Dagmar Wujastyk, PhD, MA
I am an indologist specialized in the history and literature of classical Indian medicine (Ayurveda) and iatrochemistry (rasaśāstra), and South Asian history.
I am currently working on the history of Indian alchemical traditions.
From 2015-2020 I was Principal Investigator of an ERC Starting Grant project entitled "Medicine, Immortality, Moksha: Entangled Histories of Yoga, Ayurveda and Alchemy in South Asia (www.ayuryog.org).
The project examined the histories of yoga, ayurveda and rasaśāstra (Indian alchemy and iatrochemistry) from the tenth century to the present, focussing on the disciplines' health, rejuvenation and longevity practices. The goals of the project were to reveal the entanglements of these historical traditions, and to trace the trajectories of their evolution as components of today's global healthcare and personal development industries.
The project was carried out by a team of three postdoctoral researchers at the department for South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at Vienna University, Austria and at Inform, Inform, London, U.K. and at the University of Alberta.
A survey of the history of India from the close of the Gupta and Vakataka kingdoms in the fifth century CE to the decline of the Delhi Sultanate and the Vijayanagara Empire in the sixteenth century CE.
Introduction to the foundational texts, esoteric rituals, and sexual alchemy associated with Tantric practices in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain contexts.