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Dr. Seema Chauhan
Assistant Professor, School of Religion

Biography

Seema K. Chauhan is the Assistant Professor of Asian Religions in the School of Religion, Theology, and Peace Studies. She holds an MPhil in Classical Indian Religions from the University of Oxford (2015) and a PhD in South Asian Religions from the University of Chicago Divinity School (2021). Prior to her arrival at Trinity College Dublin, Professor Chauhan held the Asoke Kumar Sarkar Early Career Fellowship in Classical Indology at the University of Oxford Balliol College (2021-2022). She specialises in the history of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism in Premodern South Asia.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Seema K. Chauhan, Jaina Narrative Refutations of Kumarila: Relative Chronology and the History of Jaina-Mimamsa dialogues, Journal of Indian Philosophy, 2023 Journal Article, 2023

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Seema K. Chauhan, (Mis)Understanding Hinduism: Representations of Hinduism in Jaina Puranas, University of Chicago, 2021 Thesis, 2021

Research Expertise

Description

Professor Chauhan's research expertise lies in premodern Hinduism and Jainism through Sanskrit and Prakrit sources. She pays special attention to the ways in which we can recover the perspective of the minority in South Asia and how such perspectives revise our understanding of premodern South Asian history. Her current book project, "The Story of Hinduism in Jainism", centralises the minority religion, Jainism, in the history of South Asian religions and literature. Put simply, this first book project recovers the ways in which Hindu philosophy, narratives, and rituals are consolidated into a distinct religious identity by Jaina narratives in the first millennium of the common era. This project contributes to larger questions about the representation of religion, the networks of interreligious dialogue, and the use of narrative as a medium of religious discourse. Outside this project, Professor Chauhan is undertaking research in the history of Jaina-Mimamsa philosophical dialogues, Jaina Goddess traditions, South Asian narrative literature, and the history of caste.

Recognition

Representations

Steering Committee Member, South Asian Religions Unit AAR 2023

Steering Committee Member, Jainism Unit AAR 2021

Awards and Honours

Asoke Kumar Sarkar Early Career Fellowship in Classical Indology, University of Oxford 2021-2022

Martin Marty Center Junior Research Fellowship for the Interdisciplinary Study of Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School 2020-2021

Prize for Excellence in Teaching, University of Chicago Divinity School 2020

The Committee on Southern Asian Studies Summer Research Fellowship, University of Chicago 2021

Okita Bursary, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies 2015

Gupta Dan Bursary, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies 2014

Highest Overall Degree Mark in Religious and Theological Studies, Cardiff University 2013

T.H Robinson Prize for Excellence in a Classical Language, Cardiff University 2013

Memberships

Association for Asian Studies

American Academy of Religion

American Oriental Society

International Association for Jaina Studies