Antoinette E. DeNapoli

Associate Professor of Religion and South Asian Religions
Religion
Beasley Hall 313

a.denapoli@tcu.edu | 817-257-6448

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Education

Ph.D., Religious Studies, Emory University, 2009
Advanced Hindi Language Certificate, American Institute of Indian Studies, 2002-2003
MA, The Florida State University, 2000
BA, University of South Florida, 1996

Courses Taught

RELI 10023: Understanding Religion: Communities: Religions of South Asia
RELI 30513: Hindu Religious Perspectives

Areas of Focus

Asceticism, Devotion, and Mysticism
Gender and Religion
Religion, Ritual and Performance
Goddess Traditions
Gurus and Divine Personalities
Ethnographic/Narrative Methodologies
Theories and Methods in Religion
Religion, Globalization, and Modernity

Monographs:

Real Sadhus Sing to God: Gender, Asceticism, and Vernacular Religion in Rajasthan (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).

Journal Articles, Book Chapters, or Book Reviews and Review Articles:

“Speaking Shadows to Light: Vernacular Narrative as a Vehicle for Rajasthani Female Sadhus Voicing Vulnerability and Violence,” in Women and Asian Religions, edited by Zayn Kassam (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2017), 87-100.

Guest Editor, Special Issue, “Experimental Dharmas in Asia and the Diaspora,” International Journal of Dharma Studies 5.11 (2017).

“Experimental religiosities and dharma traditions: new directions in the study of vernacular religions in Asia and the Diaspora,” International Journal of Dharma Studies 5.11 (2017).

Dharm is technology: Theologizing the modern in the experimental Hinduism of renouncers in contemporary North India,” International Journal of Dharma Studies 5.11 (2017).

“‘God depends on the Lowest Devotees’: Gender, Performance, and Transformation in the Tale of a Female Hindu Renouncer,” History of Religions 56.4 (2017): 388-425.

Guest Co-Editor (with Tulasi Srinivas), Special Issue, “The Moralizing of Dharma in Everyday Hinduisms,” Nidan: The International Journal for Indian Studies 28.2 (December 2016).

(With Tulasi Srinivas), “Introduction: ‘The Moralizing of Dharma in Everyday Hinduisms,'” Nidan: The International Journal for Indian Studies 28.2 (December 2016): 1-14.

“‘Nature is our True Friend’: The Environmental Empathy of a Modern Female Guru,” Nidan: The International Journal for Indian Studies 28.2 (December 2016): 32-68.

“In Search of the Sadhu‘s Stone: Metals and Gems as Therapeutic Technologies of Transformation in Vernacular Asceticism in North India,” in Soulless Matter, Seats of Energy: Metals, Minerals, and Gems in South Asian Religions, edited by Thomas W. P. Dahnhardt and Fabrizio Ferrari (Bristol, CT: Equinox, 2016): 143-174.

“‘The Time has come to save our women’: A Female Religious Leader’s Feminist Politics as Experimental Hinduism in North India,” International Journal of Dharma and Hindu Studies 2. 1 (2016): 1-37.

“The Freedom of Wandering, the Protection of Settling in Place: Gendered Symbolizations of Space in the Practices of Hindu Renouncers in Rajasthan,” in The Changing World Religion Map: Sacred Places, Identities, Practices and Politics, edited by Stan Brunn (Dordrecht: Springer Publications, 2015): 3189-3213.

 

“‘A Female Shankaracarya?: The Feminism and Alternative Religious Leadership of a Controversial Female Hindu Guru in a North Indian Pilgrimage Town,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, November 2017.

“The Power a Woman’s Story Creates: Stories, Lives, and Female Renunciation in Contemporary India,” Invited Keynote Lecture, Southern Methodist University’s Annual South Asia Conference, co-sponsored with the South Asia Research and Information Institute, Dallas, TX, September 16, 2017.

“Stories and Lives: Oral History and Female Renunciation in India,” Invited Public Lecture, The College of Lewis and Clark, Portland, OR, March 2, 2017.

“Leave Everything and Sing to God: Hindu Holy Women in India,” Invited Public Lecture, Saturday University, University of Wyoming, Gillette, WY, February 9, 2017.

“‘Their hearts are Indian but their minds are Western’: Religious Identity Formation and the Construction of Authentic Indianness among Hindu Ascetics in North India,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, November 2016.

“Gender, Monasticism, and the Reimagining of Sangha in Indian Traditions of Renunciation: Hindu Sadhus‘ Creation of Women’s-only Mandals in Rajasthan,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 2015.

“‘God’s DNA and Our DNA are the same’: The Rhetoric of Technoscience and the Theologizing of the Modern in the Practices of Hindu Renouncers in North India,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 2015..

“Change is the Rule of Nature and the Nature of Dharm: Experimental Hinduism and the Emerging Moral Ecologies in the Practices of Hindu Renouncers and their Constituencies in North India,” paper presented on the Hindu Moralities panel at the Society for the Anthropology of Religion (SAR), San Diego, April 2015.

2014, Religion at the Crossroads: Experimentation, Innovation, and Change in Hinduisms and Buddhisms as practiced in Contemporary Asia, panel organizer, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 2014.

“Meeting is Good, but Parting is Painful: Gender and Vernacular Asceticism in Rajasthan—A Devotional Model,” presented at the conference, Textual and Lived Religions: Precepts and Practices, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, India, 2014.

“Panel on Strategies for Hope, Strategies for Survial: Gendered Networks in India and its Diaspora,” International Conference on South Asia, Co-organizer, Madison, WI, 2011.

 

Book Leave Fellowship, Global Religion Research Initiative of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame, in 2018-2019.

American Philosophical Society, Franklin Research Grant, 2017

American Academy of Religion Independent Research Grant, 2012

Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Teaching Fellowship, 2007-2008

American Institute of Indian Studies Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2004-2006

American Institute of Indian Studies Hindi Language Fellowship, 2002-2003

John Fenton Award for the Comparative Study of Religion, Emory University, 2004

Best Hindi Language Student, Emory University, 2002

Muktabodha Indological Research Institute, Sanskrit Studies Grant, 2000.

  • American Academy of Indic Studies
  • American Academy of Religion
  • ASIA-NET
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture
  • South Asian Studies Association
  • Society for the Anthropology of Religion