SOAS University of London

South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

James Mallinson

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Overview

James Mallinson
South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit and Classical Indian Studies

Centre of Jaina Studies

Member, Centre of Jaina Studies

Centre of Buddhist Studies

Member

SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute

Centre of Yoga Studies

Chair

Name:
Dr James Mallinson
Email address:
Telephone:
020 7898 4368
Address:
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
458
On Sabbatical:
On Research Leave 2015-2020
Website:
http://www.khecari.com

Biography

James Mallinson is Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit and Classical and Indian Studies at SOAS, University of London.

He took his BA in Sanskrit and Old Iranian at the University of Oxford, followed by an MA in Area Studies (South Asia), with Ethnography as his main subject, at SOAS. His doctoral thesis, submitted to the University of Oxford, was a critical edition and annotated translation of the Khecarīvidyā, an early text of haṭhayoga.

Dr Mallinson has published eight books, all of which are editions and translations of Sanskrit yoga texts, epic tales and poetry. His recent work has used philological study of Sanskrit texts, ethnography and art history to explore the history of yoga and yogis. His next book, written in collaboration with Dr Mark Singleton, is Roots of Yoga, to be published by Penguin Classics in 2016.

From 2015 to 2020 Dr Mallinson will be leading and ERC - funded research project on the history of hatha yoga which will result in ten critical editions and translations of key yoga texts, four monographs and two large conferences to be held at SOAS in 2017 and 2019.

Teaching

PhD Students supervised
  • Avni Chag, Reconfiguring Scripture and Establishing a Sampradāya: The compositional history of the Svāminārāyaṇa Sampradāya’s redacted Śikṣāpatrī (working title)
  • Maddalena Italia, The Erotic Untranslatable: The Modern Reception of Sanskrit Love Poetry in the West and in India
  • Monika Hirmer, Becoming the Goddess: Study of a Contemporary South Indian Tantric Tradition and its Implications for Concepts of Personhood, Gender Relations and Everyday Life
  • Patricia Sauthoff, Open Secrets and the Retention of Power in Kashmir Saivism
  • Ruth Westoby, Gendered constructs in Haṭha Yoga

Publications

Authored Books

Singleton, Mark and Mallinson, James (2017) Roots of Yoga. London: Penguin Books.

Mallinson, James and Singleton, Mark (2017) Roots of Yoga. UK: Penguin Classics.

Mallinson, James (2007) The Khecarīvidyā of Ādinātha: A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation of An Early text of Haṭhayoga. London: Routledge.

Articles

Mallinson, James (2014) 'Haṭhayoga’s Philosophy: A Fortuitous Union of Non-Dualities'. Journal of Indian Philosophy, (42) 1, pp 225-247.

Mallinson, James (2014) 'The Yogīs’ Latest Trick'. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, (24) 1, pp 165-180.

Mallinson, James (2013) 'Yogic Identities: Tradition and Transformation'. Smithsonian Institute Research Online.

Book Chapters

Mallinson, James (2018) 'Yoga and Sex: What is the Purpose of Vajrolīmudrā?'. Yoga in Transformation. Vienna: V&R Unipress, pp 181-222.

Mallinson, James (2011) 'The Original Gorakṣaśataka'. In: White, D. G., (ed.), Yoga in Practice. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, pp 257-272.

Mallinson, James (2011) 'Haṭha Yoga'. In: Jacobsen, Knut A. and Basu, Helen and Malinar, Angelika and Narayanan, Vasudha, (eds.), Brill Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Leiden: Brill, pp 770-781.

Mallinson, James (2011) 'Nāth Saṃpradāya'. In: Jacobsen, Knut A. and Basu, Helen and Malinar, Angelika and Narayanan, Vasudha, (eds.), Brill Encyclopedia of Hinduism Vol. 3. Leiden: Brill, pp 407-428.

Mallinson, James (2011) 'Siddhi and Mahāsiddhi in Early Haṭhayoga'. In: Jacobsen, Knut A., (ed.), Yoga Powers: Extraordinary Capacities Attained Through Meditation and Concentration. Leiden: Brill, pp 327-344.

Conference Items

Mallinson, James (2018) 'Yoga and Sex: What is the Purpose of Vajrolımudra?' In: Yoga in Transformation. [Forthcoming]

 

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