Christopher Harding

Dr. Christopher Harding is a cultural historian and a lecturer in Asian History at the University of Edinburgh. His current research focuses on the influence of religion – particularly Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity – in the pioneering of new ideas and techniques within psychiatry and psychotherapy in India and Japan. He is also a journalist for the BBC and was named one of Radio 3's 'New Generation Thinkers' in 2013-2014. His recent work includes a co-edited volume on 'Religion and Psychotherapy in Modern Japan' (Routledge, 2014) and ‘The Borders of Sanity’ (BBC Radio Four).

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Contributions by Christopher Harding


Religion and the Psy-Disciplines

In this podcast, Dr. Christopher Harding uses his research on psychoanalysis and Buddhism in modern Japan to tackle the two-way dialogue between religion and the psy-disciplines. How have these shaped each other, and what are tensions between them?