Dr Silvia Schwarz Linder

Research Fellow at the Śākta Traditions research Programme, OCHS
Research Associate at University of Leipzig


Silvia has lectured in the past at the Leopold-Franzens-Universität in Innsbruck and at the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice, and is presently Research Associate at the Institut für Indologie und Zentralasienwissenschaften of the University of Leipzig.

Research Area/s:

Her interests focus on the Tantric religious traditions of the Śrīvidyā and of the Pāñcarātra, specifically on the philosophical and theological doctrines expressed in the relevant South Indian Sanskrit textual traditions. She has also translated into Italian texts from the Sanskrit narrative and devotional literature, for editions aimed at a general readership.

Selected Publications:

Her publications include:

  • The Philosophical and Theological Teachings of the Pādmasaṃhitā, Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien 2014.
  • “The 108 Names of the Goddess Tripurā in the Māhātmyakhaṇḍa of the Tripurārahasya”, in T. Goudriaan (ed.), The Sanskrit Tradition on Tantrism, E. J. Brill, Leiden 1990, 85-95.
  • “The Lady of the Island of Jewels and the Polarity of her Peaceful and Warring Aspects”, in A. Michaels, C. Vogelsanger, A. Wilke (eds.), Wild Goddesses in India and Nepal, Studia Religiosa Helvetica Jahrbuch, vol. 2, Peter Lang, Bern 1996, 105-122.
  • “The Relevance of rūpa and mūrti for the Doctrine of God in the Pādmasaņhitā”, Journal of Hindu Studies, Vol. 8, N. 2, Oxford 2015, 233-244.Univer