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Christine Marrewa-Karwoski
Postdoctoral Fellow

Christine Marrewa Karwoski is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University in the City of New York. Previously, she held an ASIANetwork Luce Postdoctoral Fellowship at Bowdoin College. Dr. Marrewa Karwoski received her Ph.D. from Columbia University’s Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies and holds two Master’s degrees in Religious Studies (Columbia University) and Asian Lanugages and Literatures (University of Washington). Her current monograph, tentatively titled Creating a Saffron Citadel: The Nath Yogis, Nationalism, and The Rise of the Hindi Heartland, critically examines how twentieth century Hindi scholarship, Hindu nationalism, and democracy helped to shape a novel vision of an exclusively Hindu Nath identity; an identity that, often, runs counter to the culturaly inclusive way the community envisioned itself during its formation in the early-modern period. In particular, she critically examines the manner in which twentieth-century leaders and scholars influenced and helped to reimagine the Nath sampradāy’s identity. Analyzing the community’s literature and history over the longue durée, this research explores how and why some communities of yogis shifted their religious identity and ideologies in the twentieth century, specifically examining the changes which took place at the Gorakhnath Temple Complex in Gorakhpur, the most politically relevant Nath religious institution in modern India. Dr. Marrewa Karwoski’s second  project, Unbound Tradition, considers monastic book production during the time of Jaipur’s Sawai Jai Singh (1688-1743).

Dr. Marrewa Karwoski’s teaching and research interests include: early-modern and modern religious, literary, and cultural history, religious exchange and interaction in early-modern India, book and manuscript culture and circulation, asceticism across Asia, identity formulation, and religious nationalism.

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