Dr Brian BlackLecturer
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:
- 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
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.
Confronting secularism in Europe and India: legitimacy and disenchantment in contemporary times
Black, B., Hyman, G., Smith, G.M. 2014 London : Bloomsbury. 224 p. ISBN: 9781780935065. Electronic ISBN: 9781780937311.
Senses of Self and Not-self in the Upaniṣads and Nikāyas
Black, B. 2012 In: Hindu and Buddhist Ideas in Dialogue: Self and No-self. Ashgate p. 11-27. 17 p. ISBN: 978-1-4094-4354-4.
The Rhetoric of Secrecy in the Upanishads
Black, B. 10/2011 In: Religion and Identity in South Asia and Beyond: Essays in Honor of Patrick Olivelle. London : Anthem p. 101-125. 25 p. ISBN: 9780857287908.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eavesdropping on the Epic: Female Listeners in the Mahābhārata
Black, B. 09/2007 In: Gender and Narrative in the Mahābhārata. Routledge p. 53-78. 26 p. ISBN: 978-0415415408.
Gender and Narrative in the Mahābhārata
Brodbeck, S., Black, B. 2007 London : Routledge. 328 p. ISBN: 978-0-415-41540-8.
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. ISBN: 9780791470145 .
The Genres Project
Dr Samuel Clark, Dr Brian Black
01/01/2012 → …