jaina Studies
Samani Pragya

Susan Roach
Associate Member, Centre of Jaina Studies
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Shalini Sinha
Associate Member, Centre of Jaina Studies
Shalini Sinha

Shalini Sinha specializes in Indian philosophies and religions, with a particular interest in Hindu, Jaina and Buddhist theories of self, Jaina mysticism, and Vaiśeṣika ethics and metaphysics.