Dr. Carola Roloff (Bhikṣuṇī Jampa Tsedroen) - Curriculum Vitae

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Current Position:

Permanent Visiting Professor for Buddhism and Dialogue in Modern Societies
Academy of World Religions, University of Hamburg

Further current research project (DFG):

  • Die buddhistische Nonnenordination im tibetischen Kanon, ihre Darstellung in den tibetischen Kommentaren und Möglichkeiten zur Erneuerung des Nonnenordens im tibetischen Buddhismus (mit terminologischer Analyse und ITLR-Datenbank-Erweiterung im Bereich monastischer Fachtermini)
  • project details (DFG)

Current Research and Teaching Focus:

  • Interreligious dialogue from a Buddhist perspective
  • Buddhism between tradition and modernity
  • Mindfulness and other types of meditation in medicine, education, and pastoral care
  • Interactions between gender and religions in Buddhism and their significance in social dialogue processes (also with a view to their countries of origin)
  • Socially engaged Buddhism: answers of Buddhism to contemporary issues such as human rights, responsibility, peace, poverty and wealth, violence and nonviolence

Academic Qualifications:

  • 2009
    • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Hamburg (degree conferred 08/04/2009; summa cum laude)
    • Dissertation title: “Red mda' ba. Buddhist Yogi Scholar of the Fourteenth Century. The Forgotten Reviver of Madhyamaka Philosophy in Tibet.”
    • Supervisor: Prof. Dr. David P. Jackson (Department of India and Tibet, Asia-Africa Institute, Faculty of Humanities)
    • Examiners: Prof. Dr. Michael Zimmermann (University of Hamburg), Prof. Dr. Eva Neumaier (University of Calgary)
  • 2003
    • Master of Arts in Language and Culture of Tibet (first major) and Language and Culture of Ancient and Medieval India, Focus on Buddhism (second major)
    • (degree awarded 30/09/2019; magna cum laude)
    • Dissertation title: „Red mda’ pa (1349-1412) und Tsong kha pa (1357-1419): zwei zentrale Figuren des tibetischen Buddhismus und ihr wechselseitiges Lehrer- Schüler-Verhältnis“
    • Supervisors: Prof. Dr. David P. Jackson, Prof. Dr. Lambert Schmithausen

Professional Employment (Continuing Academic Posts):

  • 2018 -
    • Permanent Visiting Professor for Buddhism and Dialogue in Modern Societies
    • Academy of World Religions, University of Hamburg
  • 2013 - 2018
    • Postdoctoral Research Fellow Academy of World Religions, University of Hamburg
    • ReDi Project “Religion and Dialogue in Modern Societies”
    • funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • 2012
    • Forum Humanum Visiting Professor
    • Academy of World Religions, University of Hamburg
  • 2010 – 2013
    • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (independent investigator)
    • on “The Buddhist nuns’ ordination in the Tibetan canon”
    • University of Hamburg
    • funded by the Deutsche Forschungs­gemeinschaft (DFG)

Visiting Positions:

  • 01/2020 – 06/2020
    • Docent (External lecturer with Professor competence) University of Oslo, The Faculty of Theology
  • 04/2018 – 07/2018
    • Lecturer, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, Faculty of Protestant Theology, Department Interreligious Learning
  • 10/2017 – 03/2018
    • Lecturer, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, Faculty of Protestant Theology, Department Interreligious Learning
  • 10/2016 – 03/2017
    • Lecturer, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, Faculty of Protestant Theology, Department Interreligious Learning
  • 10/2016
    • Visiting scholar at Smith College, Massachusetts (USA)
  • 06/2016
    • Lecturer, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Faculty of Protestant Theology SS 2016
  • 10/2015 – 03/2016
    • Lecturer, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, Faculty of Protestant Theology, Department Interreligious Learning
  • 2002 – 2010
    • Teacher, 7-year Systematic Studies of Buddhism, adult education, Tibetan Centre Hamburg
  • 1996 – 2017
    • Lecturer and Co-Lecturer, University of Hamburg:
      • Department for Continuing Education (Arbeitsstelle für Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung) (10/1996 - 09/1997)
      • Asia-Africa-Institute (10/2009-03/2010), Department of India and Tibet (04/2010 - 09/2010)
      • Academy of World Religions (10/2010 – 03/2011; 04/2012 – 09/2012; 04/2013 – 09/2013; 04/2015 – 09/2015; 10/2015 – 03/2016;)
      • Numata Center for Buddhist Studies & the Women in Buddhism Study Initiative (04/2014 – 09/2014)
  • 1988 – 2002
    • Tutor, 7-year Systematic Studies of Buddhism, adult education, Tibetan Centre Hamburg

Professional Memberships:

  • 2019 – Member of the Runder Tisch der Religionen (Round table of religions for the German Buddhist Union e.V.)
  • 2019 – Member of the Board of Trustees Department Theology of Peace Churches (Arbeitsstelle Theologie der Friedenskirchen), Faculty of Protestant Theology, University of Hamburg
  • 2018 – Member of the Adivisory Board of the European Society of Women in Theological Research (ESWTR, German Section)
  • 2018 – Chair Brambosch-Schaelen-Stiftung der Deutschen Buddhistischen Union e.V., Berlin
  • 2018 – Member of Remid, Religionswissenschaftlicher Medien-und Informationsdienst e.V.
  • 2017 – Member of the The European Society for Intercultural Theology and Inter­religious Studies (ESITIS)
  • 2015 – Chair Foundation for Buddhist Studies (Studienstiftung für Buddhismus), Hamburg (Deputy Chairperson 2012–2015)
  • 2014 – Editorial Board Member of Journal of Buddhist Ethics
  • 2011 – Associate Post-doctoral Local Researcher Khyentse Center for Tibetan Buddhist Textual Scholar­ship at the University of Hamburg
  • 2009 – Member of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS)
  • 2009 – Research fellow and Member of Faculty Numata Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Hamburg
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