Srilata Raman

Professor; Associate Chair and Undergraduate Coordinator

On Leave

January 01, 2023 to June 30, 2023
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 313, 170 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5R 2M8


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Sanskrit and Tamil intellectual formations in South India from pre-colonial times to modernity
  • Śrīvaiṣṇavism
  • Tamil Śaiva Siddhānta
  • Religion, Colonialism and Sainthood
  • Modern Tamil and Dalit Literature
  • Bhakti and Hagiography


Professor Srilata Raman completed her BA in New Delhi, India, her MPhil at Oxford University,  and PhD in Tübingen, Germany. She is the author of Self-Surrender (Prapatti) to God in Srīvaiṣṇavism: Tamil Cats and Sanskrit Monkeys (2007), The Transformation of Tamil Religion: Ramalinga Swamigal and Modern Dravidian Sainthood (2022) and the co-editor of Words and Deeds: Hindu and Buddhist Rituals in South Asia (2005) and Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (2020).


PhD, University of Tübingen
MPhil, Oxford University
BA, University of Delhi