Associate Chair • Associate Professor • Director of Graduate Studies
Religious Studies

Education

Ph.D., Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2000
B.A., Princeton University

Research Interests

Hinduism; religion and the body; religion and science; and new materialisms

Regional and Thematic Interests

South Asia
Religion; Cultural Studies

Profile

Loriliai Biernacki is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research interests include Hinduism, ethics, gender and the interface between religion and science. Her first book, won the Kayden Award in 2008. She is co-editor of God’s Body: Panentheism across the World’s Religious Traditions (Oxford 2013). She is currently working on a study on the 11th century Indian philosopher Abhinavagupta within the framework of wonder, the new materialisms and ideas of the body and the body-mind interface.

Selected Publications

Forthcoming 2016. “Abhinavagupta’s Tantric Theology of Becoming and Contemporary Secularism.” In Prabuddha Bharata.

Forthcoming 2016. “Material Subjects, Immaterial Bodies: Abhinavagupta’s Panentheist Matter.” In Entangled Worlds: Religion, Science and the New Materialisms. Mary-Jane Rubenstein and Catherine Keller, Eds. Fordham University Press.   

Forthcoming 2016. “Psychology of Meditation: Philosophical Perspectives.” In The Psychology of Meditation: Research and Practice. Michael West, Ed. New York: Oxford University Press.

2015. “The Conscious Body: Thinking about the Relation between Mind and Body with Abhinavagupta’s Tantra.” In Beyond Physicalism: Toward Reconciliation of Science and Spirituality. Edward Kelly, Adam Crabtree and Paul Marshall, eds. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield.

2015. Reprint of “The Paranormal Body.” In 4th Anniversary Anthology of Paranthropology: Strange Dimensions: A Paranthropology Anthology, Ed., Jack Hunter.

2015. “Words and Word-bodies: Writing the Religious Body.” In Words. Religious Language Matters., Hemel, Ernst van den, and Asja Szafraniec, Eds., New York: Fordham University Press.

2015. “Material Subjects, Immaterial Bodies: Abhinavagupta’s Panentheist Matter” in Entangled Worlds: Religion, Science and the New Materialisms. Mary-Jane Rubenstein and Catherine Keller, Eds., Fordham University Press (in press).   

Forthcoming 2015. “Words and Word-bodies: Writing the Religious Body,” in Words. Religious Language Matters., Hemel, Ernst van den, and Asja Szafraniec, Eds., New York: Fordham University Press.

Forthcoming 2015. “Psychology of Meditation” in The Psychology of Meditation: Research and Practice. Michael West, Ed., New York: Oxford University Press.

2014. “A Cognitive Science View of Abhinavagupta's Understanding of Consciousness,” Religions 5(3):767-779.

2007. Renowned Goddess of Desire: Women, Sex and Speech in Tantra (Oxford).