Marie-Hélène Gorisse
Marie-Hélène Gorisse is the Dharmanath Assistant Professor in Jain Studies at the University of Birmingham. She received her PhD in philosophy and diploma in Sanskrit from the University of Lille and was a Guest Professor at Ghent University, a Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS and a Postdoctoral Researcher in Leiden, Ghent and Birmingham. She specialises in Jainism and in the way its epistemology and hermeneutics are developed in dialogue with other South Asian philosophico-religious traditions. She also works on the contemporary relevance of Jainism as a contributor to the global philosophy of religion. She is the author of many papers, including ‘Jaina Philosophy’ in the Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, the editor of volumes like the special issue Knowing through perspectives in Jain philosophy. Historical approaches in the Journal of Indian Philosophy, and has done podcasts on Jainism, for example in Robert Lawrence Kuhn’s Closer to Truth, or Peter Adamson’s History of Philosophy without gap series.
Tine Vekemans Professor Ghent University
Tine Vekemans holds the Ācārya Mahāprajña Chair for Jain Studies which was established at Ghent University in 2022. Additionally, she is a senior postdoctoral research fellow funded by Ghent University’s Special Research Fund (BOF). Over the past decade, Tine’s research touched upon diverse aspects of modern and contemporary Jainism, including Jain migration history, changing lay-mendicant relations, Jainism in the digital age, and processes of knowledge transfer in the Jain diaspora. Broader recurring themes in her work include religious, cultural, and societal change, diversity and cosmopolitanism, the impact of migration as well as digital media on religion, culture, and learning. Her research approach often combines ethnography with textual study and/or media analysis, but always starts from practices and experiences of Jains. In addition to specialist courses on Jainism and research methodologies, she teaches introductory level courses on South Asian History and Current Affairs.
Christopher Jain Miller Vice President of Academic Affairs, Professor of Engaged Jainism & Modern Yoga
Christopher Jain Miller is the co-founder, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Professor of Jain and Yoga Studies at Arihanta Institute. He completed his PhD in the study of Religion at the University of California, Davis and is also a Visiting Researcher at the University of Zürich's Asien-Orient-Institut and Visiting Professor at Claremont School of Theology where he co-developed and co-runs a remotely available Masters Degree Program focusing on Engaged Jain Studies. His current research focuses on Engaged Jainism and Modern Yoga, and he is the author of a number of articles and book chapters concerned with Jainism and the practice of modern yoga. Christopher is the author of Embodying Transnational Yoga: Eating, Singing, and Breathing in Transformation (Routledge 2024), as well as co-editor of the volumes Engaged Jainism: Critical and Constructive Approaches to the Study of Jain Social Engagement (SUNY 2025) and Beacons of Dharma: Spiritual Exemplars for the Modern Age (Lexington 2020).