Bart Scott

J. Barton Scott

Associate Professor & Director, Graduate Studies, Department of Religion (through to June 20, 2024)
Historical Studies - History of Religions
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    3359 Mississauga Road, Maanjiwe nendamowinan, 4th floor
    Mississauga ON L5L 1C6

J. Barton Scott works on the global intellectual and cultural history of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with a focus on South Asia and its connections to the British empire. He teaches courses on social and cultural theory, media and material religion, and religion in political thought. He is the author of Spiritual Despots: Modern Hinduism and the Genealogies of Self-Rule (University of Chicago/ Primus) and Slandering the Sacred: Blasphemy Law and Religious Affect in Colonial India (University of Chicago Press/ Permanent Black) and the co-editor of Imagining the Public in Modern South Asia (Routledge), as well as articles on various topics in colonial print culture studies. Current projects include the SSHRC-funded website "The Global Blasphemer." A new book project, The Piercing Virtue: Isherwood's Guru in Adorno's Los Angeles, is a meditation on the politics of asceticism in the transcolonial 1940s and 50s.




Book Chapters

  • A Commonwealth of Affection: Modern Hinduism and the Cultural History of the Study of Religion." In Constructing Nineteenth Century Religion, eds. (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2019).
  • “The Supernatural and Colonialism.” In Super Religion, ed. Jeffrey J. Kripal, New York: Palgrave, 2016.

Culture Criticism

Ph.D. Duke University
B.A. Swarthmore College


Modern South Asia; Postcolonial Theory; Secularism; Religion and Law; Media and Popular Culture; Affect Theory; History of Study of Religion