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Henriette Hanky

PhD Candidate, Study of Religions
  • E-mailhenriette.hanky@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Øysteins gate 3
    5007 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7805
    5020 Bergen

Henriette Hanky is a PhD candidate in the Study of Religions. Her dissertation project examines continuities and transformations of the sannyas movement (also known as Rajneesh or Osho movement) by investigating contemporary meditation retreats affiliated with Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh/Osho (1931­–1990). Using a qualitative empirical research-design, Henriette conducts fieldwork with participant observation and interviews at retreat centres in Scandinavia, Germany, and India. She is interested in how actors in the field (re-)frame their relation to Osho 30 years after the guru’s death, and how Osho-related teachings, meditation techniques and social practices are performed at retreats in the post-Osho sannyas scene today. The project aims at developing an understanding of shifting forms of community formation, institutionalization, and authority relations in the field of late modern religiosity.

Autumn 2019
RELV103/RELV103L: Hinduism, Buddhism and other Asian Religions (seminar leader)

Spring 2020
RELV202SEM/RELV302SEM: The Guru in South Asia and the West (course responsible)
RELV101: What is the Study of Religion? (seminar leader)
RELV221/RELV321: New Religious Movements (lecturer)
RELV224/RELV324: Hinduism (lecturer)
RELV306: Research Methods in the Study of Religion (lecturer & seminar leader)

Autumn 2020
RELV103/RELV103L: Hinduism, Buddhism and other Asian Religions (seminar leader)

Spring 2021
RELV101: What is the Study of Religion? (seminar leader)
RELV221/RELV321: New Religious Movements (lecturer)

Autumn 2021
RELV103/RELV103L: Hinduism, Buddhism and other Asian Religions (seminar leader)

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2021). Avkobling og transformasjon: Meditasjonsretreater på Dharma Mountain mellom popularisering og religiøst fellesskap. AURA. 3-24.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Körperwissen: Transfer und Innovation. Paragrana. Internationale Zeitschrift für Historische Anthropologie. 13-19.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Wissen über den Körper und Wissen des Körpers. Bericht über die interdisziplinäre Ringvorlesung „Körperwissen: Transfer und Innovation“. Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte. 194-198.
Popular scientific lecture
  • Show author(s) (2020). Osho-bevegelsen i forandring.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2023). „Mich in mich hineinbringen“: Subjektivierung durch affektive Dramaturgien in Osho-Meditationen und -Therapien.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Potentiale des Kommunikativen Konstruktivismus für die religionswissenschaftliche und religionssoziologische Untersuchung körperbezogener Spiritualität.
  • Show author(s) (2022). ‘Consciously go mad’”: Staging and Expressing the Self in OSHO Dynamic Meditation”.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Taking Sannyas after Osho: Transformations of an Initiation Rite.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Osho in a Nutshell? Dynamic Meditation and the Relationship of Bodily Practice and Discursive Framing.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Ist das Meditation? Oshos „Dynamische“ als kommunikative Form im Rahmen von Meditationsretreats .
  • Show author(s) (2021). Dissolution without Disenchantment. The Sannyas Movement and the Refiguration of Religion .
  • Show author(s) (2021). Contemporary Receptions of Osho and the Sannyas Movement in Europe and India.
  • Show author(s) (2019). «Einstein the Buddha»: Holdninger til vitenskap i Osho-bevegelsen og det samtidige Sannyas-miljøet.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) (2023). Catharsis in the Spruce Forest: Osho Meditations and Therapy at a Spiritual Retreat in Norway. 22 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Neue Religiöse Bewegungen im Wandel: Mediatisierung, Unmittelbarkeit und Remarkierung von Wissen. 20 pages.
Multimedia product
  • Show author(s) (2021). "Hva er en guru?".
Website (informational material)
  • Show author(s) (2022). "On the Afterlives of the Osho Mala". Blog post on #gurumedia.

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