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Dr Brian Black


Brian Black


Tel: +44 1524 593857

Office Hours:

My office hours are Monday 4-6.

Research overview

I received my MA and PhD in the Study of Religions from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. I teach courses on Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as theory and methods in Religious Studies. I am author of the book The Character of the Self in Ancient India: Priests, Kings, and Women in the Early Upanishads (http://www.sunypress.edu/details.asp?id=61397) and co-editor of the book Gender and Narrative in the Mahabharata (with Simon Brodbeck; http://www.routledge.com/books/Gender-and-Narrative-in-the-Mahabharata-isbn9780415544719). I am currently doing research on Indian secularism and ethics in Indian philosophy. 

My primary areas of research are:

  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Indian Philosophy
  • Dialogue in Indian religious and philosophical traditions
  • Indian Ethics
  • Multiculturalism, social justice, and secularism in South Asia
  • Gender in Indian religion and philosophy

Current Projects

I recently co-organised an international conference: 'Asian Values and Social Justice' (26-28 September 2011). For more details, please see http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/faculty/event/3715/

I am currently writing two articles on ethics in Indian philosophy

Current Teaching

Undergraduate Modules

Year 1

EPR 100: (Section 4: Ethics, Philosophy and Religion in Hinduism and Buddhism)

RST 100: (Section 1: Hinduism)

Year 2

PPR 253: Hinduism in the Modern World

Year 3

PPR 350: Indian Religious and Philosophical Thought

PPR 359: PPR in India






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