Prof. Dr. Jon Keune

Fellow (Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien)


Weltbeziehungen / C19.03.14

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Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien
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Universität Erfurt
Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien
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My project focuses on the changing roles of Buddhism among Indian followers of B. R. Ambedkar as they have migrated to Japan, Taiwan, Dubai, North America, and the UK in the past thirty years (or sixty years, in the case of Punjabi Buddhists in the UK). Urban centers have functioned as portals of transnational connection and given rise to new conversations about what Buddhism signifies for diaspora Ambedkarites and their interlocutors in diverse geopolitical contexts.


  • 2021: Shared Devotion, Shared Food: Equality and the Bhakti-Caste Question in Western India. (New York: Oxford University Press).
  • 2019: Regional Communities of Devotion in South Asia: Insiders, Outsiders and Interlopers, eds. Gil Ben-Herut, Jon Keune & Anne Monius. (New York: Routledge)
  • 2019: “The Challenge of the Swappable Other: a Framework for Interpreting Otherness in Bhakti Texts,” in Regional Communities of Devotion in South Asia, 101-121.
  • 2019: “Comparative vs. Hagiology: Two Variant Approaches to the Field” in Religions.  10:10/575, doi:10.3390/rel10100575.
  • 2017: “Sant Eknāth Caritralekhanācī Aitihāsik Mīmāṁsā,” (“Research on Eknāth Biographies” in Marathi), in Santsāhitymīmāṃsā (Investigations into Saint Literature, Festschrift for Dr. Satish Badwe). Ed. Tāher Paṭhān & N. B. Kadam. (Śrīrāmpūr: Śabdālay), 197-219.
  • 2016: “Pedagogical Otherness: On the Use of Muslims and Untouchables in Some Hindu Devotional Literature” in Journal of the American Academy of Religion 84:3, 727-749.
  • 2015: “Conditions for Historicising Religion: Hindu Saints, Social Change, and Regional Identity in Western India (ca. 1600-1900)” in Historiography and Religion. Ed. Jörg Rüpke and Susanne Rau. (Berlin: de Gruyter), 227-239.
  • 2015: “Emphatically Ignoring the Neighbours: the Selective Geographic Orientation of Marathi Bhakti” in Journal of Hindu Studies 8:3, 296-314.
  • 2015: “Eknāth in Context: the Literary, Social, and Political Milieus of an Early Modern Poet” in South Asian History and Culture 6:1, 70-86.

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