Christoph (PhD University of Heidelberg, 2004), who holds a position as Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto, engages with fields as diverse as Nepalese and Burmese Buddhism, and Tamil Jainism. He works with girl children, young women, and ritual specialists, studying their involvement in and contributions to religious practices related to ear boring, marriage, education, monastic ordination and the consecration of images. He confronts the personal and ethnographic remembrance of singular religious events with the history of their local and academic exegesis and contrasts both with the prescriptive/descriptive literary history of ritual manuals in Burmese, Mon, Newar, Sanskrit, and Pali reaching back to the early 17th century.
Christoph Emmrich further works on the historiography of Tamil Digambara Jain temple ritual in North and South Arcot (Tamil Nadu, India), addressing questions of resemblance and resistance. For a current list of publications follow this link.
The current SSHRC-sponsored project builds on and continues work presented in the monograph Buddhist Rituals for Newar Girls. Mimesis and Memory in the Kathmandu Valley. E.J. Brill (forthcoming).