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Catherine Robinson

  • Senior Lecturer: Study of Religions, Philosophies and Ethics
  • Email: C.Robinson@bathspa.ac.uk
  • Telephone: 441225875658
  • School or Department: CoLA - Culture and Environment
  • Office: NP.CM.214
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Personal Statement

Catherine Robinson has worked at Bath Spa University (then called Bath College of Higher Education) since 1990. A graduate of Stirling University, she gained a doctorate from Lancaster University for a study of the Indian women's movement which analysed how and why appeal was made to the Hindu tradition (later published by Curzon Press). Her major research interests are issues of gender and sexuality in religions as well as Indian religions in the modern period.

She has researched Sachkhand Nanak Dham, a Punjabi religious movement, and the history of scholarship of the Sikh tradition, with particular reference to the representation of Sikhism in educational contexts.A book linking interpretations of the Bhagavad-Gita, arguably the most popular Hindu scripture, with images of the Hindu tradition, including universalist and theological perspectives, was published by Routledge in 2006. She was also a co-editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Hinduism which was published in 2008. More recently, she has been researching the life and work of Sir Edwin Arnold, a Victorian poet, writer and journalist, who published widely on Indian themes.

She also revisited some earlier work on Indian soldiers and the role of religion in the British Indian Army with a particular focus on the centenary of the Great War. In addition, she has worked with Denise Cush on a Higher Education Academy-funded project on fieldwork placements and experiential learning in Theology and Religious Studies (see www.livingreligion.co.uk). This project was given the Shap Award for 2013 for its contribution to the field of the study of/education in religions.

Academic Qualifications 

  • BA(Hons) Stirling
  • PhD Lancaster

Professional Memberships

  • Member, British Association for the Study of Religions Fellow
  • Higher Education Academy

Areas of Expertise

  • Hinduism
  • Sikhism
  • Religion, Gender and Sexuality
  • Theory and Method in the Study of Religions

Research and academic outputs

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Encyclopedia of Hinduism
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Cush, D, Robinson, C and York, M, eds. (2007) Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Routledge, London. ISBN 9780700712670


Interpretations of the Bhagavad-Gita and images of the Hindu tradition: the song of the lord
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Robinson, C (2006) Interpretations of the Bhagavad-Gita and images of the Hindu tradition: the song of the lord. Routledge. ISBN 9780415346719


Tradition and liberation: the Hindu tradition in the Indian women's movement
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Robinson, C (1999) Tradition and liberation: the Hindu tradition in the Indian women's movement. Routledge Studies in Asian Religion . Routledge. ISBN 9780700711437


Sachkhand Nanak Dham
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Robinson, C (2017) 'Sachkhand Nanak Dham.' In: Jacobsen, K.A, Mann, G.S, Myrvold, K and Nesbitt, E, eds. Brill's encyclopedia of Sikhism: vol I. Brill, Leiden, pp. 97-402. ISBN 9789004297456


'Arthavada' - 'Punya' - Papa' - 'Svarga' -'Vidhi'
book_section

Robinson, C and Cush, D (2007) ''Arthavada' - 'Punya' - Papa' - 'Svarga' -'Vidhi'.' In: Cush, D, Robinson, C and York, M, eds. Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Routledge, London. ISBN 9780700712670


'Bhagavad-Gita' - 'Subhadra' - 'Savitri'
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Robinson, C (2007) ''Bhagavad-Gita' - 'Subhadra' - 'Savitri'.' In: Cush, D, Robinson, C and York, M, eds. Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Routledge, London. ISBN 9780700712670


Brian Bocking and the defence of study of religions as an academic discipline in universities and schools
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Cush, D and Robinson, C (2016) 'Brian Bocking and the defence of study of religions as an academic discipline in universities and schools.' Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions, 3. pp. 27-41. ISSN 2009-7409


Indian soldiers on the Western Front: the role of religion in the Indian army in the Great War
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Robinson, C (2015) 'Indian soldiers on the Western Front: the role of religion in the Indian army in the Great War.' Religions of South Asia, 9 (1). pp. 43-63. ISSN 1751-2697


Interpreter of Hinduism to the west? Sir Edwin Arnold's (re)presentation of Hindu texts and their reception
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Robinson, C (2014) 'Interpreter of Hinduism to the west? Sir Edwin Arnold's (re)presentation of Hindu texts and their reception.' Religions of South Asia, 8 (2). pp. 217-236. ISSN 1751-2697


Developments in religious studies: towards a dialogue with religious education
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Cush, D and Robinson, C (2014) 'Developments in religious studies: towards a dialogue with religious education.' British Journal of Religious Education, 36 (1). pp. 4-17. ISSN 1740-7931


Religions, philosophies and ethics: curriculum change in the marketised academy
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Robinson, C and Cush, D (2013) 'Religions, philosophies and ethics: curriculum change in the marketised academy.' DISKUS: the Journal of the British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR), 14. ISSN 0967-8948


Does religious studies work? Employability and experiential learning
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Robinson, C and Cush, D (2011) 'Does religious studies work? Employability and experiential learning.' Discourse: Learning and Teaching in Philosophical and Religious Studies, 10 (3). ISSN 1741-4164


When the twain meet: redefining 'British' religions through student encounters with religious communities
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Robinson, C and Cush, D (2011) 'When the twain meet: redefining 'British' religions through student encounters with religious communities.' Discourse: Learning and Teaching in Philosophical and Religious Studies, 10 (2). pp. 15-30. ISSN 1741-4164


‘Do they really believe that?’: Experiential learning outside the theology and religious studies classroom
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Robinson, C and Cush, D (2010) '‘Do they really believe that?’: Experiential learning outside the theology and religious studies classroom.' Discourse: Learning and Teaching in Philosophical and Religious Studies, 10 (1). pp. 55-72. ISSN 1741-4164


'O our India!': towards a reassessment of Sir Edwin Arnold
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Robinson, C (2009) ''O our India!': towards a reassessment of Sir Edwin Arnold.' Religions of South Asia, 3 (2). pp. 203-219. ISSN 1751-2689


Staff expectations and student experience: a case study of first year undergraduate curriculum planning and evaluation
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Robinson, C and Reid-Bowen, P (2008) 'Staff expectations and student experience: a case study of first year undergraduate curriculum planning and evaluation.' Discourse: Learning and Teaching in Philosophical and Religious Studies, 8 (1). pp. 73-89. ISSN 1741-4164


Raj Karega Khalsa (the Khalsa shall reign): the legacy of Tat Khalsa in portrayals of the Khalsa, the impact on Sikh studies and implications for Sikhism in education
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Robinson, C (2007) 'Raj Karega Khalsa (the Khalsa shall reign): the legacy of Tat Khalsa in portrayals of the Khalsa, the impact on Sikh studies and implications for Sikhism in education.' Religions of South Asia, 1 (1). pp. 65-80. ISSN 1751-2697


From Bhagvat-Geeta to Bagger Vance
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Robinson, C (2007) 'From Bhagvat-Geeta to Bagger Vance.' Journal of Vaishnava Studies, 16 (1). pp. 3-21. ISSN 1062-1237


The living words of the living master: Sants, Sikhs, Sachkhand Nanak Dham and the academy
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Cox, L and Robinson, C (2006) 'The living words of the living master: Sants, Sikhs, Sachkhand Nanak Dham and the academy.' Journal of Contemporary Religion, 21 (3). pp. 373-387. ISSN 1469-9419


Druids and Brahmins: a case of mistaken identity?
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Robinson, C (2000) 'Druids and Brahmins: a case of mistaken identity?' DISKUS: the Journal of the British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR), 6. ISSN 0967-8948


The sacred cow: Hinduism and ecology
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Robinson, C and Cush, D (1997) 'The sacred cow: Hinduism and ecology.' Journal of Beliefs & Values, 18 (1). pp. 25-37. ISSN 1361-7672


Neither east nor west: some aspects of religion and ritual in the Indian Army of the Raj
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Robinson, C (1996) 'Neither east nor west: some aspects of religion and ritual in the Indian Army of the Raj.' Religion, 26 (1). pp. 37-47. ISSN 1096-1151


'At the going down of the sun and in the morning...': remembering the Indian Soldiers of empire
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Robinson, C (2017) 'At the going down of the sun and in the morning...': remembering the Indian Soldiers of empire. In: Religion Department Research Seminars, 8 March 2017, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales.


Making the strange familiar and the familiar strange: fieldwork placements in religious communities
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Robinson, C (2016) Making the strange familiar and the familiar strange: fieldwork placements in religious communities. In: BASR Annual Conference, 5 - 7 September 2016, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK.


One hundred years on: Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims on the Western Front
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Robinson, C (2014) One hundred years on: Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims on the Western Front. In: 39th Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions 2014, 25 April - 27 April 2014, Luther King House, Manchester.


Haile Selassie in Bath
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Robinson, C (2008) Haile Selassie in Bath. In: Celebrating Diversity Month, February 2008, University of Bath.


"[T]he intention of the author has been, in fulfilment of his promise to the Sikhs, to write from an orthodox Sikh point of view" (Max Arthur Macauliffe): the Khalsa and scholarship
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Robinson, C (2006) "[T]he intention of the author has been, in fulfilment of his promise to the Sikhs, to write from an orthodox Sikh point of view" (Max Arthur Macauliffe): the Khalsa and scholarship. In: 31st Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions, 31 March - 2 April 2006, Jesus College, Oxford.


Sikhism: sant-sipahi (soldier saints): beliefs, martial ideals & military traditions
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Robinson, C (2005) Sikhism: sant-sipahi (soldier saints): beliefs, martial ideals & military traditions. In: BRLSI Events, 9 May 2005, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute, Bath, UK.


Living religion [website]
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Robinson, C, Cush, D and Wilshen, G (2011) Living religion [website].


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