Mrinal Kaul

Professional Qualifications

Ph.D. Religion / South Asian Studies,MrinalKaulE Concordia University-Montréal, Canada, 2016

M.St. Oriental Studies (Classical Indology), University of Oxford, 2007

M.A. Sanskrit Studies, St Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, 2006

B.A. Hons. Sanskrit Studies, St Stephen’s College, Delhi, 2003

Past Academic Appointments

Lecturer in Indian languages, Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”, Italy, 2012-2015

Research Fellow, Stage de recherche Québec-Inde, Ministere de l’Education, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS), Fonds de la recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies, Gouvernement du Québec, 2015

Research Assistant, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada. 2009-2013

Teaching Assistant, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada 2010-2012

Research Interests

Early and post-scriptural Śaiva literature, Pre-modern South Asian Intellectual and Social History, History of Ideas and Literary Cultures, Sanskrit language and literature, Classical Indian philosophical literatures, Abhinavagupta, Trika Śaivism, Tantric literatures, Philosophy of Religion, Indian Manuscript Cultures, Philology and Textual Criticism, Post-Colonial Theory, Orientalism, Language Politics, Conflict and Partition Studies, Kashmirian Islamic and Sufi Traditions, Kashmiri and Indo-Persian literary cultures.

Courses Regularly Taught at MCPH

Introductory and Advanced Sanskrit language courses

Pre-modern Literary Traditions

Selected Publications

Can a Reflected Image Exist Separately Outside the Mirror ? An Exploration into Abhinavagupta’s Theory of Reflection, Proceedings of “Around Abhinavagupta: Aspects of Intellectual History of Kashmir, 9th-11th century, Universität Leipzig, 8-10, June, 2013” (Forthcoming).

Ontological Hierarchy in the Tantrāloka of Abhinavagupta, In the Tantrapuṣpāñjali: A Commemoration Volume for Pandit H.N. Chakravarty, Indira Gandhi Centre for the Arts, New Delhi. (2015) Eds. Bettina Bäumer & Hamsa Stainton

A Reflection on some Transformational Encounters Between the Śaiva and the Buddhist Philosophers of Kashmir, In the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai, Mumbai, Volume 85 for 2011-2012. (2013) pp. 80-95.

Linguistic Traditions of Kashmir (Essays in Honour of Pandit Dinanath Yaksha) Edited with Ashok Aklujkar. D.K. Printworld, New Delhi / HSIRI, J&K. 2008.

Invited Lectures:

2014, 15 May, Naples: Reviewing the Minority-Majority Debate in Jammu and Kashmir, DAAM & DISUS, Dottorato di Ricerca AOM e CSB, Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”

2013, 8-10 June, Leipzig: Can a Reflected Image Exist Separately Outside the Mirror ? An Exploration into Abhinavagupta’s Theory of Reflection, Around Abhinavagupta: Aspects of Intellectual History of Kashmir, 9th-11th century, Universität Leipzig

2013, 8 May, Naples: Approaching the ‘Kashmir Problem’ : A Reflection into the History of Political Turmoil in South Asia, Dottorato di Ricerca AOM, Centro di Studi sul Buddhismo, Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”

2012, 17 August, Bangalore: Reproaching the Textual Tradition of Abhinavagupta’s Trika Śaivism, Karnataka Sanskrit University

Conference Presentations:

2015, 13 February, Montréal: Can a Tainted Mirror Reflect an Image? An Appraisal of Abhinavagupta’s Theory of Reflection, Doctoral Colloquium, Concordia University

2014, 22–24 May, Rome: What is Local and Universal about Kashmiri Islam, in the panel ‘Untying the Knot: Tracing local elements within cultural phenomena in South Asia’. Coffee Break Conference 5: Space, Culture, Language and Politics in South Asia: common patterns and local distinctions, Italian Institute of Oriental Studies, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”

2013, 23-27 September, Münster: Is This Universe a Reflected Image in Consciousness ? An Analysis of   Abhinavagupta’s Theory of Reflection, The 32nd Deutscher Orientalistentag (German Oriental Studies Conference), organized by Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft (German Society for Oriental Studies), Universität Münster

2013, 4-7 September, Turin: Jeopardizing Gender: Role of Sexuality in Hindu Nationalism, The Study of South Asia: between Antiquity and Modernity: Parallels and Comparisons. Coffee Break Conference – 4, Università degli Studi di Torino

2011, 8 April, Montréal: Escalating and De-escalating Tensions in Hindu-Muslim Marriage in India, Concordia University

Contact Information

mrinal.kaul@manipal.edu
+91-820-2923567

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