Matthew J. Martin


Thesis title: 

Retheorising Collective Ritual as Durkheimian Spaces: Divine Power, Social Justice, and Embodied Cognition in Hindu South Asian Deity Embodiment Ritualistic Performances


Professor Sondra Hausner and Professor Gavin Flood


This comparative, interdisciplinary DPhil thesis examines two specific South Asian deity embodiment ritualistic performances in two differing South Asian locations (North Malabar, Kerala and Bhaktapur, Nepal), both of which will serve as ethnographic case studies to a careful theoretical reformulation of Durkheimian notions of collectivity and effervescence. Thus, the "classical theory alteration" proposed in this work will balance immersive ethnographic fieldwork data with contemporary theoretical/phenomenological frameworks of body, intersubjective projection, group formation, animal sacrifice/mimetic violence and embodied cognition.  


AHRC DTP Scholarship/Pembroke Graduate Scholarship

Other research interests: 

Ritual Theory, Ethnography, Anthropology of Religion, Phenomenological/Affect/Embodied Cognitive approaches, Newar Religion of Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, Hindu Traditions 

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