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Call for Applications: Academic Director and Dean of Studies

Applications are invited for the role of Academic Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. 

The position of Academic Director is one of leadership, coordination, communication, development, and nurture.  

Salary:    £67,000 to £74,000
Hours:    Full Time
Contract Type:    Permanent 
Applications Close:    7th May 2017

Applications are invited for the role of Academic Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. 

The Academic Director will oversee research programmes at the Centre, as well as engaging in their own research, teaching, and publication.

Friends event: Grace in Vaishnavism

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 1 April 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

Grace in Vaishnavism
A talk by Dr Brainerd Prince of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

Does God give grace freely without any qualification? Or are good living and good works needed to receive God’s grace? The Vaishnava understanding of grace that focuses on the role of guru may give some clues. For Vaishnavas, while the grace of God is freely given through the guru, the disciple still has an important role to play in receiving the grace. This is an example of how Hindu thought can contribute to a debate that also exists in Christian theology and offer insights to find a way forward.

Friends event: Animals and Hinduism

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 1 July 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre For Hindu Studies

Images of divinity in Hindu traditions are replete with animal association. A snake adorns Shiva’s neck; a gigantic bird carries Vishnu while Durga is depicted atop a lion or tiger. Other deities like the elephant-headed Ganesha and the half- man, half-lion Narasimha combine both animal and human form in one. Yet what do Hindu traditions teach of our relationship with animals? Is vegetarianism the ideal? What of hunters and animal sacrifice? Are cows really sacred and do hogs and dogs really rank lowest in the scheme of things?

Friends event: Animals and Hinduism

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 22 July 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre For Hindu Studies

Images of divinity in Hindu traditions are replete with animal association. A snake adorns Shiva’s neck; a gigantic bird carries Vishnu while Durga is depicted atop a lion or tiger. Other deities like the elephant-headed Ganesha and the half- man, half-lion Narasimha combine both animal and human form in one. Yet what do Hindu traditions teach of our relationship with animals? Is vegetarianism the ideal? What of hunters and animal sacrifice? Are cows really sacred and do hogs and dogs really rank lowest in the scheme of things?

Friends event: Grace in Vaishnavism

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 18 March 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Grace in Vaishnavism
A talk by Dr Brainerd Prince of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

Does God give grace freely without any qualification? Or are good living and good works needed to receive God’s grace? The Vaishnava understanding of grace that focuses on the role of guru may give some clues. For Vaishnavas, while the grace of God is freely given through the guru, the disciple still has an important role to play in receiving the grace. This is an example of how Hindu thought can contribute to a debate that also exists in Christian theology and offer insights to find a way forward.

Friends event: Religion in Public Life: A Muslim and Hindu Comment

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 4 March 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

Imam Ibrahim Mogra and Shaunaka Rishi Das both served as Commissioners on the Commission for Faith and Belief in British Public Life (2013-2015), established by the Woolf Institute, Cambridge. In this moderated session Imam Mogra and Shri Rishi Das will reflect on how their traditions have been represented in the Commission’s report and on approaches to areas covered in the report, such as; the common good, education; the law; and integration. Moderated by Tom Wilson, Director of St Philips Centre in Leicester.

Friends event: Tirath Yatra

Leicester Friends Event
Sunday, 12 March 2017 - 8:00am

The Friends of the OCHS annual pilgrimage to the main temples of Leicester.

Friends event: Doing the right thing as a Hindu

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 4 February 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

A talk by Prof. Werner Menski

The challenge to figure out what is the right thing to do in any particular life situation is a universal problem. Hindus have addressed this over time in various ways that can be focused, also today, on the key concept of dharma. The presentation identifies the many different aspects of dharma and provides practical examples of how to handle this decision-making process in a balanced manner.

Friends event: UniqueDevotion, Uniqueness of Devotion

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 7 January 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

A talk by Ramesh Pattni of the Oxford Centre For Hindu Studies

The mystic poet Meerabai is a celebrated saint of North India and a devotee of Krishna. Her poetic style and expression has a unique combination of profound wisdom and deep devotion, with elements of passion, longing, defiance, anticipation and ecstasy of union. In this talk we examine the Bhakti movement, its origins and growth, its unique philosophy and principles, taking some textual references as the basis of this exploration.

Friends Event: How Hanuman Conquered Hearts

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 3 December 2016 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

Lord Rama may be the central character of the Ramayana, but it is Hanuman his devoted servant who has become perhaps the most beloved of all Hindu deities. How did he achieve such celebrity status and why does his appeal endure today? This talk draws upon the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and popular tradition to trace the development of devotion to this son of Vayu. The talk will be accompanied by an an audio-visual presentation.

Friends Event: Tasmai Shri Gurave Namaha - the idea of the Guru in Hinduism

Saturday, 1 October 2016 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

A talk by Tushar Shah of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

Hinduism pays great reverence to gurus as spiritual instructors,  guardians,  role-models,  counsellors,  mediators, and even embodiments of the divine. In this talk, we will explore how the notion of the guru has developed throughout history. Then, by looking at various case studies, we will discuss what role modern gurus play today in the development of Hinduism as well in people’s lives.

Friends Event: Yadanjali

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 17 September 2016 (All day)