Comparative Methods, Cognitive Processes, and The Study of Religious Experiences in South Asian Contexts ? A South Asian Studies Program Research Presentation
Date: Thursday, April 26
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: 315 Phillips Hall
Presented by: Travis Chilcott, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Iowa State University
Using a 17th century normative description of what it is like for a Gaud?ya Vai??ava practitioner to experience K???a?the tradition?s supreme deity and object of exclusive devotion?as a case study, I will discuss how scholars of South Asian religions and religion more generally can use comparative methods for investigating the dynamics between religious practices, cognition, and religious experiences; exploring the plausibility of normatively described experiences that are embedded in historical texts; and developing nuanced hypotheses as a basis for generating empirical data for confirming, disconfirming, or modifying working theories about the relationship between religious practices and religious experiences in both historical and contemporary contexts.
For more information about this event, please contact Heidi Vekemans at email@example.com or 319-335-3862.