Christopher Austin was born and raised in Montreal, and hold BA and MA degrees in Religious Studies from Concordia University, and a PhD in Religious Studies from McMaster University. Her doctoral dissertation treated the two concluding books of the Mahabharata, a 4th century Sanskrit epic poem. He has studied Sanskrit at the University of British Columbia, McMaster University, and the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute in Pune, India, where he also undertook manuscript research on Mahabharata commentarial literature. Before coming to Dalhousie, he taught Introductory and Intermediate Sanskrit at McMaster University and South Asian Religions at the University of Toronto Mississauga.
The figure around whom her research revolves is the Hindu god Vishnu, particularly in his manifestation as Vasudeva Krishna. Four Sanskrit texts — the Mahabharata, Harivamsha, Vishnu Purana and Bhagavata Purana — constitute the key corpus for this research. Presently he’s working on the extended family of Krishna as treated in these poems, and the changing understanding in Hindu religious culture of the mythic and human identity of Krishna and his descendants.
Religious Studies Program. Department of classics. Dalhousie University
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