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Dr Brian Black

Dr Brian Black

Lecturer

County South
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YL


Tel: +44 1524 593857
Office hours: My office hours are Monday 4-6.

Affiliations

Centre for Gender and Women's Studies

I received my MA and PhD in the Study of Religions from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. I teach courses on Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as theory and methods in Religious Studies. I am author of the book The Character of the Self in Ancient India: Priests, Kings, and Women in the Early Upanishads (http://www.sunypress.edu/details.asp?id=61397) and co-editor of the book Gender and Narrative in the Mahabharata (with Simon Brodbeck; http://www.routledge.com/books/Gender-and-Narrative-in-the-Mahabharata-isbn9780415544719). I am currently doing research on Indian secularism and ethics in Indian philosophy. 

My primary areas of research are:

  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Indian Philosophy
  • Dialogue in Indian religious and philosophical traditions
  • Indian Ethics
  • Multiculturalism, social justice, and secularism in South Asia
  • Gender in Indian religion and philosophy

Current Projects

I recently co-organised an international conference: 'Asian Values and Social Justice' (26-28 September 2011). For more details, please see http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/faculty/event/3715/

I am currently writing two articles on ethics in Indian philosophy

PhD Supervision Interests

I would be happy to supervise doctoral students working in the following areas - dialogue and debate in Indian philosophy, encounters between Hinduism and Buddhism, Indian ethics, secularism, yoga and meditation in contemporary Asia, gender and South Asian religions, religion and narrative in South Asia, Asian religions and environmental issues.

Office Hours

My office hours are Monday 4-6.

2012

Senses of Self and Not-self in the Upaniṣads and Nikāyas

Black, B. 2012 Hindu and Buddhist Ideas in Dialogue: Self and No-self. Kuznetsova, I., Ganeri, J. & Ram-Prasad, C. (eds.). Ashgate, p. 11-27 17 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2011

Rethinking the Upaniṣads Vaṃśas: Teacher Lineages as a Literary Genre

Black, B. 2011 In: Religions of South Asia. 5, 1-2, p. 51-77 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The Rhetoric of Secrecy in the Upanishads

Black, B. 10/2011 Religion and Identity in South Asia and Beyond: Essays in Honor of Patrick Olivelle. Lindquist, S. E. (ed.). London: Anthem, p. 101-125 25 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The Character of “Character” in Early South Asian Religious Narratives: An Introductory Essay

Black, B. & Geen, J. 03/2011 In: Journal of the American Academy of Religion. 79 , 1, p. 6-32 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Ambaṭṭha and Śvetaketu: Literary connections between the Upaniṣads and early Buddhist Narratives

Black, B. 03/2011 In: Journal of the American Academy of Religion. 79, 1, p. 136-161 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2009

Rivals and Benefactors: Encounters between Buddhists and Brahmins in the Nikāyas

Black, B. 2009 In: Religions of South Asia. 3, 1, p. 25-43 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Gender and Narrative in the Mahābhārata

Brodbeck, S. (ed.) & Black, B. (ed.) 2007 London: Routledge. 328 p. (Routledge Hindu Studies)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Eavesdropping on the Epic: Female Listeners in the Mahābhārata

Black, B. 09/2007 Gender and Narrative in the Mahābhārata. Brodbeck, S. & Black, B. (eds.). Routledge, p. 53-78 26 p. (Routledge Hindu Studies)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The Character of the Self in Ancient India: Priests, Kings, and Women in the Early Upaniṣads

Black, B. 2007 Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press. 224 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

  • The Genres Project

    01/01/2012 →
    Throughout the history of philosophy as an academic discipline, scholars have tended to focus almost exclusively on the content or meaning of philosophical works, with very little attention to the for ... Read more»
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