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Lectures on Britain

Hindus and Hinduism in contemporary Britain (part of the 'Relating to the other: Hindu and Christian perspectives' series)

Dr Savita Vij
26 Feb 2004

Part of the 'Relating to the other: Hindu and Christian perspectives' series.

Related: Britain, Diaspora

Second generation Hindus: Foreign diplomats in the everyday melas of the multiculture

Savita Bhanot
26 Feb 2004

Related: Britain, Diaspora

Second generation Hindus: Foreign diplomats in the everyday melas of the multiculture

Savita Bhanot
28 May 2004

Related: Britain, Diaspora

Bovine slaughter, media representations, and the construction of Hindu identity in Britain

Majewski Lecture
Dr Maya Warrier
16 Feb 2009

This paper examines the series of events that took place in July 2007 leading to the slaughter of Shambo, a ‘temple’ bull belonging to a community of monks at Skanda Vale in rural West Wales. The main focus in this paper is the transformation of Skanda Vale from a quiet ‘multi-faith’ devotional community in a remote part of the country, to a politically engaged ‘Hindu’ organisation at the centre of an international media storm surrounding the killing of Shambo. By examining the meanings and symbols brought into play by the contesting groups, as well as the different levels of conflict, this paper will examine the constructions of Hindu identity that emerged in media representations as a result of this controversy.

 
Maya Warrier is lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter. Her publications include Hindu Selves in the Modern World: Guru Faith in the Mata Amritanandamayi Mission and Theology and Religious Studies: An Exploration of Disciplinary Boundaries, as well as book chapters and journal articles. She researches transnational Hinduism with a focus on transnational guru movements, Yoga and Ayurveda in the West, and the Hindu diaspora in Britain. She is currently working on a research project funded by the Wellcome Trust which explores the development of Ayurveda in Britain.

Related: Britain

Bovine slaughter

Majewski Lecture
Dr Maya Warrier
16 Feb 2009

Related: Britain