Focusing on temple architecture and performing arts, Dr. Narayanan will delineate the ways in which the Hindu traditions have been ‘global’ for the last two millennia. She will discuss the architecture of Angkor Wat and other key sites in Southeast Asia, and discuss how the Hindu traditions have moved to different parts of the world. The final section of the talk will examine the significant ways in which North American Hindus ‘perform’ their religious traditions.
Vasudha Narayanan is Distinguished Professor of Religion and Director of the Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions at the University of Florida. She is the author/editor of seven books and over a hundred articles. She was educated at the Universities of Madras and Bombay in India and at Harvard University, and is a past president of the American Academy of Religion (2001-2002). Her fields of interest are Hindu traditions in India, Cambodia, and America; visual and expressive cultures in the study of the Hindu traditions; and gender issues in the study of religion.
The Peter Craigie Memorial Lecture series honours Dr. Peter Craigie, a distinguished scholar of biblical studies, ancient Near Eastern languages, and ethics. Each year the lecture brings a scholar of international stature to the university to address issues related to the theme of religion as engagement with life.
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