Tillo Detige



  • 'History of South Asian Buddhism,' Carleton-Antioch Buddhist Studies in India program, Bodhgaya, India, September-December 2018.
  • Intensive beginners’ course of Hindi, Summer School of the Académie Belge pour l’Etude des Langues Anciennes et Orientales (ABELAO), Université Catholique de Louvain, July 31st - August 10th, 2018.
  • 'Jaina Bhakti & Ritual', MA-course, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, Ghent University.
  • 'Indian Technologies of the Self & Technologies of Power', MA-course, 2017-18, Ghent University.
  • Hindi, BA-level courses, 2012-13, 2016-17, 2017-18, Ghent University.
  • Hindi Literature, BA-course, 2016-17, Ghent University.
  • Private teacher of Hindi & Sanskrit (September 2017- present)
  • Hindi instructor, European School, Brussels (October 2017 - June 2018).


  • Detige, Tillo (forthcoming, 2018) "Satpātrāya samarpittaṃ: Manuscript Copies and the Early Modern Digambara Saṅgha." In: Christine Chojnacki & Basile Leclère (eds.) "Gift of Knowledge: Patterns of Patronage in Jainism." Sapna Book House, Bengaluru, p. 274-370.
  • Detige, Tillo (forthcoming) Guṇa kahūṃ śrī guru”: Bhaṭṭāraka Gītas and the Early Modern Digambara Jaina Saṅgha." In: Maya Burger & Nadia Cattoni (eds.) "Early Modern India: literature and images, texts and languages", CrossAsia-eBooks, Heidelberg & Berlin.
  • Detige, Tillo (in preparation)  “Digambara Renouncers in Western and Central India, c. 1100–1800”  In: John Cort, Paul Dundas & Kristi Wiley (associate editors), Knut Jacobsen (editor-in-chief) "Encyclopedia of Jainism", Brill, Leiden.
  • Detige, Tillo (in preparation) "‘Taba sūri mantra ucāri:: The consecration of Early Modern Digambara Jaina bhaṭṭārakas." [journal article, special edition of Religions , guest edited by Anne Vallely.]
  • Detige, Tillo (in preparation) "Nityaṃ praṇamanti: Funerary monuments of early modern Digambara munis from Western India" [journal article.]
  • Detige, Tillo (in preparation) "The Ritual Veneration of Living Digambara Jaina Renouncers." [book chapter; Rita Sherma & Purushottama Bilimoria (eds.) "Ritual, Contemplation, & Communion in Hindu and Jain Worlds".]
  • Detige, Tillo (in preparation) "Not just Stories. Jain and Buddhist Narratives as Epistemic Technology." [book chapter; Annette Merz, Marcel Poorthuis, & Eric Ottenheijm (eds.) "New approaches in the comparative study of Parables" [working title], Series 'Jewish & Christian Perspectives', Brill, Leiden.]
  • Detige, Tillo (2017) "Manuscript Collections of the Western and Central Indian Bhaṭṭārakas", Jaina Studies: Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies, no. 12 (March, 2017), p. 36-9. (online)
  • Detige, Tillo (2016) "Papers on Jainism at the ICEMLNI" [conference report], Jaina Studies: Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies, no. 11 (March, 2016),  p.22-3. (online)
  • Detige, Tillo (2015) "The Bhaṭṭārakas of Kārañjā (Lāḍa): Triveṇī Saṅgama at Jaina Kāśī." In: Luitgard Soni & Jayandra Soni (ed.) "Sanmati, Essays Felicitating Professor Hampa Nagarajaiah on the occasion of his 80th Birthday", Sapna Book House, Bengaluru, p. 143-176.
  • De Clercq, Eva & Tillo Detige (2015). "Colossi and Lotus Feet: Paṇḍitas and Bhaṭṭārakas in the north Indian Digambara Legacy." In: Julia A. B. Hegewald. (ed.) “Jaina painting and manuscript culture: In memory of Paolo Pianarosa”, Studies in Asian Art and Culture (SAAC), Vol. 3, EB-Verlag, Berlin, p. 303-335.
  • Detige, Tillo (2015) "Dharma in Jainism: Workshop at Manipal University" [conference report], Jaina Studies: Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies, no. 10 (February, 2015), p.19-20. (online)
  • Detige, Tillo (2014) "Worshipping Bhaṭṭārakas", Jaina Studies: Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies, no. 9 (March, 2014), p.27-30. (online)
  • Detige, Tillo (2013). "Een haan van deeg en een hert van goud: verhalen over karma en hergeboorte uit jaïnisme en boeddhisme." In: Eva De Clercq & Saartje Verbeke (eds.) "India. Een wereld van verhalen", Academia Press, Gent p.117-143.

See also Ghent University Academic Bibliography.


Conference Papers

  • "Practicing Theory, Theorizing Practice? Theravāda Buddhist Pāli Technical Terms in the Contemporary Teaching of Vipassanā Meditation," Permanent Training 'Religious Traditions of India', Ghent University, 13th March 2018.
  • “Commu(nica)ting Selves: Dancing Devotees & The Practice Theoretical Approach to the Jaina Traditions”, panel ‘Communicating Jainism: Media & Messages’ (convened by Tillo Detige, Tine Vekemans, & Heleen De Jonckheere), EASR conference (European Association for the Study of Religion), conference theme: 'Communicating Religion', KULeuven, 18th-21st September 2017."
  • From Bhaṭṭārakas to Ritual Knowlege" , guest lecture in the course "Introduction to Jainism"/"Jainism. History, Doctrine and the Contemporary World", SOAS, London, 21st March 2017.
  • "Early Modern Digambara Jainism in Western & Central India: Bhaṭṭārakas & more", Belgian Indology Day, Ghent University, 10th March 2017. (conference program)
  • "Early Modern manuscript culture and literary circles of the Western Indian bhaṭṭāraka saṅghas." Conference "The constitution of a literary legacy and the tradition of patronage in Jainism," University of Lyon III, 15th-17th September 2016.
  • "Fanatics vs. Pacifists? Rethinking the fortunes of Digambara Jainism under Muslim rule." Permanent Training 'Religious Traditions of India', Ghent University, 12th April 2016. (abstract).
  • "Calling upon the (Un)responsive? Ritual veneration as Contemplative Praxis in Digambara Jainism", panel "Jain Contemplative Praxis: Meditation, Mantra, & Mindfulness", 13th DANAM conference (Dharma Academy of North America), conference theme "Contemplative Studies in Dharmic Religions", Atlanta, 20th-21st November 2015.
  • "Absence, Agency & Immanence: The Ritual Veneration of Deceased Ascetics as a Technology of the Self in Digambara Jainism", panel "Tomb and Mortuary Relic Worship in South Asia", convened by Mark McLaughlin and co-sponsored by the 'Religion in South Asia' section and the 'Space, Place, and Religion' group of the AAR, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Atlanta, 21st-24th November 2015.
  • “Dynamics of Reform & Orientalist Discourse in Digambara Jainism”21st World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), University of Erfurt, 23rd-29th August 2015 (panel abstracts).
  • “Ascetic Ideals & Guru-bhakti in the Bhaṭṭāraka lineages of Digambara Jainism", 12th International Conference on Early Modern Literatures in North India (ICEMLNI), University of Lausanne, 15th-19th July 2015. 
  • "Genealogies of Opposition, Archaeologies of Selves and Others: the Digambara Jaina Bhaṭṭārakas", 'Jains & The Other: Understanding Religious Identities', International Graduate Student Conference on Jain Studies, Yale University, 1st-2nd May 2015. (conference announcement)
  • "Ritual, Devotion & Liberation: The case of the Digambara Bhaṭṭārakas" Workshop on 'Dharma in Jainism', Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal University, Karnataka, India, 2nd-3rd February 2015. (conference flyerwebsite)
  • "Venerable Feet: Devotion and Commemoration in Digambara Jainism", 6th International Indological Graduate Research Symposium (IIGRS), Department of Indian and Tibetan Studies, Universität Hamburg, 6th-8th November 2014.
  • "Religion as resource, resource as reflex: The ascetic ideal in Digambara Jainism", Workshop "Religion as Resource - Local and Global Discourses", Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, 18th-20th July 2014.
  • "Pluralities of knowledge and multiple ways of learning: The transmission of religious knowledge through Jaina and Buddhist narratives", Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR), Groningen, Netherlands: 'Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge' (11th-15th May 2014), panel 'Parables and Religious Knowledge', 11th May 2014.
  • "Worshipping the ideal ascetic, worshipping the ascetic ideal: devotion to asceticism in Digambara Jainism", 2nd Doctorandi colloquium of Babel (Belgian Association for the Study of Religions), Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), 26th March 2014.
  • "Singing the Praises of the Bhaṭṭārakas: Digambara Hagiographic Compositions from Rājasthān", 16th Jaina Studies Workshop: 'Jaina Hagiography and Biography', Centre of Jaina Studies, SOAS, 21st March 2014. (video)
  • "Taking stories seriously: Jaina narrative literature and re-modeling the study of Jainism (An essay)." 7th International Würzburg Colloquium “Perspectives of Indian Studies” – Exploring Jain Narrative Literature", University of Würzburg (30th Sep. -1st July), 31st September 2013.



  • "Against Humanism, with Michel Foucault", Internal Seminar, Department of Languages & Cultures, Ghent University, 28th November 2017.
  • "Nooit alleen in de mensenzee; alleen over de oceaan van het bestaan? Afzondering en onthechting in het Jaïnisme & andere Indische tradities" ("Never alone among the masses; alone across the ocean of existence? Seclusion and detachment in Jainism and other Indian traditions"), Colloquium "Op een kier. Over beslotenheid in verschillende religies" ("Left ajar: On isolation in various religions"), PARCUM, Museum for Religion, Art, & Culture, Park Abbey, Leuven, 21st November 2017. (Seminar held in the framework of the exhibition "Van de wereld - Beelden van beslotenheid en bevrijding / (Un)worldly - Images of seclusion and liberation".)
  • Recluse at the Club: The Ritual & Devotional Veneration of Digambara Jain renouncers" (In Dutch, "Kluizenaars in de discotheek: de rituele & devotionele verering van Digambara-jaïna-asceten"). Research-based photo display at the photo exposition "Unseen Research: Stories about Fieldwork in India",  UGhent Department of Languages & Cultures., Faculty Library Arts & Philosophy, Ghent University, 2nd - 20th October 2017. 
  • "Op zoek naar tempels & tempelschatten".  [In Dutch] WoooW Science Festival, Science Day / Dag van de Wetenschap, MIAT, Ghent, 27th November 2016.
  • "Online Rituals & Glorified Gurus: Devotion in Jainism", with Tine Vekemans, Seminar 'Culture in Perspective', Ghent University, 4th March 2015.
  • "Researching the Digambara Bhaṭṭārakas" Guest Lecture, Vidyabharati College, Karanja, India, 20th January 2015. 
  • "Critical terms of/for a Critical Thinker (Michel Foucault)", Internal Seminar, Department of Languages & Cultures, Ghent University, 13th November 2014.
  • "Digambara Jaina manuscripts from the Bhaṭṭārakas’ bhaṇḍāras of Western India", Intensive Course in Indian Manuscriptology, Ghent University, 13-17th October 2014.
  • "Boeddhisme, boeddhisten, boeddhistisch - Inleiding tot het boeddhisme." [in Dutch] Lecture organised by HuisvandeMens Eeklo & Vrijzinnig Centrum Zomerlicht, Zomergem, 28th March 2014. 
  • "India, religies & verhalen - Verhalen over karma en hergeboorte uit boeddhisme en jaïnisme." [in Dutch] Lecture series 'India. Een wereld van Verhalen', Ghent University, 13th Nov 2013.  



  • Organisation of the 'International Day of Yoga 2015 Ghent'. Practical & theoretical symposium, Sint-Baafsabdij, Ghent, Sunday 21st June 2015.
  • Freelance interpreter for Hindi (2009-10, occasionally since).
  • Interpreter & teacher of integration courses for foreigners Hindi/Urdu, cities of Ghent (2010) & Antwerp (2011).
  • Instructor of Dutch language (NT2) (2011). 



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Last Updated August 2018.