Kalpesh Bhatt

PhD Candidate

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Study of Hinduism 
  • Religious pluralism and multiculturalism 
  • Hindu-Christian Studies 
  • Religion in public life
  • Religion, film, and media


Kalpesh Bhatt is a PhD candidate in the Department for the Study of Religion, Center for South Asian Studies, and Center for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto. His doctoral study explores theoretical challenges that everyday ethical reflections and actions of religious people pose to secular liberal understandings of agency and autonomy. Focusing on the Bhagavad Gītā, Kalpesh examines how modern receptions of premodern sacred texts shape, and are shaped by, secular conditions, everyday concerns, and the ethical subjectivation of its practitioners. Before completing the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) from Harvard University, Kalpesh did Masters (M.Sc.) in Physics and Bachelors (B.E.) in Computer Science from BITS, Pilani in India. His interests in religion, science, and art have led him to direct several films, including an IMAX film on India, and state-of-the-art multimedia shows highlighting the dynamics between religion and technology, tradition and modernity.