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Junior Professor South Asian History of Religion;
KHK Research Associate (Research Field 2)

Since January 2016, Jessie Pons has been a Professor for South Asian History of Religions. She was a KHK Visiting Research Fellow (2013-2014) and a postdoctoral researcher within CERES (2010-2012) working on the project 'Dynamics of Text Corpora and Image Programs: Representations of Buddhist Narratives Along the Silk Road' which was funded by Mercator Foundation. She studied history of art, archaeology, Indian studies and museum studies at SOAS (University of London), École du Louvre, and the University of Paris. She received several grants from the Sorbonne (2006-2009) and a stipend from the Tokyo Ancient Orient Museum in 2007.

Her research focuses on Buddhist art with special attention to the representation of Buddhist narratives in Gandhara, in oases of the Silk Road and in the Indian Sub-continent. Her KHK project 'The Circulation of Divinities: Modes of Borrowing in the Depiction of Pantheons' investigates the role of inter-religious encounter in the construction of early Buddhist and Brahmanic iconography in South Asia.


Ph.D., History of Art, University of Paris 4, Paris Sorbonne, Paris, France 2011

B.A., Indian Studies, University of Paris 3, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France 2009

M.Phil., History of Art, University of Paris 4, Paris Sorbonne, Paris, France 2006

M.A., Museum Studies, Louvre School, Paris, France 2005

M.A., Archeology, University of Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris, France 2004

B.A., History of Art, Louvre School, Paris, France 2003

B.A. History of Art and Archeology, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, UK 2002

Office Hours

On appointment

Areas of Research

Early South Asian art, Buddhist Art from Gandhara, Buddhist narratives on the Silk Road


Anderl, Christoph und Jessie Pons. 2016. Dynamics of text corpora and image programs: representations of Buddhist narrative along the Silk Road. Leiden: Brill.
Bopearachchi, Osmund und Jessie Pons, Hrsg. 2016. Proceedings of the symposium in honour of Francine Tissot. Turnhout: Brepols.
Pons, Jessie. 2016. Art(s) du Gandhāra: recherche sur les sculptures bouddhiques (1er-4ème siècle). Indicopleustoi. Turnhout: Brepols.


Leach, Robert und Jessie Pons, Hrsg. 2015. Puṣpikā: Tracing ancient India through texts and traditions: Contributions to current research in indology Volume 3. Puṣpikā. Bd. 3. Havertown: Oxbow Books.


Pons, Jessie. 2014a. The figure with a bow in Gandharan great departure scenes: some new readings. Entangled religions 1: 15–94.
---. 2014b. Zafar Paiman and Michael Alram : Tepe Narenj à Caboul, ou l’Art Bouddhique à Caboul au Temps des Incursions Musulmanes. The Tepe Narenj Buddhist Monastery at Kabul. Buddhist Art during the First Muslim Raids against the Town. Volume I, Chronologie bâtiments, céramiques et monnaies. Paris 2013. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 77, Nr. 3: 601–603. doi:10.1017/S0041977X14000743,
---. 2014c. Ducoeur, G (ed.): Autour de Bāmiyān, De la Bactriane hellénisée à l’Inde Bouddhique. De Boccard: Paris, 2012. Topoi 19, Nr. 1: 881–892.


Pons, Jessie. 2013. Jayaswal, V. (ed.): Glory of the Kushans, recent discoveries and interpretations. Aryan Books Int.: New Delhi, 2012. Topoi 18, Nr. 2: 697.


Pons, Jessie. 2011. From Gandharan trays to Gandharan buddhist art: the persistence of hellenistic motifs from the 2nd century BC and beyond. In: From Pella to Gandhara: hybridisation and identity in the art and architecture of the hellenistic east, 153–176.


Pons, Jessie. 2010. Remarks on the geographical definition of Gandhāran Buddhist sites. Journal of ancient Indian history 26: 37–49.


Pons, Jessie. 2009. Eclat d’un métissage. In: 100000 ans de beauté, 168–171.


Pons, Jessie. 2008. Gandharan trays. In: Gandhara, the Buddhist heritage of Pakistan: legends, monasteries, and paradise, 78–79.


Pons, Jessie. 1985a. Kushan art. In: Encyclopaedia Iranica.
---. 1985b. Kushan archaeology (Indian side). In: Encyclopaedia Iranica.

Publications in the Research Bibliography & Repository

Project Leader of DiGA

Professor of CERES , CERES Directorate and CERES Teaching

Coordination of Religion & Media

Research Associate of Dynamics of Text Corpora and Image Programs

Former Fellow of Käte Hamburger Kolleg

Member of Research Department of CERES RD

Member of qvm and Käte Hamburger Kolleg