The Religion, Secularism, and Political Belonging Project at the Portland Center for Public Humanities presents Dr. Pankaj Jain for a special seminar on his work, "Non-Western Theories for the Study of Religion and Anthropology". It will take place at 12:00 pm in the English Department Lounge, Neuberger Hall Room 407.
Dr. Jain is an assistant professor of Anthropology and Philosophy & Religion Studies at the University of North Texas. He is the author of Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities: Sustenance and Sustainability (May 2011), which won the 2012 DANAM Book Award and the 2011 Uberoi Book Award, and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Philosophy & Religion Studies. He has published articles in journals such as Religious Studies Review, Worldviews, Religion Compass, Journal of Vaishnava Studies, Union Seminary Quarterly Review, and the Journal of Visual Anthropology. He also contributes to the Huffington Post, Washington Post’s forum On Faith, Times of India’s Speaking Tree, and Patheos. Currently, he is working on a monograph on Dharma and Science and editing a volume on Asian Philosophies for the Study of Religion and Anthropology.
His research, supported by a Fulbright Fellowship in 2012, and teaching interests include Religion and Ecology, Asian Diaspora, and Sustainability of Religious Communities in Americas. Interested in connecting ancient practices with contemporary issues, he is exploring the connections between religious traditions and sustainability in the USA and in India. He has helped two temples in the Dallas area to get grants from their energy company to help them make more sustainable and energy efficient.