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Registration for the
Hindu Studies Lecture Series

Hosted by Vimarsha Academia


We live in a moment where vibrant conversations and discussions all around the world are engaging Indian cultural legacy, spirituality, and philosophy with contemporary issues of global relevance. Studies in Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism are currently experiencing an explosion of interest, both from academic and non-academic circles, generating important debates that tackle several challenges confronting humanity today: ecological crisis, gender inequality, social justice, truth, artificial intelligence, health, knowledge, etc. While there is also interest in Hindu Studies, there is still much to be done to engage Hindu thought and spirituality in these conversations.

As a way of contributing to the project of reviving ancient wisdom and philosophical traditions from India in light of the challenges that affect us today, this talk-series brings together speakers who will address various topics of contemporary relevance focusing on Hindu philosophical perspectives. Invited speakers have been selected on the basis of their respective areas of expertise and academic contributions. We are honored to bring the voices of rigorous scholarship in Hindu Studies to a wide audience that includes a substantial academic community of grateful appreciators.


The talks will be hosted over Zoom.

The sessions will comprise of 50 minutes of a lecture followed by 30 minutes for questions.


​We cordially invite you to participate in an enriching series of lectures, each presenting a unique perspective and expertise by distinguished speakers across various disciplines.

  1. Initial Registration: Please proceed to the registration through the provided link below. A single registration suffices for attendance to the entire series of lectures.

  2. Communication of Details: Subsequent to your registration, you will be provided with email notifications containing the Zoom links for individual lectures. The distribution of these notifications is as follows:

    • Preliminary Notification: Approximately one week prior to each scheduled lecture, you will receive an email detailing the necessary information for Zoom access.

    • Reminder Notification: A subsequent reminder will be dispatched approximately one day before the event, ensuring you have convenient access to the Zoom link.

  3. Series Updates: As the lecture series evolves, new events will be scheduled. By registering and providing your email address, you will be automatically informed of all forthcoming lectures as they are announced, ensuring your continued engagement with the series.

Lecture Schedule

Talk #1:

April 6th, 2024 at 11:30 AM EDT

"New Materialism, Wonder and the Intentions of Matter"

presented by Loriliai Biernacki

Professor, Department of Religious Studies

University of Colorado at Boulder


Talk #2:

April 20th, 2024 at 10:00 AM EDT

"Living Rock, Loving Rock: '(K)new Materialism' and the World of Tantric Shaktism"

presented by 

by Anway Mukhopadhyay

Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Kharagpur

West Bengal, India


Talk #3:

May 4th, 2024 at 11:00 AM EDT

"Does Vedānta Concern the Hard Problem of Consciousness?"

presented by 

by Dr. Anand Vaidya

Associate Professor, Director of the Center for Comparative Philsophy, San Jose State University


Talk #4:

May 18th, 2024 at 11:00 AM EDT

"Kundalini Demystified"

presented by 

by Dr. Aidan Lyon

Cognitive Psychology Unit at Leiden University

More talks to be announced! Register now to stay updated.

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