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Aditya Malik Professor and Dean, School of Historical Studies, Nalanda University, Bihar

Aditya Malik is Professor and Dean in the School of Historical Studies at the newly established Nalanda University, India. He was trained in philosophy, archaeology, history, social anthropology, and religious studies at St Stephen’s College, New Delhi; Deccan College, Pune; and the South Asia Institute of the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He received his PhD and Habilitation (professorial degree) in Modern Indian Studies at the University of Heidelberg. He has taught at the Universities of Heidelberg and Canterbury in New Zealand. He was Head of Religious Studies (2002– 2004) at the University of Canterbury. He has been Senior Fellow of the German Research Council, Heidelberg; Visiting Faculty, Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Visiting Professor, University of Delhi; and Fellow at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Social Science Research, Erfurt. He was founding Deputy Director of the New Zealand South Asia Research Centre (NZSAC) and Associate Director of the New Zealand India Research Institute (NZIRI). He has numerous publications on pilgrimage; oral traditions, ritual embodiment and performance; religion, law, and justice; medieval and contemporary historiography; and secularism, religion, and modernity in South Asia.