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Dr Brian Black


Brian Black

County South

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YL

United Kingdom

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

PhD supervision

I would be happy to supervise doctoral students working in the following areas - dialogue and debate in Indian philosophy, encounters between Hinduism and Buddhism, Indian ethics, secularism, yoga and meditation in contemporary Asia, gender and South Asian religions, religion and narrative in South Asia, Asian religions and environmental issues.

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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