Joel Bordeaux

Joel Bordeaux is a specialist in South Asian religions interested in how esotericism, political authority, and canonical works of literature mediate differences between communities. He received his BA from Georgia State University in 2003 and PhD from Columbia University in 2015. He is presently a research fellow at the International Institute for Indian Studies in Leiden, researching representations of ‘Chinese’ ritual in East Indian tantras.


Contributions by Joel Bordeaux


Ritual Theory at the Margins of a Minority Tradition

In this response, Joel Bordeaux notes that Ellen Gough's focus on the ritual components and "tantricization" of Jain ascetic practices offers a new way of thinking through and contextualizing the "notoriously slippery notion of Tantra" in the subcontinent.