Department of Religion News

2014 Thulin Lecture

2/19/2014  8:00 am

Thulin Lecture

The 2014 Marjorie Hall Thulin Scholar is Dr. Vasudha Narayanan, Distinguished Professor of Religion at the University of Florida, and past President of the American Academy of Religion.  Educated at the Universities of Madras and Bombay in India, and at Harvard University, Professor Narayanan has become one of the leading experts on the spread of Hinduism around the world.


She is the author or editor of numerous influential books on different facets of Hindu culture and practice, including her comprehensive studies, Hinduism (2004 and 2009) and Life of Hinduism (2007). She has also published major studies of the Srivaisnava literary and bhakti traditions of South India, including The Vernacular Veda: Revelation, Recitation, and Ritual (1994), The Tamil Veda: Pillan’s Interpretation of the Tiruvaymoli (1989),and The Way and the Goal: Expressions of Devotion in the Early Srivaisnava Tradition (1987).Together with the University of Florida, Professor Narayanan has established the nation’s first Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions to encourage the research, teaching and public understanding of Hindu culture and traditions. She was named University of Florida’s Teacher Scholar of the Year in 2010.


Her fields of interest include the Hindu traditions in India, Cambodia, and America; visual and expressive cultures in the study of the Hindu traditions; and gender issues. She is currently conducting research on Hindu temples and traditions in Cambodia.


Her lecture will be on “Global Hinduism,” an exploration of the ways Hindus “perform” their religious traditions worldwide.


The lecture will take place on 9 April, at 8 pm, in the Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory Drive.