The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Dr Jessica Frazier
Lecturer in Religious Studies
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Office: Cornwallis North West 221
Having studied Sanskrit, Hindu culture and continental philosophy at Cambridge and Oxford, my work now focuses on key themes in Hinduism and religious philosophies more widely. I work on philosophies and arts, focusing on ontology, aesthetics, and India's diverse notions of the self and the divine. These topics are explored in my book Reality, Religion and Passion, which contrasted the Indian philosophy of Acintya Bhedabheda with the hermeneutic ontology of Hans-Georg Gadamer, my recent edited book Categorisation in Indian Philosophy: Thinking Inside the Box, and also in my discussion of Indian cosmological arguments in 'Natural Theology in Eastern Religions' in The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology, conceptions of the self in possession in 'Overflowing Selves: The Phenomenology of Possession' in Mystical Theology in the French Tradition: Eruptions from France, and Hindu formulations of Atheism in The Oxford Handbook of Atheism. I am currently investigating notions of divine embodiment and transformation in the parinama-vada doctrines and metaphors of Bhedabheda Hindu theology, and I also work on Hindu arts, aesthetics, and devotional thought, focusing on conceptions of emotion, passion, and embodiment.
I looked at the broader history, methods, disciplines, regional focus, and key themes of Hindu studies in The Bloomsbury Companion to Hindu Studies, and I am also the Founding and Managing Editor of the Journal of Hindu Studies which is published by Oxford University Press, editing annual thematic issues on topics such as Arts and Aesthetics, Reason and Rationality, Bhakti, Ritual and Practice, etc.
In the study of religion more broadly, I am working on reviving alternative conceptions of value, ontology, the self, and religious experience. These issues are explored in recent essays on topics such as passion and desire in Girard’s notion of sacrifice, and the nature of value in Gadamer’s hermeneutic philosophy. My forthcoming monographs Gadamer on Religion: Beauty, Spirit, Globalism, and The Inner World: Approaches to Experience in the Phenomenology, Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology of Religion, also explore conceptions of the self and its position in relation to truth, value and beauty.
I am also a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies since 2005, where I deliver various seminars, pursue research projects. In addition I regularly consult and contribute to various media sources such as the BBC on religious topics. Discussions from In Our Time on the Bhagavad Gita, the Kama Sutra , and Hindu concepts of creation can be heard online.back to top