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Raffaele Torella - Curriculum vitae

Born in Rome on 28/6/1950. 1981-1997 Ricercatore; 1997-2003 Professore Associato; currently, as Professore Ordinario, holder of the Chair of Lingua e Letteratura Sanscrita at Istituto Italiano di Studi Orientali of Sapienza University of Rome, where he also taught for years Indian Philosophy and Religion and Indology .
Former member (2006-2010) of the Consiglio Accademico, and President of the Research Committee of the Ateneo Federato delle Scienze Umane, delle Arti e dell Ambiente (Rome Sapienza). Former member (2012-2016) of Giunta di Presidenza of Faculty of Lettere e Filosofia.
Coordinator of the South Asia Section in the Doctoral Course in Studies in Asia and Africa , Sapienza University of Rome.
Member of the Committee for Scientific Habilitation (ASN, sect. N/3)
Member of the Comité Éditorial de l'École Française d'Extrême-Orient, Pondichéri (India); Member of the Scientific Commitee of the Zentrum Asienwissenchaften und Sozialanthropologie, Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Direttore Scientifico and Direttore Responsabile of the Rivista degli Studi Orientali (Sapienza University of Rome) and the Nuova Serie Orientale, series of monographs connected with Rivista degli Studi Orientali.
Scientific Coordinator for the Erasmus-Socrates exchange programme and International Relations, Istituto Italiano di Studi Orientali; responsible for the exchange programmes with the universities of Vienna, Halle-Wittenberg, Cracow, Paris-Sorbonne, Prague, Helsinki, Stockolm, Leiden, Salamanca, Malaga, Vilnius, Bucarest, Lausanne, Leipzig and Jadavpur (India).
Many research journeys to India and Europe with stays at the major indological institutions and MSS libraries. Active participations in several international conferences (VI to XIII World Sanskrit Conference, etc.), seminars, and in the meetings for the project of a Dictionary of Technical Terms of Hindu Tantric Literature (University of Vienna, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000) in the framework of the agreement between the Accademia dei Lincei and the Austrian Academy of Science.
Lectures: State University Tokyo, University of Vienna, All Souls College (Oxford), University of Lausanne, University of Marburg, University of Halle-Wittenberg, University of Québec (Montréal), University of Vancouver, University Jagiellonica of Cracow, Sorbonne-Paris IV, University of Praga, University of Lucknow, Indira Gandhi Centre for the Arts (New Delhi), JNU (New Delhi), University of Berkeley, University of Manoa (Hawaii), Columbia University (NewYork), University of Salamanca, University of San Pietroburgo, University of Jadavpur (Kolkata), University of Kolkata,Yale University, University of Malaga, Berlin Tagore Centre, Cornell University, etc.
Ph.D. examiner at Oxford, Marburg, La Trobe (Australia), Lausanne, Paris-Sorbonne, Cambridge.
Member of the Jury for Professorship, Paris-Sorbonne, (2011, 2013)
Directeur d études invité at EPHE, Paris-Sorbonne (April-May 2006).
Visiting professor at University of Malaga (May-June 2008).
Visiting professor at Indian Institute for Advanced Study, Shimla (August 2010, October 2012, Sept-Oct. 2013).
Scientific coordinator (with D. Pingree) of the section Science in India in the multivolume work History of Science , published by the Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani (Rome 2002).
National Coordinator of the research project (PRIN) Passion and emotions in the civilisation of India and Tibet .
(with Bettina Bäumer) Scientific Responsible and Organizer of the First International Workshop on Utpaladeva (Indian Institute for Advanced Study, Shimla 2010).
Coordinator of the research project Uomo e natura nel pensiero e nella storia sociale dell India (2011-2013, Rome, Sapienza)
Co-responsible of the section Tantra and Agama in the XVI World Sanskrit Conference (Delhi, gennaio 2012).
Scientific responsible and organizer of International Conference on The human person and nature in classical and modern India (Rome, March 2013).
Member of the Editorial Board, Hindu Studies Series, Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi.
President of Italian Association of Sanskrit Studies (A.I.S.S.).
President of Consulta Universitaria Studi su Asia e Africa (CUSTAA)
Research interests: Tantrism, Ka mir aivism, aiva gamas, Vai ava Pañcar tra, logical-epistemological schools of Buddhism, linguistic speculation, manuscriptology.

Selected publications:
The varapratyabhijñ k rik of Utpaladeva with the Author's V tti. Critical Edition and Annotated Translation, Serie Orientale Roma LXXI, IsMEO, Roma 1994, pp. LIV, 273. (II edition, Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi 2002; reprint 2013).
(Ed.) Le Parole e i Marmi, Studi in onore di Raniero Gnoli nel suo 70°compleanno, 2 vols., Serie Orientale Roma, IsIAO, Roma 2001, pp. 1030.
(with G. Boccali), Passioni d Oriente. Eros ed emozioni in India e in Tibet, Torino, Einaudi, 2007.
Il pensiero dell India: Un introduzione, Roma: Carocci Editore, 2008.
(Ed. it., Introduction) A. Padoux, Tantra, Torino: Einaudi 2010.
(Ed. it., Introduction) A. Aklujkar, Corso di Sanscrito, Milano: Hoepli 2010 (co-ed. C. Mastrangelo).
The Philosophical Traditions of India: an Appraisal, Varanasi: Indica Books 2011.
Gli Aforismi di iva con il commento di K emar ja ( ivas travimar in ), Milano: Adelphi, 2013.
(Ed. with B. Bäumer) Utpaladeva, Philosopher of Recognition, Delhi: DK Printworld 2016.

Latest Articles:
How is verbal signification possible: understanding Abhinavagupta s reply , Journal of Indian Philosophy 32 (2-3), 2004, pp. 173-188.
Studies in Utpaladeva s varapratyabhijñ -viv ti. Part I. Apoha and anupalabdhi in a aiva garb . In: K. Preisendanz (ed.), Expanding and Merging Horizons. Contributions to South Asian and Cross-Cultural Studies in Commemoration of Wilhelm Halbfass, Vienna 2007, pp. 473-490.
Studies in Utpaladeva s varapratyabhijñ -viv ti. Part II. What is memory? . In: Indica et Tibetica. Festschrift für Michael Hahn zum 65. Geburtstag von Freunden und Schülern überreicht, herausgegeben von Konrad Klaus und Jens-Uwe Hartmann, Wien 2007, pp. 539-563.
Studies in Utpaladeva s varapratyabhijñ -viv ti. Part III. Can a cognition become the object of another cognition? . In: D. Goodall, A. Padoux (eds.), Mélanges tantriques à la mémoire d Hélène Brunner, Pondicherry 2007, pp. 475-484.
Studies in Utpaladeva s varapratyabhijñ -viv ti. Part IV. Light of the subject-light of the object . In: B. Kellner et al. (eds.), Pram ak rti . Papers dedicated to Ernst Steinkellner on the occasion of his 70th birthday, Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde, Heft 70.1-2, Wien, 2007, pp. 925-939.
From an adversary to the main ally: The place of Bhart hari in the Kashmirian aiv dvaita . In: M. Chaturvedi (ed.), Bhart hari: Language, Thought and Reality. Delhi, 2009, pp. 343-354.
Observations on yogipratyak a . In: WATANABE, CH. et ALII (Eds.) Sa sk ta-s dhut - Goodness of Sanskrit. Studies in Honour of Professor Ashok N. Aklujkar, New Delhi 2012, pp. 470-487.
Studies in Utpaladeva s varapratyabhijñ -viv ti. Part V. Self-awareness and yogic perception . In: Voegeli, F. et al. (eds.). Devadatt yam. Johannes Bronkhorst Felicitation Volume. Worlds of South and Inner Asia 5, Peter Lang, Berne 2012, pp. 275-300.
Inherited cognitions: prasiddhi, gama, pratibh , abdana (Bhart hari, Utpaladeva, Abhinavagupta, Kum rila and Dharmak rti in dialogue) . In: Eltschinger, V & Krasser, H (eds.) Scriptural authority, reason and action, Proceedings of a Panel at the XIV World Sanskrit Conference, Kyoto, September 1st-5th 2009, Vienna 2013. pp. 455-480.
Pratyabhijñ and philology , Journal of the American Oriental Society, 2013, 133.4, pp. 705-713
Utpaladeva s lost Viv ti on the varapratyabhijñ k rik , Journal of Indian Philosophy 42, 2014, pp. 115-126.
Notes on the ivad i by Som nanda and its commentary , Journal of Indian Philosophy 42, 2014, pp. 551-601
Passions and emotions in the Indian philosophical-religious traditions , in P. Bilimoria, A. Wenta (eds.) Emotions in Indian Thought-Systems, London: Routledge 2015, pp. 57-101.
Purity and impurity in Non-dualistic aiva Tantrism , in Proceedings of the International Conference Religions: fields of research, method and perspectives , Studia Religiologica, Cracow Jagiellonian University , 48.2, 2015, pp. 101-115.
A Vai ava Param dvaita in X c. Kashmir? The work of V manadatta , in E. Franco, I. Ratié (eds.) Around Abhinavagupta: Aspects of the intellectual history of Kashmir from the ninth to the eleventh century, Leipziger Studien zu Kultur und Geschichte Süd- und Zentralasiens, Band 6, Leipzig 2016, pp. 427-450.
aiva Nondualism , in J. Tuske (ed.) Indian Epistemology and Metaphysics (Bloomsbury Research Handbooks in Asian Philosophy), London: Bloomsbury 2017, pp. 183-205.
Abhinavagupta as an aristocrat in Cristina Scherrer-Schaub Felicitation Volume, ed. V. Eltschinger, V. Tournier, and M. Sernesi. Series Minor, Università di Napoli L'Orientale. Naples: Università di Napoli L'Orientale. (forthcoming).
Beauty in Gedenkschrift Helmut Krasser, ed. V. Eltschinger et al., Harvard Oriental Series., Harvard (forthcoming).
Abhinavagupta s attitude towards yoga , JAOS (forthcoming).