Prof. Christoph Emmrich

(MA Free University of Berlin, PhD Heidelberg University) is Assistant Professor for South and Southeast Asian Buddhism at the University of Toronto. He is interested in the relationship of shared practices and competing claims in the history of Buddhist and Jaina thought and ritual, the intersections between text and performance and the connections between affect, mimesis and the life-cycle within South and Southeast Asian literatures and communities such as those of the Buddhist Newars of the Kathmandu Valley, the Digambara Jains of Tamil Nadu and the Mons of Burma/Myanmar. His previous work focussed on the literary representation of time in Buddhist and Jain ancient and mediaeval canonical texts. Currently, Christoph Emmrich is working on pre-marriage rituals involving Newar girls, the historiography of the Matsyendranātha cult, the transmission of ritual and literary knowledge among the Digambaras of Kanchipuram as well as on monastic networks between Nepal and Burma/Myanmar. His publications include: The Ins and Outs of the Jains in Tamil Literary Histories. Journal of Indian Philosophy (2011), forthcoming; Emending Perfection. Prescript, Postscript and Practice in Newar Buddhist Manuscript Culture. In Buddhist Manuscript Cultures: Knowledge, Ritual and Art. Stephen Berkwitz, Juliane Schober and Claudia Brown (eds.). Routledge: London 2008, 140-155; All the King’s Horses and All the King’s Men. The 2004 Red Matsyendranātha Incident in Lalitpur. Indologica Taurinensia 32 (2006), 31-65.

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