Emmrich, Christoph

Associate ProfessorHistory of Religions
Christoph Emmrich

Contact Information

Phone: 
905-569-4493
Fax: 
905-569-4412
Room: 
NE 297A
Mailing Address: 
3359 Mississauga Road N.
City: 
Mississauga
Province: 
Ontario
Postal Code: 
L5L 1C6
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TBA

Christoph Emmrich, Assistant Professor of Buddhist Studies, engages with fields as diverse as Newar Buddhism, Pali and Burmese literature and Tamil Jainism. He has recently been working on and with Newar girls and young women in the Kathmandu Valley (Nepal) studying their involvement in Buddhist practices related to marriage, image consecration, temporary ordination and female education. In this particular project he confronts the personal and ethnographic remembrance of singular religious events with the history of their local and academic exegesis and contrasts both with the prescriptive/descriptive literary history of ritual manuals in Newar and Sanskrit reaching back to the early 17th century. Christoph Emmrich’s doctoral work dealt with expressions denoting time in Pāli canonical literature. He further works on the literary representation of Buddhist monastic networks, lineage and travel between Nepal, Yangon and Mawlamyine (Burma) as well as on the historiography of Tamil Digambara Jain temple ritual in North and South Arcot (Tamil Nadu, India) addressing questions of assimilation and resistance.

Chair of the University of Toronto / McMaster University Yehan Numata Program in Buddhist Studies

Areas of Interest

  • Buddhism and Jainism in South and Southeast Asia
  • Nepalese (particularly Newar), Burmese (particularly Mon) and Tamil (particularly Jain) religion
  • Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, Newar, Burmese and Tamil literatures
  • time and religion, children and religion, travel and religion
  • the historiography and poetics of ritual


 

Publications

Selected  Articles

Monograph

In press. Buddhist Rituals for Newar Girls: Mimesis and Memory in the Kathmandu Valley. Leiden; Boston: E.J. Brill.

2012 Die kurze, die lange und die richtige Zeit: Temporale Formen von Welt und Erlösung im Suttapiṭaka (Engl.: The Short, the Long and the Right Time: Temporal Forms of World and Liberation in the Suttapiṭaka). Heidelberg: HeiDOK. Der Heidelberger Dokumentenserver. URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:16-opus-134821; URL: http://www.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/archiv/13482 and http://archiv.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/volltextserver/frontdoor.php?source_opus=13482.

Refereed Journal Articles

Forthcoming. “Ritual Period: A Comparative Study of Three Newar Buddhist Menarche Manuals.” Power, Liturgy and Living Goddesses: Studies of Nepalese Ritual in Honour of Michael Allen. Ed. Iain Sinclair. Special Issue of South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies.

2012 “How Bisvaṃtara Got His Dharma Body: Story, Ritual and the Domestic in the Composition of a Newar Jātaka.” Journal of the American Oriental Society 132.4 (2012): 539-566.

2011 “The Ins and Outs of the Jains in Tamil Literary Histories.” Journal of Indian Philosophy 39, no. 6 (2011): 599-646.

2009 Review of Siva in Trouble: Festivals and Rituals at the Paśupatinātha Temple of Deopatan, by Axel Michaels. Journal of the American Academy of Religion 77, no. 4 (2009): 971-974.

2006 “All the King’s Horses and All the King’s Men. The 2004 Red Matsyendranātha Incident in Lalitpur.” Indologica Taurinensia 32 (2006): 27-65.
 
1995 “Die lange und die günstige Zeit: Strukturen religiöser Zeiterfahrung im Sutta-piṭaka.” Berliner Indologische Studien 9/10 (1995/1996): 139-150.  

Refereed Book Chapters

In press. “Camaṇakālam: Tamil Jains and Periodization.” In Co-operation and Competition, Conflict and Contribution: The Jaina Community, British Rule and Occidental Scholarship from the 18th to Early 20th Century, edited by Andrea Luithle-Hardenberg.

In press. “Vessantara Opts Out: Newar Versions of the Tale of the Generous Prince.” In Reading Vessantara, edited by Steven Collins. Readings of Buddhist Literature Series. New York: Columbia University Press.

In press. “Performing Endangerment: Damage, Loss and Maintenance in the Historiography of Newar Religious Artefacts.” In The Shadow of the Golden Age: Art and Identity from Gandhara to the Modern Age, edited by Julia Hegewald.

In press. “The Man Who Fell from the Gopuram: Picking up Pieces of Worship and Learning among the Kanchipuram Jainas.” In Sacred Places in the Jaina Tradition, edited by Peter Flügel and Olle Quarnstrøm. London: Macmillan.

2012 “Piling Up Bones and Burning Down the World: Buddhist Literary Images to Think By and Time.” In Figurations of Time in Asia, edited by Dietrich Boschung and Corinna Wessels-Mevissen, 271-297. Morphomata, vol. 4. München/Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink Verlag.

2012 (with Todd Lewis) “Marrying the ‘Thought of Enlightenment’: The Multivalency of Girls’ Symbolic Marriage Rites in the Newar Buddhist Community of Kathmandu, Nepal.” In Little Buddhas: Children and Childhoods in Buddhist Texts and Traditions, edited by Vanessa Sasson, 347-373. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2011 “Śvetāmbaras, Digambaras und die Geschichte ihres Kanons als Besitz, Verlust und Erfindung (Śvetāmbaras, Digambaras and the History of Their Canon as Property, Loss and Invention).” In Kanonisierung und Kanonbildung in der Asiatischen Religionsgeschichte, edited by Max Deeg, Oliver Freiberger and Christoph Kleine, 105-129. Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Philosophisch-historische Klasse, Sitzungsberichte, vol. 820. Wien: Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2011.

2008 “Emending Perfection: Prescript, Postscript and Practice in Newar Buddhist Manuscript Culture. In Buddhist Manuscript Cultures: Knowledge, Ritual and Art, edited by Stephen Berkwitz, Juliane Schober and Claudia Brown, 140-156. London: Routledge, 2008.

2007 “‘All the King’s Horses and All the King’s Men’: The 2004 Red Matsyendranātha Incident in Lalitpur.” In When Rituals Go Wrong: Mistakes, Failure and the Dynamics of Ritual, edited by Ute Hüsken, 133-164. Leiden: E. J. Brill 2007. Reprint of Emmrich 2006 “‘All the King’s Horses and All the King’s Men’: The 2004 Red Matsyendranātha Incident in Lalitpur.” Indologica Taurinensia 32: 27-65. Reviewed in Wordtrade.com. Review Essays of Academic, Professional & Technical Books in the Humanities & Sciences, 2007. http://www.wordtrade.com/religion/ritualstudiesR.htm, and in Archives des sciences sociales des religions, 142 (2008), 33 (http://assr.revues.org/index15473.html, 29.05.2009).

2005 “When Two Strong Men Stand Face to Face: The Indologist, the Pandit and the Re-Making of the Jaina Scholarly Tradition.” In Boundaries, Dynamics and Construction of Traditions in South Asia, edited by Federico Squarcini, 571-587. Kykéion Studi e Testi. Scienze delle Religioni, 1.3. Firenze: Firenze University Press & Munshiram Manoharlal, 2005.

2005 “Die Nachschrift der Vorschrift: Beobachtungen bei der Erneuerung der Aṣṭasā¬hasrikā¬-prajñāpāramitā im Goldenen Tempel von Lalitpur (The Prescript’s Copy. Remarks on the Ritual Restoration of the Aṣṭasā¬hasrikā-¬prajñāpāramitā Manuscript at the Kvābāhāḥ in Lalitpur).” In Im Dickicht der Gebote: Studien zur Dialektik von Norm und Praxis in der Buddhismusgeschichte Asiens, edited by Peter Schalk, 287-308. Uppsala: Uppsala University Press, 2005.

2003 “How Many Times? Monism and Pluralism in Early Jaina Temporal Description.” In Essays in Jaina Philosophy and Religion, edited by Piotr Balcerowicz, 69-88. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2003.

2003 (With Adele Fiske) “The Use of Buddhist Scriptures in Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s The Buddha and his Dhamma.” In Reconstructing the World: B. R. Ambedkar and Buddhism in India, edited by Surendra Jondhale and Johannes Beltz, 97-119. Delhi: Oxford University Press 2003.

2002 “Das westliche Gewand der Jainas: Europäische und indische Überformungen jinistischer Gelehrsamkeit (The Western Robe of the Jains. European and Indian Transformations of Jaina Scholarship).” In Orientalismus und Okzidentalismus in asiatischen Religionen, edited by Peter Schalk, 357-375. Uppsala: Uppsala University Press, 2002.

Refereed Entries

2009 (with Walter Schubring) “Dhaṇavāla.” In Kindlers Literatur Lexikon, edited by Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Vol. 4, 542. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2009.

2009 (with Walter Schubring) “Bhavisattakahā.” In Kindlers Literatur Lexikon, edited by Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Vol. 4, 542-543. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2009.

2009 “Dohākośa.” In Kindlers Literatur Lexikon, edited by Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Vol. 4, 685-686. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2009.

2009 (with Ludwig Alsdorf) “Hemacandra.” In Kindlers Literatur Lexikon, edited by Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Vol. 7, 337. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2009.

2009 (with Ludwig Alsdorf) “Yogaśāstra.” In Kindlers Literatur Lexikon, edited by Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Vol. 7, 337. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2009.

2009 “Kumaravālacariya.” In Kindlers Literatur Lexikon, edited by Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Vol. 7, 337-338. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2009.

2009 (with Ludwig Alsdorf) “Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacarita.” In Kindlers Literatur Lexikon, edited by Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Vol. 7, 338-339. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2009.

2009 (with Ludwig Alsdorf) “Malliṣeṇa.” In Kindlers Literatur Lexikon, edited by Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Vol. 10, 585. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2009.

2009 (with Ludwig Alsdorf) “Syādvādamañjarī.” In Kindlers Literatur Lexikon, edited by Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Vol. 10, 585. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2009.

 

Other

Specialization: 
Buddhism in India, Nepal and Burma; South Indian Jainism; Ritual; Philosophy; Children
Current Courses: 
RLG206 Introduction to Buddhism;RLG373 Buddhist Practices and Institutions;RLG377 Theravāda Literature;RLG462/RLG3710 Newar Religion;RLG463 Causation and Time in Buddhism;RLG467/RLG3415 Theravāda Practice;RLG3448 Sanskrit Buddhist Tantric Literature
Education: 
Ph.D. University of Heidelberg, 2004