Barbato, Melanie

Melanie Barbato

Melanie Barbato

I am a post-doc researcher at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. My research project at Münster is about Hindu-Christian dialogue. In general I am very much interested in the 19th century as an age of transformation; thematically particularly in Asian religions, interreligious dialogue and religion and art.

I graduated from Stirling University in 2005 with a B.A. (Hons.) in Philosophy and Religious Studies. I greatly enjoyed the intellectual climate at Stirling, and benefited particularly the teaching I received from Alison Jasper, Timothy Fitzgerald and Gavin Flood. Already during my undergraduate studies I discovered an interest in Indian logic as a subject that questions established categories like the boundaries between religion and philosophy or rational argumentation.

My research Master at the University of Oxford focused on theories of perception in the Indian Nyaya School and more generally on possible methods for intercultural philosophy. Through my study of India and Japan, I realized how differently categories like religion, logic or perception can be conceptualized.

In my doctoral studies at the LMU Munich/Germany I examined the various interpretations of a Jaina teaching (anekantavada) before and after the encounter with the West.

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