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  • Detige, Tillo (in preparation) “Apropos Digambara Jaina Munis in 19th century CE Western India”. [journal article]
  • Detige, Tillo (in preparation) “Perfection and Mental Purification in Contemporary Vipassanā Meditation Praxis: Technology of Self and Others; Global, Lay Asceticism?" [Edited volume from the Kosmoi Conference: ‘Good - Better - Best. Asceticism and the Ways to Perfection’, KU Leuven, 21st-23rd October 2019; to be published in the series Religionsgeschichtliche Versuche und Vorarbeiten (RVV), de Gruyter.
  • Detige, Tillo (forthcoming). “The Ritual Veneration of Living Digambara Jaina Renouncers”. In: Rita D. Sherma, Purushottama Bilimoria, & Cogen Bohanec (eds.) Contemplative Studies in Jainism: Meditation, Veneration, Prayer, and Ritual, Routledge.
  • Detige, Tillo (2020) "Whither the Bhaṭṭāraka Era?", Jaina Studies: Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies 15, p. 34-37.
  • Detige, Tillo (2020) “Digambara Renouncers in Western and Central India, c. 1100–1800”. In: John Cort, Paul Dundas & Kristi Wiley (eds.) Encyclopedia of Jainism, Brill, Leiden, p. 182-215.
  • Detige, Tillo (2020) “Not just Stories. Jain and Buddhist Narratives as Epistemic Technology”. In: Eric Ottenheijm & Marcel Poorthuis (eds.) Parables in Changing Contexts: Essays on the Study of Parables in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism, Brill, Leiden, p. 95-126.
  • Detige, Tillo (2019) ‘‘Tata Śrī-Gurus-Tasmai Sūrimantra Dadyāt’, ‘Then the Venerable Guru Ought to Give Him the Sūrimantra’: Early Modern Digambara Jaina Bhaṭṭāraka Consecrations’. Religions 10/369, p. 1-31.
  • Detige, Tillo (2019) “‘Gua kahū śrī guru’: Bhaṭṭāraka Gītas and the Early Modern Digambara Jaina Sagha.” In: Maya Burger & Nadia Cattoni (eds.) “Early Modern India: Literature and Images, Texts and Languages”, CrossAsia-eBooks, Heidelberg and Berlin, p. 271–85.
  • Detige, Tillo (2018) “Satpātrāya samarpittaṃ: Manuscript Copies and the Early Modern Digambara Sagha’.” In: Christine Chojnacki & Basile Leclère (eds.) The Gift of Knowledge: Patterns of Patronage in Jainism, Sapna Book House, Bengaluru, p. 274–370.
  • Detige, Tillo (2017). “Manuscript Collections of the Western and Central Indian Bhaṭṭārakas”. Jaina Studies: Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies 12, p. 36-9.
  • Detige, Tillo (2015). “The Bhaṭṭārakas of Kārañjā (Lāḍa): Triveī Sagama at Jaina Kāśī”. In: Luitgard Soni & Jayandra Soni (eds.) Sanmati, Essays Felicitating Professor Hampa Nagarajaiah on the occasion of his 80th Birthday, Sapna Book House, Bengaluru, p. 143-176.
  • De Clercq, Eva & Tillo Detige (2015). “Colossi and Lotus Feet: Paṇḍitas and Bhaṭṭārakas in the north Indian Digambara Legacy”. In: Julia A. B. Hegewald (ed.) Jaina painting and manuscript culture: In memory of Paolo Pianarosa, EB-Verlag, Berlin, p. 303-335.
  • Detige, Tillo (2014). “Worshipping Bhaṭṭārakas”. Jaina Studies: Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies 9, p. 27-30.
  • Detige, Tillo (2013). "Een haan van deeg en een hert van goud: verhalen over karma en hergeboorte uit jaïnisme en boeddhisme." In: Eva De Clercq & Saartje Verbeke (eds.) India. Een wereld van verhalen, Academia Press, Gent p. 117-143.
  • Detige, Tillo (2009).Modern Buddhism & The Vipassanā Meditation Traditions’ (in Dutch),  Master dissertation, Ghent University.
  • Detige, Tillo (2008). ‘“What is Bhāvanāmayā Paññā?” An article by S.N. Goenka translated from the original Hindi & compared to extracts from the Pāli Tipiţaka and Visuddhimagga’ (in Dutch), Bachelor dissertation: Ghent University.



  • Postgraduate of Hindi Proficiency, Kendrīya Hindī Sansthān, Delhi, 2012.
  • Master in Oriental Languages & Cultures (India), Ghent University, 2009.
  • Master in Fine Arts, KASK (Royal Academy of Fine Arts), School of Arts Ghent, 2003.


Professional Experience

  • Researcher, sub-project ‘The human body as metaphor of the divine. Anthropomorphism in South Asian religious traditions’, Collaborative Research Center ‘Metaphors of Religion: Religious Meaning-Making in Language Use’, CERES, RUB, February - December 2022.
  • PhD-project, ‘Eternal Salutations: Funerary Monuments of Early Modern Digambara Jaina Renouncers from Western and Central India’, Center for Religious Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, since June 2020.
  • Researcher, ‘Early Modern Digambara Jainism in Western and Central India: The Age of the Bhaṭṭārakas?’, Ghent University, September 2012 – June 2018.



  • Lecturer, Sanskrit, CERES, RUB, since April 2021.
  • Lecturer, History of South Asian Buddhism, Carleton-Antioch Buddhist Studies in India program, Bodhgaya, India, September-December 2018.
  • Instructor, Hindi, Summer School, Académie Belge pour l’Etude des Langues Anciennes et Orientales (ABELAO), Université catholique de Louvain, August 2018.
  • Lecturer, Hindi, BA & MA courses, Department of Languages & Cultures, Ghent University, Sept. 2012 - Jan. 2013, Sept.–Nov. 2014, Nov. 2015, Sept. 2016 – June 2018.
  • Instructor, Dutch, CVO GLTT (Centre for Adult Education), Sint-Genesius-Rode & Halle, Jan. - June 2011.
  • Instructor, integration courses for foreigners in Hindi & Urdu, Integration Office for Foreigners of the city of Ghent, August-September 2010; Integration Office for Foreigners of the city of Antwerp, March - July 2011.
  • Interpreter, Hindi-Dutch, Dec. 2009 - March 2010; Nov. 2010 - Feb. 2011, Oct.-Nov. 2015, various.
  • Sanskrit I
  • Sanskrit II
  • Sanskrit III (Lektüre)

Ehemalige*r Wissenschaftliche*r Mitarbeiter*in von Teilprojekt B04

Ehemalige*r Doktorand*in von CERES Nachwuchsförderung und Graduate School of Metaphor and Religion (GSMR)