Dr. James Ponniah

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Name:   JAMES PONNIAH                       

 Address: Papal Seminary, Ramwadi, Nagar Road, Pune 411 014.                           

Phone No:020/41036256 Mobile No:09604513514 

Email ID: jamesponniah@gmail.com                                                           

Academic Qualification: 

 

M.A. In Vaishnavism, University of Madras, 1997-99

Doctorate  on Folk Religion and Ritual Power in Society,  University of Madras, 2006.

 

Post-Doctoral fellow and a Visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. 2008-09. 

 

Subjects Teaching:  

Modern and Contemporary Thinkers of India,  Popular Religiosity: Recent Trends

 

Introduction to Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism,  

Vaishnavism, Philosophy of Saivism, Nastika Dharsanas

Bhagavad Gita, Introduction to Folk Religiosity in India,  

Post Modernism,  Subaltern Religions in India: Their Theological Significance, World Religions

Area of Specialization or Research Interest:

Folk Religiosity in India, Popular Catholicism and Subaltern Religions.

Publications            

A. Articles in Journals and Edited Volumes: 

“Spirituality of the Subalterns,” Vaiharai,  9: 3 (2004): 32-58.

 “An Exploration of the Domain of Religion in India,” Asian Journal for Priests 50: 6 (2005): 28-33.

 

“Popular Catholicism,” Asian Journal for Priests 51: 3(2006): 19-28.

 

“Religion in the Digital Age” Asian Journal for Priests 52: 1(2007): 20-27.

 “The Buddhist View of the Death: A Critical Study of the Tibetan Book of the Dead,” Jnana-Deepa: Pune Journal of Religious Studies 9:2 (2006): 63-81.

“Spiritual Experiences of the People on the Margins” in Life in Abundance, ed. by Kurien Kunnampuram, St.Paul’s Publications, Bombay: 2006, pp.130-153.

 “Subaltern Religion and Development” Jnana-Deepa: Pune Journal of Religious Studies10:1 (2007): 51-68.

“Religion, Development and Globalisation” in Romancing the Sacred? Towards an Indian Christian Philosophy of Religion, ed. by George Karuvelil, ATC, Banglaore, 2007, pp. 447-472.

“Humans, Nature and Gods: Their Interrelatedness in the Folk Religious World-View” Jnana-Deepa: Pune Journal of Religious Studies10:2 (2007): 83-100.

“Ritual : A Locale for Postmodern Engagement with ‘The Study of Religions’ in India,” in Kuruvilla Pandikattu (ed) Postmodernity: An Indian Appraisal, Serials Pub, New Delhi 2008,  74-85.

Emancipating Gods and Empowered Humans: A Folk Religious Perspective on This-worldly Well-being," Satya Nilayam: Chennai Journal of Intercultural Philosophy Vol 15, February 2009, 24-45.

“Samaya Thalathil Maru Seeramaikappadum Samuuha Uravukal: Nattar Samaya Sadankukalai Pattriya Oru Ayvu”  in Gnana Patrcik (ed) Thalirkum Iraiyiyalkal, Department of Christian Studies, The University of Madras, Chennai, 2009. 147-159.

"Higher Planes and Lower Grounds: Hindu Idea of Gods' Forgiveness towards Erring Humans," Studies on Life and Culture,  Vol 14, 2009, 11-43.

“Harmonising Diversity And Contesting Inequality: Understanding the Dynamics of Folk Religions” in Felix Wilfred (ed), Transforming Religion: Prospects for a New Religion, ISPCK,  Delhi, 2009, 50-66.

“Folk/Subaltern  Religion and Development,”  in The Dancing Peacock: Indian Insights into Religion and development, ed. James Ponniah & Kuruvilla Pandikattu, Serials Publications, New Delhi, 2010, pp. 45-64.

“Subaltern Rituals, Modernization and Post-modern Themes,” South Asian Review 30:1 (2009): 224-45.

“The Buddhist View of the Death: A Critical Study of the Tibetan Book of the Dead,”  in The Depth of Death: Scientific Insights and Religious Openness, Serials Publications, New Delhi, 2010, 147-166.

“Popular Devotions as Occasions for Inter-religious Dialogue,” in Word and Worship, Vol 43, No 1. 2010,  47-61.

“Folklore”   in ACPI Encyclopedia of Philosophy, , edited by Johnson Puthenpurackal, Vol I,   Asian Trading Corporation, Bangalore, 2010, 541—545.

“Folk Religions”   in ACPI Encyclopedia of Philosophy , Vol I , edited by Johnson Puthenpurackal, Asian Trading Corporation, Bangalore, 2010, 545—548.

“Pilgrimage”  in ACPI Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Vol II , edited by Johnson Puthenpurackal, Asian Trading Corporation, Bangalore,  2010, 1040—1044.

"Hinduism in the Information Age," Studies on Life and Culture,  Special Issue Vol 18, 2010, 185-212.

“Re-Viewing Folk Religion and Re-Visioning Christian Studies”, in Indian Journal of Christian Studies, Vol.1, No.1,  81-88. 

B. Books: 

The Dancing Peacock: Indian Insights into Religion and development, co- edited with Kuruvilla Pandikattu, Serials Publications, New Delhi, 2010.

The Dynamics of Folk  Religion In Society: Pericentralisation as Deconstruction of Sanskritisation.  Serials Publications, New Delhi, 2011.