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Dr Bjarne Wernicke-Olesen


Dr Wernicke-Olesen is a Fellow of the Centre and Assistant Professor at Aarhus University. He teaches courses, seminars and tutorials in Sanskrit, Pali and Indian religions in Oxford and Aarhus as well as courses on manuscript reading and research history. He is the leader of the Śākta Traditions research project together with Prof. Gavin Flood and co-leader of a new research unit for South Asian Religion in Aarhus. He also arranges student exchange and summer university courses in Kathmandu.

His research interests are: The Study of Religion and Hindu Studies; Indian languages (esp. Sanskrit, Vedic and Pali); Śāktism and tantric traditions; The ascetic reformism (6th to 2nd century BC); Medieval India and Nepal; Yoga and asceticism; Myths and rituals; History of Ideas in South Asia; Theory and method, key thinkers and the history of research on religion.

His publications include a translation of the Bhagavadgita (2009) and an introduction to Sanskrit in two volumes called Language of the Gods: Classical Sanskrit in Danish (2013). He is the editor of Goddess Traditions in Tantric Hinduism: History, Practice and Doctrine(Routledge, 2015) and co-author on a new introduction to Hinduism with a focus on Varanasi (Systime, 2015). He is currently working on a Danish translation of the Haṭhayogapradīpikā and a volume on Models of the Human in Tantric Hinduism together with Gavin Flood.

His research is supported by the Carlsberg Research Foundation.