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Biography

Dr Maya warrier is Reader in Religious Studies and Head of Department. She has a background in Sociology and Social Anthropology. After completing postgraduate studies first in Journalism and then in Sociology at Delhi, India, she took up doctoral studies in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, obtaining a PhD in 2000. Her first experience of teaching in a Religious Studies department was at the University of Wales, Lampeter where she took up a post in 2001. She joined the Department of TRP at Winchester in 2015 and has taken over from Prof. Neil Messer as Head of Department.

Her research and teaching combine sociological theory with ethnographic methods. A central preoccupation in her research is the transformation of South Asian traditions in modern transnational contexts.

Areas of expertise

Hindu traditions in modernity

Publications

Books

  • Forthcoming: Ayurveda, Spirituality, Well-being: Transnational Cultures of Humoral Healing. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate
  • Public Hinduisms(co-edited with John Zavos, Deepa Reddy et al.) Delhi, London: Sage
  • Theology and Religious Studies: Exploring Disciplinary Boundaries(co-edited with Simon Oliver) London: T&T Clark
  • Hindu Selves in the Modern World: Guru Faith in the Mata Amritanandamayi Mission. London and New York: Routledge-Curzon, South Asian Religion Series (also published in Delhi, India by Foundation Books
  • A Guide to Hinduism. ‘Faith Guides for Higher Education’ series. Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies, University of Leeds

Book chapters

  • Forthcoming: ‘Modernised Ayurveda in India and the West’ in Jacobsen, Knut A. (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Contemporary India. Abingdon: Routledge
  • Forthcoming: ‘Hinduism in the United Kingdom’ in Hatcher, Brian (ed.) Hinduism in 
    the Modern World. New York: Routledge
  • 2014. 'The Professionalisation of Ayurveda in Britain: The Twin Imperatives 
    of Biomedicalisation and Spiritualisation’ in Sax, William et al. (eds) Asymmetrical Conversations: Contestations, Circumventions and the Blurring of Therapeutic Boundaries. Oxford and New York: Berghahn, Epistemologies of Healing Series
  • 2014. 'Online Bhakti in a Modern Guru Organisation’ in Singleton, Mark and 
    Ellen Goldberg (eds) Gurus of Modern Yoga. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press
  • 2012. 'Engaging the Practitioner: Boundary Politics in the Academic Study of 
    Hinduism’ in Zavos, John et al. (eds.) Public Hinduisms. Delhi and London: Sage
  • 2012.‘Making Hinduism Respectable: ISKCON and Religious Education in Britain’ in Zavos, John et al. (eds) Public Hinduisms. Delhi and London: Sage
  • 2011. ‘Revisiting the Easternisation Thesis: The Spiritualisation of Ayurveda in Modern Britain’ in Heelas, Paul (ed.) Spirituality in the Modern World (Volume 3) London and New York: Routledge
  • 2008. ‘The Disciplines and Their Boundaries: An Introduction’ in Warrier, Maya 
    and Simon, Oliver (eds) Theology and Religious Studies: Exploring Disciplinary Boundaries. London: T&T Clark
  • 2007. ‘Hindu Diaspora’ in Mittal, Sushil and Thursby, Gene (eds) Studying Hinduism: Key Concepts and Methods. London and New York: Routledge
  • 2003. ‘The Seva Ethic and the Spirit of Institution Building in the Mata Amritanandamayi Mission’ in Copley, Antony (ed.) Hinduism in Public and Private. Delhi: Oxford University Press

Journal articles

  • 2011. ‘Modern Ayurveda in Transnational Context’, Religion Compass, 5, 3: 80-93
  • 2010. ‘The Temple Bull Controversy at Skanda Vale and the Construction of Hindu Identity in Britain’, International Journal of Hindu Studies, 13, 3: 261-278 (guest editors John Zavos and Deepa Reddy)
  • 2009. ‘Seekership, Spirituality and Self-discovery: Ayurveda Students in Britain’, Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity,  4: 423-451
  • 2007. 'Indian Bodies, Human and Divine, in Western Representations of the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries’, Trivium, 37: 139-59
  • 2006. ‘Modernity and its Imbalances: Constructing Modern Selfhood in the Mata Amritanandamayi Mission’, Religion, 36: 179-195
  • 2003. ‘Guru Choice and Spiritual Seeking in Contemporary India’, International Journal of Hindu Studies, 7, 1-3: 31-54
  • 2003. ‘Processes of Secularisation in Contemporary India: Guru Faith in the Mata Amritanandamayi Mission’, Modern Asian Studies, 37(1): 213-253

Other publications

  • 2014. 'Ayurveda in the UK', Public Spirit (Read it online)
  • 2005. ‘Hinduism: A Historical Overview’, ‘Hinduism: Worship and Festivals’, and ‘Hinduism: Family and Society’ in Partridge, Chris (ed.) The World’s Religions: A Lion Handbook. Oxford: Lion Hudson
  • 2005. ‘Jesus Goes to Delhi’ in Barker, Gregory (ed.) Jesus in the World’s Faiths. New York: Orbis
  • 2004. ‘Mata Amritanandamayi Mission’ in Partridge, Chris (ed.) Encyclopedia of New Religions. Oxford: Lion Publishing
  • 2004. 'Devotion to a Goddess in Contemporary India’. Occasional paper, Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre
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