Dr John Zavos

Honorary Research Fellow

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Research interests

Specific research interests:

I am interested in the relationship between religion, identity and politics in South Asia, and in the South Asian diaspora, and have published books and articles in this area since 2000.


  • With my colleague at Manchester, Dr Jacqueline Suthren Hirst, I am author of Religious Traditions in Modern South Asia (London: Routledge, 2011).  This book offers an exciting fresh approach to the study of religions in modern South Asia.
  • I am also lead editor of Public Hinduisms (New Delhi: Sage, 2012), a major collection of research articles exploring the public representation of Hinduism in India and the diaspora.  This project is a research collaboration with Pralay Kanungo, Deepa S. Reddy, Maya Warrier and Raymond B. Williams.

Much of my current research focuses on religion in urban environments, and in particular the involvement of South Asian communities in social action initiatives such as food banks and food kitchens.  This builds on my continuing interest in the development of Hindu identity in the UK and Europe, and the relationship between religion and diaspora consciousness. Recent publications in this area are:

I have recently acted as Co-Investigator for the AHRC-funded project Conversion, Translation and the Language of Autobiography, exploring conversion experiences and the concept of religion in colonial India. 

I have been a member of the steering group of the Mediating Religion Network, a project seed-funded by the Centre for Research in Socio-Cultural Change.

I was the principal investigator on the AHRC-funded network project, 'The Public Representation of a Religion called Hinduism: postcolonial patterns in India, Britain and the US'. This project ran from June 2008 to June 2010.

I was a member of the Steering Group of the network project, Writing British Asian Cities (WBAC), a project funded by the AHRC Strategic Initiative 'Diasporas, Migration and Identities'.

I was project partner for the German Research Council-funded project, 'Citizenship as conceptual flow: Asia in comparative perspective', co-ordinated by Professor Subrata Mitra at the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg


Research and projects

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