Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Study of Religion (HT 2024)

Details about and recordings of the talks from Michaelmas 2023 can be found here.


  • Week 2 (25 January): Brett Parris (University of Oxford): 'Comparing the Metaethics of Patañjali's Yoga and Nondual Śaivism'
  • Week 4 (8 February): Jessica Frazier (University of Oxford): 'The Solitary Art of the Self: Expanding our Picture of Meditation's Methods and Purposes'
  • Week 6 (22 February): Szilvia Szanyi (University of Oxford): 'Buddhist critiques of divine creation in the Abhidharmakośabhāṣya and the Yogācārabhūmi'
  • Week 8 (7 March): Karen O'Brien-Kop (King's College London): 'Smṛti in Pātañjala Yoga and Abhidharma: Attention, Retention, Recollection and the Practice of Self'


All seminars will take place on Thursdays of even weeks at 2pm-3:30pm in the Old Library, Lady Margaret Hall. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.
For any questions please contact Prof. Jan Westerhoff (