Former Project Investigator
Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia • Austrian Academy of Sciences
Nina Mirnig, received her M.St. (2005) and D.Phil. (2010) in Oriental Studies/Sanskrit from the Oriental Institute at Oxford University, with her thesis Liberating the Liberated. A History of the Development of Cremation and Ancestor Worship in the Early Śaiva Siddhānta under the supervision of Alexis Sanderson. After completing her doctorate, she took up a three-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Institute of Indian Studies at the University of Groningen in the NWO-funded project A Historical Enquiry Concerning the Composition and Spread of the Skandapurāṇa (Project Coordinator: Hans Bakker), where she contributed to the editorial work and focused on the emergence and development of early Śaivism in the Kathmandu Valley based on epigraphical sources. She has also been awarded a Jan Gonda Fellowship by the Jan Gonda Fund Foundation at the Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (October 2013-January 2014) and currently collaborates with the Sanskrit Manuscripts Project, Cambridge (Project Coordinator: Vincenzo Vergiani). She joined VISCOM and the Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (AAS) in June 2014 to continue her work on early Śaiva religious and social history by preparing her thesis for publication and co-organizing the VISCOM conference Tantric Communities in Context: Sacred Secrets and Public Rituals.