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Heleen De Jonckheere

Postdoctoral Fellow Historical Studies/RLG
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3359 Mississauga Rd, Maanjiwe nendamowinan, Fourth Floor
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Dr. Heleen De Jonckheere is a scholar of Jain literature and Jain history. Her current research focuses on the idea of translation and adaptation in the Jain context and in South Asia in general, and on the religious implications of translation. Her further interests include Jain narrative literature, Jain polemics and Jain manuscript culture, as well as the interactions of popular forms of religiosity with more established forms of religion. She received her PhD from Ghent University in December 2020 and continued her work at the University of Chicago. At the University of Toronto, she holds the position of Bhagavan Shitalnath post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for South Asian Civilizations, Department of Historical Studies, Mississauga Campus.

She is currently teaching Introduction to Hinduism and Introduction to Jainism at UTM, and has previously taught classes in Prakrit and Old-Hindi literature.