Philosophy and Religion

Dr. Sravana Borkataky-Varma, Instructor

Office: ONLINE
E-mail: borkatakyvarmas@uncw.edu

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Religious Studies, Rice University
  • M.A., Religion, Rice University
  • M.A., Buddhist Studies, Delhi University
  • B.A., English Literature, Delhi University

Areas of Expertise

  • Hindu Religion (Women and Hinduism)
  • Yoga
  • Buddhism (India and Tibet)
  • Other Asian Religions: Introductory Level

Publications

2017-18

  • “Red: An Ethnographic Study of Cross-Pollination between the Vedic and the Tantric,” International Journal of Hindu Studies (Springer Link), forthcoming.
  • Editor for the special issue “Out or Blood: Sacrifice, Tantra, and Normative Hinduism,” International Journal of Hindu Studies (Springer Link), forthcoming.
  • “Spells: Intersection of Magic with Tantra in Assam,” preparing for final submission to Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft Journal (University of Pennsylvania Press).
  • Editor for the special issue, “Weaving Traditions, Casting Spells: Tantra, Magic, and Folk Religion,” Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft Journal (University of Pennsylvania Press).
  • The Dead Speak: A Case Study from the Tiwa Tribe Highlighting the Hybrid World of Śākta Tantra in Assam,” Religions, October 2017.
  • “Menstruation: Pollutant to Potent,” Encyclopedia of Indian Religions: Hinduism and Tribal Religions, ed. Arvind Sharma, Springer, forthcoming.


2015     

  • “The Ancient Elusive Serpent in Modern Times: The Practice of Kuṇḍalinī in Kāmākhyā,” International Journal of Dharma and Hindu Studies.
  • Book review of Steven Lindquist ed., Religion and Identity in South Asia and Beyond: Essays in Honor of Patrick Olivelle, International Journal of Hindu Studies, 19 (3).
  • Book review of Jeaneane Fowler, Hinduism Beliefs & Practice: Major Deities and Social Structures, Vol. I, in Journal of Hindu Studies 8 (7).

2014     

  • “Hinduism,” for accompanying website for Jeffrey J. Kripal, with Ata Anzali, Andrea Jain, and Erin Prophet, Comparing Religions: Coming to Terms, (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell), 2014.
  • Book Review of Christopher Partridge, ed., Introduction to World Religions, in Religious Studies Review 40 (2).
  • Book Review of Jeffrey Brodd, Layne Little, Bradley Nystrom, Robert Platzner, Richard Shek and Erin Stiles, Invitation to World Religions, in Religious Studies Review 40 (2).

Courses Taught

  • PAR 232 Asian Religions
  • PAR 372 Religions from India