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Richard Mann

Associate Professor, Religion Coordinator and Undergraduate Advisor

Degrees:B.A. (Wilfrid Laurier), M.A., Ph.D (McMaster)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2504
Office:2A51 Paterson Hall - Fall 2019 Office Hours Tues. & Thur. 1:35-2:30 or by appointment


As a faculty member in the College of the Humanities in the Religion Program, I teach courses in South Asian Studies and Religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism. My research focuses on two diverse areas. The first is the history of the Shaiva tradition in textual sources and material history particularly in relation to traditions of Skanda-Karttikeya. The second is the more recent history of the Sikh tradition in India and in the diaspora community in Canada with a focus on media representations of the community.

Research Interests

  • Early and medieval Hinduism
  • The historical development of Shaivism
  • Religion and Material Culture
  • Religion and Public Life

Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Courses

  • RELI 1715 A South Asian Religions (F)
  • RELI 2510 A Hinduism (W)
  • RELI 4850 A/5850 W Seminar in the Study of Religion: The media, secularism and religion in Public life in India and Canada (W)

Recent Publications


 The Rise of Mahāsena: The Transformation of Skanda-Kārttikeya in North India from the Kuṣāṇa to Gupta Empires. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2012.

Books Edited:

(with Benjamin Fleming) History and Material Culture in Asian Religions. New York: Routledge, 2014.

Chapters in edited books:

“Material Culture and Ruler Ideology: The Case of Huviṣka’s Skanda-Kumāra with Viśākha Coinage.” In History and Material Culture in Asian Religions, edited by Benjamin Fleming and Richard Mann. New York: Routledge, 2014: 229-251.

(with Benjamin Fleming) “Introduction.” In History and Material Culture in Asian Religions, edited by Benjamin Fleming and Richard Mann. New York: Routledge, 2014: 1-17.

““Hagiography and Mythology in an American Guru lineage: The Case of Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.” In Homegrown Gurus: From Hinduism in America to American Hinduism, edited by Lola Williamson and Ann Gleig. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2013: 115-139.

Articles in refereed journals:

The framing of Sikhs in Canadian media in the 1980s: The power of the media and the conflicts between religion in the public sphere and an assumed national identity” Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory (2019)

“Hinduism in the News: The Shifting Role of Religion and the Media in Canadian Public Life” The Canadian Journal of Communication 40.1 (2015): 87-103.

“Introduction: Exploring the Myths of Religion and Violence in India” Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory 12.2-3 (2016): 115-119.

“Media Framing and the Myth of Religious Violence: The Othering of Sikhs in The Times of IndiaSikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory 12.2-3 (2016): 120-141.

“Skanda and His Fathers in the Aranyakaparvan.The Journal of Religious Studies and Theology, 33.1 (2014): 7-21.

“Material Culture and the Study of Hinduism and Buddhism.” Religion Compass, 8.8 (2014): 264-273.