Assistant Professor Contact Areas of Interest
J. Barton Scott
Department for the Study of Religion
170 St. George St., Room 205
  • Religion, media, and public culture
  • Cultural history of the study of religion
  • Postcolonial theory
  • Religion in modern South Asia

About

J. Barton Scott is Assistant Professor of Religion (St. George) and Historical Studies (UTM). His work puts religion in colonial India in transnational perspective by approaching modern Hindu thinkers as theorists of religion who can be read alongside their North Atlantic contemporaries. Scott’s current research interests include print culture in colonial India, the legal regulation of media publics, and the reception of liberalism among colonial Hindu reformers. His book Spiritual Despots: Modern Hinduism and the Genealogies of Self-Rule is forthcoming in 2016 as part of the series “South Asia Across the Disciplines.”

Curriculum Vitae

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Primary Teaching

  • Religion, media, and culture
  • Method and theory in the study of religion
  • Modern Hinduism

Publications

Books

2016
Spiritual Despots: Modern Hinduism and the Genealogies of Self-Rule. University of Chicago Press.

Articles

2015
“How to Defame a God: Public Selfhood in the Maharaj Libel Case.”Imagining the Public in Modern India. Eds. Brannon Ingram, J. Barton Scott, and SherAli Tareen. Spec. issue of South Asia: The Journal of South Asian Studies. 38 (3): 387-402.
2015
Co-authored with Brannon Ingram.“What is a Public? Some Notes from South Asia.”Imagining the Public in Modern India.Eds. Brannon Ingram, J. Barton Scott, and SherAli Tareen. Spec. Issue of South Asia: The Journal of South Asian Studies38 (3): 357-370.
2015
“Aryas Unbound: Print Hinduism and the Cultural Regulation of Religious Offense.”Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East35 (2): 294-309.
2015
“Luther in the Tropics: Karsandas Mulji and the Colonial ‘Reformation’ of Hinduism.”Journal of the American Academy of Religion83 (1): 181-209.
2014
“Unsaintly Virtue: Swami Dayananda Saraswati and Modern Hindu Hagiography.”Journal of Hindu Studies7 (3): 371-391.
2010
“Comic Book Karma: Visual Mythologies of the Hindu Modern.”Inscriptions.Eds. Jeremy Stolow and Lisa Gitelman. Spec. issue of Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds4 (2): 177-197.
2009
“Miracle Publics: Theosophy, Christianity, and the Coulomb Affair.”History of Religions49 (2): 172- 196.