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Tags: Diversiteit , Religie , Lezingen


In this lecture series, specialists in different aspects of Indian religious and philosophical traditions introduce their innovative research and insights.

  • The lectures deal with different traditions that originated or further developed in the South Asian region (Jainism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sufism) and touch upon historical as well as contemporary developments.
  • Together, these nine talks provide an overview of the unique religious and cultural diversity as well as the depth of philosophical enquiry that typify the South Asian region.

Religious Traditions of India aims to highlight the diversity of the South Asian religious, spiritual, and philosophical landscape and enable participants to compare and approach different forms of cultural and religious expression over time. The nine lectures show that this diversity goes much deeper than the variety of colors and styles that we see on the surface. In addition to a wide range of religious and cultural practices and expressions, the Indian subcontinent has produced thinkers who have developed highly sophisticated philosophical ideas and traditions. Throughout these lectures that highlight aspects of Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism, and Indian Islam, we see how religious practices can clash as well as overlap. How different interpretations continue to exist parallel to each other, or give rise to tension and conflict (intellectual or physical) until one of them gains the upper hand. How some forms of religious expression remain almost unchanged for centuries, others only occur in a specific period, and still others turn out to be brand new.


Practical information

  • 9 Wednesdays
  • 19.30 - 21.00
  • online or hybrid (see below for details by lecture)

Flexible pricing

  • Default: 8 euro (online: free)
  • Is this amount too high for you? It's also possible to register for 5 euro during check-out.
  • Do you wish to support our academy? In that case, you can also choose to pay 12 or 15 euro during check-out.



  • Referentiality, homilies and preachers in early Buddhist narrative kāvya
  • Prof. Dr. Csaba Dezső; Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
  • Online


  • Trads, Raytas, and Muscular Nationalism in Contemporary India
  • Prof. Dr. Dheepa Sundaram; University of Denver
  • Online
  • !! will start at 19.00PM



  • Ramayana murals in eighteenth century South India
  • Prof. Dr. Anna Dallapiccola
  • Online




  • Finding Bliss in Paradise: Kīrtan, Meditation, and the ‘Ukulele in a Hawaiian Yoga Community
  • Prof. Dr. Christopher Jain Miller; Arihanta Institute; University of Zürich
  • Hybrid (@Campus Boekentoren, Blandijn, lokaal. 0.5)



  • Epistemology and the Problem of Certification: How Gaṅgeśa's epistemology can be used to diagnose controversies over the status of knowledge claims
  • Prof. Dr. Anand Vaidya; San Jose State University, California
  • Hybrid (@Campus Boekentoren, Blandijn, lokaal. 0.4)


How to register?

  • Click on the "toevoegen aan mijn winkelmandje" button in the blue box below, next to the lecture(s) you wish to attend.
  • Click on the shopping cart icon in the upper right corner of this page.
  • Check further instructions.

If you are a student at Ghent University, during checkout

  1. select the "I am eligible for a discount" checkbox. (="ik heb recht op een uitzonderingsprijs")
  2. in the dropdown menu next to "uitzonderingsprijs", select the category "I'm affiliated with Ghent University".

How to watch the livestream?

  1. Go to https://humanitiesacademie.ugent.be/.
  2. In the upper right corner, click on "Mijn profiel" (My profile).
  3. Click on "Inloggen" (Log in).
  4. Login with the same credentials you used while registering for this lecture series.
  5. Click on My profile - > "Dashboard".
  6. You will get on overview of all activities you have registered for.
  7. In the column "Video" click on "Bekijk live video" (Watch live video).
  8. You will automatically be redirected to the livestream, which will be available 15 minutes before the start of each lecture.

Lecture series versus course

  • If you register for one or more/all lectures on this page, you only attend the lectures, without evaluation, and you get a certificate of attendance.
  • However, we also offer these lectures as a course, which means you also take part in the evaluation and you obtain a certificate. If you wish to register for the course, go to our page Religious traditions of India - course. In this case, you can't choose separate lectures, you always register for the complete series.

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