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Prof. Dr. Philippe Bornet

University of Lausanne (CH), Switzerland


Philippe Bornet is senior lecturer at the University of Lausanne, in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations. After stays in Tübingen and at the University of Chicago, he completed a PhD in the comparative history of religions on rituals of hospitality in Jewish and Indian texts. His current research deals with interactions between India and Europe and, more specifically, Swiss missionaries in South India in the beginning of the twentieth century and the circulation of epistemic and visual cultures. Recent publications include Rites et pratiques de l’hospitalité (2010), Religions in Play (2012) (ed. with M. Burger) and L’orientalisme des marges (2014) (ed. with S. Gorshenina).