James G. Lochtefeld
Picture: At Piran Kaliyar, near Rourkee, Uttar Pradesh (India)
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Ph.D., Columbia University (Religion)
1987 M.A., University of Washington (Sanskrit, Hindi)
1983 M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School (History of Religion)
1979 B.A. cum laude, Colgate University (Philosophy and Religion)
February 2015-Present: Chair, Department of Religion, Carthage College
Professor of Religion,
October 2001—August 2014: Director, Asian Studies Program, Carthage College.
October 1998-August 2001: Chair, Department of Religion,
September 1997-August 2005: Associate Professor of Religion,
September 1992-August 1997: Assistant Professor of Religion,
September 1991-August 1992:
Instructor in Religion,
Languages: Sanskrit, Hindi, Braj Bhasa, Punjabi (beginning), French, German (reading)
Research Interests: Hindu Pilgrims and Pilgrimage, Medieval North Indian Saints, Modern Hindu Religious Movements.
Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Volume V: article on “Haridwar.” Refereed publication, 2016.
Springer’s Encyclopedia of India Religions, Hinduism Volume (Arvind Sharma, General Editor): article on “Kumbha Mela.” Refereed publication, 2013.
Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Volume IV: article on “Tourism.” Refereed publication, 2012.
Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Volume III: article on “Pandas.” Refereed publication, 2011.
Oxford Bibliographies Online.
God’s Gateway: Identity and Meaning in a
“Getting in Line: The Kumbha Mela Processions." In
Knut Axel Jacobsen (ed.), South Asian Religions on Display: Religious
“The Saintly Chamar: Perspectives on the Life of Ravidas.” In Eleanor
Zelliot and Rohini Mokashi-Punekar (eds.),
Untouchable Saints, 201-20.
“The Construction of the Kumbha Mela,” South Asian Popular Culture, vol. 2 no. 2, (October 2004): 103-26.
pilgrimage sites), co-written with Prof. S.M. Bhardwaj (
“Web Pages and Teaching,” The ASIANetwork EXCHANGE, vol. VIII, no. 3 (Spring 2001): 23-24.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of
Hinduism. One work in two volumes.
"Kumbh Mela," subject entry in Encyclopedia of World
"The Saintly Camar: Perspectives on the Life of Ravidas," in
ARC: The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies,
"New Wine, Old Skins: The Sangh Parivar and the Transformation of Hinduism," Religion 26 (1996): 102-17.
"The Vishva Hindu Parishad And The Roots Of Hindu Militancy," JAAR LXII 2 (Summer 1994): 1301-16.
"Reflected Splendor: The Regional Appropriation of `All-India'
Tirthas," in a volume of papers given at the New York Conference on Asian
Panels, Papers and Presentations
March 2016: “Sacred Networks in the Ganga Himalaya.” Delivered as part of “Map and Territory” in Asian Religious Imagination.” ASIANetwork Annual Meeting,
St. Petersburg, FL
April 2015: Presided at “ANFEP: India Summer 2014 Program,” a panel discussion of the 2014 iteration of a Mellon-funded ASIANetwork Faculty Development Project; ASIANETWORK annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO
March 2015: Discussant for “Constructing Sacred Landscapes in the Himalayas,” AAS Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL
October 2013: “Pilgrimage in Uttarakhand: The End of an Era.” Invited lecture at St. Olaf College, Northfield MN.
April 2013: “Why Doesn’t Carthage Have an Asian Studies Course?.” Invited Paper for “Teaching `Introduction to Asian Studies,’” ASIANetwork Annual Meeting, Nashville TN.
April 2013: “Guru Gobind Singh at Nanded: Reflections on Sikh Identity and Community.” Invited Paper for Belmont University’s Asian Symposium (Nashville TN).
March 2012: Organized and chaired “Pilgrimage Networks in Asia” (ASIANetwork annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon); presented “Pilgrimages and Sikh Identity in North India.”
November 2011: “Guru Gobind Singh in Nanded,” invited paper for a Festschrift in honor of Prof. John Stratton Hawley at UC-Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA).
Nov. 2010: Invited Respondent for a panel on Garhwal Himalaya. AAR Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
“Envisioning and Re-Envisioning The
“Imagined Landscapes: Space and Place in the Haridvaramahatmya.”
Invited Paper for the “
“What’s So Special about Me? The Role of the Specialist in General
Education.” Invited Paper, ASIANetwork annual meeting (
April 2006: “Experiencing
Other Cultures: Travel to
April/May 2006: “Tensions Within Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Faith,” public lectures delivered to the Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice (24 April) and the UW-Parkside Forum (1 May). Invited Presentations.
August 2005: “Shinran and Tulsidas: Mystery and the Workings of Grace,” delivered as part of The Shin Buddhist Path in Global and Comparative Perspectives, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY. Invited Presentation.
February 2003: “The Construction of the Kumbha
Mela,” lecture delivered to the South Asia Seminar at the
November 2002: Invited Panelist at “Kumbha Mela:
Where the Sacred Meets the Profane,” AAR/SBL Annual Meeting,
November 2001: Invited panelist to discuss the film
“Poverty, Politics, and Religion: The Plight of India’s Poor,” which was
arranged by the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies; AAR/SBL Annual Meeting,
April 2001: “Distance Learning at the Cleveland
Museum of Art,” panel discussant at the ASIANetwork annual meeting,
April 2000: "The Web and Teaching," a paper
presented at the ASIANetwork annual meeting,
1999: "Hindu Nationalism," a paper presented at
Earth and Fire: Nationalism and Society in South Asia, a symposium on
1998 "Tirthas and Tourism: From Bliss to
1997 Planned, organized, and presided over "
1996 Panel member in "Learning From Our Religious
Pluralism: An Alumni Symposium on the Religious Traditions of Asia," sponsored
by the Department of Religion at
1996 "The Transformation of Haridwar." Address to
the Ranipur branch of Rotary International, Ranipur (
1995 Panel member in "Getting Started: Asian Studies
From the Ground Up," a panel discussion at the ASIANetwork annual meeting,
Nov. 1993 Organized and participated in "From Sanatana Dharma to Hindutva: Hindu Voices Describing Hindu Identity in the 19th and 20th centuries" at the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting, Washington D.C. Paper was "New Wine, Old Skins: The Vishva Hindu Parishad and the Transformation of Hinduism."
1992 "Water For Lord Shiva: Hope Upon Hope." AAR/SBL
1991 "Continuity and Change in a
1991 Organized, presided, and participated in
"Liquid Assets and Liabilities: Hindu Perspectives on the Management of Fluids,"
1988 "Reflected Splendor: The Regional Appropriation
of `All-India' Tirthas."
Honors, Grants, and Fellowships
2014: Faculty Development Grant, Carthage College
2014: Sabbatical Leave, Carthage College (fall semester)
2009: Faculty Development Grant, Carthage College
2005: Sabbatical Leave, Carthage College (fall semester)
2004: Faculty Development Grant,
2002: ASIANetwork Freeman Faculty-Student Research Grant
2001: Faculty Development Grant,
1998: Sabbatical Leave,
1997-98 Senior Research Fellowship,
American Institute of Indian Studies
1996 Faculty Development Grant, Carthage College
1991, 1989, and 1988 President's Fellow, Columbia University
1990 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
1987, 1986, and 1984: FLAS Fellowships, Columbia Univ. and Univ. of Wa.
1985 A.I.I.S. Hindi Language Program Fellow
1979 Robinson Prize in Biblical Literature,
1975-79 War Memorial Scholar,
1975 Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of
American Oriental Society, American
College and Community Service
April 2015: External Reviewer, Whitman College Asian Studies Program
Feb. 2015: Chair, Religion Department
June/July 2014: Co-director (with Catherine Benton) of the ASIANetwork India Faculty Enhancement Program.
August 2013: Editorial Board Member, Journal of Punjab Studies
November 2013: External reviewer, Luther College Religion Department program
April 2013-Dec. 2015: Scoutmaster, Boy Scout Troop 435.
June/July 2011: Co-director (with Catherine Benton) of the ASIANetwork India Faculty Enhancement Program.
January 2008-January 2011: Senior Warden, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
October 2006-August 2011: Chair, Global Heritage Working Group (Curriculum formation)
Aug. 2004-Aug. 2005—Chair, Faculty Executive Committee, Carthage College
January 2004—January 2007: Member of the Vestry, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
Aug. 2003-July 2014: Director, Carthage College Asian Studies Program
Aug. 2003-Aug. 2009: Faculty Executive Committee, Carthage College (consecutive terms)
April 2001-April 2002: Past Chair (ex officio), ASIANetwork Board of Directors.
2000-April 2001: Chair, ASIANetwork Board of Directors.
Jan. 2000-Jan. 2003: Junior Warden of the Vestry, St. Mathew's Episcopal Church
April 1999-April 2000: Vice-Chair, ASIANetwork Board of Directors
1998-Sept. 2001—Chair, Religion Department, Carthage College
April 1998: Board Member, ASIANetwork Board of Directors
May 1997-May 2000: Member and Secretary, Faculty Executive Committee, Carthage College
Feb. 1996-Jan. 1999: Clerk and Member of the Vestry, St. Mathew's Episcopal Church.
Sept. 1995-August 2005: Faculty adviser, The Current (student newspaper)
May 1995-Sept. 1999: Coordinator, Wingspread Fellows Program
Mar. 1995-Aug. 1997 Chair, Heritage Oversight Committee.
Fall 1994: Authored Carthage grant proposals or a Luce Consultancy (from the ASIANetwork) and a Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence (both approved).
Dec.1993-Dec. 1999: Faculty Adviser, Delta Upsilon Fraternity.
1993-94 Faculty Secretary, Carthage College
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