Andrea Acri (b. 1981) has a Laurea degree (2005) from the University of Rome “Sapienza” and an MA (2006) and PhD (2011) from Leiden University, all with focus on South and Southeast Asian Area Studies and disciplinary specialisation in Philology (Sanskrit, Old Javanese) and Religious Studies.
He has held research and teaching positions in India (Visiting Assistant/Associate Professor at Nalanda University), Singapore (Research Fellow at the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre/ISEAS and Postdoctoral Fellow at ARI/NUS), Australia (Visiting Fellow at the ANU), and the Netherlands (Postdoctoral Fellow at IIAS). Since late 2016, he is Maître de conférences (Assistant Professor) in Tantric Studies at the Religious Studies Section of the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE, PSL University, Paris).
His main research and teaching interests include the history and circulation of Śaiva and Buddhist tantric traditions in South and Southeast Asia; Yoga Studies; Indian Philosophy; Balinese Hinduism; religious history of Java and Bali from the premodern to the modern period; and wider cultural and historical dynamics of intra-Asian maritime connectivity. His hobbies are travelling, oil painting, scuba diving, and underwater photography.
He is member of the Task-force C (Southeast Asia) of the ERC DHARMA project, and will work on an edition and translation of the Sanskrit-Old Javanese Śaiva text Bhuvanakośa, as well as (in collaboration with Thomas Hunter) an edition and translation of the Old Javanese religious kakavin Pārthayajña.
Institutional personal webpage: https://prosopo.ephe.fr/andrea-acri
List of Publications and PDFs at: https://ephe.academia.edu/AndreaAcri