Andrea ACRI

Associate Professor – EPHE-PSL

Biography

Andrea Acri (PhD Leiden University, 2011) is maître de conférences (tenured Assistant/Associate Professor) in Tantric Studies at the Religious Studies Section of the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE, PSL University, Paris), and contracted researcher at the EFEO (Paris) in the framework of the ERC Synergy project DHARMA. Prior to joining the EPHE in late 2016, he has held research and teaching positions in India (Nalanda University), Singapore (Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre/ISEAS and Asia Research Institute/NUS), Australia (ANU), and the Netherlands (IIAS). Having been trained in South and Southeast Asian Studies, with focus on Sanskrit and Old Javanese Philology, Religious Studies, as well as Art History, his main research and teaching interests include the comparative religious history of medieval South and Southeast Asia (especially early Śaivism in the Indian Subcontinent and Saiddhāntika Śaivism in Java and Bali); the circulation of tantric Buddhism across Maritime Asia in the medieval period; Yoga Studies; Indian Philosophy; Hindu and Buddhist art and architecture of Java; and the continuities and changes in the Javanese and Balinese religious discourses from the premodern period to the 20th century. His main publications include the monograph Dharma Pātañjala (Egbert Forsten/Brill 2011; Aditya Prakashan 2017; Indonesian translation EFEO/KPG 2018), and the edited volumes Esoteric Buddhism in Mediaeval Maritime Asia (ISEAS 2016) and From Laṅkā Eastwards (KITLV 2011).
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Fields of research and research projects

My research interests include the religious history of medieval South and Southeast Asia (especially early Śaivism in the Indian Subcontinent and Saiddhāntika Śaivism in Java and Bali), comparatively studied in the light of primary sources in Sanskrit and Old Javanese; the circulation of tantric Buddhism across Maritime Asia in the medieval period; Yoga Studies; Indian Philosophy; Hindu and Buddhist art and architecture of Java; and the continuities and changes in the Javanese and Balinese religious discourses from the premodern to the modern period. I am currently preparing a critial edition and English translations of the Sanskrit-Old Javanese Śaiva text Bhuvanakośa, and of the religious-themed Old Javanese poem (kakavin) Pārthayajña (in collaboration with Thomas M. Hunter).

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