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Luke Whitmore

BIO

Luke Whitmore is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He received his M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School in 1999 and his Ph.D. in West and South Asian Religions from the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University in 2010.  He maintains interests in geography, phenomenology, place, pilgrimage, Shaivism, Himalayan studies, anthropology of religion, South Asian religions, Hinduism, Judaism, ecology, development, myth, and visual culture. His recent book Mountain, Water, Rock, God: Understanding Kedarnath in the Twenty-First Century (University of California Press, 2018) examines how people have experienced the Himalayan Hindu shrine of Kedarnath before and after the disastrous flooding of 2013. View CV

PUBLICATIONS

Mountain, Water, Rock, God: Understanding Kedarnath in the Twenty-First Century (University of California Press, 2018): https://www.luminosoa.org/site/books/10.1525/luminos.61/

“Kedarnath” in Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism (2018): https://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/brill-s-encyclopedia-of-hinduism/*-COM_1010069046

“Conversations about Changes in Ritual Practice at the Himalaya Hindu Shrine of Kedarnath.” in Ritual Innovation: Strategic Interventions in South Asian Religion, eds. Allocco and Pennington (SUNY, 2018): https://www.sunypress.edu/p-6527-ritual-innovation.aspx

“In the Mountains of Radical Juxtaposition: Kedarnath at the Beginning of a New Millennium” in Religion and Modernity in the Himalaya, eds. Birkenholtz and Sijapati (Routledge, 2016): https://www.routledge.com/Religion-and-Modernity-in-the-Himalaya/Sijapati-Birkenholtz/p/book/9780415723398

Associate Professor

Office:
CCC 417

Education

Ph.D. - West and South Asian Religions
Emory University

M.T.S. - World Religions
Harvard Divinity School

B.A. - Classical Languages (Greek and Latin)
Haverford College

Courses

Religions of Asia
Introduction of the Study of Religion
Researching Religion
Women and Goddesses in India
Religions of India