Dr Kenneth Valpey

Dr. Kenneth Valpey is a research fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and a research fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. He completed his doctorate in Hindu studies at the University of Oxford with a study of Vaishnava temple liturgical practices and theology (published by Routledge in 2006 as Attending Kṛṣṇa’s Image: Caitanya Vaiṣṇava Mūrti-sevā As Devotional Truth). As a research fellow of the OCHS, he co-directs the Bhāgavata Purāṇa Research Project. In this capacity, he and Prof. Ravi M. Gupta have edited a volume of articles and translated a volume of selections from the Bhāgavata Purāṇa, both volumes published by Columbia University Press (2013; 2016 respectively). Drawing on classical Indic sources, he has written and lectured on nonviolence and environmentalism, and more recently, has completed a volume for the Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics book series, Cow Care in Hindu Animal Ethics.

Bhagavata-related Publications:

  • “The Bhāgavata Purāṇa as a Mahābhārata Reflection.” In P. Koskikallio (Ed.), Parallels and Comparisons: Proceedings of the Fourth Dubrovnik International Conference on the Sanskrit Epics and Puranas, September 2005 (pp. 257-278). Zagreb: Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2009.

  • “Nature Deadly and Nature Divine: The Bhāgavata Purāṇa’s Lessons on Human Relationships to the Environment,” Journal of Vaishnava Studies. Vol. 18 no. 2, Spring 2010.

  • The Bhāgavata Purāṇa: Sacred Text and Living Tradition. Co-edited, with Ravi M. Gupta. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013.

  • “Trekking Along the Path of the Bhāgavatas.” In The Bhāgavata Purāṇa: Sacred Text and Living Tradition. Edited by Ravi M. Gupta and Kenneth R. Valpey. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013.

  • “Precept, Practice, and Persuasion: Truth and heresy in the Visnupurana.” In On the Growth and Composition of the Sanskrit Epics and Purāṇas: Relationship to Kāvya, Social and Economic Context. Proceedings of the fifth Dubrovnik International Conference on the Sanskrit Epics and Puranas, August 2008. Ivan Andrijanić and Sven Sellmer, editors. Zagreb: Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2016.

  • The Bhāgavata Purāṇa: Selected Readings. Co-authored, with Ravi M. Gupta. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016. 

Contact

Email: kvalpey@gmail.com

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