Dr Bjarne Wernicke-Olesen


Bjarne Wernicke-Olesen is a Research Lecturer and Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies teaching Sanskrit and Hinduism for the Theology and Religion Faculty. He is the Research Director and Manager for the Śākta Traditions research programme at the OCHS. His book publications include an introduction to Hinduism (2015), translations of the Bhagavadgītā (2009) and the Haṭhapradīpikā (2021) as well as a Danish Sanskrit Grammar and Reader in two volumes (2014). He is the editor of Goddess Traditions in Tantric Hinduism (2016) and has written a number of articles on Śāktism, yoga and tantra in Danish, German and English. 

Research Area(s):

Study of Religions

Research Interests:

The Study of Religion and Hindu Studies; Indian languages (esp. Sanskrit, Vedic and Pali); Śāktism and tantric traditions; The ascetic reformism (6th to 2nd century BC); Medieval India and Nepal; Yoga and asceticism; Myths and rituals; History of Ideas in South Asia; Theory and method; Key thinkers and the history of research on religion.

Research Centres & Projects:

Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies
Research Director and Manager, Śākta Traditions (OCHS)

Publications and Research Outputs:

Hinduism and Meditation: Yoga [https://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198808640.001....  
Übungswissen in Yoga, Tantra und Asketismus des frühen indischen Mittelalters [https://www.lit-verlag.de/isbn/978-3-643-13222-2]
Goddess Traditions in Tantric Hinduism [https://www.routledge.com/Goddess-Traditions-in-Tantric-Hinduism-History...
Gudernes Sprog (Sanskrit grammar and reader) [https://www.forlagetunivers.dk/book.php?lang=&id=43]