Geoffrey Samuel

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Biographical note

Geoffrey Samuel is Emeritus Professor in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University and Director of the Body, Health and Religion (BAHAR) Research Group, and an Honorary Associate of the Department of Indian Sub-Continental Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. From September 2012 to April 2013 he was Tung Lin Kok Yuen Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, in Canada.

Geoffrey's academic background is in physics and social anthropology. His PhD (Cambridge 1976) was on Tibetan religion and society, and based on field research with Tibetans in Nepal and India in 1971-72. Subsequent fieldwork, focussing on religion and on medical and health practices, has included several further research trips to India, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, and shorter visits to other Asian societies.

He is President of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (IASTAM), and was until recently co-editor of IASTAM's journal Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity.

Geoffrey's recent research projects have included a study of Tibetan yogic health practices funded by the AHRC, a Leverhulme Trust project on Tibetan medicine, and a British Academy-funded project on contemporary versions of Tibetan ritual dance in Bhutan, as well as the Taff Project based in South Wales. He was also a co-investigator on Santi Rozario's ESRC-funded project on young Bangladeshis, Islam, marriage and the family.

Geoffrey's CV can be downloaded here. A recent public lecture in the Sydney Ideas Lecture series, Buddhism and a Sustainable World: Some Reflections, is available here as a video podcast. Another lecture, on Tibetan longevity practices, can be downloaded here and viewed here.


Authored Books

Edited Books

Edited Special Journal Issues

Translated Books

Other Publications

Geoffrey's CV contains a full publication listing.

Recent and Current Funded Research projects

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Page revised 5 April 2014 by Geoffrey Samuel. Thanks to Torbjørn Hobbel for permission to use the photograph on this page.