Associate Professor Contact Areas of Interest
Christoph Emmrich
Department for the Study of Religion
170 St George Street, Room 303
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
  • Buddhism and Jainism in South and Southeast Asia
  • Nepalese (particularly Newar), Burmese (particularly Mon) and Tamil (particularly Jain) religion
  • Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, Newar, Burmese, Mon and Tamil literatures
  • Time and religion, children and religion, travel and religion
  • The historiography and poetics of ritual


Christoph Emmrich (PhD University of Heidelberg, 2004) engages with fields as diverse as Nepalese and Burmese Buddhism, Sanskrit, Pali, Newar, Burmese and Mon literature and Tamil Jainism. He works with girl children, young women and ritual specialists among the Newars in the Kathmandu Valley (Nepal) and in Yangon, Mandalay, and Mawlamyine (Burma) studying their involvement in Buddhist practices related to marriage, education, monastic ordination and the consecration of images. He confronts the history of their local and academic exegesis and contrasts both with the prescriptive/descriptive literary history of ritual manuals, poetry, and modern novels in Newar, Nepali, Sanskrit, or Burmese, covering the period between the early 17th century and the present, with the personal and ethnographic remembrance of singular religious events. Christoph Emmrich further works on on the historiography of Tamil Digambara Jain literature, temple ritual, and education in North and South Arcot (Tamil Nadu, India). In his work he addresses questions of resemblance and resistance, transfer and translation, mimesis and memory.


  • RLG206H5 – Introduction to Buddhism
  • RLG371 – Buddhist Thought: The Milindapañha
  • RLG373H5 – Buddhist Practices and Institutions: Buddhism and Power
  • RLG374H – Buddhist Literature: Newar Buddhist Literature
  • RLG377H1 – Theravada Literature
  • RLG378H1 – Buddhism in Nepal
  • RLG462H1/3710H – Newar Religion
  • RLG463H1F – Causation and Time in Buddhist Scholastic Debate
  • RLG465H1/3740H – Buddhist Texts: The Mahāparinirvāṇasūtra
  • RLG465H1/3740H – Buddhist Texts: The Vessantarajātaka
  • RLG465/2043H – Buddhism as Translation
  • RLG467H/RLG3415H – Theravada Practice
  • RLG470 – Advanced Topics in Buddhism: Hindu and Buddhist Royalty
  • RLG499HS/RLG1502HS – Colloquial Newar: Beginners
  • ROP299/RLG1035Y – Reading Pali with Burmese Manuscripts: Beginners
  • RLG1035Y – Reading Pali with Burmese Manuscripts: Intermediate
  • RLG1055Y – Reading Literary Burmese: Beginners

Curriculum Vitae

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