The centre welcomed six new students this year, a major boost in our student population. Below we outline their backgrounds and present focus.
Anuradha Dooney, Ireland BA in Social Studies, University College Dublin
Currently pursuing an MSt in Religion, University of Oxford
Jonathan B Edelmann , USA BA Philosophy, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2002. Senior thesis: 'The metaphysical presupposition of neo-Darwinism and their relationship with a Vaishnava theology of nature.'
Currently pursuing an MSt Science and Religion, University of Oxford
Martin Ganeri O.P., UK Is a member of the Dominican Order within the Catholic Church. He has been in Oxford since 1993 for priestly training and studies. Since 1999 he has been doing doctoral research on the embodiment cosmology of the Vedantic thinker Ramanuja and its relation to the creational account of Thomas Aquinas. Martin is committed to Hindu-Christian dialogue and is a member of the Catholic Bishops' Committee for Other Faiths.
Aleksandra Nijemcevic, former Yugoslavia BA in Philosophy, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, 2002.
Presently reading for a MPhil degree in Classical Indian Religion at the Oriental Studies Faculty of University of Oxford.
As a part of her undergraduate studies Aleksandra acquired basic knowledge of Sanskrit, and was introduced into the study of Hinduism as an academic discipline.
Jean-Marie Schmitt, France Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Bard College, USA, 2000.
Master of Arts in Indian Philosophy from Banaras Hindu University, India, 2002.
Jean-Marie is currently pursuing a Dphil in the Theology Faculty exploring Shankaracarya's interpretation of the concept of the deity.
Christopher Wood, UK BA Joint Honours, Philosophy & Theology, Birmingham University, UK. Thesis: "The Separation of Praxis & Theory in Western Religion & Philosophy".
Currently pursuing an MSt. In the Study of Religion, Oxford University.