External Activities

External Activities

Professional Bodies

American Academy of Religion

British Association for South Asian Studies

British Association for the Study of Religion

Sanskrit Tradition in the Modern World Seminar Group

European Association for Modern South Asian Studies

Recent and forthcoming seminar / conference presentations

2000 (August) ‘Seva and saffron: the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s appropriation of Swami Vivekananda’ at The International Association for the History of Religions 18th Quinquennial Congress, University of Durban-Westville

2000 (September) ‘The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’ s “tradition of selfless service”’ at the 16th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, University of Edinburgh

2001 (January) 'The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's “tradition of selfless service”’ (revised paper) at the Political Studies Association - Politics of South Asia Specialist Group Seminar, University of Manchester

2001 (April) ‘Iconographic representations of renunciation and activism in the Ramakrishna Math and Mission and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’ at the British Sociological Association: Sociology of Religion Study Group Conference

2002 (September) ‘The Swami and the artist: Indian art in Swami Vivekananda’s apologetics’ at the 17th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, University of Heidelberg

2003 (May) ‘Globalisation, localisation and authority in the Ramakrishna Math and Mission’ at the 3rd Congress of the European Association for the Study of Religion, University of Bergen

2003 (November) ‘Getting the point? Service to humanity in the Ramakrishna Math and Mission’ at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Atlanta

2004 (March) ‘Approaching the Ramakrishna Math and Mission through its iconography’ at the Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions, Oxford

2004 (July) ‘Vivekananda’s iconic presence’ at the 18th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, University of Lund

2005 (March) ‘Responding to conflict: the limits of activism in the Neo-Vedanta tradition?' at The International Association for the History of Religions 19th Quinquennial Congress, Tokyo

2006 (May) ‘Seva (service to humanity): a boundary issue in the study of recent and contemporary Hinduism (with reference to the Ramakrishna Math and Mission and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh)’ at the Belief Beyond Boundaries Research Group, The Open University

2006 (June) ‘Developing Neo-Vedantic theory: a study of the Ramakrishna movement’ at the 19th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, University of Leiden

2006 (November) ‘Theology and Religious Studies’ (working title) at the University of Wales, Lampeter


Other External Activities

2000/2001 Subject Specialist Reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency review of university departments of Theology and Religious Studies

2001 (August) Contributor to Radio 4 programme on Swami Vivekananda in ‘Great Lives’ series, presented by Joan Bakewell (producer, Miles Warde). (Transmitted on 19th October, 2001)

Convenor of the ‘Religious Reform Movements in South Asia from the Nineteenth Century to the Present’ panel for the European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies (Heidelberg 2002, Lund 2004, Leiden 2006)

Link to Gwilym Beckerlegge's Open University page

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