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Diana DIMITROVA

Diana Dimitrova

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Faculté des arts et des sciences - Institut d'études religieuses

Pavillon Marguerite-d’Youville office 4012

diana.dimitrova@umontreal.ca

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Faculté des arts et des sciences – Centre d'études asiatiques

diana.dimitrova@umontreal.ca

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Faculté des arts et des sciences - Centre d'études et de recherches internationales

diana.dimitrova@umontreal.ca

Biography

Diana Dimitrova is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Professor of South Asian Traditions and Cultures, and President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Religions. She received her doctorate in Modern Indology (South Asian Studies), Classical Indology, and English and American Studies at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Before joining the University of Montreal, she was a Professor at the University of Frankfurt in Germany, and Emory University, Loyola University Chicago, and Michigan State University in the United States. Her area of specialization covers Hinduism and South Asian religions, including Bhakti Hinduism, Sikh traditions, Buddhist traditions, modern Hinduism and 19th- and 20th-centuries, Hindu reform movements, as well as South Asian cultural studies including drama, theatre and Hindi cinema (Bollywood films). Her research languages are Hindi-Urdu, Sanskrit and Classical Hindi (Braj, Avadhi, Sadhukkari/the sacred language of Sikhs).

Diana Dimitrova is the author of Cultural Identity and Hindi Plays: Poetics, Politics and Theatre in India (Oxford University Press, 2023); of Hinduism and Hindi Theatre (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, paperback 2018); of Gender, Religion and Modern Hindi Drama (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2008) and of Western Tradition and Naturalistic Hindi Theatre (Peter Lang, 2004) Her edited volumes include Rethinking the Body in South Asian Traditions (Routledge, 2021); Divinizing in South Asian Traditions (Routledge, 2018, paperback 2020, with Tatiana Oranskaia); Imagining Indiannes: Cultural Identity and Literature. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, paperback 2019, with Thomas de Bruijn); The Other in South Asian religion, literature and film: perspectives on otherism and otherness (Routledge, 2014, paperback 2017) and Religion in Literature and Film in South Asia (Palgrave Macmillan: 2010).

Professor Dimitrova offers courses in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and a variety of courses on the cultures of South Asian traditions and their links to other cultures in Asia and beyond. She supervises M.A. and Ph.D. theses on India, South Asia and the South Asian diaspora.

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Affiliations

  • Membre – CÉRIUM — Centre d'études et de recherches internationales

Education Programs

  • Literature and Languages Humanities Social Sciences
  • Social Sciences Literature and Languages Humanities
  • Literature and Languages Humanities Social Sciences
  • Literature and Languages
  • Literature and Languages
  • Theology and Religious Sciences
  • Theology and Religious Sciences
  • Theology and Religious Sciences
  • Theology and Religious Sciences
  • Theology and Religious Sciences
  • Theology and Religious Sciences
  • Theology and Religious Sciences
  • Theology and Religious Sciences
  • Theology and Religious Sciences
  • Theology and Religious Sciences
  • Theology and Religious Sciences

Courses

  • REL2240 Hindouisme: religion et culture
  • REL2250 Bouddhisme : religion et culture
  • REL6136 La sagesse du bouddhisme
  • REL6501 Questions spéciales

Areas of Expertise

Responsabilities and outreach Expand all Collapse all

Activités au sein d’organismes ou d’entités de l’institution
Participation à des jurys (hors de l’institution)

Student supervision Expand all Collapse all

L'expérience virtuelle Zen en contexte de la pandémie Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2023 - 2023
Graduate : Conroy-Bisson, James
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
Performances et performativités du Mantra de la compassion au sein d'un centre bouddhiste tibétain de Montréal Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2023 - 2023
Graduate : Brancourt, Constant
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
Lecture de la poésie de Kabīr à la lumière de la tripartie soufisme, bhakti et doctrine des Nāths yogīs Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2022 - 2022
Graduate : Benchaib, Sonia
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
Le cadrage de l’action collective des femmes du hindutva : mères, victimes et guerrières Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2022 - 2022
Graduate : Laporta, Justine
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M. Sc.
L'importance de la Lumière et du "laser spirituel" dans l'enseignement du maître Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov (1900-1986) Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2021 - 2021
Graduate : Frémond, Pascale
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
Les variétés de l'expérience ascétique : étude de la psychologie des pratiques de renoncement dans les textes du monachisme chrétien ancien et du bouddhisme Theravada Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2018 - 2018
Graduate : Cordeau, Dany
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
L’alternative de la participation politique chez le mouvement islamique de l’unicité et de la réforme au Maroc Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2017 - 2017
Graduate : Hosni, Meryem
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.

Research projects Expand all Collapse all

The Brahma Kumari Tradition in Canada and the United States Projet de recherche au Canada / 2023 - 2029

Lead researcher : Diana Dimitrova
Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs: PVXXXXXX-Subvention Savoir

Identités, sexualités et spiritualités multiples : La communauté et les imaginaires sakhi en Inde Projet de recherche au Canada / 2023 - 2026

Lead researcher : Mathieu Boisvert
Co-researchers : Diana Dimitrova
Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs: PVXXXXXX-Subvention Savoir

The Radhasoami Tradition in Canada and the United States Projet de recherche au Canada / 2018 - 2023

Lead researcher : Diana Dimitrova
Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs: PVXXXXXX-Subvention Savoir

La spiritualité et la culture sikhe au Canada et aux États-Unis (1985-2017) Projet de recherche au Canada / 2017 - 2018

Lead researcher : Diana Dimitrova
Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs: PVX20020-Subvention institutionnelle du CRSH - Subventions d'exploration

FGR-UdeM-CRSH 2014-2015 Projet de recherche au Canada / 2015 - 2016

Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs: PVXXXXXX-FGR – Subvention de recherche institutionnelle

LA RELIGION ET LE GENRE DANS LES FILMS DE BOLLYWOOD (RELIGION AND GENDER IN BOLLYWOOD FILM) Projet de recherche au Canada / 2013 - 2015

Lead researcher : Diana Dimitrova
Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs: PVX20020-Subvention institutionnelle du CRSH - Subventions d'exploration

Publications Expand all Collapse all

Monographies

Dimitrova, Diana. Cultural Identity in Hindi Plays: Poetics, Politics and Theatre in India. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2023.

Dimitrova, Diana. Hinduism and Hindi Theatre. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016; édition paperback 2018. 215 pages.

Dimitrova, Diana. Gender, Religion and Modern Hindi Drama. Montreal and London: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008. 168 pages.

Dimitrova, Diana. Western Tradition and Naturalistic Hindi Theatre. New York: Peter Lang, 2004. xi129 p.

Ouvrages collectifs

Dimitrova, Diana, ed. Rethinking the Body in South Asian Traditions. London and New York: Routledge, 2021. 152 pages.

Dimitrova, Diana and Tatiana Oranskaia, eds. Divinizing in South Asian Traditions. London and New York: Routledge, 2018; édition paperback 2020. 146 pages.

Dimitrova, Diana and Thomas de Bruijn, eds. Imagining ’Indianness’: Cultural Identity in South Asian Literature. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2017; édition paperback 2019. 166

pages.

Dimitrova, Diana, ed. The Other in South Asian Religion, Literature and Film: Perspectives on Otherism and Otherness. London and New York: Routledge, 2014; édition paperback  184 pages.

Dimitrova, Diana, ed. Religion in Literature and Film in South Asia. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. xv226 pages.

Articles et chapitres de livres:

« Le théâtre hindi et l’imaginaire hindou ». Studies in Religion/Sciences religieuses.

2022. Vol. 51 (2) 242-259.

« Les femmes et les mythes hindous dans le drame hindi ». Studies in Religion/Sciences

religieuses. 2022. 23 pages.

« Religious Othering in Hindi films ». In Juergensmeyer, Mark, Kathleen Moore and

Dominic Sachsenmaier, eds., Religious Othering: Global Dimensions. London and New York: Routledge, 2022. 164-173..

« Hinduism in Canada ». Article encyclopédique. EUREL-Données sociologiques et juridiques

            sur la religion en Europe et au-delà. November 2021. 3 pages.

« Buddhism in Canada ». Article encyclopédique. EUREL-Données sociologiques et juridiques

          sur la religion en Europe et au-delà. Novembre 2021. 2 pages.

 « L’hindou « autre » et le musulman « autre » dans le drame hindi ».  Religiologiques. 41

(printemps) 2021. 181-200.

« Hindu Apocalyptic Notions, Cultural Discourses and Climate Change ». In Alber, Jan, ed.

The Apocalyptic Dimensions of Climate Change and Fluctuating Environments in Scientific Models and Cultural Discourses, Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2021. 81-93.

« Images hindoues du féminin dans le film hindi ». Religiologiques. 40 (automne) 2020. 139-155.

« Méditation et dévotion dans la tradition du Radhasoami ». Laval Théologique et

Philosophique. 76,1 (février) 2020. 31-40

 « Introduction ». In Rethinking the Body in South Asian Traditions. Éd. Diana Dimitrova. London

and New York: Routledge, 2021. 1-9.

 « Body and Devotionalism: Yoga, bhakti and pilgrimage in the Radhsoami tradition ». In

Rethinking the Body in South Asian Traditions. Éd. Diana Dimitrova. London and New York: Routledge, 2021. 69-84.

Dimitrova, Diana. Introduction. In Divinizing in South Asian Traditions. Ed. Diana Dimitrova et Tatiana Oranskaia. Lonodn and New York: Routledge, 2018. 1-6.

Dimitrova, Diana. Divinizing in the Radhasoami Tradition. IN Divinizing in South Asian Traditions. Ed. Diana Dimitrova et Tatiana Oranskaia. London and New York: Routledge, 2018. 102-115.

Dimitrova, Diana. “Hindi Theatre.“ Oxford Bibliographies Online. Ed. By Tracy Coleman. Oxford University Press, juin 2018. 17 pages.

Dimitrova, Diana. “Identité culturelle et spiritualité dans la tradition de Radhasoami en Amérique du Nord.” Théologiques 25/1 (2018). 18 pages.

Dimitrova, Diana. “On ‘Indianness’ and Indian Cultural Identity in South Asian Literature” in Imagining Indianness: Cultural Identity in South Asian Literature. Ed. Diana Dimitrova et Thomas de Bruijn. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 1-11.

Dimitrova, Diana. “’Indianness’ and Modern Hindi Drama” in Imagining ’Indianness’Cultural Identity in South Asian Literature. Ed. Diana Dimitrova and Thomas de Bruijn. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 77-92.

Dimitrova, Diana (2016) Hinduism and Its Others in Bollywood Film of the 2000s.  Journal of Religion and Film: Vol. 20: Iss. 1, Article 10. 20 pages.

Dimitrova, Diana. “Neo-Sanskritic and Naturalistic Hindi Drama.” Modern Indian Theatre. Ed. Nandi Bhatia. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. 364-391. (3e édition).

Dimitrova, Diana. “On Otherism and Otherness.” The Other in South Asian Religion, Literature and Film: Perspectives on Otherism and Otherness.  Ed. Diana Dimitrova. London and New York: Routledge, 2014. 1-16.

Dimitrova, Diana. “Religion and Otherness in a New World: The Radhasoami Movement in Transnational Space.”  The Other in South Asian Religion, Literature and Film: Perspectives on Otherism and Otherness.  Ed. Diana Dimitrova. London and New York: Routledge, 2014. 34-44.

Dimitrova, Diana. “The Politics of Otherness: The Hindi Plays of Urdu-Hindi Author Upendranath Ashk.” The Other in South Asian Religion, Literature and Film: Perspectives on Otherism and Otherness.  Ed. Diana Dimitrova. London and New York: Routledge, 2014. 84-99.

Dimitrova, Diana. “Neo-Sanskritic and Naturalistic Hindi Drama.” Modern Indian Theatre. Ed. Nandi Bhatia. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. 364-391. (2e édition).

Dimitrova, Diana. “On Myth and Mythologizing.” Religion in Literature and Film in South Asia. Ed. Diana Dimitrova. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 1-19.

Dimitrova, Diana. “Religion and Gender in Bollywood Film.” Religion in Literature and Film in South Asia. Ed. Diana Dimitrova. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 69-81.

Dimitrova, Diana. “Neo-Sanskritic and Naturalistic Hindi Drama.” Modern Indian Theatre. Ed. Nandi Bhatia. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. 364-391.

Dimitrova, Diana. ”The Development of Sanatana Dharma in the Twentieth Century: A Radhasoami Guru’s Perspective,” The International Journal of Hindu Studies, Volume 1, Issue 1 (2007) 89-98.

Dimitrova, Diana. “The Indian Character of Modern Hindi Drama: Neo-Sanskritic, Pro Western Naturalistic or Nativistic Dramas?” Theology and Literature: Rethinking Reader Response. Ed. Joseph, Clara and Gaye Ortiz. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. 173-183. 

Dimitrova, Diana. Upendranath Ashk's Play 'Tufan se pahle' (1946) and Hindu-Muslim Cultural Hybridity. In Voices from South Asia: Language in South Asian Literature and Film. Ed. Theo Damsteegt. Zagreb: Bibliotheca Orientalica of the Croatian Philological Society, 2006. 127-148.

Dimitrova, Diana. “Of Satis, Sitas, and Miras: Three Female Protagonists in Modern Hindi Drama.” Heroes and Heritage: The Protagonist in Indian Literature and Film.  Ed. Theo Damsteegt. Leiden: Research School CNWS, Leiden University, 2003. 66-78.

Dimitrova, Diana. “The Treatment of Women and Gender in the Plays ‘Asharh ka ek din’ and ‘Adhe adhure’ by Mohan Rakesh (1925-1972).”  Tohwa-e-dil. Festschrift Helmut Nespital.  Ed.  Dirk W. Lönne.  Reinbek: Wezler, 2001.  177-188.

Recognition and Awards

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 2022

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