Emmrich, Christoph

Associate ProfessorReligious Studies

Contact Information

Room: 
EH 207D
Mailing Address: 
3359 Mississauga Rd., Erindale Hall
City: 
Mississauga
Province: 
Ontario
Postal Code: 
L5L 1C6
Office Hours: 
T 1:00 - 2:00 only by appointment
C. Emmrich

Christoph Emmrich, Associate 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

Please click the following link: http://www.sareligionuoft.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Bibliography-Christoph-Emmrich-2014.pdf for an updated list of publications.

 

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