Amy L. Allocco, PhD
Elon University (Assistant Professor and Distinguished Emerging Scholar in Religious Studies and Faculty Director, The Global Neighborhood)
2340 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Areas of Specialization
- Hindu traditions
- Religion in Tamil Nadu
- Hindu Goddesses
- Women and Religion
- Ethnography and Performance Studies
- Ritual Theory
Areas of Interest
- South Asian Religions
- History and Approaches to the Study of Religion
- Contemporary Islam, Gender, and Muslim Women's Practices
- Asian Healing Practices and Traditions
- Possession and the Body
- Death and Death Rituals
Major Relevant Publications
- Snake Goddesses and Anthills: Modern Challenges and Women's Ritual Responses in Contemporary South India (monograph in progress)
- Ritual Innovation in South Asian Religions (co-edited volume with Brian K. Pennington)
- Guest Editor for a special issue of Nidan: An International Journal for the Study of Hinduism (with James Ponniah, University of Madras, India): "'It's the End of the World as We Know It': Contemporary Understandings of the Kali Yuga." (5 articles plus Introduction – 120 pages)
- "The Blemish of 'Modern Times': Snakes, Planets, and the Kaliyugam." Nidan: An International Journal for the Study of Hinduism 26.1: 1-21.
"Fear, Reverence and Ambivalence: Divine Snakes in Contemporary South India." Religions of South Asia 7.1: 230-248.
- "From Survival to Respect: The Narrative Performances and Ritual Authority of a Female Hindu Healer." Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 29.1: 101–117. (winner of the Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza New Scholar Award)
- "Cacophony or Coherence: Ethnographic Writing and Competing Claims to Ritual and Textual Authority." Method & Theory in the Study of Religion 21: 3-14.
- "Snakes in the Dark Age: Human Action, Karmic Retribution, and the Possibilities for Hindu Animal Ethics," in Asian Perspectives on Animal Ethics: Rethinking the Nonhuman, eds. Neil Dalal and Chlöe Taylor (New York: Routledge, pp. 179-201).
- "Fear, Reverence and Ambivalence: Divine Snakes in Contemporary South India" in
Charming Beauties and Frightful Beasts: Non-Human Animals in South Asian Myth,
Ritual and Folklore, eds. Fabrizio M. Ferrari and Thomas Dähnhardt (Sheffield, UK:
Equinox Publishing, pp. 217-235).
- "Snake Goddess Traditions in Tamilnadu," in Contemporary Hinduism, ed. P. Pratap
- Kumar (Durham, UK: Acumen, pp. 191–203).
Other Information of Interest
- Chair, International Connections Committee, American Academy of Religion
- Arts & Humanities Selection Committee, American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship Competition
- Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza New Scholar Award, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion
- The Excellence in Teaching Award, Elon University College of Arts and Sciences